2022 News

Dec 28, 2022 — Queen's Engineering 2022 Year in Review
Dean Deluzio summarizes the highlights of an eventful year at Queen's Engineering.

Dec 20, 2022 — Dr. Keith Pilkey reappointed as Head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Dr. Pilkey's five-year term will begin January 1, 2023.

Dec 16, 2022 — Homecoming 2022
Queen’s hosted its first in-person Homecoming since 2019 recently. Over 2,500 alumni and their guests returned to campus the weekend of October 28 – 30 for tours, breakfasts, dinners, parties, open houses, and more.

Dec 14, 2022 — Edward Burtynsky visits Queen’s to discuss upcoming collaborative art installation, Standing Whale
A proposed true-to-size, 75-foot artistic re-imagining inspired by the retrieved skeletons that washed ashore in 2014, Standing Whale is an acknowledgement to the power of telling our human stories.

Dec 14, 2022 — At Kingston's Waaban bridge, Ingenuity Labs team developed systems to monitor ongoing structural integrity
Queen’s Engineering students and faculty members are using leading-edge technology to help the City of Kingston monitor the performance of the new bridge across the Cataraqui River.

Dec 12, 2022 — Connections brings STEM concepts to local schools and libraries
Queen’s Connections has developed classroom and community-based programs that inspire and engage young people while showing how classroom theory connects with practical applications.

Dec 12, 2022 — Connections strategies aim for under-represented youth to envision careers in STEM
With an eye on the future of the engineering profession and STEM fields in general, the Connections team has designed programming for Black youth, girls, and financially challenged students.

Dec 12, 2022 — Connections inspires youth to match passions with engineering
The Connections team has tasked itself to inspire young people to consider the ways their dreams and ambitions may incorporate STEM and engineering education and training.

Dec 12, 2022 — Connections summer program provides on-campus STEM experiences for youth
The Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy is a hands-on experiential learning program that engages young people with STEM concepts while demonstrating the many career paths that are available to engineers.

Dec 12, 2022 — An in-depth look at Connections Engineering Outreach
A five-part series of articles and video exploring the work of Connections Engineering Outreach, the youth-facing unit in the Faculty of Engineering charged with inspiring young people to consider STEM-oriented and engineering careers.

Dec 09, 2022 — Connections outreach team brings STEM enrichment to area youth
The goal of the Connections Engineering Youth Outreach initiative is to provide experiential opportunities for elementary and secondary students in the Kingston area to further their interests and explore passions in STEM fields.

Dec 07, 2022 — A PhD candidate at Queen’s Coastal Engineering Lab, Erica Treflik-Body wins leadership award from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation
Erica Treflik-Body is a PhD student of Civil Engineering who simulates underwater landslides and wave formations in order to identify ways their impacts can be alleviated. She is the recipient of the 2022 Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Graduate Award from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation.

Nov 14, 2022 — Kerry Rowe awarded NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact
Kerry Rowe, Professor of Civil Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, is awarded the inaugural NSERC Donna Strickland Prize for Societal Impact, which recognizes outstanding research that has led to exceptional benefits for Canadian society, the environment, and the economy.

Nov 04, 2022 — Wellness Week is coming!
A full week of activities is planned for Queen's Engineering students to support wellness and raise awareness of the many kinds of support offered by the Faculty's wellness team.

Nov 02, 2022 — Queen’s Engineering Research Networking Day 2022
The Queen’s Engineering Research Networking Day reunited faculty members and external organizations for the first time since the COVID pandemic began for a day of knowledge-sharing and networking.

Nov 01, 2022 — From curiosity to a career plan: how an internship supported Aine NurAizza Nuruddin’s academic journey
Aine NurAizza Nuruddin, a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student, recently completed a 16-month internship at Hydro One. In her own words, she reflects here on her experiences before, during, and after her internship and how they influenced her newfound career path.

Oct 31, 2022 — Rachel Baker, Sc’17, to commence inaugural Robins Family Professorship of Engineering Chemistry in 2023
Kingston native Rachel Baker, Sc’17, will begin her term next year as Robins Family Professor of Engineering Chemistry, a professorship endowed by DavosPharma founder and Kingston native Barry Robins, Sc’64.

Oct 24, 2022 — Student societies and clubs conserve old traditions, forge new ones to support important causes
Many Queen’s students find ways to give back to the Kingston community, often through work with various student societies and clubs around campus. Each year, student clubs continue traditions of fundraising and service for local causes or find new ways to make a difference.

Oct 18, 2022 — Bright first-years work on lunar solar panel deployment
Students in Queen's Engineering's APSC 100 design course ace an out-of-this-world assignment for the Canadian Space Agency.

Oct 14, 2022 — Remembering Nancy Scarth, BSc’49
Queen’s Engineering remembers Nancy Scarth, BSc’49, who passed away this month at the age of 93. Scarth was among the alumni award recipients upon the Faculty’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

Oct 05, 2022 — Statement about Protests in Iran
A statement from Dean Kevin Deluzio regarding recent events in Iran.

Oct 04, 2022 — Orientation Week 2022
The orientation “week” this year took place over two weekends in early September and, after two years of COVID-related restrictions, those two weekends included the welcome return of familiar long-time Queen’s Engineering favourites.

Oct 04, 2022 — Using carbon dioxide to build a green future
Chemical engineering researcher Cao Thang Dinh is attempting to turn one of the world’s worst pollutants into sustainable fuels and chemicals.

Sep 29, 2022 — A researcher of photonics, Bhavin Shastri aims to redesign computing as we know it
Bhavin Shastri researches photonics, the study of light, photons and how photons interact with matter. Specifically, he is part of a worldwide network of researchers working to develop computing that is powered by photons, which in a way means they are entirely recreating computing as we understand it.

Sep 27, 2022 — National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022
Queen's Engineering and Canada's National Day for Truth and Reconcilation, September 30, 2022.

Sep 22, 2022 — Two engineering researchers among Queen’s contingent to receive $700k in research infrastructure funding
Kevin De France (Chemical Engineering) and Alexander Tait (Electrical and Computer Engineering) are among five Queen’s researchers to receive research infrastructure funding from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Sep 16, 2022 — Faculty champions student wellness with complementary access to science-based meditation and mindfulness app
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is providing each student with access to Headspace, a mindfulness app that aims to support mental health, reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage more restful sleep.

Sep 14, 2022 — Harvard engineering dean to speak at Department of Chemical Engineering seminar series
Francis J. Doyle III, the dean at Harvard University’s faculty of engineering, will be on campus this Thursday, September 15 as a guest of the Department of Chemical Engineering for its David W. Bacon Distinguished Seminar Series.

Sep 12, 2022 — QUIP internship on Queen’s campus provides student insight to career prospects and large-scale university processes
Rylan Richter is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student who for the past 13 months worked at Graham Construction as a student project coordinator. The full-time role was a Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program experience.

Sep 09, 2022 — Five incoming engineering students receive Schulich Leader Scholarships
Queen’s Engineering welcomes five first year Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients to campus this fall: Liam Doris, Ahmad El-Barbary, Hussam Hayek, Lucas Komljenovic, and Connor Leung.

Sep 08, 2022 — Ian Moore elected to the Royal Society of Canada
Professor and Civil Engineering Department Head Ian Moore joins six Queen’s researchers elected this year to the Royal Society of Canada, recognized for their outstanding research and scholarly contributions.

Aug 31, 2022 — Engineering students honoured with campus-wide leadership awards
PhD’24 candidate Erin Lee (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) and Caroline Kim (Sc’22, Mathematics and Engineering) are among this year’s recipients of Queen’s Student Recognition Awards for student leadership.

Aug 25, 2022 — Kingston native reflects on first-year Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering program
Stuart Logan was among the inaugural cohort of students enrolled in the Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering program last year. He looks back on his first year and offers advice to incoming students in the MRE program.

Aug 23, 2022 — Dean Kevin Deluzio honoured with 2022 Career Award from Canadian Society for Biomechanics
Kevin Deluzio, Dean and Professor at Queen’s Engineering, was honoured with the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics at the North American Congress on Biomechanics gathering this week in Ottawa.

Aug 18, 2022 — A researcher of photonics, Alexander Tait found an environment of collaboration in Canada
Alexander Tait is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He researches cryogenic photonics, exploring what happens when photonic processors are cooled to temperatures near absolute zero.

Aug 17, 2022 — First steps bring the Engineering research plan to life
A new implementation committee is working to transform the objectives of the first theme in the Faculty’s strategic plan into measurable research-related action items.

Aug 16, 2022 — Among inaugural Mechatronics and Robotics cohort, student Sophie Villemure reflects on first-year experience
Sophie Villemure is about to enter her second year in the Mechatronics & Robotics Engineering (MRE) program.

Aug 11, 2022 — Alumnus Andy Keith’s Solar Panda provides electricity to a million people in Kenya
Andy Keith, Sc’08, lives and works in Toronto, yet he’s been able to bring electricity to 200,000 homes and 1-million people in rural communities in Kenya with Solar Panda, a company he launched in 2016.

Aug 09, 2022 — Amir Fam named Vice-Dean, Research of Queen’s Engineering
Amir Fam is now Vice-Dean, Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. This change of title from Associate Dean recognizes Fam’s experience and leadership as well as the strategic importance of the research portfolio within the faculty

Aug 04, 2022 — RockEng22 Symposium gets off the ground
The RockEng22 symposium will be a celebration of Canadian excellence in rock mechanics and a catalyst for initiating a cycle of future open-submission RockEng conferences. Geological Engineering professor Jennifer Day is chair of the event.

Aug 03, 2022 — Woodhouse, Raymond among Distinguished Service Award recipients
Kim Woodhouse and Don Raymond are among six Distinguished Service Awards recipients this year, recognized for the lasting impact they made throughout their time at Queen’s.

Jul 26, 2022 — Telema Harry is developing a next-generation control technology for navigation of High-Altitude Platform System
The project is sponsored by an industrial partner in partnership with Queen’s University which, by the time he graduates, will allow Harry to participate in its deployment and proprietorship. Until then, the specifics must be kept under wraps.

Jul 19, 2022 — Aiming for Net-Zero emissions by 2050, Victor Udo-Okoro wants to make the nuclear industry safer
Udo-Okoro investigates the effect of impurities, such as sulfate in acidic solutions, on the passivity breakdown of alloys using a simulator of off-chemistry scenarios in nuclear power plants. With this information, he can advise the industry on the degradation mechanism of these alloys, their efficient use, and the lifetime of the materials before refurbishment or replacement.

Jul 15, 2022 — Brian Amsden re-appointed Head of Chemical Engineering department
Dr. Brian Amsden is re-appointed Head of Chemical Engineering department at Queen's University. The appointment is effective July 1, 2022 for a 5-year term.

Jul 12, 2022 — In the study of ‘extreme scale systems,’ Ryan Grant explores and bolsters the speed of supercomputing
We rely on supercomputers around the world to process immense amounts of data. Ryan Grant’s work is focused on improving such supercomputers so that they can work faster and produce more accurate results.

Jul 08, 2022 — Summer online module aims to ensure incoming students’ programming skills are up to code
A new programming module has been added to the free QEng Prep modules on physics, mathematics and chemistry to prepare students for first-year studies.

Jun 29, 2022 — Quality of life and knowledge conversion key goals for new Graduate Studies head
Queen’s Engineering appoints Aris Docoslis as its new Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

Jun 27, 2022 — A Pride Month reflection, adjusting and planning for second year
Evan Dixon, who recently completed his first year of study at Queen’s Engineering, reflects on his experience, from finding an off-campus home and building a community from there.

Jun 24, 2022 — Cao Thang Dinh awarded the Prize for Excellence in Research, Queen’s highest internal research award
Cao Thang Dinh, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded with Queen's University’s highest internal research award, the Prize for Excellence in Research.

Jun 23, 2022 — Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2022
For the second year in a row, Heidi Ploeg and the Centre for Women in Engineering at Queen’s hosted a luncheon at the Backyard Patio to acknowledge the achievements of women in engineering within the faculty.

Jun 20, 2022 — An Indigenous History Month reflection, finding a community at Queen’s Engineering
Eric Birchall is an Indigenous engineering student currently working at Enbridge Gas in London, Ontario on a QUIP internship. He took the time during this National Indigenous History Month to reflect on his experiences at Queen’s and in the field.

Jun 17, 2022 — In the study of fluid transport and mixing, Jason Olsthoorn looks to model lakes and oceans
Jason Olsthoorn joined the Department of Civil Engineering this year with a research focus on the physical processes that mix up lakes.

Jun 14, 2022 — A Pride Month reflection, finding a community at Queen’s Engineering
Dani Zhao, who recently completed their first year of study at Queen’s Engineering, reflects on their experience and the transition to Queen’s amid its return to in-person class sessions last fall. “I found a very tight-knit community.”

Jun 13, 2022 — Newly announced Centre for Health Innovation links medicine, engineering, science, technology, humanities for health research
An evolution of the Human Mobility Research Centre, the Centre for Health Innovation connects researchers from across disciplines to tackle the most pressing human health challenges.

Jun 09, 2022 — Young alumnus continues entrepreneurial spirit, this time in Indigenous community
Alec Glover founded and operated a web development company, in addition to his full course load in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from his first year at Queen’s through graduation in 2020. When the pandemic restricted access to most office spaces, a new venture idea struck him: a shared coworking space in the Chippewas of Rama community, north of Toronto.

Jun 07, 2022 — Indigenous Futures in Engineering awarded $600,000 to expand K-12 outreach
The Indigenous Futures in Engineering initiative recently received its most successful funding request to date of just under $600,000. With support from the PromoScience grant, InEng will deliver an elementary school-based program, called Foundations for Indigenous Futures in Engineering, as part of its goal to expand Indigenous STEM outreach.

Jun 03, 2022 — An international effort to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint
A team of civil engineering academics and industry and other partners are working to make one of the highest-CO2 producing industries much cleaner.

May 25, 2022 — Inspired by the human brain, researchers advance the field of neuromorphic photonic computing
Bhavin Shastri and Alex Tait have collaborated for over a decade on research that looks at how photonics—the use of light instead of electricity to send and process information—can benefit neuromorphic computing, and are now building this knowledge into an actual, usable computer in order to explore specific needs that can’t be met by traditional computing or that photonic can address more efficiently.

May 12, 2022 — Engineers Canada names Keith Pilkey an EDI Leader
Engineers Canada polled its “30 by 30 Champions” network and subsequently deemed 13 individuals EDI Champions, a distinction that includes Keith Pilkey, Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

May 05, 2022 — Blending biomechanics and robotics, Amy Wu builds knowledge to improve human mobility
Mechanical and Materials Engineering researcher Amy Wu investigates how people walk, building knowledge that can lead to the development of robots that can help people with disabilities.

Apr 28, 2022 — Student "EngWell" campaign improves health and wellness
The two-month campaign, which ran March to April, facilitated student health and wellness initiatives while it transformed spaces inside Beamish-Munro Hall into a unique and interactive wellness retreat.

Apr 28, 2022 — In Burkina Faso, a Queen’s Engineering partnership aims to improve the occupational health of cotton textile crafters
In partnership with Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo in Burkina Faso, a Mechanical and Materials Engineering team is helping traditional weavers improve occupational health.

Apr 07, 2022 — Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD project launches information hub
The engineering faculties of each participating university of the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD Project have launched an information hub, ibetphd.ca, which articulates the purpose, structure, and goals of the initiative.

Apr 05, 2022 — Three Engineering researchers awarded $500k in “Exploration” funding to advance bold, innovative programs
Cao Thang Dinh, Laurence Yang, and Yong Jun Lai are among the Queen’s researchers awarded in support of high-risk, high-reward research with an interdisciplinary approach through the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration stream.

Apr 04, 2022 — Queen’s Engineering launches ‘Stay Well’ initiative for exams
Dean Deluzio encourages students to be mindful in the weeks before in-person assessments.

Mar 31, 2022 — Incorporating UN SDGs, youth outreach team workshops a “smart farm” in the Faculty of Education
A recent workshop led by the Queen’s Connections Youth Outreach team tasked students in the Faculty of Education to create a small prototype “smart farm,” a sprout house, to address the complex problem of food insecurity in Canada.

Mar 25, 2022 — Youth outreach team builds diversity in STEM through early engineering education
Queen’s Engineering Connections is addressing a STEM representation issue at its roots.

Mar 24, 2022 — International engineers instill insights on Insta
Queen’s Engineering students from around the globe are building an Instagram presence for prospective international students.

Mar 23, 2022 — Women in Engineering presents campus-wide ‘Women in STEM challenge’
The Queen’s Women in Engineering initiative, in celebration of Women’s History Month and National Engineering Month, present a campus-wide activity to highlight contributions of women in STEM throughout history. #WiSChallenge

Mar 23, 2022 — New imaging method allows the capture of high-res and 3D images, a potential boon to healthcare and diagnostics
In a paper published in Nature Photonics co-authored by Majid Pahlevani, a new technique that can enhance state-of-the-art microscopes allows an increase in image resolution while also making 3-D microscopic imaging possible.

Mar 22, 2022 — Sarah Jane Payne on local COVID-19 wastewater research partnerships: “the most rewarding work of my career”
On U.N. World Water Day, Queen's researcher Sarah Jane Payne speaks about the importance of water quality and access in combating a global crisis affecting over two billion people.

Mar 09, 2022 — Dean Kevin Deluzio appointed to second five-year term
Queen’s University announces the re-appointment of Dr. Kevin Deluzio for a second five-year term as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science effective July 1, 2022.

Mar 08, 2022 — Hydro One internship empowers student with experience and insights for her future career
For fourth-year Chemical Engineering student Aishat Usman, her internship offered a new perspective of what an engineer can do in the professional world.

Mar 07, 2022 — Spring Break Open House
Queen’s Engineering is opening its virtual doors to prospective students March 15 – 16 to showcase high-calibre programs, career prospects, student life and more!

Mar 07, 2022 — Queen’s-affiliated research team, SPARQ, captures solar power and takes it public
How a Queen's research team led by Professor Praveen Jain has generated a real-world solution to efficiently capture solar power.

Feb 28, 2022 — Queen’s Engineering to spotlight student wellness in the halls of Beamish-Munro
A two-month campaign to highlight and encourage student wellness among students will adorn the halls of Beamish-Munro.

Feb 25, 2022 — A newly minted Cansbridge Fellow, Gonzalo Soto is set to take on the world
Congratulations to Gonzalo Soto, who was accepted to the Cansbridge Fellowship, a unique program which offers life-changing experiences to students across Canada. The unique Fellowship program is made up of three parts - the Silicon Valley Experience, the Asia Summer Internship, and the Cansbridge Network.

Feb 22, 2022 — Kontopoulou, Liu granted funding to advance commercial potential for inventions
Marianna Kontopoulou and Yan-Fei Liu are recipients of funding through the Technology Development Pilot Program, whose goal is to advance selected inventions with commercial potential to position them for other funding opportunities and make them attractive to potential licensees or investors.

Feb 18, 2022 — Outreach initiative Black Youth in STEM works to increase the number of Black engineers in Canada
Cressana Williams-Massey joined the faculty to develop an outreach initiative that engages and inspires Black youth in Kingston toward careers in the sciences.

Feb 15, 2022 — Student “Project Firefly” aims to fight wildfires with sound and drones
Amid her first-year studies from home in British Columbia, Jesse Pound and an online collaborator won a national innovation challenge (the idea: fighting wildfires with sound and drones) which featured a prize trip to Silicon Valley and meetings to potentially bring the project to fruition. It’s where the two finally met.

Feb 14, 2022 — Queen’s Engineering launches a “transformative” vision of engineering education
Covering three areas of impact, “Driving Curiosity Forward” redefines the mandate of this leading engineering school.

Feb 11, 2022 — Chair for Women in Engineering Heidi Ploeg discusses progress, challenges on International Day of Women and Girls in Science
On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Heidi Ploeg, Queen’s Chair for Women in Engineering, discusses strategies to engage and retain female students and researchers in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Feb 07, 2022 — Remembering Bert Wasmund, Sc’61, MASc’63, LLD’08
Queen’s is remembering Dr. Bert Wasmund, who passed away recently at the age of 82. He believed a university education could be life-changing and made it his mission to help others succeed.

Feb 02, 2022 — Benjamin Maxwell, Sc'19, named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Ben Maxwell, Sc’19, co-founder of Pulsenics along with Mariam Awara, has made this year’s list of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list.

Jan 28, 2022 — QUIP Internship Q&A: Jacob Bilous
Jacob Bilous, a mining engineering student, recently completed an internship at Impala Canada's Lac des Iles mine in order to gain valuable work experience, as well as “get hours towards my P Eng, and make some money.”

Jan 24, 2022 — Aboriginal Access to Engineering is now “Indigenous Futures in Engineering”
"Indigenous Futures in Engineering" is the new name and brand for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Indigenous student support and youth outreach unit.

Jan 21, 2022 — STEM:InA provides Indigenous student services to all undergraduate STEM-focused programs at Queen’s
Recognizing the unique need for STEM-focused student services, the STEM:InA program, born in the Faculty of Engineering, builds academic, social, and cultural community across three faculties at Queen’s.

Jan 21, 2022 — InEng connects Indigenous students with resources on campus, across Canada, and internationally
From a NASA-sponsored rocket competition to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Indigenous students in engineering can chart their own path.

Jan 21, 2022 — Community-based youth outreach inspires future Indigenous engineers
Indigenous Futures in Engineering works with schools in First Nations communities to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Jan 21, 2022 — InEng nurtures a supportive culture for Indigenous students of engineering at Queen’s
With a dedicated study and break room, social activities, and access to academic supports, a unique faculty initiative guides students with a holistic approach to university life.

Jan 21, 2022 — (Re-)introducing: Indigenous Futures in Engineering
Upon its ten-year anniversary, Aboriginal Access to Engineering is renamed Indigenous Futures in Engineering (InEng) to better reflect the times and represent its successes.

Jan 18, 2022 — Edward Burtynsky to collaborate with Queen’s on unique work of public art
Queen’s University is proud to announce a partnership with world-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky to help realize his new public art piece titled "Standing Whale."

Jan 13, 2022 — Daymond, Giacomin, and Zou appointed Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs
The Tier 1 Canada Research Chair re-appointments of Mark Daymond and Alan Jeffrey Giacomin, and the promotion of Ying Zou from a Tier 2 to a Tier 1 Chair were announced yesterday by the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne.

Jan 12, 2022 — Faculty supports students attending Women in Science and Engineering conference
Twenty-five students of Queen’s Engineering will attend the 10th annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference, thanks to support from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Jan 11, 2022 — Art inspires innovation at student-led Queen’s Engineering Competition
At this year’s Queen’s Engineering Competition, students and faculty will help plan and conceptualize a new major public artwork by an internationally renowned artist.