WISE Girls Make Their Move

On International Women’s Day (March 8th) the Friends of Engineering was pleased to sponsor a special outreach event that inspired, celebrated and promoted women in engineering. Make Your Move, a unique outreach event presented by WISE-Kidnetic Energy, invited young women in grades 8-9 who have demonstrated leadership in their community, academics or athletics to a day of fun and challenges at the Faculty of Engineering. The girls, divided into teams, were each assigned a female engineer as a mentor and participated in design/build/test challenges meant to encourage teamwork, creativity and ingenuity.

Friends of Engineering Reverse Career Fair

All members of Friends are invited to attend the Faculty of Engineering’s first Reverse Career Fair on Monday, January 20th, 2014. Unlike most career fairs where your company has to pay to talk to students who may or may not be engineering students and who may or may not visit your both, the Reverse Career Fair is FREE, features over 100 engineering students (and ONLY engineering students) who are marketing themselves to YOU! This special event is being held Monday, January 20th at 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room on the Second Floor of University Centre. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to

Friends of Engineering Board Members Win Big at APEGM Awards

Congratulations to three of our board members for winning major awards at the recent APEGM Awards event on October 25th. Mr. Walter Czyrnyj, P.Eng., (Magellan Aerospace) was part of the Magellan Aerospace team that won the Team Achievement Award for the CASSIOPE Satellite, Dr. Don Whitmore, P.Eng., (Vector Group) won the Champion of Engineering Education Award, and Dr. Gerry Price, P.Eng., was given the Leadership Award. We are fortunate to have all three of these exceptional individuals serve on the board of the Friends of 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:


Friends Board Member Receives 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gerry Price, P.Eng., on receiving the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.  Dr. Price, (ME 1970) received his award during U of M Homecoming festivities on Saturday, September 15th.

In addition to being Chairman and CEO of the Price Group of companies, Gerry is a founding member and current member of the Board of the Friends of Engineering.

To read more about Gerry:

U of M SAE Aero Team Best in North America, 2nd in the World!

Members of the University of Manitoba Society of Automotive Engineers (UMSAE) Aero Design Team build and test radio-controlled aircraft, entering their creations into international competitions, pitting their work against that of student groups from other universities.

The UMSAE team has a record of success at this competition, but in this Spring`s competition exceeded even their previous accomplishments. The University of Manitoba team took first place in all static events and second overall, beating out all other North American teams including Canadian teams from Ryerson, Windsor, McGill and Alberta, but also American teams such as those from Florida, Kansas, Ohio and Michigan. Manitoba was edged out only by a team from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

“To achieve this level of success in competition against leading engineering schools from around the world is indicative of the outstanding calibre of the engineering students at the University of Manitoba and a testament to this team’s exceptional design skills and hard work,” says Jonathan Beddoes, dean of the Faculty of Engineering. “The Faculty and University communities congratulate the SAE Aero Team for their accomplishment and for once again proving that University of Manitoba engineers are among the best anywhere.”

The goal of the competition is to lift as much payload as possible given a set of constraints determined by the international body. Teams are judged not only on how well the plane actually flies but also on payload lift prediction and oral and written design presentations. UMSAE team had been boasting that their nine-pound plane could lift 31 pounds of payload.

“We are really excited to see the result of all the hard work that went into the project throughout the year,” says Kris Goodmanson, UMSAE Aero Team Leader. “We’ve learned so much.  The team is already looking forward to continuing this success into next year!”

In the Standard Class competition, they won second place losing out to a Brazilian team who had won their national competition back in Brazil. UMSAE missed first place by a single point, carrying a record weight for a U of M team of over 35 pound, slightly under the 37 pounds carried by the Brazilian aircraft.

Goodmanson notes: “We beat all of the American, Canadian and European teams in our classification―a great accomplishment. All of our faculty and our sponsors should be proud of our dedicated team.”

And, for the second year in a row, the UMSAE team won the NASA Systems Engineering Award, worth $750.

Way to go, team!