Monthly Archives: July 2018

CAE News for the week of 23 July

On a weekly basis, the CAE compiles news of interest to the organization and its members, and makes it publicly available on our website. The CAE works to highlight emerging issues in which engineering has a role as well as promote recognition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Fellows’ Survey

This week, we launched our survey of Fellows, which was sent to Fellows by email on Tuesday, July 24. The objectives of the survey are to:

  • Understand the aspiration of our Fellows for the work and future of the CAE;
  • Gauge the interest of our Fellows in participating in the activities of the CAE; and
  • Shape a portfolio of initiatives that will help Canada adjust to a more advanced technological future.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary.  All your responses will be kept confidential and will be reported only in aggregated form.  Please participate by 15 August 2018.

To participate, please click on the following link.

2019 Fellowship Nominations Launching Soon

This year, CAE has adopted an electronic version of the nomination forms. We should be in position to launch them this week, and Fellows will be getting a separate communication on that.

The slightly-altered electronic submission process is intended to make the forms more user-friendly for Fellows, and the submission process more efficient for our staff.

In the interim, note that citations for new Fellows must be 100 words or less and are crucial to a successful nomination. Poorly written citations can jeopardize the chances of election of stellar individuals. Take a look at how Cooperstown keeps MLB Hall of Fame plaques to < 90 words, click here.

Delinquent Accounts

As of 27/7/2018, we still have 13 Fellows who have not addressed their 2018 Fellowship dues, which were first invoiced in January. If your name is on this list https://cae-acg.ca/unpaid-fellowship-fees/, please contact us immediately with your payment information.

If you believe that your name is there in error, or there are extenuating circumstances, such as illness or financial hardship, also contact us. Thank you for your immediate attention to this matter.

 Day Zero 

Kim Sturgess, FCAE, CEO of Alberta WaterSmart, discusses the problems of politics in Cape Town’s DayZero, and the lessons for Alberta. For more information, click here.

Is data the new money?

 Leah Lawrence, FCAE, CEO of Sustainable Technology Development Canada, discusses the important impact of data sensing, collection, manipulation, analysis and sharing on new businesses. For more information, click here.

Who needs science advice anyway? Governments, for one.

The Conversation – 19 July 2018

There has been much consternation within the Ontario research community since Premier Doug Ford summarily dismissed the province’s first chief scientist, Molly Shoichet, after she’d been in the job for only six months. Read more, click here.

Of note: In Ontario, the role was briefly filled by Molly Schoichet, FCAE, FRS, FCAHS.

Ali Khademhosseini’s Personal Story of Discovery

 Ali Khademhosseini is one of our new FCAE. Read more about his interesting background here.

FCAE to Chair NSERC

Congratulations to University of Manitoba VP & Distinguished Professor Dr. Digvir Jayas, FCAE, on being appointed the new VP and Chair of NSERC Council. For more information, click here.

Dr. Sam Inducted Into the Canadian Academy of Engineering as Fellow

Trenchless Technology – 24 July 2018

Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, the 2012 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year, was one of 57 new Fellows and two new International Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) on June 18. Read more, click here. 


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CAE News for the week of 16 July

On a weekly basis, the CAE compiles news of interest to the organization and its members, and makes it publicly available on our website. The CAE works to highlight emerging issues in which engineering has a role as well as promote recognition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Fellow becomes Vice Chief of Defence Staff

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, FCAE, will assume the duties of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff:

“Today on Parliament Hill, Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier assumed his new position as Commander Canadian Army from Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk. The ceremony was presided over by General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff.

Before his appointment as Commander Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Lanthier was the Chief of Programme. Lieutenant-General Wynnyk will assume the duties of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.”

Read more, click here.

Biomass accounting

President Eddy Isaacs, FCAE, writes that biomass is not carbon neutral and that demand will drop when the GHG accounting is fixed. For more information, click here.

Nano Society Honours

ACS Nano editors Paul Weiss, FCAE, and Ali Khademhosseini, FCAE, were honoured by the NANOSMAT Society, and they spoke with the journal about nanoscience and nanotechnology research, their chosen career paths, providing advice for young chemists. For more information, click here.

Forensic Engineering Expert Comments

University of Toronto forensic engineer Professor Doug Petrovic, FCAE, commented on the 2012 Radiohead Toronto stage collapse. For more information, click here.

SNAME Medal

Congratulations to Claude Daley, FCAE, for winning the 2018 K.S. Davidson Medal. The award was established in 1959 by SNAME for “Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Ship Research” and is awarded no more than biannually. For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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CAE News for the weeks of the 2 July and 9 July

On a weekly basis, the CAE compiles news of interest to the organization and its members, and makes it publicly available on our website. The CAE works to highlight emerging issues in which engineering has a role as well as promote recognition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Delinquent Accounts

 In an effort to encourage Fellows to pay their accounts on time, the Board has instructed that the names of Fellows who have not paid their accounts after three official notices are to be posted on the Fellows-only section of the website.  They may be seen here.

If you are one of the outstanding Fellows, please contact us immediately at 613-235-9056 to remit payment. If you believe you are on this list in error, or if there are extenuating circumstances, such as illness or financial hardship, that are preventing you from paying your fees, please contact cae-admin@cae-acg.ca.

Orders of Canada

We are proud to report that four Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellows have been named to the Order of Canada:

Dr. Yiyan Wu, C.M. FCAE, of CRC, “for his innovation as a leading authority and scientist in the field of digital television and multimedia communications research.”

Prof. Jamal Deen, C.M., FCAE, of McMaster University, “for his advancements in the fields of electrical engineering and applied physics, and for his leadership of multiple academic and professional institutions.”

Mr. Jim Estill , C.M., FCAE, of Danby Appliances,  “for his contributions to the Guelph and Waterloo technology communities and for his philanthropic efforts benefiting refugees.” and

Mr. Peter Irwin C.M., FCAE, “for his leadership in the Canadian wind engineering field, notably for his groundbreaking technique of wind sensor prediction.”

Congratulations! For more information, click here. 

Gordon McRostie, FCAE, (b.1922-d.2018)

We are sorry to report the passing of Gordon McRostie, a valued Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. What a life! Executive Director Kevin Goheen golfed with him late last year, and he was still demonstrating an outstanding short game. We pass our condolences on to his family and colleagues. To read his obituary, learn of his lifetime of achievements, and send condolences, click here.

Continuing Professional Development credits

Fellows are reminded that attendance at the CAE Annual Meeting or meetings of CAE Sections may qualify for Continuing Professional Development with your provincial regulator. Examples include:

  • The “Informal Activity” or “Presentations” components of APEGA;
  • The PEO PEAK continuing knowledge activity component (informal education or contributions to knowledge); or
  • The OIQ’s continuing education requirement.

Also see:

Fellows should contact their provincial regulator to determine the eligibility of CAE activities.

Two Western professors inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Western University – 18 June 2018

On June 18, 2018, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Xianbin Wang and Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Jun Yang were among the 59 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). The ceremony took place in Calgary, in conjunction with the Academy’s 2018 Annual General Meeting and Symposium.

Read more, click here.

APSC professors inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

University of British Columbia –  26 June 2018

Z Jane Wang, PEng, a professor in UBC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Charles Haynes, PEng, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, have been named Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for their “distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.”

Read more, click here.

Generation Energy Council Report

Fellows who worked on the Trottier Energy Futures Project will find this recent NRCan report to be of interest. One of the Generation Energy Council members is David Collyer, FCAE. For more information, click here.

Refinery Economics

Ian MacGregor, FCAE and CEO of North West Refining, discusses the economics of refineries. For more information, click here.

The Ethics of Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

University of Victoria Civil Engineering Chair Chris Kennedy, FCAE, claims that engineers who work on fossil fuel infrastructure are in a precarious ethical position. For more information, click here.

New Research Centre

Hydro Québec announced a new center of excellence in transportation electrification and energy storage, to be headed by Karim Zaghib, FCAE. For more information, click here.

MetSoc Awards

Congratulations to all the 2018 MetSoc honorees, especially to Daolun Chen,FCAE, of Ryerson University and Mary Wells, FCAE, of the University of Guelph.  For more information, click here.

UBC Alumni Award

Congratulations to UBC engineering Professor Nemkumar Banthia, FCAE, who is being honoured with a UBC Alumni award this fall for “improving the lives of people in marginalized communities through innovative solutions to improve infrastructure.” For more information, click here.

New CCA Panel to be Chaired by Fellow

Best wishes to John Leggat, FCAE Chair, and the other members of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risk, as they start their important work. For more information, click here.

The Work of CRIN

Joy Romero, FCAE, Vice-President of technology and innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited, describes the work of the Clean Resource Innovation Network. For more information, click here.

Unique Moving Load Simulator Unveiled

A unique civil engineering research facility designed and operated by Queens Professor Amir Fam, FCAE, and his team, was unveiled on 12 July. For more information, click here.

Business Skills as valuable as Engineering Talent

David Ross, FCAE, CEO of Ross Video, describes his Canadian Academy of Engineering induction starting at 22’27”. His business acumen (as well as his engineering skills) are key reasons for his induction. For more information, click here.

Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide (2018)

Jeannette Montufar, FCAE, of MORR Consultants, has recently authored this updated TAC guide, which puts Canada on the forefront of pedestrian safety. For more information, click here.

Engineers Canada Gold Medal Winner attributes workplace cooperation

University of Toronto Professor Levente Diosady, FCAE, is an engineer, researcher and educator. He developed the first Canadian food engineering program in an engineering faculty. He also developed widely used technologies for oilseed processing. His work on salt fortification enables the reduction of the incidence of iodine and iron deficiency disease affecting some 2 billion people in the developing world. For more information, click here.

Welcome, Mary Patrick

The CAE has hired Carleton University student Mary Patrick to help us with a major membership database update project this summer. Mary is entering her third year of the mechanical engineering program, and is a nationally ranked athlete in marksmanship. Mary will be contacting Fellows this summer to ensure your contact and biographical information is accurate. For more information about Mary and her achievements, click here. 


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CAE News for the week of the 25 June

On a weekly basis, the CAE compiles news of interest to the organization and its members, and makes it publicly available on our website. The CAE works to highlight emerging issues in which engineering has a role as well as promote recognition of engineering excellence and innovation.

Annual Meeting Report

 Couldn’t attend the 2018 CAE Annual General Meeting, Technical Symposium and Induction Ceremony in Calgary? A report on the meeting and photos are available here.

The event page also includes photos from the event and the Induction Ceremony. Links to presentations will be made available as permissions come in, and minutes will be uploaded to the Fellows Portal next week.

Dan Meneley, FCAE (b. 1935 – d. 2018)

 We are sorry to report the passing of Dan Meneley, FCAE. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of London, his career in nuclear engineering led to senior positions at AECL and UOIT, as well as the International Nuclear Energy Academy. Most recently, Dan and the late Terry Rogers, FCAE, produced a discussion paper on behalf of the CAE on the state of nuclear energy in Canada for a CAETS meeting. We pass our condolences on to his family and colleagues. To view his obituary and send condolences, click here.

Internet of Things and Blockchain Research Institute

York University Professor Dan Zhang, FCAE, and Western University Professor Wang Xian Bin, FCAE, a 5G communications research expert, are helping establish the the Canada-China IoT and Blockchain Research Institute (CCIOTCHAIN). For more information, click here.

Federal Expert Panel on Climate Change and Resilience

David Lapp, FCAE, contributed to this important Federal Expert Panel on Climate Change and Resilience. The report offers recommendations and indicators organized as follows:

Chapter 2: Protecting and Improving Human Health and Well-Being
Chapter 3: Supporting Particularly Vulnerable Regions
Chapter 4: Reducing Climate Related Hazards and Disaster Risks
Chapter 5: Building Climate Resilience through Infrastructure
Chapter 6: Translating Scientific Information and Indigenous Knowledge into Action

For more information, click here.

Three engineering faculty members named CAE fellows

Queen’s Gazette  – 29 June 2018

Three faculty members of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science have been appointed Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

Amir Fam, Richard Holt, and Yan-Fei Liu were inducted into the CAE during a ceremony in Calgary on Monday, June 18. Read more, click here. 

Faculty and alumni honoured by CAE

University of Waterloo – 25 June 2018

Waterloo Engineering professors and graduates were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) on June 18.

The new fellows include faculty members Fakhri Karray, electrical and computer engineering, Susan Tighe, civil and environmental engineering, John Yeow, systems design engineering, and adjunct professor Mary Wells, mechanical and mechatronics engineering.

Also inducted were Waterloo Engineering alumni Catherine Booth (BASc ‘ 88, SD, MASc  ’90, ManSci), Jim Estill (BASc ‘80, SD), Fraser Forbes (BASc ‘82, MASc ‘84 Chem),  Dianne Freeman (BASc, ’92, Civil), Josephine Hill (BASc ’91, MASc ’92, Chem) and David Ross (BASc ’91, Comp).

Read more, click here.

Dean Named Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

University of Guelph – 20 June 2018

Mary Wells, dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph, has been named a new Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). Read more, click here.


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