|IEEE Canada Newsletter / Nouvelles de IEEE Canada|
|Issue: June 2002|
News of Interest
Profession Honours Great Engineers
Seven outstanding Canadian engineers whose work has enhanced people’s quality of life in Canada and around the world, along with a building project that could help Canadian researchers find a cure for cancer and Alzheimer’s, and an outstanding student, each received one of the engineering profession’s highest honours today — a Canadian Engineers’ Award. Dr. Wallace (Wally) Read, P.Eng. and Emad Rizkalla, P.Eng. of St. John’s, Nfld.; Pierre Desjardins, ing. of Laval, Que.; William McDonald, P.Eng. and Dr. James Graham, P.Eng. of Winnipeg; Dr. Valerie Davidson, P.Eng. of Guelph, Ont., Dr. Claire Deschênes, ing. of Cap-Rouge, Que., Sara Ehrhardt of Moncton, N.B., and the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron project at the University of Saskatchewan were honoured during a presentation ceremony attended by the leaders of Canada’s engineering profession, MPs and guests from the United States. “This year’s Canadian Engineers’ Awards recipients exemplify the values that Canada’s engineering profession is built on – protection of the public, preservation of the environment, service to one’s community and profession, excellence in education, and enhancing quality of life,” said Marie Lemay, P.Eng., CEO of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. “One brought electricity to people in remote corners of his province; another helped instigate a province-wide sewage treatment program in order to protect the environment; and one – the first recipient of our new Gold Medal Student Award – is using her engineering and humanitarian talents to help less fortunate people enjoy a better life. Each of our recipients has made our world and our profession better through their work.”
Presented annually by CCPE, the Canadian Engineers’ Awards recognize engineering and teaching excellence, community and professional service, efforts to open the doors of the engineering profession to women, and entrepreneurship and innovation by engineers. They also honour engineering students for beneficial contributions to society that enhance the image of the profession, and exceptional engineering projects or achievements. This year, the engineering profession’s highest honour — the Gold Medal — was presented to Dr. Read. Beginning in the 1960s, this former chairman and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro was the guiding force behind the development and expansion of Newfoundland and Labrador’s electric power system. His work brought electricity to people in rural Newfoundland, enhancing their quality of life and economic potential. He also served as the first full-time president and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association, and on the Standards Council of Canada. In his retirement, Dr. Read is an independent consultant for the province’s current Electricity Policy Review. Fellow Newfoundlander Mr. Rizkalla received CCPE’s Young Engineer Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in a field of engineering by an engineer 35 years of age or under. The co-founder, president and CEO of one of Newfoundland’s hottest IT firms, ZeddComm Inc., he was acknowledged for his leadership in establishing an innovative business whose clients include Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Canon Corp. and Health Canada. “I congratulate both Dr. Read and Mr. Rizkalla for receiving awards from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, and commend them on their work,” said Newfoundland Premier Roger Grimes. “The life-long achievements of Dr. Read have contributed greatly to the province’s energy industry, and Mr. Rizkalla has furthered the information technology sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. Their recognition on a national level speaks to the standards of excellence they have set for themselves and for their peers.”
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland,
which includes both recipients in its membership, is celebrating its 50th
anniversary this year.
IEEE Student Branch at RRC Holds Annual Student Paper Competition
The Red River College Student Branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) held their annual student papers competition on May 22, 2002 at RRC. Four student groups presented their papers to an audience of 25 attendees. The students competed for cash awards of $150., $100., and $50., sponsored by the Winnipeg Section of IEEE.
Tim Stampe and Colin Mantay (Electronics Engineering Technology) took first place in the competition with their project, Automated Wire Dispenser. As first place recipients, they also received the Ted Glass Award, in honour of a former chair of the IEEE Winnipeg Section.
Second place went to Ryan Primmett (Electronics Engineering Technology) for his paper, entitled Autonomy and Robotic Vision via Ultrasonic Sensors (ARVUS). Quincy Robinson and Michael Noonan (Communications Engineering Technology) were awarded third place for their project, Voice Verification Security System.
The first place paper will be submitted for competition with the Western Canada Council of IEEE, where it will be eligible to win the Palin Award (for best paper from a college) or the Life Member Award (for best overall paper from a college or university). Entrants from Red River College have won either the Palin Award or the Life Member Award 16 out of the 19 years.
Nominate a Senior Member Initiative Continued for 2002
With 1,515 elevations in 2001, the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) surpassed its goal of 1,500 new Senior Members. This program pays Sections and Societies with cash awards for successfully nominating Senior Member candidates. Last year the Electron Devices Society (EDS) used the program to earn US$1,250 by sucessfully nominating 125 EDS members to IEEE Senior Member grade. The NSI program is being continued for 2002 - with a new “stretch” goal of elevating 1,750 new Senior Members. Region 7 has a goal of 70 new members.
For more details on the NSI program and SM goal chart updates for 2002, see http://www.ieee.org/ra/md/smprogram.html.
Senior Member Upgrades
The following members were upgraded to Senior Member status at the May 2002 Admission and Advancement Panel meeting in London, UK.
For more information on the Nominate a Senior Member Initiative (NSI) Program, please visit http://www.ieee.org/ra/md/smprogram.html.
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June 27, 2002, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
30 June - 5 July 2002
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30 July - 2 August 2002
12-14 August 2002
18-21 August 2002
8-12 September 2002
22-25 September 2002
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