Please join us at the Monday Night H.I.R.E.D

Highway 59 – Perimeter Overpass

Presented by: Don McRitchie, P.Eng.
Team Leader, Capital Projects Branch, Manitoba Infrastructure

February 4, 2019
5:30pm – 6:30pm (followed by a Wine and Cheese Reception)
E3-270 Engineering & Information Technology Complex
Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba

The Highway 59 Interchange project realigns the Perimeter Highway, allowing traffic to flow without interruption across northeast Winnipeg.

The three-year mega project has resulted in:

  • a new interchange at the intersection of Hwy 59 and the Perimeter Highway, Winnipeg’s north Perimeter route
  • realigning the Perimeter Highway, with infrastructure in place to upgrade to six lanes in the future
  • an upgraded intersection at Hwy 59 & 202 with a traffic signal and additional turn lanes
  • a new crossing at the Perimeter Highway at Raleigh Street / Gateway Street to accommodate an active transportation corridor and a dedicated emergency vehicle crossing
  • redirecting Knowles Avenue traffic to the Headmaster Row extension

With approximately 70,000 vehicles passing through this complex intersection every day, this project was the first provincial highway project to include Active Transportation in the design plan from the beginning. The extension of the North East Pioneers Greenway multi-use trail under the Perimeter highway was made a priority and gives Winnipeg residents access to Birds Hill Park and opens up a trail network throughout the city to residents of East St. Paul.

Construction began in July 2015 on the $250-million interchange and was completed in September 2018. Approximately 600 people, including many engineers, worked on the project, for a total of one million hours of work.  The area of concrete pavement used during construction would be enough to completely cover 28 football fields.

Join us to learn more about this impressive engineering project and network with engineering students and professionals!

RSVP not required, but appreciated to or by phone 204-474-7938

Students & Industry Professionals join for evening of networking

Robyn Koropatnick, incoming Chair for Friends of Engineering (left), networking with students at the annual UMES Wine and Cheese event.

On November 26, 2018 the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES) and the Friends of Engineering hosted a networking wine and cheese reception at the HUB sponsored by MacDon for students and working professionals in the field of engineering.

An icebreaker activity provided an opportunity for the students to flex their networking skills and learn more about the engineering community outside the University. For many, it was a chance to learn about what life can become following graduation, the types of work that is available to new grads, and to hear first-hand the many directions an engineering degree can lead.

Third-year mechanical student, Braden Ganetsky, echoed the sentiments of many other students: “Tonight was a great night. I had the chance to meet  people who are working in the engineering field and hear about what they do. It was a great way for us to chat with a large number of people from different organizations, and think more about what I want to do and where I want to go once I graduate.”

For the industry professionals, it was more than just an opportunity to meet and hear from students on their university experience and the field of engineering their pursuing, but also an avenue to provide some advice on how to find employment in their field, what types of opportunities in the current industries climate and offer up some tips on how to make their university experience the most rewarding and fulfilling.

Engineering students soar to 1st place at international aerospace competition

The University of Manitoba’s winning entry is a 12-pound craft that successfully carried 38 pounds of cargo — tennis balls inside the hollow body. (University of Manitoba SAE Aero/Facebook)

March 13, 2018 — As CBC reports: 

A team of engineering students – mechanical, electrical and computer – from the University of Manitoba is flying high after earning global bragging rights.

The students beat out aircraft design teams from around the world at a competition over the weekend in Lakeland, Fla.

“I was just in awe — could not believe it for a while, to be honest with you,” said Jasjyot Barmi, who led the University of Manitoba SAE Aero team against 35 other teams from universities all over the world.

The SAE Aero Design is a series of annual competitions that challenge teams from across the world to design, build, and fly fixed-wing radio-controlled aircraft capable of achieving different objectives, such as flying well while carrying as much payload — passengers and cargo — as possible.

“We’re pretty much replicating the real live airliner but on a much smaller scale. Each passenger gives us points,” Barmi said, but noted that in this case, each passenger is represented by a tennis ball.

The competition is popular because it gives engineering students a chance to get out of the classroom to design and build airplanes, Barmi said….

The U of M’s winning entry was a 12-pound craft (about 5.5 kilograms) that successfully carried 38 pounds (17 kg) of cargo.

​”University of Manitoba doesn’t offer a specialized aerospace degree and a lot of the other universities do, so beating them and taking an aircraft that’s been able to overcome what they’ve been able to design is really special,” said Barmi.

The team that won is part of the University of Manitoba Society of Automotive Engineers, a non-profit student organization that offers extra-curricular opportunities to develop, design, manufacture and build a vehicle in one of four teams — aero, baja, formula electric and formula.

Read more

Check out a test flight on the team’s Facebook page

Past success

Experiential learning, into outer space

Friends pledges $100,000 to new engineering building

It was announced at the Friends of Engineering AGM & Dinner on February 28th that the Friends have pledged $100,000 towards the new Stanley Pauley Engineering Building at the University of Manitoba.


The new 46,100 square foot building will include:

Engineering Innovation and Prototyping Centre
(design team prototyping facilities)

New Co-op/Industrial Internship Program Office

New Internally-Educated Engineers Qualification Program (IEEQ) Office and Facilities

Student Study Space (undergraduate and graduate)

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Laboratories

Biomedical Engineering Laboratories

AND in recognition of their support, the Stanley Pauley Engineering will also be home to the Friends of Engineering Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education.

Construction on the new building is set to begin this spring, with occupancy expected in mid-2018.


Engineering Reverse Career Fair


The Friends of Engineering is proud to present the 4th annual Engineering Reverse Career Fair on January 23rd in the Multi-Purpose Room at University Centre. Come meet top engineering students as they set up booths and market themselves to you! There is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see many members of Friends attend this fun and inter-active event.


Friends of Engineering celebrates U of M team accomplishments

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, close to 200 people attended the University of Manitoba Student Competition teams celebration hosted by The Friends of Engineering (Manitoba) Inc. in the Engineering Information and Technology Complex.

Refreshments were served in the Atrium while guests looked through the teams’ displays of their finished product and well-earned trophies/plaques.

After getting some refreshments, all the guests were invited to the Design Lab in E2-229 EITC where Mr. John Bockstael, Chair of Friends of Engineering, and Dr. Jonathan Beddoes, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, welcomed everyone to the celebration. Then, guests were treated to a series of short presentations highlighting the hard work that goes into all these projects. Team representatives described the competition, key designs, build phase, testing, lessons learned, and accomplishments for their respective competitions.

After highlighting all the projects, the students from all the teams lined up at the front of the room and invited Mr. Mal Symonds, recently retired UofM Engineering-in-Residence, to be recognized for all his contributions to student competition teams throughout his tenure at the University of Manitoba. His emphasis on building-breaking-rebuilding, integrated design teams, and professionalism were evident in the quality of all the projects.

The presentations were followed by Dr. Gerry Price, Chairman and CEO for Price Group and a Friends of Engineering board member highlighting the importance of the competitions to the engineering education at the university and the Manitoba industries at large. Dr. Price congratulated the future industry leaders on their accomplishments and encouraged them to continue to work hard as they establish their legacy in Manitoba.

Finally, after the presentations, the guests were treated to tours of all the competition labs to see where the magic happens. The tours provided a venue for the guests to ask questions and also learn how they can help future competition teams by providing the necessary resources to take these designs to the next level.

For more information on any of the Faculty of Engineering’s many competition teams, contact Amber Skrabek:


Friends of Engineering Annual General Meeting

All members and other interested stakeholders are invited to the Friends of Engineering Annual General Meeting on Thursday, October 6th.  The meeting will begin at 4:30 pm in the Engineering & Information Technology Complex at the University of Manitoba, and feature remarks from Dr. Jonathan Beddoes, the new Dean of Engineering, as well as Dr. Doug Ruth, NSERC Design Chair applicant.  The meeting will be followed by a reception in the EITC Atrium.  No fee, but please RSVP to

Our first mixer

140 in attendance for first Friends of Engineering Winter Mixer on February 17th. Thanks to all the Friends, Faculty, and Students who came out to our first Mixer. We heard from several engineering sectors on the job prospects and expectations, and many students made contacts and lined up interviews. We are looking forward to our next event in May. Stay tuned!