2015 Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year Award winners

Walter Czyrnyj, Dean Beddoes, Marc de Rocquigny, Lynda Peto
Walter Czyrnyj, Dean Beddoes, Marc de Rocquigny, Lynda Peto

This morning, Friends of Engineering Chair, Walter Czyrnyj, P.Eng., presented the Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year awards to two outstanding engineering students.

The award not only requires the student to be in good academic standing, but this student must demonstrate personal and professional development received as a result of a co-op placement, make an outstanding contribution to the workplace while on a work term and advance the promotion of the CoOp/IIP to fellow students and professionals.

This year we had several very strong submissions for this award, which consists of a certificate of achievement and a $2,000 cash prize. In fact, we had two that were so good, the Board of the Friends of Engineering agreed that we needed to create an Honourable Mention category for the second place finisher. This second place finisher had such a positive co-op work experience at Standard Aero that he won their Standard Aero sponsorship award when his term came to a close. He was invited to maintain employment in a part-time capacity after returning to classes and represented Standard Aero at their Career Fair booth. The certificate of achievement as this year’s Honourable Mention of the CoOp/IIP Student of the Year was awarded to Josh Kimelman.

This year’s winner of the Friends of Engineering CoOp/IIP Student of the Year award is graduating after completing three different co-op work terms with two different employers, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, and Ledcor. These positions took him to Portage la Prairie and Notre Dame, Manitoba as well as Fort McMurray and Edmonton, Alberta. His experience in northern Alberta allowed him to work alongside the project management team to construct some of the largest mining infrastructure in the world. Upon his return to the U of M, he volunteered to promote the CoOp/IIP at new student orientation, and to be a campus ambassador for Ledcor. The 2015 Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year is Marc de Rocquigny.

Congratulations to both of these outstanding engineering students!

The full list of 2015 nominees:

Marc de Rocquigny – Civil Engineering
Josh Kimelman – Mechanical Engineering
Daryn Freier – Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Finley – Mechanical Engineering
Ajay Gill – Electrical Engineering
Philip Pearson – Mechanical (Aerospace) Engineering
Julian Sigurdson – Civil Engineering
Eric St.Onge – Computer Engineering

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

The Friends of Engineering, together with the Faculty of Engineering, congratulates the graduates who celebrated their achievements during today’s convocation ceremony at the University of Manitoba.  The province is richer for having more qualified and dedicated engineers working to make our world a better place.

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: amber_skrabek@umanitoba.ca


Another Rhodes Scholar for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba

The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to announce that Civil Engineering student, Mark Hearson, is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship for 2012. The University of Manitoba is one of the leading institutions in Canada for numbers of Rhodes Scholars, and continues to be the alma mater for more Rhodes Scholars than any other university in western Canada. As for the Faculty of Engineering, this is our third Rhodes Scholar in six years!

Hearson is the 96th University of Manitoba student to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, the tenth U of M Rhodes Scholar in as many years. The University of Manitoba continues to attract and nurture students who are among the world’s best and brightest. Rhodes Scholarships are the most prestigious awards of their kind in Canada.

Three Rhodes Scholarships were awarded this year in the Prairies, across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Hearson is the only Rhodes Scholarship recipient from Manitoba; the two others are a student from Saskatchewan and a medical student from Harvard, formerly from Alberta.

“I congratulate Mark for this remarkable achievement,” said president and vice-chancellor David Barnard. “I am also proud our faculty and staff have created a climate of academic excellence and global citizenship that continues to inspire the next generation of visionaries, explorers and trailblazers.”

Hearson, in his fifth year of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, describes himself as a recognized leader, public speaker and activist. He has received awards for his leadership in both student and community endeavours, his outstanding academic record and his undergraduate research.

Hearson’s academic interests have concentrated on his passion to devise “global, innovative solutions” to problems in effectively transporting people and goods around the world. He says his passion for transportation began through a childhood fascination with LEGO, with which he spent “countless hours constructing cities, skylines and networks.”

Among his list of activities in community involvement, Hearson has been organizing a campaign through local churches to bring food and other resources to grandmothers of orphaned children in Africa through the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He has also been active in student government in the Faculty of Engineering, including charity events and fundraising for student programs. A graduate of Westwood Collegiate, Hearson had been student council president there as well.

Hearson notes: “It’s quite humbling to be in the company of so many who have gone on to great achievement. This is an amazing opportunity to study at such a prestigious university.”

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals. 

Established in 1903 through British-born entrepreneur Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world, first awarded in Canada in 1904. A class of 83 Scholars is selected each year from countries around the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Rhodes’s vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight “the world’s fight,” to “esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim” and to promote international understanding and peace. Of the more than 7,000 Rhodes Scholars to date, many have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, the professions, commerce, the arts, education and research. Many are advocates for expanded social justice and others have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine.

Canadian Rhodes alumni include: former mayor of Winnipeg William Norrie; former Prime Minister John Turner; Danny Williams, former Premier of Newfoundland; and Bob Rae, Liberal MP and former Foreign Affairs critic. Other well-known Rhodes Scholars include President Bill Clinton, astronomer Edwin Hubble, NBA Hall of Famer and Senator Bill Bradley and ABC political correspondent George Stephanopoulos.

A Rhodes Scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student’s home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.