2022 Awardees

Professional Engineers Gold Medal

Dr. Koziński is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University leading transformative expansion of novel engineering programs.

Previously he was founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto. This was the first new professional engineering school in Ontario for a generation, and under his leadership it grew rapidly, attracting over 2,000 students within a few years. The school was designed from the outset to educate engineers with an entrepreneurial spirit and a social conscience, by integrating engineering education with business, law, and humanities.

Dr. Koziński also established the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge to become the first engineering Faculty in Canada to reach gender balance. He oversaw the design and construction of the $120-million Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence that is one of the most progressive academic facilities in North America with a focus on creativity and collaboration, and with zero lecture halls.

A true visionary, Dr. Koziński developed the concept of educating a “Humanist Engineer”, a creative maker and doer who empathizes, reflects, innovates and creates in an era of radical change. It is based on the principle that for engineering to deliver on its promise of human betterment, it requires a cultural, social, and moral compasses and deeper integration with humanities and the social sciences.

He has helped shape the engineering community’s forward-looking contributions to Canadian society. His research has triggered paradigm-shifting breakthroughs to address one of humanity’s greatest intergenerational challenges by linking energy frontiers with environmental sustainability. He is elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and holds one of the largest NSERC Discovery research grants in Canada in his field.

Dr Koziński’s strong character, allied with his leadership and academic experience, is an essential aspect of his ability to lead and achieve results. The aim of his professional activities has always been to find new views and arguments to life. He had carried out his professional duties to emerge not only as an excellent academic and engineer, but an excellent human being.

His initiatives emphasize creating opportunities for engineers to work and to discover in an environment that truly represents the diverse, complex and multidimensional world in which we live. Dr Koziński sees the necessity and beauty in bringing people together to not only solve problems of today and tomorrow but to inspire each other to improve the social fabric of our societies.

Engineering Medal – Engineering Excellence

Dr. Delatolla mobilized his engineering research group during the pandemic to develop a method to measure SARS-CoV-2 viral genetic signal in wastewater. He was the first in Canada to do so, and one of the earliest in the world to develop a method to measure SARS-CoV-2 in wastewaters. He was also able to modify his method during the pandemic to produce daily, real-time SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance data for Ottawa Public Health. His engineering group was the first laboratory in the world to provide daily, real-time wastewater surveillance data to a public health unit and Ottawa Public Health has used the wastewater signal produced to measure disease incidence in the city.

Building on this success, Ottawa Public Health and the province of Ontario directly actioned the wastewater data in Ottawa to initiate stricter restrictions in the city to prevent transmission of COVID-19. More recently, they are using the wastewater signal as a leading indicator of disease levels in the city of Ottawa.

Citing success in Ottawa, Dr. Delatolla’s work has been expanded across Ontario via the provincial Wastewater Surveillance Initiative (WSI), with the SARS-COV-2 wastewater signal now being used as a leading indicator of disease in the province. Dr. Delatolla has worked together with the Ontario Science Table to conceive the provincial initiative and trained numerous laboratories in the program on how to measure COVID-19 in wastewaters.

Dr. Delatolla has also adapted and applied SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance to First Nation communities, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and campus residences, dramatically expanding the impact of the discovery.

Cory Jones is Anishnaabe from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. He has spent the past 25 years at Neegan Burnside Ltd. working with Indigenous communities and clients on projects spanning water and wastewater treatment, infrastructure, facility development and management and renewable energy.

In his role at Neegan Burnside, Cory works with his team driving transformational improvements and providing workable and sustainable engineering solutions to benefit First Nations communities. The results of his and his teams’ efforts have improved the quality of life of thousands, while also increasing awareness of the infrastructure concerns in these communities.

With the experience he and his team have gained over the years, Cory has participated in projects such as the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission project which is bringing reliable power to 17 remote First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario. Cory has personally worked with over 150 First Nation communities throughout Canada primarily on improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure.

Cory’s dedication to advancing the engineering profession has made him and his team a respected and sought-after resource for First Nations projects. Cory embraces the importance of training and employing locally as a means of community development, as well as continuously looking for opportunities to employ Indigenous talent.

Cory demonstrates his commitment to the engineering profession by being an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Manitoba, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Cory has also participated in speaking about his experiences and raising awareness of the need for engineering solutions that work with the knowledge and practices of the Indigenous perspective with students at the high school and university level, as well as numerous local community groups.

 

Engineering Medal – Research and Development

 

Dr. Daolun Chen is a world-leading expert in the field of materials science and engineering as well as a prolific researcher with a history of sustained, groundbreaking research spanning over 25 years.

He has authored more than 440 refereed research papers, with most of them published in top-rated journals (361) and presented at premier conferences (87), plus more than 210 non-refereed papers, abstracts, and research reports, including an invited “Advanced Engineering Materials Hall of Fame” article.

His research findings have not only garnered significant attention but are also in use in industry for the design and life prediction of automotive components and the development of new materials and processes. One of his seminal works is now called by others a method bearing his name – a rare achievement.

The Council of Canadian Academies twice ranked him as “an author of one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in his field worldwide.” and he was also featured in the World’s Top 2% Scientists List in a study published by Stanford University.

His exceptional body of research has notably advanced materials engineering, culminating in the production of safer, lighter, and more durable materials for load-bearing structural components and systems; this provides new methods for clean manufacturing, yielding significant energy efficiency benefits.

Dr. Chen has also made outstanding contributions to the profession and community as an editorial board member of 28 highly-regarded international journals; co-chair or committee member of 90+ conferences/symposia; and committee member of several learned and professional societies including the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

A Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Dr. Kibret Mequanint is an internationally renowned innovator and scholar at the nexus of chemical and biomaterials engineering, life sciences, and translational medicine. His discoveries span multiple areas of biomedical engineering, including radiotherapy dosimeters for accurate radiation dose measurements, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, bio-inspired tissue adhesives for treating trauma and battlefield injuries, and injectable biomaterials. His leadership in developing the first truly non-diffusing 3D gel dosimeters significantly strengthened Canada’s position as a key player in the end-to-end quality assurance of radiotherapy. He has also made significant contributions to environmental sustainability, developing hexavalent chromium-free industrial coatings. Several of his discoveries have been licensed and commercialized, thus positively impacting human health.

In addition to technology innovation and transfer, he has over 140 publications in high-impact journals, including Nature and Science family research journals. Several of his publications are influential studies that welded the material design space with the biological endpoint – a rare combination that is unique both in depth and breadth.

Outside of Canada, his dedicated strategic initiatives to increasing engineering education capacity in Ethiopia and his work on accessible medical devices for poor and resource-scarce communities to tackle practical challenges as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals have received broad recognition.

For the impact of his research, Dr. Mequanint has been recognized by learned societies and institutions in Canada and abroad. To name a few, he has been inducted a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering as one of the top 2% of bioengineers, a Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and is a recipient of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award.

Engineering Medal – Management Category

Dr. Tennyson was a professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies {UTIAS) for four decades and Director of UTIAS from 1985-1995. He was also the founding Director of the University of Toronto’s Government Research Infrastructure Program office.

Dr. Tennyson’s long research career has involved studying the effects of the environment in space on materials. He holds several patents for protective coatings for spacecraft and fiber optic sensor systems with his expertise making him a Founding Member of the International Space University and President of the Canadian Foundation for the International Space University. He also served on the inaugural Canadian Defence Science Advisory Board and as a Board member for Canadian and Ontario Centers of Excellence.

Dr. Tennyson is a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), and his work has been recognized with the CASI Turnbull Lecturer, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Duggan Medal, and the CASI McCurdy Award.

He has also received awards from the Canadian Department of Natural Resources for his fibre optic sensors for pipelines and NASA for his impact detection system for spacecraft. In 2010 he was part of a team that received a Canadian Space Pioneer Award for their contribution to the Apollo 13 rescue mission.

Over the past ten years, he has shifted his attention towards mitigating the water crisis in the Sahel region of Africa. He conceptualized and co-founded the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP), an 8,000 km, $14 billion pipeline using solar-powered desalination technology to provide potable water for eleven countries, significantly influencing the quality of life in the region. TAP is the largest humanitarian, civil engineering project of the 21st century.

Engineering Medal – Entrepreneurship Category

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Jasim has focused his professional engineering work on health and safety. Currently, he is working on a project to introduce a technology applying ozone as a safe & effective sanitizer in the fight against COVID-19.
He developed, sponsored and led the project; “Removal of Cyanotoxins in Surface Waters Using Ozone & Advanced Oxidation Processes”, with the University of Windsor, Canada and Mitacs, 2018-2020. The project investigated the “Removal of Cyanotoxins from Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)-a Climate Change challenge” in the Great Lakes Region, Canada and USA.

His experience has helped many industries, municipalities, and educational institutions in dealing with complex water quality issues. He successfully used ozone as a primary disinfectant for a large municipality (Windsor) and helped in controlling taste & odour, other water quality challenges such as removal of Chemicals of Emerging Concern (Pharmaceuticals, Endocrine Disrupting Compounds, Personal Care Products), and the removal of Cyanotoxins-from Harmful Algal Blooms. Many municipalities, followed the successful application of Ozone in Windsor.

His contribution as the Founding CEO of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre has been significant as he has developed the Centre into a premier training centre for many water professionals. He successfully managed the project for the construction of the new LEED GOLD building for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.

Dr. Jasim has also successfully developed and implemented a project for the “Reuse of Treated Sewage Effluent” to deal with water scarcity in arid environments, a growing concern with respect to Climate Change.
Dr. Jasim also completed on time and below budget, the design and construction of the water treatment plant for the removal of Arsenic and Manganese in White Rock, BC, which resulted in 2 Patents applications.

Dr. Jasim has received awards from the International Ozone Association, the OWWA (Ontario Section of the American Water Works Association), the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Windsor Essex Region Chamber of Commerce and other organizations in recognition of the high quality of his professional engineering work.

He is the Immediate Past President of the International Ozone Association (2020-2022). The first Canadian to lead this organization.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Windsor since 1996. He co-supervised 7 Masters student at the University of Windsor, ON, one Masters student at Western University, London, ON, and 2 PHD students at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. He published many peer-reviewed articles, and presented over a hundred papers at national and international conferences.

Engineering Medal – Young Professional Category

Dr. Pirathayini Srikantha has made significant contributions to her field of energy engineering in the three main thrusts of her research, teaching, and service. She has led many lectures, including co-chairing discussions on “Artificial Intelligence in Energy Systems” at international conferences.

She has been recognized for her contributions to the field, receiving a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) award, several distinguished paper awards and poster awards. She plays important roles in her professional community by being an Associate Editor of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers “Transactions on Smart Grid” (the premier journal in her field) and actively organizing conferences and workshops on cutting-edge topics related to smart grids.

She is building active collaborations with industry partners like Electrical Transient Analyzer Program (ETAP) and London Hydro where her research has been transformed into practical tools useful for advancing climate change and cyber-security agendas.
She is also an active mentor as she has directly trained numerous graduate students, equipping them with the skills necessary to be competitive in today’s job market.

Furthermore, she is volunteering her time and expertise to conduct outreach activities so that under-represented individuals are aware of STEM education and careers. She is also a champion of increased equity, diversity and inclusion within STEM at universities and in her community.

Citizenship Award

An award-winning engineer and leader, Jeanette Southwood is the Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada’s 300,000+ members of the engineering profession.

Before joining Engineers Canada, Jeanette led the Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure Sector and the Global Sustainable Cities teams at the international consulting firm Golder Associates. At Golder, she was the first Black woman to be appointed to the senior leadership position of Principal globally. In addition, her work-related achievements include collaborating with experts from around the world and in many different fields on cutting edge issues, authoring many papers, undertaking research, and creating and teaching university engineering and other courses. She is a member of the TD Insurance Advisory Board on Climate Change, and of Canada Life’s Client Advisory Council.

Ms. Southwood is a dedicated volunteer with several organizations and has served on several volunteer boards, providing strategic advice across many sectors and creating awareness of the role of engineering and professional engineers in Canadian society. In late 2020, she was appointed by the federal government’s Minister of National Defence to a volunteer role as the first Honorary Captain to be affiliated with the Royal Canadian Navy’s naval engineering community.

Ms. Southwood is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a recipient of the province of Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities Award. She has been honored as one of Canada’s Clean50 for her work and dedication towards sustainable development, leading change, championing innovation and changing our world for the better. She has also been inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering which recognizes engineers contributing in exemplary ways towards their disciplinary fields and the wider community.

Other recognitions she has received include the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) Engineering Excellence Medal and the Young Engineer Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from Ontario Tech University. She has also twice been named one of WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

In 2018, she was inducted into Professional Engineers Ontario’s Order of Honour and was selected to provide the Dineen Lecture, a prestigious honour. In 2019, she was inducted into the University of Toronto’s Engineering Hall of Distinction and received the Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

These are just some of the many accomplishments from a distinguished career.

Project or Achievement of The Year

The waste at the Port Granby site originated from the former Eldorado Nuclear Limited refinery in Port Hope and was deposited at the site between 1955 and 1988. The site is 17.5 hectares and is situated along 400 meters of receding shoreline, 30-meter high eroding bluffs, and porous sandy soils. Although Cameco made many environmental improvements to the site, the instability of the terrain makes it unsuitable for long-term waste storage.

The waste was buried throughout the site, in the East and West Gorges, and 76 trenches were located in the flatter areas above the East Gorge and the Central Plateau. At the time of project initiation, the estimated waste volume was 450,000 cubic meters. The waste consisted of: neutralized raffinate (an acidic by-product from refining of uranium ores and concentrates containing Ra-226 and various chemicals), calcium fluoride (highly basic waste from uranium hexafluoride production containing various chemicals), industrial refuse (garbage and industrial scrap generated at Eldorado’s processing facilities), mixed chemical waste (miscellaneous waste buried at the site).

The purpose of the Port Granby Remediation Project was to relocate the waste and marginally contaminated soil to an engineered aboveground mound at the Port Granby Long-Term Waste Management Facility (PGLTWMF) constructed 700 meters northwest of the current site. The Port Granby Project included the construction of the LTWMF, an engineered aboveground mound to isolate the waste from the environment using a multi-layered baseliner and cover system. Monitoring systems were installed within the mound and around the perimeter of the site.

Historic low-level radioactive waste and contaminated soils were excavated from the existing site and transported safely to the new facility via a dedicated internal road. An underpass has been constructed under Lakeshore Road so that no waste travelled on public roadways. The total volume of material transported was approximately 1.3 million metric tonnes.

The entire project was executed following strict environmental, radiation protection and health and safety protocols to assure the safety of workers, the local population and the environment during remediation work.

The Port Granby project was executed on the traditional land of Indigenous Peoples dating back countless generations. It remains the home of the Métis and Anishinaabe people and is part of the Williams Treaties territory of the Mississauga’s of this region.

Significances of this project include:

*1.3 million metric tonnes of historic chemical and radioactive waste have been removed from the environment and placed in a long-term storage facility.
*Human health risks to the local population from improperly stored waste have been removed. The Municipality of Clarington (in which Port Granby is located) and the adjacent Municipality of Port Hope have a combined population of approximately 125,000 people.
*Risks due to contamination of Lake Ontario (due to waste entering the lake from receding bluffs) have been removed. Millions of people rely on Lake Ontario as a source of drinking water.
*This was a first-of-its-kind project to be performed in Canada.
*The total value of this project was ~ $273M.
*This project serves as a baseline for the future development and implementation of a long-term radioactive waste storage facility (a similar facility is being planned for Chalk River, Ontario).
*The land from where the waste was excavated will be converted into a nature reserve for the benefit of everyone.