January 6, 2016 — Professors Kamran Behdinan (MIE), Doug Hooton (CivE), Hugh Liu (UTIAS), and Heather MacLean (CivE), along with alumnus Marc Rosen (MechE 8T1, MASc 8T3, PhD 8T7) have been recognized by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) for their distinguished engineering achievements. Professor Hooton received the Julian C. Smith Medal “for achievement in the development of Canada”. Dr. Rosen garnered the John B. Stirling Medal “for leadership and distinguished service at the national level within the Institute and/or its member societies.” Professors Behdinan, MacLean and Liu have been named EIC fellows for their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. EIC medal recipients and new fellows will be honoured at the Institute’s Annual Awards Banquet at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa on March 12, 2016.
Before joining U of T in 2012, Kamran Behdinan was founding chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and founding director of the Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation at Ryerson University. He is currently the NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design. Professor Behdinan is founding director of the Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation, a project-based learning institute working in partnership with major aerospace and automotive companies to provide students with industry-based design experience. He has also spearheaded the creation of several capstone design courses. A leader in his professional community, he served as president of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) from 2010-2012. Professor Behdinan is a fellow of CSME and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 2015, he received the C.N. Downing Award, recognizing distinguished service to CSME.
Marc Rosen is a Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where he served as founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science from 2002 to 2008. From 1986 to 2002, he was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, where he served as department chair and director of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Rosen has carried out extensive research on sustainable energy, leading to increased efficiency and reduced emissions and costs. He has been a pioneer in the development of advanced thermodynamic methods based on exergy. Dr. Rosen has served as president of EIC and as president of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME). He is a fellow of EIC, CSME, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Energy Foundation. Dr. Rosen received the 2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award in 2003 and was inducted into U of T’s Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010.