The Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) inducted a number of alumni, faculty members and longtime Memorial University supporters to its membership at its 2015 annual general meeting and symposium in Hamilton, Ont., June 4.
Among the 50 members that have been inducted throughout Canada, three individuals have close connections to Memorial by way of their professions: Fred Cahill, president, the Cahill Group; Jamie Long, president, Hibernia Management and Development Co. Ltd. (HMDC); and Dr. Leonard Lye, professor and associate dean (graduate studies), Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University.
Each of the three individuals have made significant contributions to the field of engineering and applied science both within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. Mr. Cahill, an alumnus from Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is also chair of the Genesis Centre, Memorial’s business incubator for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential, and has made a number of significant contributions to Memorial, including spearheading the Cahill Engineering One Help Centre, a resource centre for first-year engineering students that helps facilitate the transition from high school to university.
Mr. Long, through HMDC, has invested in numerous funds and programs to support research, teaching and learning at Memorial University, including the recent launch of the Hibernia Project-Shad Valley Fund at Memorial in 2014, which encourages high school students to pursue studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Shad Valley project is led by Dr. Lye, who is also being inducted into the academy. In addition, Dr. Lye, a faculty member with Memorial since 1988, has contributed significantly to the field of engineering and applied science. In addition to his role as a professor of civil engineering and associate dean, he is also an inventor and entrepreneur and has mentored more than 30 graduate students and published more than 120 papers in journals and conferences.
“I would like to offer my congratulations to each of the individuals who have been inducted as fellows into the academy,” said Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research), Memorial University and past president, CAE. “They have supported and contributed to enriching and enhancing research, training and education at Memorial University and in this province. Throughout their distinguished careers, they have consistently demonstrated exemplary service and provided invaluable leadership to the wider community.”
The CAE is the national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. The CAE is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987. Members of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers to honorary fellowships, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.
In 2014 five members with close ties to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science were named fellows to the organization: Dr. Ray Gosine, associate vice-president (research), Memorial University; Dr. Charles Randell, president and chief executive officer, C-CORE, Earl Ludlow, president and chief executive officer, Newfoundland Power; Gilbert Bennett, vice-president, Lower Churchill Project, Nalcor Energy; Dr. Ross Peters, professor emeritus, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University.