Engineering Scholarships Recognize Advanced Research

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Engineers Canada is honoured to announce the recipients of its 2014 scholarships who demonstrate great potential as they build on their engineering background by pursuing advanced degrees. The six annual scholarships are provided through the generous support of Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

"This year's scholarship recipients demonstrate how engineers work to improve the lives of Canadians," said Engineers Canada President Paul Amyotte, FEC, P.Eng. "We are proud to support them as they build on their existing engineering expertise through dedicated research, policy and skill development to solve problems facing Canadian society."

"We are pleased to continue our tradition of supporting Canadian engineering professionals in pursuit of furthering their education and contribution to our society," said Wallace Thompson, VP Sales and Marketing, Affinity Markets, Manulife. "We are committed to our long standing relationship with Engineers Canada through the sponsorship program and meeting the needs of the membership by providing industry leading insurance products."

"As one of Canada's leading providers of group home and auto insurance programs, what sets TD Insurance apart are the long term relationships we foster with our business partners," said Paul Douglas, Vice-President, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. "For more than 60 years we have been proud to participate in the Engineers Canada scholarship program and support tomorrow's engineers today."

The six 2014 scholarship recipients are working on a range of projects:

Engineers Canada-Manulife Financial Scholarships ($12,500):

  • Phillip Alexandre du Plessix, P.Eng. (APEGA), is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (Fluid Mechanics) at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of turbulent wakes and developing simplified models to represent and predict them.
  • Amirhoushang Jamshidi, P.Eng. (APEGA), is pursuing a doctorate in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) at the University of Alberta. He is studying progressive collapse of steel structures, and specifically researching floor slab and steel connection interactions in mitigating structural failures.
  • Erin Kahr, P.Eng., M.Sc. (APEGA), is pursuing a doctorate in Geomatics Engineering (GNSS orbit determination) at the University of Calgary. Her research will study how accurately Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can measure satellites' positions if their orbits range outside of the typical service areas.


Engineers Canada-TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Scholarships ($7,500):

  • Don D'Souza, P.Eng. (APEGA), is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) at Yale University. His research examines environmental policy analysis and development to better understand how energy companies can promote progressive environmental policies and sustainable development.
  • Scott C. Dumont, P.Eng. (APEGA), is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Queen's University. He is rounding out his technical engineering experience with business and financial skills.
  • Dominique Toupin, ing., MBA (OIQ), is pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration at the Université Laval. He is researching financial market risk assessment as it pertains to engineering projects.


Visit for more information on Engineers Canada's national Scholarship Program and the 2014 recipients.

Engineers Canada works together with the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada to advance the competency, integrity and public accountability of the engineering profession.


SOURCE: Engineers Canada

For further information: William Meyer, Practice Lead, Communications, Engineers Canada, 613-232-2474, ext. 249,



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