Engineers Canada recognizes six engineers with scholarship awards

OTTAWA, March 1, 2017 /CNW/ - At a ceremony last night, Engineers Canada honoured the six recipients of its 2016 scholarship program. The recipients were chosen from a large number of submissions from across Canada. This year they represent studies in chemical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering as well as education in business administration and STEM education. The six annual scholarships are made possible through the generous support of Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

"This year's scholarship recipients demonstrate how engineers improve the lives of Canadians in a diversity of ways," said Chris D. Roney, FEC, P.Eng., IntPE, president of Engineers Canada. "We are proud to support them as they build on their existing engineering expertise through dedicated research, policy development, and skills advancement in order to solve the problems facing our society and the world."

"We are pleased to be supporting Canadian engineering professionals and the contributions they make to society through their research and work," said Wallace Thompson, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Affinity Markets, Manulife. "We are committed to meeting the needs of the membership by providing industry leading insurance products for well over six decades and continuing our long standing relationship with the Engineers Canada scholarship program."

"We are proud to support the future of engineering and of our participation in the Engineers Canada scholarship program for over 60 years," said Robert Szokup, Vice President, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. "Our commitment to fostering long-term relationships with our business partners is what sets us apart as one of the leading providers of group home and auto insurance programs."

This year's recipients exemplify the valuable contribution that engineers make to society by innovating and helping advance the areas of industrial safety, water treatment processes, spatial imaging for spacecraft and robotic systems, engineering analysis, developing high performing engineering teams and STEM education.

The six 2016 scholarship recipients are working on a range of projects:

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

Martin P. Clouthier, P.Eng. (Engineers Nova Scotia) is looking to advance our knowledge and understanding of dust explosions, a persistent industrial occurrence that continues to cause harm to people, damage to equipment and buildings,and economic loss.

Stephanie Gora, P.Eng., MASc (Engineers Nova Scotia) is developing a new water treatment process based on reusable UV light-activated nanomaterials to substitute for conventional water treatment processes that are chemical-intensive and create a substantial amount of non-reusable waste that must be disposed of in a landfill or released in the environment.

Jian-Feng Shi, P.Eng., PMP (PEO) is researching software that detects the position and orientation of an object in space using photo or infrared camera images. These measurements then serve as inputs to algorithms that plan trajectories for spacecraft or robot systems.

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

Sydney C. Dias, P.Eng. (PEO) is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in order to gain a better understanding of the total business environment that contributes to the success of a product. Through his studies, he is marrying his technical abilities as an Engineering Analyst with the business acumen that will allow him to add even more value in his current role, and to take on further challenges and opportunities.

Thomas Garus, P.Eng., PMP (Engineers Nova Scotia) is combining his 26 years of engineering experience with the business management skills he's learning in his Executive Master of Business Administration program to propel his engineering team to higher performance. Successes achieved since starting his studies, include growth of his engineering team, increased client satisfaction, and two long-term agreements with major clients for services across their international operations.

Kathryn Korbaylo, P.Eng. (APEGA) has returned to school to earn her Bachelor of Education so that she can engage, inspire and mentor young people—especially young women—to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Throughout her engineering career, Kathryn herself encountered the challenges of being one of only a few women in a male-dominated environment, and she struggled to find a female engineering mentor. Through the student-teacher relationship, Kathryn hopes to inspire the next generation to be curious and interested in these subjects.

Visit for more information on Engineers Canada's national Scholarship Program.

Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license the country's 290,000 members of the profession. Together, we work to advance the profession in the public interest.


SOURCE Engineers Canada

For further information: Brent Gibson, Practice Lead, Communications, Engineers Canada, 613.232.2474,


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