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Explore highlights of some of the awards and recognition received by the Schulich School of Engineering community.

Education awards

University of Calgary wins three national engineering awards

It was a big night for the university at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Yellowknife on June 14, 2013.

View the Engineers Canada videos

President Elizabeth Cannon

President Elizabeth Cannon received the organization’s highest prize, the Gold Medal Award, for her world-leading work in research and teaching about satellite navigation for land, air and marine applications. She was also recognized for her passionate advocacy of higher education and commitment to fostering the talents of young engineers.

Josephine Hill

Josephine Hill, professor and Canada Research Chair in Hydrogen and Catalysis at the Schulich School of Engineering, received the 2013 Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. Hill complements her teaching and research interests by working with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a student organization that supports women considering a career in engineering or science. She chaired the Schulich’s Gender and Diversity in Engineering Committee (GDEC), is the faculty advisor for Cybermentor and works as a mentor through Operation Minerva.

Arin Sen

Arin Sen, associate professor in the Schulich School’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, won the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. The award recognizes exemplary contributions to teaching and learning in university engineering programs in Canada. Sen has won 15 teaching awards over the past eight years as a result of making quality instruction a strong priority. This is grounded in his belief that as modern engineering becomes increasingly complex, the need to provide outstanding instruction becomes even more crucial.

Teaching awards from the Engineering Students’ Society

2012-2013

Awarded at Third- and Fourth-Year Dinner

  • Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering - Dr. Anil Mehrotra
  • Department of Civil Engineering - Dr. John Douglas Hunt
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Dr. Mike Smith
  • Department of Geomatics Engineering - Dr. Michael Barry
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - Dr. Qiao Sun

Awarded at First- and Second-Year Dinner

  • First Year Block 1 - Dr. Mahmood Mossavi
  • First Year Block 2 - Mr. Norm Bartley
  • First Year Block 3 - Dr. Arin Sen
  • First Year Block 4 - Mr. Yousry Elsabrouty
  • Second Year: Mechanical/Chemical/Civil Course Stream - Dr. Salvatore Federico
  • Second Year: Software/Electrical/Computer/Geomatics Course Stream - Dr Henry Leung

Awarded at Grad Banquet

  • Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering - Dr. Ayo Jeje
  • Department of Civil Engineering - Mr Chee Wong
  • Department of Geomatics Engineering - Dr. Michael Collins
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - Dr Simon Park

Killam Awards

In October 2012, U.T. Sundararaj, Mike Smith, and Elise Fear were recognized with prestigious Killam Awards at a University of Calgary gala on October 17. It was an evening to celebrate excellence in teaching and research.

U.T. Sundararaj, Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, is one of five University of Calgary professors to be named a Killam Annual Professor. The Killam Annual Professorship winners exemplify the best of the University of Calgary. This year the award recognized five professors, each representing a different faculty, for achievements that enrich the quality and breadth of learning for students. They demonstrate excellence in research, student mentoring and teaching. They have also made significant contributions to their academic discipline and to the community beyond the campus.

Elise Fear and Mike Smith from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering each received a Killam Interdisciplinary Research Prize. The award recognizes leadership in establishing interdisciplinary collaboration on research.

International awards

in July 2012, Janaka Ruwanpura became the first Canadian to receive an educational service award from an international cost engineering organization. Ruwanpura is the Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems and Director of the Centre for Project Management Excellence at the Schulich School of Engineering. 

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International presented him with the Brian D. Dunfield Educational Service Award. Ruwanpura is the developer of the iBooth, a mobile information kiosk designed to increase productivity on construction sites.

Research awards

Professor receives 2013 Outstanding Engineer Medal

Research that led to breakthroughs in medical imaging has resulted in a prestigious national award for Raj Rangayyan, professor in electrical and computer engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering.

Rangayyan received the 2013 Outstanding Engineer Award and Medal from IEEE Canada. IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.


The award recognizes an engineer for important contributions to electrical and electronics engineering. Rangayyan received the award in Regina on May 6, 2013, during the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Martin Mintchev receives NSERC awards

In May 2012, Martin Mintchev from the Schulich School of Engineering received two awards from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Mintchev received a Discovery Grant of $42,000 per year for five years and a Discovery Accelerator Supplement of $40,000 per year for three years.

These awards go to experts who have demonstrated research excellence and have strong potential to become international leaders in their fields. Mintchev’s project, Advanced Methods in Biomedical and Oilfield Instrumentation, involves the development, testing, and commercialization of innovative microelectronic solutions for real-time oilfield navigation in horizontal drilling, and for minimally invasive management of diabetes.

Industry awards

Janaka Ruwanpura recognized for contribution to construction engineering

In June 2012, Janaka Ruwanpura, Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems, received the Walter Shanly Award at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in Edmonton.

This award is given out each year to recognize an engineer for outstanding contributions to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada. This was the first time the award was given to a recipient from the University of Calgary.

For the past decade, Ruwanpura has been collaborating with industry, developing tools and best practices to improve construction productivity. He is the founding director of the Centre for Project Management Excellence at the Schulich School of Engineering.

Project management expert recognized by construction industry

In March 2012, Janaka Ruwanpura, Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems, received the 2012 Industry Partnership Award from the Calgary Construction Association.

Ruwanpura is the developer of the i-Booth, a wireless, mobile kiosk with a touch screen that provides instant access to information needed on job sites, including building plans, staff schedules and weather forecasts.

Education awards

University of Calgary wins three national engineering awards

It was a big night for the university at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Yellowknife on June 14, 2013.

View the Engineers Canada videos

President Elizabeth Cannon

President Elizabeth Cannon received the organization’s highest prize, the Gold Medal Award, for her world-leading work in research and teaching about satellite navigation for land, air and marine applications. She was also recognized for her passionate advocacy of higher education and commitment to fostering the talents of young engineers.

Josephine Hill

Josephine Hill, professor and Canada Research Chair in Hydrogen and Catalysis at the Schulich School of Engineering, received the 2013 Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. Hill complements her teaching and research interests by working with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a student organization that supports women considering a career in engineering or science. She chaired the Schulich’s Gender and Diversity in Engineering Committee (GDEC), is the faculty advisor for Cybermentor and works as a mentor through Operation Minerva.

Arin Sen

Arin Sen, associate professor in the Schulich School’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, won the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. The award recognizes exemplary contributions to teaching and learning in university engineering programs in Canada. Sen has won 15 teaching awards over the past eight years as a result of making quality instruction a strong priority. This is grounded in his belief that as modern engineering becomes increasingly complex, the need to provide outstanding instruction becomes even more crucial.

Teaching awards from the Engineering Students’ Society

2012-2013

Awarded at Third- and Fourth-Year Dinner

  • Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering - Dr. Anil Mehrotra
  • Department of Civil Engineering - Dr. John Douglas Hunt
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Dr. Mike Smith
  • Department of Geomatics Engineering - Dr. Michael Barry
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - Dr. Qiao Sun

Awarded at First- and Second-Year Dinner

  • First Year Block 1 - Dr. Mahmood Mossavi
  • First Year Block 2 - Mr. Norm Bartley
  • First Year Block 3 - Dr. Arin Sen
  • First Year Block 4 - Mr. Yousry Elsabrouty
  • Second Year: Mechanical/Chemical/Civil Course Stream - Dr. Salvatore Federico
  • Second Year: Software/Electrical/Computer/Geomatics Course Stream - Dr Henry Leung

Awarded at Grad Banquet

  • Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering - Dr. Ayo Jeje
  • Department of Civil Engineering - Mr Chee Wong
  • Department of Geomatics Engineering - Dr. Michael Collins
  • Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - Dr Simon Park
Killam Awards

In October 2012, U.T. Sundararaj, Mike Smith, and Elise Fear were recognized with prestigious Killam Awards at a University of Calgary gala on October 17. It was an evening to celebrate excellence in teaching and research.

U.T. Sundararaj, Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, is one of five University of Calgary professors to be named a Killam Annual Professor. The Killam Annual Professorship winners exemplify the best of the University of Calgary. This year the award recognized five professors, each representing a different faculty, for achievements that enrich the quality and breadth of learning for students. They demonstrate excellence in research, student mentoring and teaching. They have also made significant contributions to their academic discipline and to the community beyond the campus.

Elise Fear and Mike Smith from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering each received a Killam Interdisciplinary Research Prize. The award recognizes leadership in establishing interdisciplinary collaboration on research.

International awards

in July 2012, Janaka Ruwanpura became the first Canadian to receive an educational service award from an international cost engineering organization. Ruwanpura is the Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems and Director of the Centre for Project Management Excellence at the Schulich School of Engineering. 

The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International presented him with the Brian D. Dunfield Educational Service Award. Ruwanpura is the developer of the iBooth, a mobile information kiosk designed to increase productivity on construction sites.

Research awards

Professor receives 2013 Outstanding Engineer Medal

Research that led to breakthroughs in medical imaging has resulted in a prestigious national award for Raj Rangayyan, professor in electrical and computer engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering.

Rangayyan received the 2013 Outstanding Engineer Award and Medal from IEEE Canada. IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.


The award recognizes an engineer for important contributions to electrical and electronics engineering. Rangayyan received the award in Regina on May 6, 2013, during the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Martin Mintchev receives NSERC awards

In May 2012, Martin Mintchev from the Schulich School of Engineering received two awards from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Mintchev received a Discovery Grant of $42,000 per year for five years and a Discovery Accelerator Supplement of $40,000 per year for three years.

These awards go to experts who have demonstrated research excellence and have strong potential to become international leaders in their fields. Mintchev’s project, Advanced Methods in Biomedical and Oilfield Instrumentation, involves the development, testing, and commercialization of innovative microelectronic solutions for real-time oilfield navigation in horizontal drilling, and for minimally invasive management of diabetes.

Industry awards

Janaka Ruwanpura recognized for contribution to construction engineering

In June 2012, Janaka Ruwanpura, Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems, received the Walter Shanly Award at the annual conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in Edmonton.

This award is given out each year to recognize an engineer for outstanding contributions to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada. This was the first time the award was given to a recipient from the University of Calgary.

For the past decade, Ruwanpura has been collaborating with industry, developing tools and best practices to improve construction productivity. He is the founding director of the Centre for Project Management Excellence at the Schulich School of Engineering.

Project management expert recognized by construction industry

In March 2012, Janaka Ruwanpura, Canada Research Chair in Project Management Systems, received the 2012 Industry Partnership Award from the Calgary Construction Association.

Ruwanpura is the developer of the i-Booth, a wireless, mobile kiosk with a touch screen that provides instant access to information needed on job sites, including building plans, staff schedules and weather forecasts.