How did your experience studying Engineering shape your career/life journey?
My experience and education in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster positively influenced my personal and professional development and shaped my career. My engineering education helped me immensely in my University academic career. It also trained me to apply logical thinking to solve complex problems in life and in dealing with industry and the public within and beyond engineering.
What was your biggest accomplishment?
There have been many significant milestones throughout my career including many recognitions of excellence in research, teaching, and service and national and international awards, but perhaps one of the notable achievements has been being the first woman Dean of Engineering in Canada paving the way for others to follow. Recently, I was thrilled to hear that I was invested in the Order of Ontario. It felt excellent to be receiving the highest honor that Ontario can bestow on its citizens. It is great to have my work, and leadership acknowledged, along with an impressive list of 25 accomplished Ontarians and to be the only engineer receiving the Order of Ontario this year given that there are over 170,000 professional engineers in Ontario. I was very proud and happy to celebrate this with my family, friends, and colleagues.
On a personal level, my biggest accomplishment is mentoring many young men and women and helping them achieve their potential and serve the society with distinction including our two sons who are very successful surgeons, inventors, and innovators in their right. The support of my husband, an engineering professor, was a great help all the way which allowed me to combine an active career with raising a family.
Originally posted 2016-06-24 17:31:51.