June 27, 2016 — Professor Murray Thomson and alumna Elizabeth Croft (PhD MechE 9T5) are among 11 members of the U of T Engineering community inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).
The CAE comprises the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have demonstrated their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of Canada. The new CAE Fellows were inducted on June 27 in Winnipeg, as part of the Academy’s Annual Meeting.
“The induction of these outstanding Engineering alumni and faculty members to the Academy is a testament to the respect in which they are held by their peers and the impact of their accomplishments as engineering innovators, researchers, educators and industry leaders,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate the inductees on this prestigious and richly deserved recognition.”
Murray Thomson is an internationally renowned researcher in the areas of alternative fuels, pollution control and combustion sensors. He has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge in these fields and several Canadian companies have benefited from his research. Among his many accomplishments, he has developed four patented industrial sensors that allow reductions in energy consumption and emissions through better monitoring. Thomson has also made extensive contributions to his professional community: he is director of the NSERC CREATE Program in Clean Combustion Engines and vice-chair of the Canadian Section of the Combustion Institute. He is a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Elizabeth Croft is an international leader in recruiting women into engineering. As the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and as associate dean of engineering at UBC, Croft was a driving force in nearly doubling the number of women in engineering at UBC. She is also an internationally respected researcher in the field of robotics, particularly robot trajectory planning and human-robot interaction. She has written over 150 scholarly articles on these subjects. Croft’s service and research excellence have been recognized through major provincial, national and international awards. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Engineers Canada and was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2014.