Scholarship recipients aiming beyond traditional engineering roles



    OTTAWA, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Engineers Canada, in partnership with
Manulife Financial and TD Meloche Monnex Inc., has proudly awarded six
Canadian engineers with scholarships in recognition of their great potential
for contributing to the engineering profession and in support of their
advanced studies and research.
    "The six recipients are outstanding examples of the commitment engineers
have for their profession, but more importantly for the positive contributions
that they can make to society," said Marie Lemay, P.Eng., ing., chief
executive officer, Engineers Canada. "It is very rewarding to support
individuals who are both building on and channeling their engineering
backgrounds while conducting research that has the potential to improve the
lives of all Canadians."
    From applying electrical engineering principles within neurology to
improve Canada's health care system, to advancing solar panel technology to
reduce the need for consuming fossil fuels, Engineers Canada's 2007
scholarship recipients are working on a variety of projects that look beyond
technical problems and also focus on broad issues.
    The recipients are also conducting research in urban and health geography
to investigate the influences of our built environment on the health and
behaviour of vulnerable populations; air pollution and human health to create
new tools for transit system planning; agricultural and bioresource
engineering to study greenhouse gas and odour emissions from manure
application; and the characterization of metals to develop new, light aluminum
alloys that can be used in the automotive and aeronautical industries.

    This year's scholarship recipients are:
    

    Engineers Canada-Manulife Financial Scholarships - valued at $10,000

    - Joy Agnew, P.Eng., APEGS, pursuing a PhD in Agricultural/Bioscience
      Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan
    - Myriam Brochu, ing., OIQ, pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at
      Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
    - Anton Driesse, P.Eng., PEO, pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering
      at Queen's University

    Engineers Canada-TD Meloche Monnex Scholarships - valued at $7,500

    - Janet Loebach, P.Eng., PEO, pursuing a PhD in Geography at the
      University of Western Ontario
    - Francis Ries, P.Eng., APEGBC, pursuing a PhD in Policy and Technology
      Studies at the University of British Columbia
    - David Sabapathy, P.Eng., APPEGA, pursuing an MD at the University of
      Calgary

    Also announced was the creation of the Engineers Canada-TD Meloche Monnex
Léopold Nadeau scholarship. Created in honour of the late Léopold Nadeau, past
Executive Director of Engineers Canada, the scholarship will be awarded for
the first time in 2008.

    For more information on the 2007 scholarship recipients and Engineers
Canada, visit:
    www.engineerscanada.ca/e/prog_awards_2.cfm

    Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.

    Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers.

    See attached backgrounder

           Engineers Canada 2007 National Scholarship Competition

    Backgrounder

    Engineers Canada conducts an annual national scholarship competition in
partnership with Manulife Financial and TD Meloche Monnex Inc.
    The scholarships are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents
who are licensed engineers in good standing with one of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations/ordre that regulate the engineering profession in
Canada.
    This year, the six scholarships awarded are:

    - Three $10,000 Engineers Canada-Manulife Financial scholarships, awarded
      to engineers returning to university for further study or research in
      an engineering field
    - Three $7,500 Engineers Canada-TD Meloche Monnex scholarships, awarded
      to engineers returning to university for further study or research in a
      field other than engineering that favours knowledge which enhances
      performance in the engineering profession

    Applicants are evaluated on multiple criteria, including academic
achievement, area of studies, work experience, as well as potential and
motivation.
    Engineers Canada has long-standing relationships with the 2007 scholarship
sponsors. Manulife Financial has administered the Engineers Canada-sponsored
term life and accident insurance program since 1948, and TD Meloche Monnex has
underwritten the home and auto insurance program for engineers in Canada since
1950.

    For more information on the 2007 scholarship recipients and their
projects, visit Engineers Canada's website at:
www.engineerscanada.ca/e/prog_awards_2.cfm

    Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations/ordre that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 160,000 professional engineers.

    Engineers Canada is the business name of the Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers
    




For further information:

For further information: William Meyer, Communications Officer,
Engineers Canada, (613) 232-2474, ext.249, will.meyer@engineerscanada.ca


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