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U of T Celebrates

Faculty and alumni recognized with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards

April 23, 2021

Two U of T Engineering professors and three alumni have been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards.

The awards recognize professional engineers in Ontario who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and to society.   

Professor Baher Abdulhai of the department of civil and mineral engineering won the Engineering Excellence medal, recognizing overall excellence in the practice of engineering. Professor Eric Diller of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering won the Young Engineer Medal, for an early-career engineer who has demonstrated professional excellence as well as service to the community.

Alumnus Hugo Blasutta received the Management Medal, for innovative management contributing significantly to an engineering achievement and alumnus Peter Halsall won the Gold Medal, recognizing public service, technical excellence, and outstanding professional leadership. Alumna Sandra Odendahl received the Citizenship Award, given to an engineer who has made significant volunteer contributions to the community. 

“These recipients illustrate the amazing depth and breadth of the contributions being made by U of T engineers, spanning research, management, entrepreneurship, professional leadership, and service to the profession and to the community,” said U of T Engineering Dean Christopher Yip. “On behalf of the Faculty, my warmest congratulations to these outstanding engineering faculty and alumni on this well-deserved recognition.” 

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