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.
Past Chair of Friends receives Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
Congratulations to Friends of Engineering Past Chair, John Bockstael, P.Eng., (B.Sc.C.E. 1980) on receiving the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on April 12, 2016. The new medal was presented to 55 Canadians at Rideau Hall to recognize exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields.
“I’m delighted to recognize some of Canada’s most caring individuals with the inaugural presentation of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers,” said the Governor General. “Each recipient was nominated for the medal from within their community, making this celebration a wonderful reflection of generosity across Canada during National Volunteer Week.”
In addition to being a community builder, John Bockstael has been dedicated to expanding accessibility to health care in Winnipeg for over 10 years. He is a perennial fundraiser and volunteer with St. Amant Inc., working to help those with developmental disabilities and autism, and has served as a board member and fundraiser for the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba.
Bockstael was also a founding member of the Friends of Engineering (Manitoba) Inc., a unique group of top engineering influencers who share the University of Manitoba Faculty of Engineering’s commitment to excellence in engineering education.
2016 Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year
Congratulations to the 2016 Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year, Mechanical Engineering student, Sarfraz Ahmed.
The award is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the workplace while on a work term, has advanced the promotion of the Co-op/IIP to fellow students and professionals, and has grown personally and academically as a result of applying knowledge learned at a workplace during a Co-op/IIP work term.
This year’s winner had an 8 month work term with Buoyant Aircraft Systems International, which comprises several aerial and ground platforms for airship and drone technology research, design and testing. One of the company’s goals is to develop a zero-carbon-emission airship by using hydrogen gas for buoyancy. This airship would carry cargo to areas in the north with poor transport infrastructure.
While at BASI, this student continuously exceeded the performance standards for his position as a Mechanical Engineering Intern. He willingly accepted new assignments and offered to help wherever he could in administrative and engineering support. The reports he developed have been invaluable to the definition of the conceptual design of their transport airship. His project documents have been presented to a number of potential customers and investors. They have also used his publications in their meetings with the Ontario Government. His work has served as a crucial foundation to the development of their business plan that is necessary to solicit investors to make the project a reality.
Mr. Ahmed was given his award, a certificate and a cheque for $2,000, at the Friends of Engineering Annual General Meeting and Co-op/IIP Celebration on February 24th, 2016.
Happy Holidays from the Friends of Engineering
On behalf of the Board of the Friends of Engineering, I want to thank you for your membership and participation in the Friends of Engineering. As 2015 draws to a close, I am reminded what a busy year it has been for Friends.
I do hope you have taken advantage of the events and networking opportunities we have offered this past year, including the Friends of Engineering/UMES Wine & Cheese last month. We were delighted to host and showcase winners of the Technical Communications Report Prizes, winning teams of the Friends of Engineering Intro to Engineering Design prize, and Friends of Engineering Co-op/IIP Student of the Year at this event. We also hosted several other students from the various competition teams and student groups that have received Friend’s support to attend competitions and conferences.
The Board has been meeting to discuss upcoming events as well as the continuation of our mandate and is excited about the possibilities in this upcoming year. I would welcome your participation and input at our next Annual General Meeting being held on February 24th 2016. Expect a formal invitation with more details soon.
If you have suggestions for the Board, please contact our Executive Director, Amber Skrabek at 204-474-9034 or email her at email@example.com
Once again, thank you for being a Friend of Engineering.
Walter Czyrnyj, P.Eng.,
Director of Quality, Magellan Aerospace
Chair, Friends of Engineering (Manitoba) Inc.
Province adding 18 new engineering seats, new engineering hybrid pathway at U of M
Premier Selinger looks on as Friends Past-Chair, John Bockstael speaks to the demand of engineers in Manitoba.
Young Manitobans who want to become professional engineers will soon have more opportunities to enter the faculty of engineering thanks to $500,000 in new funding from the province that will create 18 new seats and a new hybrid pathway between the University of Manitoba and other Manitoba post-secondary institutions, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“Civil, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineers are in demand in our province and increasing the number of engineering graduates is necessary to create more good jobs and keep our economy growing,” Premier Selinger said.
The University of Manitoba is the only institution in the province to offer accredited engineering degrees and is currently operating at or above capacity.
“The faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba is in high-demand – attracting the best and brightest students from Manitoba and beyond,” said Dr. David T. Barnard, president and vice-chancellor. “This investment ultimately will enable us to graduate more engineers, responding to a real and pressing need in our province.”
Undergraduate engineering enrolment has increased by 48 per cent at the U of M since 2008, Barnard noted.
The new hybrid engineering pathway will be introduced over several academic years through collaborative efforts between the University of Manitoba and Red River College (RRC) and other post-secondary institutions, supporting increased credit transfer and recognition of prior experience for those students.
“Red River College is proud of the quality of its graduates and we welcome opportunities for them to further their education as a result of this pathway program with the University of Manitoba,” said Paul Vogt, president and CEO, Red River College. “When you combine the experience our students receive from both institutions, it’s a recipe for success that will have a considerable benefit to many industries here in Manitoba.”
Once fully established, this new hybrid pathway will transition between 10 and 15 hybrid engineering students annually from RRC and other post-secondary institutions to U of M engineering degree programs.
“Engineers provide services that drive our economy,” said John Bockstael, president and CEO, Bockstael Construction, and graduate of the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba. “It’s important that we provide opportunities for our students to receive a first-rate education in their home province where they can then build careers and contribute to our economy.”