Congratulations May 2017 Grads!

Please join us in congratulating our most recent graduating class, who crossed the stage on May 31, 2017!

A special congratulations also goes out to all of our award winners, who have made outstanding academic and/or leadership achievements during the course of their program. See below for this year’s winners.

Letson Prizes

Awarded to the Head of the graduating class for each Option.

Awarded to:

  • Rory Smith (General Option)
  • Jonathan Marr (Biomedical Option)
  • Jian Ng (Mechatronics Option)
  • Sonia Taylor (Thermofluids Option)




Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Gold Medal

For overall outstanding achievement.

Awarded to: Alexander Michalatos


APEG Achievement Award

Given to one graduating student in each Department who shows great promise.

Awarded to: Jian Ng


Capstone Design Award

Recognizes outstanding accomplishments in Engineering Design.

Awarded to: Team #9, for the Design of a TUC RUC fuel membrane tester, sponsored by Greenlight Innovation.

Team members:

  • Ryan Bredin (pictured below)
  • Theo Fan
  • Devon Leroux
  • Connor Robertson
  • Xueke (Roxie) Yu

“The team designed and fabricated a bench-top precision testing apparatus to simultaneously and autonomously conduct thickness, resistance and permeability measurements of a fuel cell gas diffusion layer membrane under calibrated mechanical loading conditions. The deliverables included the design and fabrication of the apparatus, electronic controls for the testing protocols and a complete software package and graphic user interface to conduct the testing procedure and collect the data.” (Dr. Mike van der Loos)


Outstanding Student Leader Award

Recognizes the top undergraduate student who has demonstrated strong leadership skills and made outstanding contributions to the Department and Faculty, specifically in the realms of student affairs, design competition teams, professional association student chapters, and other related activities.

Awarded to: Ashley Mak

“This year, Ashley served as the President of Club Mech. She has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills in organizing events for students and making sure the MECH student body was well represented.

Throughout her degree, she has continually given her time and effort to contribute to the betterment of our Department, the University, and the student engineering community as a whole.” (Dr. Sheldon Green)


The winners of the Letson Prizes, CSME Gold Medal, APEG Achievement Award, Capstone Design Award, and Outstanding Student Leader Award.


Degree with Distinction

For students who achieved an overall first-class average in second- through fourth-year courses.

Awarded to (in alphabetical order):


Students who received a Degree with Distinction.