Winners of the Richard
Cheng Design Award, given to outstanding Mechanical Engineering students,
are, left to right, Donato DOnotrio, Louis-Philippe Senecal and
Joao Carlos Santos.
Photo by John Elliott
by Barbara Black
For the past five years, the
Department of Mechanical Engineering has ended the winter term with an
awards day ceremony to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of students,
faculty and staff over the past year.
For four years, this has included presentation of the Silas Katz Memorial
Award, and of design awards, initiated by the families of Professors Emeriti
R.M.D. Cheng and M.O.M. Osman. The design awards are meant to encourage
creativity and a spirit of organization among students in their final
year, as expressed in extracurricular activities or their capstone design
This years winning teams designed a recumbent bicycle, flight simulator
and pedal scooter. In the future, it is expected that sponsoring Quebec
industries will initiate design awards for specific projects.
The Awards Day, held April 10 in the Department, was, as always, well
Certificates of recognition for service to the department were presented
to Professor Vojislav Latinovic (faculty), Robert Oliver (technical),
Leslie Hosein (assistants/secretarial staff) and Peter Sakaris (professional).
Long-service awards were presented to Professors A.K. Waizuddin Ahmed
and Gerard J. Gouw (15 years), Assistant to the Chair Jayne Claassen (15
years), Technical Officer John Elliott (30 years) and Technician Gilles
Huard (10 years).
The Silas Katz Memorial Award, presented by Professor Emeritus R.M.D.
Cheng, was given to Christopher Gruden, Halim Pagacz and Paul Slack.
The R.M.D. Cheng Award, presented by Mrs. Cheng, went to the designers
of an attitude indicator of a flight simulator: Louis-Philippe Senecal,
Donato DOnofrio, Joao Carlos Santos and Rehan Wasti.
The M.O.M. Osman Design Award, presented by Mrs. Osman, was given for
the design of a recumbent bicycle to Melvyn Kouri, Jovan Stojanovic, Michael
English, Hervé Tichkiewitch and Dominica Wolszczan.
The Mechanical Engineering Design Award, presented by Professor Emeritus
Hugh McQueen, was given for the design of a pedal scooter to students
Richard Nelson, Neil Tanna, Fab Guerrera, Pasquale Ciaramella, Ahmed Al-Zayani
and Li Ju Huang.
Certificates for involvement in student associations went to Harry Politis
CSME), Monalisa Larouche (CSIE), Harry Politis (ASME), Michael Kouzelis
(MESA), Karim Ibrahim (CASI), Stefano Rotili and Roberto Rotili (SAE).
Bruce Keddy got the SAE Award, and Dr. Henry Hong was given the SAE Faculty
Dr. Rama Bhat, chair of the department, announced the winners of graduate
fellowships, fee remission awards and scholarships: Ma Hui, Mengistu Temesgen,
Stefanov Tzanko, Omar Adb Elgawad Mohammad, Sekhar Ganti Chandra, Xiangyu
Xie and Tingseng Tang.
Our thanks to Dr. Ion Stiharu, who was master of ceremonies, for this