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WINTER 2011 THE COMPLETE ENGINEER THE MAGAZINE OF THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY CELEBR ATING Queen’s Engineering! INSIDE… Celebrating Queen’s Engineers: RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSES TO: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science PM# 41956012 Ten profiles of Ofﬁce of the Dean Engineering Alumni Queen’s University Principal Daniel Woolf 45 Union Street Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 reflects on the legacy of Queen’s engineering Queen’s Formula SAE Team roars to its best season ever A special, four page, P U L LO U T history and timeline of the Faculty ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER I COMPLETE THE CONTENTS ENGINEER WINTER A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN A time to celebrate DEAN CELEBRATING OUR FACULTY Kimberly A. Woodhouse Q and A with Principal Daniel Woolf MANAGING EDITOR Welcome: 2 new faculty Adam Walker Putting a better foot forward GRAPHIC DESIGN Queen’s Formula SAE team delivers best season ever Queen’s Marketing and Communications CELEBRATING OUR ENGINEERING ALUMNI EDITOR Leading the way Alec Ross A life spent making things better CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Two proud Queen’s Engineering families: The Marstons Alec Ross Nanci Corrigan SPECIAL FOUR PAGE PULLOUT CONTACT INFORMATION Timeline Faculty of Engineering A short history of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Applied Science Queen’s University Founders: the names behind the buildings Beamish-Munro Hall Did you know? 45 Union Street Then and now Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 A short history of Engineering Tel 613.533.2055 CELEBRATING OUR ENGINEERING ALUMNI Fax 613.533.6500 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Two proud Queen’s Engineering families: The Redferns Rock Solid: N.Z. earthquake greets alumna taking her place as professor of rock mechanics 5 down, 2 to go Get the balance right Breaking down a problem and rebuilding something out of the pieces Giving people the tools to succeed NCE The stor y of the Applied Faculty Science of Eng across really beg ineering CIE Canada ins on and . a voya The “Fac I t was the ge Science ulty of App ” appears lied IED S summer Monro of in the Grant , and Geo - Uni steamsh was trav rge versity ip, elling Calenda foot acro canoe, hor by Dupuis r, with Nathan ss Can seb ada with ack, and on named PL ing, the Pacific chief eng San ineer of dford Flem- Dean of the new as the first The jou with m rney from Railway Faculty D AP Grant’s . 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The ): the bas d for the in Com lives by ic cod engi- putatio rem e the eng nal Flui math and ains the sam ineer d Dyn e: amics mankind science in serv to apply , and to ice of standard uphold s of pers the high profess ional inte onal honour est grity. and THE CO MPLET E ENG INEER A TIME TO A M E S S AG E F R O M T H E D E A N celebrate W elcome to the Winter 2011 issue of The Complete Engineer. This issue is a celebration. We have: C Completed our strategic and academic plans C Welcomed ten new faculty members We are celebrating our past. C Started two new degrees at the You will find a special four-page pullout graduate level that illustrates our Faculty’s history and C Received one of the largest single features a handy timeline detailing our donations to Queen’s University evolution. Also in this issue, a Q and A C Produced new recruitment materials, with Principal Woolf describes the role new websites, and videos our Faculty has played at Queen’s Uni- C Welcomed 150 more undergraduates versity and the future he sees for us. students a year We are celebrating our present. C Increased our international We profile ten of our alumni. These are undergraduate enrollment by 8.6% men and women who have been shaped C Been awarded over $60 million in by their experience at Queen’s and in research funding including a $17 turn are shaping the world around them. million Canada Foundation for Innova- BERNARD CLARk We also profile the research of Dr. Tim tion grant and $5.8 million in Ontario Bryant, a professor in our Department Research Funding of Mechanical and Materials Engineer- C Established three new research chairs ing, whose work on an improved, Further: affordable prosthetic foot is helping As you can see, we are in the midst of C Our professors have won three people in the developing world who much change. Change can be challeng- Premier’s Excellence awards have lost lower limbs due to landmines ing, but it also brings new and exciting C Our incoming average has increased and natural disasters. opportunities. We’ve been pleased to by 2% welcome back many visiting alumni We are celebrating our future. C Our 2010 incoming class was 28% recently, and I encourage you to come Read about our students, their women, the highest percentage of visit as well – come and share in our activities, their initiatives and their any Faculty that offers programs excitement. accomplishments. from across all disciplines C Our professors have won over 30 I wish you all a safe and prosperous We are celebrating Queen’s Engineering teaching awards 2011. and Queen’s Engineers, and there is much C Our design teams have done extraordi- to celebrate. narily well! In 2010: C Queen’s Space I would like to take this opportunity to Engineering Team placed sixth at the thank the faculty members, department annual CanSat challenge in Amarillo Kimberly A. Woodhouse heads, staff and students of the Faculty Texas C Queen’s Formula SAE Team was the PhD, PEng, FCAE, FBSE of Engineering and Applied Science. top Canadian team, finishing 16th out Dean, Faculty of Engineering It has been a challenging and exciting of 120 teams, at the Michigan Interna- and Applied Science three years and, with the support of tional Speedway. This represents the this great group of people, we have team’s best result in its 17-year history accomplished much. I would like to C Queen’s Baja SAE Team placed seventh highlight a few of the key developments. overall in Design Judging at Baja SAE Carolina, and received second place for their Design Report C Queen’s Mostly Autonomous Sailboat Team placed third in the Sailbot class at the World Robotic Sailing Championship C Queen’s Aero Design Team placed 18th out of 29 teams in the SAE 2010 Aero Design West competition in Los Angeles, California C We have a new Aboriginal Access program to support enrollment of Aboriginal students in engineering C AND we have a new name, The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER Q and A C E L E B R AT I N G O U R FAC U LT Y with Principal Daniel Woolf Q You received your Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s in 1980. Do you recall your initial impressions of the Engineering Faculty and its students? How were they unique? I had pretty early contact with engineer- ing students. Quite literally the first two people I met at Queen’s when I arrived at Brockington House to check in were two Science ‘79 engineers, Charlie Lund and Michael Campbell. I’m still in touch with both and the latter was a housemate on Alfred and then Frontenac Street. I was struck by the enormous camaraderie QuEEN’S MARkETiNG AND CoMMuNiCATioNS and spirit among engineers, even by normally high Queen’s standards, and also by the exceptional rigour of their courses. The workload was legendary (though I suppose mine in Arts was just as heavy, just differently distributed). Q The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has played an important, often pivotal, role in Queen’s history with its faculty and alumni making invaluable contributions – men like George Grant, James Douglas, Douglas Ellis, and Hugh Q These are challenging times for the Q Traditions are very dear to the hearts of Conn, to name but a few. Do any of their University, but we have seen challenging Queen’s engineers, as they are to all stories particularly resonate with you? times before. What lessons can we take Queen’s alumni. This is a source of great I’ve spent some time poring over the from the past to help us now? strength and pride. How do you balance two volumes of Queen’s history pub- As a historian, I would note that the a respect for the University’s past and its lished so far and also read up on the past does offer us some lessons, includ- traditions with the need to move forward Faculty’s more recent history. What’s ing the fact that we’ve been in difficul- and evolve? clear is that while engineering has been ties before – in the 1860s and again in Again, one of the lessons we should a relatively late addition to some other the 1920s and 30s. The Queen’s name take from the past is that we shouldn’t universities, it has been a core part of and reputation has emerged stronger, be imprisoned within it. We are justifi- Queen’s from nearly the beginning. if different, every time. Personally, I’m ably proud of our traditions. The legacy I think the early founders and teachers, extremely bullish about Queen’s. All of Queen’s engineers and their people like Nathan Dupuis, had a vision universities are facing stress; there is “Renowned Spirit and Unrivaled of a program which, while “applied,” also no question these are challenging Excellence” is a core part of the Queen’s offered a very broad-based curriculum. times, particularly with government experience, and that will never change. It’s not surprising that many of our deficits, significant restraints on our But as I noted nearly a year ago in my engineering grads have acquired trans- revenue sources, and other public installation address, tradition is all ferable skills that have seen them policy areas, notably health, crowding about cumulative change; it’s not about succeed in other spheres, for instance out higher education. The appointment preserving everything that we have in the financial services sector. We of one of my fellow university leaders, indefinitely. George Grant would not should note some recent successes – Queen’s grad David Johnston, as our recognize the university of today, just notably Julie Lassonde, who addressed next governor-general, is a very positive as our first Principal, Thomas Liddell, spring Convocation. Faculty graduates step in terms of the profile of postsec- wouldn’t have recognized the univer- are creating a distinguished record for ondary education. With regard to the sity of Principal Grant’s time. We the future. particular challenges facing Queen’s, should preserve those things that are we have huge human capital upon which we can draw among our students, faculty, staff and alumni. ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER C E L E B R AT I N G O U R FAC U LT Y absolutely core to our identity and mis- Q What role do you see the Faculty of Queen’s Engineering and Applied sion as a national trust for teaching and Engineering and Applied Science playing Science alumni (from both our under- research, and we should be carefully in the University’s future? grad and postgraduate programs) selective about new ventures, rather Engineers have a “let’s solve it” approach perfectly fit this need. The broadly than galloping off in every direction. to problems and this is needed right interdisciplinary approach the Faculty Some things probably do need to be now at Queen’s and in the world. has taken over the years, including the set aside because, though we are com- Engineering grads have also been common first year, provide examples fortable doing them, they may not meet among our most generous donors, of innovation that other Faculties may the needs of 21st-century students. The people like Alfred Bader and Robert borrow from, as appropriate. I’m ongoing academic planning process Buchan. All levels of government have looking forward to working with Dean will help us determine our future path. talked about the need for more ‘highly Woodhouse and her team on continuing qualified persons’ in Canada, and to promote the Faculty and its interests. WELCOME: 2 new faculty Joshua Marshall, The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining QuEEN’S MARkETiNG AND CoMMuNiCATioNS Dominik Barz, Chemical Engineering ADAM WALkER ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER Putting a better foot C E L E B R AT I N G O U R FAC U LT Y FORWARD Since 1998, the team has been developing and refining a prosthesis originally designed for use in flat areas in rural Thailand; the device is now successfully used in many areas world- wide. Today, in collaboration with the Universidad Don Bosco in El Salvador, the design team – a partnership that includes Rob Gabourie, a professional prosthetist from Niagara Prosthetics International; DuPont Canada; Centennial Plastic Mfg. Inc. and Queen’s Chemical Engineering student Laura Towsley – is field-testing a new version of the mechanical foot that is size-adjustable, more comfortable and suitable for use in hilly terrain. “The wearer needs enough of a bounce to help them climb hills, but QuEEN’S MARkETiNG AND CoMMuNiCATioNS not so much of a bounce that it makes it hard for them to come down hills,” says Bryant. “Finding that balance is the big design challenge. You have to be re- sponsive to the needs set of the users.” The prosthetic itself is not meant to make direct contact with the ground, but to fit inside a shoe. To do that, users slip a “cosmesis” – a urethane foam cover that is custom-shaped to a Tim Bryant, Sc’ Mechanical, MSc’ Mechanical, Doctorate’ fit user’s shoe size – over the prosthesis. Together, the two items enable an amputee to become mobile and, to h undreds of thousands of people the world over have lost feet because of disease, car or workplace accidents or though durable and comfortable, they cost thousands of dollars. That obviously eliminates them as an option a casual observer, look the same as anyone else. Best of all for potential users in land mines. Fortunately, artificial, or for those with few or no financial developing countries, the new foot prosthetic feet are available for them, resources – a category which, unfortu- costs a fraction of its conventional but they are often too expensive for nately, includes the vast majority of counterpart, which is good news for amputees in developing countries. people in developing countries who hundreds of thousands of people in Dr. Tim Bryant is working to change require prosthetic feet. countries like Haiti and El Salvador that situation. A Queen’s professor of Visually, Bryant’s plastic prosthetic who have lost lower limbs to natural mechanical engineering, Bryant is the only vaguely resembles a human foot. disasters and land mines. scientific lead of a global research The bulk of the plastic is in the ankle “It’s great to see how eager people team that is developing innovative and heel area, in which is embedded a have been to support the project,” and affordable prosthetic foot. threaded screw hole that allows the says Dr. Bryant, a Parry Sound, Ontario The need is certainly there. Conven- foot to be attached at end of the limb. native whose entire academic career, tional prosthetic feet tend to be stiff, Protruding from that section is the keel, from undergraduate student to faculty uncomfortable to wear, and may break a thin, gently convex plastic plate – member – has been spent at Queen’s. down within weeks or months. There are think of a miniature beaver tail – joined “Everyone seems to be willing to a variety of different types, such as high- to the ankle section in a way that gives contribute financially or in-kind tech models containing carbon fibre, but, the foot some spring. because of our target population.” ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER Queen’s Formula SAE team delivers C E L E B R AT I N G O U R S T U D E N T S best season ever T he Queen’s Formula SAE Design and Race team is on a roll. The team, comprised of engineering stu- dents who each year design and build a one- person race car from scratch, is celebrating its most successful season in international compe- tition since the team’s inception 17 years ago. in a competition in Michigan this past spring, the Queen’s squad placed 16th overall out of a 120-team field, making it the top Canadian school. Thanks to a huge sponsor- ship push, the team participated in a second competition for the first time in its history. The members travelled to England’s legend- ary Silverstone Circuit, where they placed 26th overall out of 100 teams, making them the top-ranked North American entrant. “At Silverstone we were on pace for a top-ten finish, but a tiny engine issue caused the car to retire just two laps from the finish,” says the 2011 team’s project manager, Curtis Hogan. “We know we deserved to finish, and On the track we’re extremely proud of our team.” Hogan, a third-year mechanical engineer- on top of academic work – to create a car that The team members are also responsible ing student, credits this year’s unprecedented was lighter, more responsive and easier to for raising sponsorship money through mar- success to the efforts of a close-knit team that drive than previous models. keting and promotional activities, creating pulled consecutive 80-hour work weeks – this, The building of the Formula SAE car – and managing a budget, communicating SAE stands for the Society of Automotive with sponsors and faculty, and mentoring Engineers, the organization that sponsors the lower-year students on the team in order to competitions – is one of the most remarkable perpetuate its existence after the experienced student projects at Queen’s. Students com- senior members graduate and leave Queen’s. puter-design many of the car’s components, The 2010 team was made possible by fabricate the parts using equipment in support from 34 sponsors, corporate and McLaughlin Hall’s machine shop and painstak- otherwise, including the Faculty of Engineer- ingly weld, screw and bolt everything to- ing and Applied Science, the Department gether into a sophisticated high-performance of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, vehicle that, from a standstill, can reach a hun- Honda, Vale, Shell, Bombardier, iscar and the dred kilometers an hour in three seconds flat. Queen’s Science Class of ’62. The goal is to engineer a car that, in the “Team members are exposed to advanced annual Formula SAE student competitions, will skills that most students don’t have the op- be judged by auto-industry experts on criteria portunity to learn. Second-year students are including design, cost, manufacturability, on- doing everything from FEA and CFD simula- QuEEN’S MARkETiNG AND CoMMuNiCATioNS track cornering speed, acceleration and fuel tion, to operating an engine dynamometer economy. The students must be able to pres- and running the CNC mills and lathes in the ent a business case for a large production run machine shop,” says Hogan. “The team really of their vehicle, which means they must apply opens your eyes to what’s out there… the marketing and business skills to sell mock learning we experience is incredible.” investors on their “company”. A 25-kilometre With no fourth-year members on the team endurance race is the ultimate test of the car’s this year, the team will face many challenges, performance and reliability, and success in this but its members are hopeful for a successful event clinched the top finish for the Queen’s season. Says Hogan: “We’re a young team, but squad in Michigan. we’re extremely dedicated and our future Working on the car looks bright.” ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER CELEBRATING OUR ENGINEERING ALUMNI C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I Our alumni are leaders, entrepreneurs, trailblazers and pioneers: men and women who are shaping the world around them. in whatever they do, our Engineering alumni take with them the common experience that they shared at Queen’s – an experience that many credit with laying the foundations for their future success. Here are just a few of their stories. LEADING the way A s an engineer, Merv Dewasha always ensures that the structures he designs are well-built and long-lasting. As an Aboriginal up through the department to become a direc- tor of engineering – first in Saskatchewan in the mid-1970s, and later in ontario – Dewasha person, he works equally hard to give young became instrumental in developing the first First Nations men and women from across building code for on-reserve housing and a Canada an opportunity to forge a life in sci- training program for native housing inspectors. ence and engineering as rewarding as his own. Merv had other concerns. Most infrastruc- Dewasha grew up in the 1950s on the tiny ture work on reserves was carried out by non- Wahta Mohawk Territory near orillia, ontario, native contractors, meaning that millions of but unlike many of his peers, didn’t attend dollars in wages were not benefitting the school there. His father worked on the railroad community. To rectify this, over the years, and needed quicker access to the train lines Dewasha worked to help First Nations commu- than the reserve could provide, so from nities assume responsibility for roads, schools, November to April his family moved to nearby bridges, and water treatment plants – capital Bala, where Merv attended a two-room village projects that had previously been controlled school. He excelled in science and math and and managed by far-off indian Affairs bureau- was always at the head of his class. crats. He also helped to implement training Merv Dewasha Sc’ Civil After high school Dewasha enrolled in the and employment programs that ensured that engineering program at Queen’s and became Aboriginal people were part of work and with many of these ventures – his philosophy one of the few Aboriginal students on campus. maintenance crews. is to start something, then train others so that His mere presence made him a pioneer. it was Another Dewasha concern involved the they can sustain the organization themselves only in 1960 that the Canadian government funding of capital projects on reserves. until – Dewasha is not resting on his laurels. These had altered longstanding legislation to allow 1994, the indian Act prevented First Nations days the 64-year-old routinely works 60-to 80- “indians” to attend university to pursue careers band councils from borrowing money, so a hour weeks as the majority owner of Neegan as doctors, lawyers or engineers. band that wanted to build, for example, a Burnside Ltd. and Nuna Burnside Engineering “if i had been born ten years earlier, it school, was required to apply to indian Affairs and Environmental Ltd., companies that pro- would have been illegal for me to go to for funding that might take years to arrive. vide career development to Aboriginals and Queen’s university,” he says. “it’s unfortunate, Dewasha helped to orchestrate an arrange- inuit youth. but that’s the history of Aboriginal people in ment whereby bands could take out bank one of the firm’s most recent successes Canada. Those are some of the impediments loans that allowed them to build the school was the engineering work on the Meno Ya Win that our society has had to deal with.” (or whatever it was they wished to build) Health Centre in Sioux Lookout, ontario, a At Queen’s Dewasha received a firm long before the standard indian Affairs 140,000 square-foot facility that Dewasha says grounding in civil engineering and picked funding would have arrived. is a rarity among North American hospitals in up “soft” interpersonal skills whose value he Dewasha has also undertaken numerous that it treats patients using both Western med- would only fully understand many years later. initiatives with banks, universities and col- icine and traditional native healing practices. After his graduation in 1971, Dewasha leges, professional associations, the Canadian The harmonious cultural co-existence that worked for Parks Canada as an engineer Armed Forces and the National Research takes place at the new hospital reflects an ap- on the Rideau Canal, then moved west to Council that underline his commitment to proach that Dewasha has favored for decades. Saskatchewan to begin what became a improving educational and employment op- “i tried to retire once, but the elders said 30-year career with the Department of portunities in science and math for Aboriginal that i was too young and had important indian Affairs. His experiences there would people. These include the creation of the knowledge that had to be passed on to the shape his life’s work. non-profit Canadian Aboriginal Science and next generation,” says Dewasha, who speaks As Dewasha travelled around the province Engineering Association; a career symposium with pride about the talented staff he has on behalf of his employer, he was shocked by that showcases science- and math-related trained over the years to be fully competent the Third-World quality of much native hous- education, employment and trades opportu- engineers capable of working in different ing and infrastructure. He realized the shoddy nities open to Aboriginal youth; and, with cultural settings all over the world. “i think construction was a consequence of the fact the Canadian Construction Association, a that’s sort of the last leg of my career, to that reserves were a federal responsibility to program to certify trades and project man- provide leadership to Aboriginals in science which provincial housing, health and safety agers among Aboriginal youth. and engineering through my companies so standards did not apply. As he worked his way Although he is no longer directly involved that they can work anywhere, with anyone.” ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER E N G I N E E R I N G FA M I L I E S T W O P R O U D Q U E E N ’S A life spent C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I making things BETTER Redferns Marstons THE THE the lack of a long-term comprehensive W hen Don Marston chose plan for Canada’s infrastructure needs has resulted in the current backlog of problems. This is gradually changing, however. In recent years, well-publi- ROCK SOLID? A good mechanic can adjust a car’s engine to make it run more 23-year-old neophyte. Three years later he was offered a with over 8,000 employees in 65 offices around the world – was over- Queen’s in 1952 for an educa- tion in mining engineering, he had no idea that he would be establishing a family tradition. His university edu- cized instances of falling bridges, burst- smoothly and use less gas. Dr. Emil prestigious Imperial Chemical Indus- seeing the retrofit of a notoriously cation, however, had a strong impres- F or John Redfern, the road to suc- cess has been paved with concrete. The first job Redfern got after grad- In 1970 Canada Cement merged with Lafarge Canada to form Canada Cement Lafarge, and two years later, ing pipes and environmental damage – some involving loss of human life – have awakened politicians to the fact D r. Marlène Villeneuve was delighted when she finally arrived in Christchurch to begin her new job. No matter that much Nenniger operated on a larger scale: for four decades he worked in consulting engineering, sometimes diagnosing is- tries (ICI) fellowship to pursue a doc- torate in chemical engineering at the University of Manchester, England. In dirty zinc smelter in St. Louis, MO, that had been all but condemned. Over a period of years, and in the days before sion on him – and today, over half a century later, he counts seven Queen’s grads or future grads in his a number of grads toured me around and pretty much talked me into a career in mining,” he says. Canada Ltd. in Calgary look for these qualities and often place Queen’s grads at the top of their hiring list, uating in 1958 with a Queen’s civil Redfern, who had risen quickly that infrastructure decay is a matter of of the New Zealand city was inundated with sues at old or malfunctioning industrial 1956 the newly minted Dr. Nenniger environmental responsibility was on immediate family – along with many “They – and my father – were very particularly for their Calgary office. engineering degree was with the through the corporate ranks, was pressing national importance. rubble, having survived a massive 7.1 earth- plants and upgrading them to make to was invited to establish a process- the public radar, Nenniger introduced more working at Marston’s interna- persuasive!” Richard’s brother Today’s mining engineer must be Ontario Department of Highways. promoted as president of the firm’s Professional work has been only quake the day before. N.Z. earthquake greets make them cleaner and more efficient. engineering department at his father’s changes to processes and equipment tional mining consulting firm. David followed in his footsteps and able to think globally, says Richard He was charged with project-manag- western region, which was stationed one facet of Redfern’s busy life. Over “It was pretty awesome, but I missed the alumna taking her “You never went into a problematic Montreal firm – Surveyer, Nenniger & that reduced the plant’s water usage Don Marston joined Queen’s after both ended up graduating from Marston. “Most of our engineers find ing a five-mile section of the then-new in Calgary. He moved to Montreal in the years he has served on the boards worst of it,” says Villeneuve, who is now safely situation knowing what to do until you Chênevert (now SNC-Lavalin), which and toxic effluent amounts by some 90 a year at Lakehead Tech (now Lake- Queen’s in Mining Engineering – themselves in remote locations Highway 401, just east of Kingston. 1974 as executive vice president, and of institutions including Carleton ensconced in her new role as a professor of place as professor of and your team did a lot of work and would achieve renown as the designer percent. Nenniger still gets Christmas head University), which at the time Richard in 1980 and David in 1983. around the world in a completely At the time the roadway was being on May 9th 1977 – his 42nd birthday – University, the Montreal General rock mechanics at the University of Canter- rock mechanics finally felt you had a solution,” says of the gargantuan multiple-arch Manic cards from some of the people he had an affiliation with Queen’s. He Both also met their future wives different cultural setting.” He advises correctly promoted as one of the he was appointed as Canada Cement Hospital Foundation and the Boys bury. “Now we’re just getting aftershocks. It Nenniger. “But one enjoyable result 5 hydroelectric dam in northern worked with on the project. recalls a heavy workload, but also a on campus – Richard’s wife Lisa students to take Spanish or another province’s most important pieces of Lafarge’s president and CEO. and Girls Club of Canada. He chaired was certainly a unique introduction to the was that I always felt I was learning Quebec. At SNC he became a partner, Nenniger retired in 1990, and en- tremendous amount of school spirit graduated from Applied Science, relevant language, and to learn more transportation infrastructure. During the 1990s, Redfern chaired the Corporate Higher Education country.” something new.” then director, and worked on projects joys making improvements to a maple and enthusiasm. “Queen’s is where Metallurgical Engineering in 1981 about the people who will be working After completing his contract, The Coalition to Renew Canada’s In- Forum and has been involved with It’s been a relatively quick trip to the A Montreal native, Nenniger en- including a new sodium chlorate plant syrup farm near Guelph, Ontario he I met lifelong friends, colleagues and and David’s wife Jane graduated alongside them. “Whether you are Redfern found a job with the Canada frastructure, a group of leading Cana- many technical associations and chari- halls of academe for Villeneuve, who com- Marlene Villeneuve, Sc’ Geological Engineering, PHD’ rolled in engineering at Queen’s in the in Beauharnois, a zinc smelter in founded with his family 30 years ago peers in the mining industry,” he from Queen’s Nursing in 1983. working in the oil sands of Alberta, on Cement Company Limited as a techni- dian companies concerned about the table causes. In 2006 he was named a pleted her bachelors of science at Queen’s late 1940s, graduated in 1950 and Oklahoma and a proposed ilmenite and which at its peak produced more says. As evidence of the work ex- Not surprisingly, David and Jane’s a mountaintop in Peru or in a jungle cal sales engineer. Over the next poor state of Canada’s infrastructure member of the Order of Canada for in 2002. As an engineer, she worked hard and properly equip the Tunnel Boring colleagues was figuring out how to excavate earned a Masters degree from McGill a smelter in south India. While consult- than 1000 containers of flavorful, pected of students, Marston notes two sons continue to uphold the in Asia, it’s important to be tolerant of decade he was employed in various and its negative impact on the econ- his work on infrastructure renewal. and enjoyed various extracurricular campus Machines (TBM), the giant machines that do under an urban area that included several year later. Armed with these academic ing on the latter job he met Gerry award-winning syrup. He also takes that he played on both the football family tradition - both currently different ideas and to understand the sales and management positions in omy. His role involved leading public Redfern also maintains his Queen’s activities, including “getting purple” and the actual digging. (In fact, Herrenknecht, a heritage buildings that might be damaged credentials, he soon landed a job with Hatch, who headed Hatch Associates, great satisfaction in hearing from and basketball teams, but was forced attend Queen’s, one in Mining impact of the mining project on the Ontario and the Maritimes, logging seminars and continuous interaction connection through his participation socializing at the Clark Hall pub. After manufacturer of TBM’s, funded her research.) by tunnel deformations. She counts that an industrial gas producer, Air Liquide, an engineering firm that then had recipients of the Emil Nenniger to quit the latter because games con- Engineering. local community.” thousands of miles on the road to meet with federal and provincial officials. in the activities of various alumni graduating she directly started work on a “The idea was to give the contractor a complex job as the climax of her professional which had just sold two gas separation about 100 employees. Hatch extended International Exchange Scholarship flicted with his Saturday classes, Like his father, Richard Marston Both Don and Richard Marston with customers in the construction and Though the coalition has disbanded, groups. In 2008 the Montreal Chapter Master’s degree that studied the behaviour procedure for collecting this data early in career. plants in West Virginia and Texas. Nen- an open invitation to Nenniger to join in Chemical Engineering, which he which could not be skipped. recalls a ‘work hard, play hard’ believe that today’s mining engineer mining industries. While working in Redfern is still involved with infra- named him as winner of the John B. of landslides in western Canada – important the project and be able to identify what So far, that is. niger was tasked with supervising the the firm. In 1967, he did. established in 2003 and is awarded Marston graduated in 1955 and, in mentality during his time at must be a well-rounded critical northern Ontario in the early 1960s he structure issues through his position Stirling Award for his many contribu- subject matter for hydroelectric dams and types of rock might give them trouble,” says This September, Villeneuve joined the start-up and designing modifications One of the highlights of Nenniger’s annually to a third-year chemical engi- 1977, after working in a wide range of Queen’s. “The camaraderie and thinker with a wide range of mining was instrumental in the development as Chairman of the Advisory Board of tions. He has also served on the Board mines in the region. Midway through her Villeneuve, who analyzed her samples and faculty at the University of Canterbury, thus to pass acceptance tests for the new globetrotting years with Hatch – now a neering student at Queen’s to help mining operations, founded Marston social opportunities are important, expertise and the ability to problem- and use of cement stabilized hydraulic Clean Water Resources (CWR), a firm of the Queen’s Center For Water and research, however, Dr. Mark Diederichs, a interpreted the data at Queen’s. “It’s critical fulfilling one of her early career goals. At owner – a serious assignment for a Canadian engineering powerhouse them gain practical experience abroad. & Marston Inc., an international full- because these are relationships solve, skills that they themselves de- backfill at the Falconbridge and Inco involved in the design, construction the Environment, and this fall he and professor of Geological Engineering, told to get the estimate right at the beginning.” Queen’s she’d been really impressed by The contact with students reminds him service mining consulting and geo- that last a lifetime,” he says. “It was veloped during their time at Queen’s. mines, a method which has now be- management and funding of durable his 1956 teammates returned to their her about an intriguing research opportu- The project included an unexpected Deiderichs, her PhD supervisor, whose of his ten years as a part-time chemical- logical consulting organization with a challenging course of study that “My education, along with the strong come a standard practice in Canada. “green” infrastructure. The firm’s work alma mater to be inducted into the nity in Switzerland that he figured would diversion: Villeneuve earned her fifteen energy and enthusiasm for teaching and engineering lecturer at McGill Univer- extensive consulting experience in required a great deal of effort, but collegial opportunities at Queen’s, The cement business evolved and is done to a high-quality “perfor- Queen’s Football Hall of Fame. make an excellent PhD thesis. minutes of fame as an interview subject research opened her eyes to the possibilities sity in the 1960s, an activity he still open pit and underground coal, met- we also dedicated time to building gave me the ability, confidence and grew in tandem with the ready-mix mance” standard and involves the use John Redfern has been married to The project involved gathering excava- for a Canadian documentary crew that was of an academic career. counts as one of his most meaningful als, oil sands and industrial minerals teams and friendships that con- network to succeed,” says Richard and pre-cast concrete industries, of a specialized “green” concrete that Ann (Watson) for 53 years, and they tion data during construction of the Gotthard filming a program about the Gotthard Base “That passion ran all through the depart- contributions to engineering. mines. He kept in touch with his old tinue to this day. That spirit, and Marston. “That’s the value of the which were developing rapidly in the results in longer-lasting infrastructure, are the proud parents of four children. Base Tunnel in Switzerland, one of the world’s Tunnel for the Discovery Channel. “They ment and was kind of infectious, so I always But the lure of real-world engineer- school colleagues – and in fact was the high caliber of the education, Queen’s spirit!” 1960s and would eventually all but lower life-cycle costs and a potential Collectively the family has earned longest railway tunnels. Villeneuve leapt at didn’t know I was there, but once they met had the idea that I’d like to come back into ing remains: with his son, John, asked back to the campus as a special is what sets Queen’s apart.” supplant traditional on-site mixing. 70 per cent reduction in a project’s some ten University degrees. the chance, and eventually found herself me and found out I was Canadian, they academia,” says Villeneuve. “But being an Nenniger is working to commercialize lecturer on mine maintenance. When Recruiters at Marston & Marston greenhouse gas footprint. Attending Queen’s is something of integrated with the contractor, Strabag. Her revised their script to fit me in,” she says. engineer, I wanted to go work in industry a process they developed and patented one of those colleagues, Alan Bauer, Inc.’s U.S. offices and Marston How did North America find itself a Redfern family tradition. Redfern’s role was to collect rock samples from the “You don’t see much of me in the final show, first so that when I came back and faced that uses soluble gas to simplify extrac- became Head of the Department of with an infrastructure deficit? As father, Harry, brother Peter, and two tunnel in an attempt to determine what but you hear my voice a lot.” students I could say, ‘This is how we did it, tion of bitumen from the Alberta oil Mining Engineering, Marston asked Redfern points out, planning for new of John’s children, John and David, are geological characteristics make some rocks After earning her Doctorate in 2008, and here are pictures from projects that I sands. It’s cleaner, uses no water and him to visit and help convince his roads, bridges, sewers and water mains Queen’s graduates. These days, three stronger and others weaker. Such geological Dr. Villeneuve landed a job in San Francisco actually worked on.’ ” far less energy than current steam- two sons to study at Queen’s. has not been an area of keen interest of the senior John Redfern’s six grand- data is vital for tunnel contractors who must with Jacobs Associates, a consulting engi- In addition to fulfilling her academic extraction methods, and the senior Richard Marston (AppSci ’80), among elected officials, except at children are attending university (but estimate the design, price and duration of neering firm that designs everything from responsibilities, Villeneuve is looking forward Nenniger – a fellow of the Canadian had originally considered mining election time. to date, not at Queen’s). billion-dollar projects as accurately as possi- sewers to highway and train tunnels. Most of to consulting, which will allow her to keep Academy of Engineering since 1991 – engineering at another university, “This is unfortunate, as every infra- “It’s up to our younger three ble, since miscalculations could cost them the jobs she worked on were in and around current and scope out potential research is confident that this will prove to be but Professor Bauer and his father’s structure decision is a political deci- grandchildren – or postgraduate millions in extra costs and penalties. San Francisco, but last year the firm sec- projects for her students. an important engineering legacy. “At ‘strong encouragement’, along with sion, and a political decision tradition- studies for the older ones – to give Knowing what sort of rock conditions onded her for a year to Brisbane, Australia, “I got to Switzerland because a professor the moment it’s not moving forward a visit to Queen’s, changed his mind. ally is not based on engineering or life the family a fourth generation of they’ll encounter helps them schedule the where she helped gather and analyze data of mine was consulting there and spotted a at a great rate,” he says of the process, “When I came up to see the campus, cycle costs,” says Redfern, noting that Queen’s graduates,” he jokes. job, determine what sorts of supports they for the 6.7-kilometre AirportLink, a $6-billion research opportunity,” she says. “One of these which is being co-developed with might need to install to limit displacement highway tunnel slated for completion in 2012. days I’d like to do the same for one of my Hatch. “But in the long run, it’s going of the surrounding rock, avoid cost overruns One of the challenges for Villeneuve and her own students.” Dr. Emil Nenniger (left), Sc’ Chemical to be something.” The COMPLETE engineer 13 14 The COMPLETE engineer The COMPLETE engineer 7 8 The COMPLETE engineer The “Faculty of Applied User-interactive computer terminals Science” appears in the The journey from MINING AND AGRICULTURE to ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE has been long, are introduced to students A S H O R T H I S TO RY O F T H E FAC U LT Y O F E N G I N E E R I N G A N D A P P L I E D S C I E N C E The story of the Faculty of Engineering and Engineer – ORIGIN Middle English A S H O R T H I S TO RY O F E N G I N E E R I N G 1894-95 University A newly renovated Clark Hall Pub is re-opened Applied Science really begins on a voyage Calendar, with Nathan with more than a few twists and turns along the way…. s (denoting a designer and constructor across Canada. Dupuis named as the first First Engineering frosh are painted purple in honour of the engineers who of fortifications and weapons; formerly also as ingineer): in early use from I t was the summer of 1872, and George Monro Grant was travelling by steamship, canoe, horseback, and on Dean of the new Faculty The Queen’s-based Fifth Clark Hall, funded entirely by students, The first ‘greasepole climb’, using a died on the Titanic (in 1990, this tradition changed to allow only upper years to dye themselves) Alumnus Robert Buchan donates $10M to the Department of Mining, which is re-named in his honour Old French engigneor, from medieval Latin ingeniator, from ingeniare: The Engineering Fleming and Field Company of the is completed goalpost stolen from the University of ‘contrive, devise’ foot across Canada with Sandford Flem- ing, the chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Their exploration opened Grant’s eyes to the work of engineers, Society is formed to promote social functions and offer Ontario Halls are built, and 120 students are Canadian Militia becomes the first university engineering company in The University begins plans to build a new power plant on the As the Depression hits, Applied Science Arthur Clark retires as Dean at the age of 70, and Doug Ellis, one of the original and houses the Technical Supplies Toronto, is completed. There were earlier ‘greasy climbs’, but the Class of ’59 asserts it was the first to establish the The Engineering Pub (later known as “Ritual”) is held every Friday afternoon from 3 – 6 pm Genevieve Dumas becomes the The Engineering Society celebrates The Faculty is renamed The Faculty of Engineering and A lthough the term engineer wasn’t coined until 1325, the first inventors of pulleys, levers and and marked the beginning of a lifelong guidance to Science enrolled in the Canada, and the first to shores of Lake Ontario to replace experiences its lowest enrolment of the members of the Fifth Field Bookstore and current tradition using the U of T pole first full-time female member of its centennial Applied Science to better reflect wheels can be considered the ances- friendship with Fleming. students School be deployed overseas the one at Fleming Hall decade at 424 students Company, becomes Dean clubrooms Clark Hall Pub is officially born the Applied Science faculty anniversary its true nature tors of this noble profession. Working Grant never forgot that journey – and with sometimes limited knowledge when he became Principal of Queen’s C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C and little collaboration, these creators College in 1877, he soon began scheming designed and built the devices that about ways to create a Faculty of Applied met the needs of their society. Science to educate the engineers Queen’s Principal Queen’s passes a School enrolment Dean Goodwin retires; Arthur Clark takes The first Science The Science ’44 The Class of ’48½, made up Tuition Golden Words, The CAB (Canadian The Microcomputer Study Applied Science Innovation Park, home to many Applied As that society evolved, so did our needed to build and unite the country. George Grant founds bill to provide a reaches 310 students, on the role and creates Canada’s first Formal is held Co-op is created of mostly veterans, graduates climbs to the Engineering Accreditation Board) is Group is formed, a response to celebrates its Science research centres and commercial engineers. During the Renaissance, Queen’s, however, could not afford a the Kingston School $22,500 per annum precipitating the need Engineering Physics program to provide the $600 Society’s invited on campus to the latest craze on campus – centennial spin-off companies, opens its doors at the electrical, mechanical and civil spe- new Faculty without help, and the of Mining and grant for five years to build Gordon Hall reasonably range newspaper, evaluate the individual personal computers anniversary former Alcan site in Kingston cialties were developed – and in 1698, provincial government would not pro- Agriculture in to expand the priced rooms Dorothy Heartz, is the first publishes its programs offered by the mechanical engineer Thomas Savery vide Queen’s with any funding as long Carruthers Hall, with Applied Science Dean Nathan Dupuis retires and is for students woman to graduate from first edition on Department of Engineering, invented the first steam engine, giv- as it was a denominational university five students and program replaced by William Goodwin, the first Applied Science January 24th resulting in several degree Beamish Munro Hall is opened ing rise to the Industrial Revolution. affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. three professors: Director of the School of Mining name changes and touted as one of the most Engineering as a profession took on Grant was undaunted. He pitched the William Goodwin, environmentally advanced new prominence as industry began concept of a School of Mining and Agri- William Nicol and buildings in Canada. It garners mass production of goods and cities GRANT HALL culture – an independent school that Willet Miller Due to the war, only nine The first woman many awards, including the Royal expanded their infrastructure to ac- Rev. George Monro Grant ( - ) would lease space from Queen’s and students enroll in the School Clark Hall was graduated from William Goodwin Architectural Institute of Canada’s commodate the millions eager to During his 25-year term as Principal, George Grant transformed Queen’s from a struggling ‘borrow’ professors – and convinced funded Applied Science brought electricity Freshmen in Award of Excellence, the City of explore a more urban lifestyle. and impoverished Presbyterian college into a national university with a reputation for the provincial government to provide completely by in 1946 to Kingston the 1930s were In the 1890s, Kingston Livable City Design In the late 18th century, marine FLEMING HALL excellence. After traveling across Canada with Sandford Fleming, he became convinced of the necessary funding. The School Nathan Dupuis engineering required to courses were Award. It was selected by the engineering gained popularity and Sir Sandford Fleming ( - ) the need to train more engineers, and cleverly secured government funding to do so opened in 1893 and the Faculty was designed and students, carry orange offered in Canada Green Building Council allowed us to explore the as yet un- Sir Sandford Fleming served as the despite the University’s affiliation with the church by creating a separate School of Mining created in 1894, with Nathan Dupuis as its first Dean. Although it was officially FOUNDERS: the names behind the buildings… Chancellor of Queen’s University and Agriculture. Grant went on to raise funds for numerous buildings and equipment, and built the first Grant Hall including a large donation Did YOU know…. umbrellas until Christmas – or cheese and butter as one of three Canadian projects to represent Canada at the 2005 known ocean floor. In the early 1800s, engineering schools appeared for 35 years – but his initial is considered to be one of the major founders of the Faculty of Applied Science. called the Faculty of Applied Science, clock – and he from the Fifth face being tried processing, World Sustainable Building around the world and the profession contribution to the University it was usually referred to as the Faculty helped design Field Company The Campus Bookstore was originally the in ‘Science veterinary Conference in Tokyo gained new prominence and special- CLARK HALL occurred well before his MCLAUGHLIN HALL of Practical Science (then the most Carruthers Hall – students who Technical Supplies Store – opened in 1909 Court’! practices and izations. Arthur Clark ( - ) appointment. In 1872, as Chief Robert Samuel McLaughlin ( - ) common term). served in WWI by the Engineering Society to provide navigation On a windy North Carolina day Clark was the third Dean of Applied Engineer for the Canadian Pacific At the age of 16, R. Samuel McLaughlin began In 1916, Queen’s separated from the drafting supplies and textbooks in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright Science, and held the position for 24 ELLIS HALL Railway, he invited George Monro working as an apprentice upholsterer in his father’s Presbyterian Church, and the School years. He promoted research-based Douglas Ellis ( - ) Grant to join him on a surveying carriage factory in Oshawa and quickly worked his opened the door to aerospace engi- and Faculty were finally united as the teaching and designed the Engineering Douglas Ellis served as a Lieutenant in the Queen’s expedition across Canada – a way up to president of the company that eventually neering by proving that airplanes modern Faculty of Applied Science. Physics program in 1919, believed to Fifth Field Company during WWI, and after the war, journey that convinced Grant of became General Motors. He was a personal friend of could fly. Later, in 1922, the Ritual of In 1993, the Faculty celebrated its have been the first of its kind in Canada. returned to Queen’s to join the Department of Civil the need for a Faculty of Applied Principal Wallace and Chancellor Dunning, and in BEAMISH MUNRO HALL the Calling of an Engineer was born centennial anniversary. He also steered the Faculty through the Engineering, focusing mainly on hydraulics. He Science at Queen’s. Fleming also total, donated about $4.5 M to Queen’s. Legend has it The home of the Integrated Learning Center, Beamish-Munro Hall opened its doors by the Engineering Institute of Today, George Grant would indeed Depression, and worked to expand the served as Dean from 1943 – 55, and had the difficult developed the standard system of MILLER HALL that Dunning passed a note to Col. McLaughlin in 2004. It was through the generous support of visionary alumni Bob Beamish, Canada to bring members of the be proud. The Faculty of Engineering and depth and quality of programs. The task of managing an overcrowded Faculty at a time time zones that is still in use today, Willet Green Miller during a CPR board meeting that simply said Don Munro and others that the Faculty was able to create this award winning, profession closer together. Applied Science has thrived, and offers building of Clark Hall was funded when interest in science had increased and was a staunch supporter of ( - ) “Queen’s needs a new mechanical engineering state-of-the-art facility. THEN Today, engineers continue to ex- degree programs in 10 fields of engineer- entirely by engineering students, who dramatically. During his time as Dean, the first Queen’s until his death in 1915. Willet Miller joined Queen’s building.” McLaughlin financed both the construction Robert Beamish and NOW pand their knowledge in practically ing. It is the second-largest faculty on insisted that it bear the Dean’s name in Advisory Council was created, providing a link to as a Professor of Geology and later improvements of McLaughlin Hall, which every field of science, tackling new THEN NOW campus, and one of the most respected Robert Beamish (Sc’60) began his career at Monsanto, working his way up to the problems and seeking out creative his honour. industry leaders and resulting in a number of and Petrography in 1893 was built in 1948. Technical Supplies Store Campus Bookstore engineering schools in Canada. True to position of president in 1976. Two years later, he and a partner purchased Monsanto’s solutions for global challenges. The important gifts of equipment to the Faculty. and is credited with making First-year fees (1906): $40 First year fees (2010): $8,874 Grant’s dream, the Faculty has produced Urethane Foam Division, which became the Woodbridge Foam Corporation. Today, tools may have changed for the engi- DUPUIS HALL many great contributions to NICOL HALL Number of students (1912): 246 Number of students (2010): 1900 many nation builders and global lead- the company has grown to 66 facilities throughout North and South America, neer, but the basic code the engineer Nathan Dupuis ( - ) GOODWIN HALL the School of Mining. In William Nicol ( - ) Queen’s Café Tea Room ers – and its graduates continue to play Europe and Asia Paciﬁc, oﬀering a wide range of products and services lives by remains the same: to apply Nathan Fellowes Dupuis was a clockmaker before becoming a William Goodwin ( - ) 1902, he was appointed the Originally a student at Queen’s, William Nicol returned to Greasepole climb (’77): 17 minutes Greasepole climb (’01): 117 minutes an important role in designing, building Professor of Chemistry and Natural History in 1868 – and in fact Professor Goodwin was the first Director of the School of Mining and Agriculture first Provincial Geologist of Queen’s in 1896 as a Professor of Mineralogy. He was known Donald Munro math and science in service of Number of female graduates (1946): 1 Number of female graduates (2010): 127 and responding to the evolving needs of designed and built the clock that perched at the top of Grant Hall when it opened, and is also known as the man who brought electricity to Kingston Ontario. Miller discovered as a strict disciplinarian in the classroom but was also known After graduating from Queen’s, Donald Munro (Sc’52) began his career as a Field mankind, and to uphold the highest Bitter Grounds Common Ground a global society. for fifty years. As the first Dean of the Faculty of Practical Science, for the first time, installing a generator in Carruthers Hall (which he also designed). cobalt and silver in northern to provide financial support to students in need. Nicol was a Estimator with Robertson-Yates Corporation, eventually becoming its President in standards of personal honour and Courses in ‘Mechanism’ Courses in Computational Fluid Dynamics he played an important role in the development of the school and He succeeded Nathan Dupuis as Dean and was instrumental in establishing and Ontario, and also created a great collector of mineral samples, and donated them to 1971. Along with overseeing the construction of several landmarks, including ﬁve-star professional integrity. its programs. Dupuis oversaw the completion of the University’s guiding the Faculty of Applied Science at a crucial time in its history. Goodwin is method for identifying Queen’s, where they are still displayed today as part of the hotels in Bermuda, the University of Toronto John Robarts Library and the Butterﬂy first mechanical laboratory (known as the Mill) in 1896, and also often credited as being the major force behind the development of the School of diamonds and emeralds Miller Museum of Geology. His generous donation of $40,000 Conservatory in Niagara Falls, he was a Director of the Canadian Construction helped Professor Goodwin design Carruthers Hall. Mining, creating the foundation for the successful school that it is today. using x-rays. to the University resulted in the building of Nicol Hall. Association and Chairman of the Council of Ontario Contractors Association. 9 The COMPLETE engineer The COMPLETE engineer 12 Queen’s engineer seeks to conquer the highest peaks on continents C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I I n May 2003, when Adam Janikowski received his Classics degree from Queen’s – his second, having earned 5 down, It was a strange time to be there. It was just before the Beijing Olympics, and the Chinese government had pur- 2 to go a Chemical Engineering degree a year chased all the Everest climbing permits earlier – he felt on top of the world. from the Nepalese government in an at- Six years later, he’d actually be there. tempt to clear climbers from the moun- The Picton, Ontario native and son tain’s south side so that a Chinese team of Queen’s alum Andrew Janikowski could carry the Olympic torch to the (Meds’75), Adam has always loved out- vice-president who deals with oil and summit from the north. But since empty- door adventure. Through his teens he gas companies outside North America. ing the Nepalese side would have devas- worked as a councilor at summer camps. “I’ve had some success, but work is re- tated the local villages that rely heavily Later he became a scuba diver, a life- ally just a way to fund my extracurricu- on expeditions for income, the Chinese guard and a ski patroller. Now, with lar activities.” agreed to allow a few teams onto the Mount Everest behind him, he’s climbed One of those activities consisted of mountain on the condition that they’d the highest summits on five of the climbing Denali – also known as Mount be able to keep tabs on them. seven continents – and he’d like to McKinley – in Alaska. He spent three To that end, a Chinese representa- knock off the rest. grueling weeks on the 6,194-metre peak tive was posted to Janikowski’s team. Janikowski took up mountaineering in 2006 – including four days cooped Satellite calls were monitored, and in 2001 during a family trip to Africa up in a tent during a four-day blizzard – videocameras confiscated. Undeterred, in which he, his father and sister Tine and reached the top. That was reward- Janikowski, Parazynski and their Schaffer (BSc Mining Eng.’99, MSc ing, but so was the time he spent with Sherpa guides slogged to the highest Chem Eng) summited the 5,893-metre his tentmate, an American medical camp, and on May 22, 2008, Adam Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s doctor and astronaut named Scott finally stood on the roof of the world. highest mountain. Adam enjoyed the Parazynski. The two hit it off. Sadly, Parazynski had injured his back experience so much that, after earning It wouldn’t be the last time they’d that day and was unable to complete his Classics degree, he rewarded himself be together. In December 2007 the climb. He was airlifted off the with a trip to Argentina, where he scaled Parazynski phoned Janikowski with a mountain for surgery, but returned the 6,962-metre Cerro Aconcagua, tempting offer: would he be interested the next year to finish the job. South America’s highest peak. in climbing Mount Everest? Janikowski says climbing has During the summer of his final year “It wasn’t like opportunity was brought him in contact with some very at Queen’s, Janikowski worked at an oil knocking, it was trying to force the interesting people. There was Parazyn- and gas company in Calgary. Following door open,” recalls Janikowski. ski the astronaut, and an oil-patch CEO graduation he returned to the city, un- It was an expensive commitment with whom he climbed Russia’s Mount certain whether to capitalize on his engi- that would mean two-and-a-half Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak. On one neering education by pursuing a career months away from family and friends. climb he met Prince Charles’ surgeon, in the technical side of the business or Nevertheless, after getting leave from on another, a fellow who held a PhD in in finance. The latter subject had piqued work and clearance from his wife, chemistry and who had literally run his interest when he chaired the board Maribeth Williams (ArtsSci ‘02), five around the world for charity. of directors of Queen’s Campus Book- months later he found himself acclima- Queen’s , too, also helped Janikowski store, which is owned and operated by tizing himself to the thin air on the forge some strong relationships. He engineers and which generates more world’s loftiest mountain. met his wife there, and five of the six than $10 million in annual revenue. groomsmen at their wedding were The finance option ultimately fellow Queen’s engineers. As a stu- won the day. But while Calgary dent he participated in varsity was tantalizingly close to the ski rugby, wrestling and downhill ski- slopes of the Rockies, Janikowski ing, and still counts many of his had always yearned to live in teammates as friends. Today he’s a London, England, so he engi- member of the University Council neered a role for himself at a and regularly contributes to Canadian investment bank that fundraising campaigns. had an office in the city and made “Queen’s and my engineering the move. He ensured that he’d education are so vitally important be entitled to five weeks holiday to who I am, it’s almost part of my per year – enough to cram in a DNA,” says Janikowski. “Even today, few adventures. if I walk into a room anywhere in “[Investment banking] isn’t the the world and meet someone wear- driving force in my life,” admits Adam Janikowski, Sc’ Chemical Engineering, ing an iron ring, there’s an instant the 31-year-old, who is now a Artsci’ Classical Studies, on top of Mount Everest connection.” ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER Get the C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I BALANCE right From finance to eco-villages and organic farming, ROSS JACKSON seeks sustainability Ross Jackson, Sc’ , Physics A s a thinker, entrepreneur, author, activist and chair of a Danish foun- dation that supports renewable energy Operations research is a specialized branch of economics that uses mathe- matics and statistical analysis to solve him that while aspects of international trade and finance were enriching corporations and their shareholders and sustainable living, Ross Jackson is complex problems. Jackson moved to (and himself) – as they were supposed trying to steer humanity on a different, Denmark in 1964, having found a job to – they were also perpetuating more nature-oriented way of life. at the fast-rising computer giant, IBM, generations-old cycles of poverty and As a young man growing up in where his skill set was in demand. He environmental destruction, particularly Ottawa, Jackson followed global issues intended to stay for a couple of years in developing countries. such as overpopulation, which already to get a foothold in the information- in the 1950s was touted as a critical technology industry, which he did. But threat to human existence. Today the he also met his future wife, Hildur, an threats are different: global warming, activist who looked at things in a very overconsumption, overpopulation and different way that appealed to him, species extinction. Some would also and has lived in Denmark since. add the looming specter of declining oil “I was a very top-down, corporate availability, and Jackson agrees. executive type,” says Jackson. “She was “The greatest short-term threat to our a grassroots activist, and she made me way of life is peak oil, the point coming more aware of that side of things. very soon when demand for oil and gas Today I have one foot in each camp.” will permanently outstrip supply,” he In 1966 Jackson and a colleague from says. “We are on the threshold of a ma- Case Western formed a management con- jor discontinuity in human history.” sultancy that advised on problem-solving Lost Valley Edu. Center, USA It has been a unique and circuitous strategies for industries including ship- University of New Mexico, USA path to his current situation. Jackson ping, banking, transportation, publishing, trained as an engineer for two years at manufacturing, insurance, tobacco, pen- Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl, Mexico Carleton University, and transferred in sion funds, slaughterhouses and dairies. third year to Queen’s to finish his de- In 1970 the pair founded SimCorp, a soft- gree. It didn’t take him long to plunge ware firm that made financial software Instituto Tonantzin, Tialli, Mexico into campus life: in February of his first and is now one of the largest of its kind year at Queen’s he was elected president in Europe. Later Jackson began focusing of the Engineering Society, a hectic job more on international finance, consulting that filled his non-academic hours with around the world on investment strate- El Poncho Ecocentro, B administrative and committee duties. gies for banks, insurance companies and M On his graduation in 1960 he relo- mutual fund providers. This led Jackson cated to Indiana to pursue a Masters into research in currency trading meth- degree in Industrial Management at ods and the creation of various invest- Purdue University, and followed that ment strategies that capitalized on his up with a doctorate in Operations Re- operations research approach. search from Case (now Case Western But Jackson’s involvement in the Reserve) University in Cleveland, Ohio. foreign exchange markets had persuaded ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER His view on these matters took a Future, in 2000. Since its inception, countries should be able to put tariffs C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I more philosophical turn in the early Gaia Trust has funded more than 300 on imports from polluting corporations 1980s when he travelled to India and projects in over 40 countries, primarily and industries. “As it is now, the WTO met Muktananda, a Hindu swami supporting the Global Ecovillage allows the most polluting companies whose teaching led Jackson to an Network and Gaia Education, an to be rewarded with the largest market epiphany. educational program in sustainability share,” says Jackson. “That has to “I felt a divine connection,” he says. design, while investing in several change. We need to harness the private “Material things meant less after that.” Danish “green” startups – including sector’s creativity in a legal framework Jackson described his wakening in small windmills, solar panels, and that is protective of the environment.” a book, Kali Yuga Odyssey: A Spiritual organic food producers. Ross Jackson’s interests are very Journey, published in 2000. Ironically, he now feels that many broad. He recently wrote a two-volume His newfound consciousness rein- of the economic ideas and institutions work (novel plus documentation) forced his growing sense that humanity he once favoured are counterproductive, called Shaker of the Speare, on the life needed to move in a different direction and even dangerous. He is now writing of philosopher Francis Bacon, who, that was more respectful of nature and a book entitled Breakaway – in which according to Jackson and many others the environment. In 1987, this notion he says, for instance, that complex who have studied the matter, wrote prompted him to establish Gaia Trust financial instruments such as naked Shakespeare’s works under a pseudo- (www.gaia.org), a foundation that derivatives should be banned. More- nym. (See www.ross-jackson.com). supports a more holistic way of life over, he recommends that the World When he’s not writing Jackson serves and sustainable projects such as self- Trade Organization should be replaced as a director and principal shareholder sufficient “eco-villages” where people by a new trade organization that per- of Urtekram, Scandinavia’s largest or- grow their own food, know each other mits restrictions on global capital flows ganic-foods wholesaler, and oversees personally and collectively live in and allows protective tariffs so that all a handful of family-owned companies. harmony with the earth. Describing countries, but particularly small or de- He recently purchased a 20-hectare his conversion from businessman to veloping nations, can have more fiscal farm, which, although it’s too small to environmental activist, Jackson penned and cultural independence and better build an eco-village on, is large enough a second autobiographical book, And protect the environment. to accommodate occasional workshops We ARE doing it: Building an Ecovillage It is critical, says Jackson, that all on the subject. Keuruun Ekokylä, Finland Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland Gala Trust, Denmark Kasteel Nieuwenhoven, Belgium Ecovillage Siebenlinden & ZEGG, Germany Ithaca Ecovillage, USA Damanhur, Italy METU, Guneskoy Ecovillage, Tamera, Portugal Open Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey University of Konohama Family, JEPP & Catalonia, Kibbutz Lotan, Israel Nihon University, Japan Spain (UOC) Orissa, India Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand GEN-SEN, Senegal Auroville, India Happy Earth, Philippines Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka International Holistic University, Brasilia, Brasil Eco Bairro Bahia, Salvador, Brazil olivia Terra Una, Minas Gerais, Brazil ETerra Una & Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Crystal Waters, Australia UMAPAZ, Ecobairro & Cris, Sao Paulo, Brazil UFRGS & Instituto Caminho do Meio, Porto Alegre, Brazil Asociacón Gaia, Argentina EDE map: Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) living learning centres ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER Breaking down world of software systems. From there C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I he moved to Ehvert Engineering, a soft- ware consulting firm where he further a PROBLEM refined his skills. At Ehvert he met Abe Wagner, another Queen’s engineering grad two years his junior who shared and REBUILDING the same work-hard, play-hard ethic that was the norm at Queen’s. It was an exciting time to be in the computer industry. The dot-com and something e-commerce world was growing at a furious pace, and eager software de- signers were tripping over themselves out of trying to develop the next great prod- uct that would take the Internet by storm. Woods and Wagner were in the PIECES the thick of it. “We had all this energy, we saw that the Internet was growing at a tremen- dous speed, and we wanted to do some- thing with it,” recalls Wagner. “Fortu- S teven Woods has always liked breaking things down and analyz- ing their constituent parts. Perhaps this challenge of solving difficult problems and had a desire to solve bigger ones. “As undergraduates, we knew we nately we knew the right people to help make that happen.” Around 1999, along with a group of isn’t surprising, given that his father weren’t at the forefront of physics, but eight Queen’s alumni they had con- was a plant geneticist whose job was we saw where that forefront was and nected with via the faculty grapevine, to reconfigure the DNA of canola and really got an understanding that if Woods, Wagner and Mark Organ (Life other oil-producing crops to make we wanted to tackle something that Sciences, ’96) began zeroing in on an them faster growing or more drought hadn’t been done before, there was a idea. Most successful e-commerce sites, resistant. path to get there,” says Woods. “It was such as the online retailer Amazon.com, Steven’s predilection for things no longer something that seemed so were based on completing secure trans- scientific led him to Queen’s in 1992 out of reach.” actions for purchases of CDs, books and and where the Engineering Physics After graduating in 1996, Woods be- other consumer items. In that now-com- program. It was the perfect environ- came a process engineer at Celestica, mon model, the buyer chooses what ment: the class was small, consisting a multinational firm that helps compa- she wants by clicking on it, which puts of about 40 extremely bright students nies develop, launch and market new the product into an online “shopping who, like Woods, welcomed the products, and immersed himself in the cart”. The contents of the cart are paid for via credit card and shipped to a location specified by the buyer. Buying a CD online – an example of a consumer “commodity purchase” – is relatively straightforward. But Woods and his colleagues began wondering how the Web could assist in business- to-business purchases of complex, high-expense items such as computer network systems, financial services or hospital laboratory equipment. In such “considered purchases”, typically worth over $100,000, several people may have a stake, and a say, in the buying deci- sion. And it was this realization that transformed Woods from being an engi- neer only, to an engineer-entrepreneur. “We were interested in things that didn’t fit the shopping-cart metaphor,” explains Woods. “So, given that obser- vation and the ability to break down a problem into its parts and rebuild some- thing out of it that had come from the Steven Woods, Sc’ Engineering Physics and Abe Wagner Sc’ Math & Engineering engineering and engineering physics ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I Just some of the Queen’s Alumni at Eloqua’s Toronto Office. BACK ROW: Aaron Riley, Sc’ (ELEC), Vic Almeida, Artsci’ CompScience, Paul Teshima, Sc’ EngPhys, Jocelyn Brown, Artsci’ Politics, Adrian Chang, Artsci’ Economics, FRONT ROW: Steve, Abe and Ralf Riekers, Sc’ discipline, we brainstormed what “If you suddenly see five people Engineering. “Eloqua’s platform was possible and thought, ‘There’s a from a certain organization and they’re and our direct connections to other business here.’” all over your white papers and case technologies in the cloud have us The result of this brainstorming studies and their Google searches are well positioned for the future.” was a company called Eloqua, which for the right set of terms, well, that is Today, Eloqua is an industry leader Woods co-founded in 1999 with Wag- probably an indication that something and is growing fast, with some 250 ner and Organ. Eloqua helps corporate is happening at that organization,” employees in Toronto, Boston, San marketers identify potential customers explains Woods, who is Eloqua’s Francisco, Austin and Washington, through their online behavior. For Chief Technology Officer. “You need D.C., London, England and Singapore. example, imagine you head a com- to get your sales people talking to Employees are chosen according to pany that sells computer-networking them and helping them figure out how well they mesh with the culture equipment, and you have a website the right answer.” that the founders feel most comfort- that customers use to learn about One advantage Eloqua has over its able with. your product line. Eloqua allows your handful of competitors is that it was one “You need to find staff who can marketing department to analyze the of the first companies to adopt what’s manage that balance between learning online behavior of your website visi- known as a “cloud computing” platform. from past experiences and challenging tors – the pages they visit, the files This means that, instead of manufactur- convention in order to move toward they download, the videos they watch ing and selling boxed software meant to the future. It’s a balance that is often – to get a sense of what they’re inter- be installed on individual computers, surprisingly difficult to find,” says ested in buying. That information Eloqua maintains a set of massive Woods. “That’s why we’ve always can be passed to the sales department, servers that provide the firm’s services been very happy with Queen’s grads – which can then direct its sales team to subscribers via the web. you get a sort of energy there in to contact the various people from “Right now, cloud computing has terms of the attitude of working a given company who have demon- almost unlimited potential for growth,” hard, of balancing the technology strated an interest in your product. says Wagner, who is Eloqua’s VP of and business aspects of what we do.” ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER Giving people C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I the TOOLS to SUCCEED P eter Kenny grew up on a farm near Stratford, Ontario, and learned about the value of hard work and self- acumen by taking an MBA program at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating in 1957 he returned past 25 years the fleet of $6-million vessels has carried some 13 million passengers on underwater sightseeing sufficiency at an early age. Today, after to Stratford for a job at an engineering trips. As well, Dennis Hurd and his a successful 53-year career as an engi- firm headed by Oliver Gaffney (Sc’44), collaborators have worked with the neer and entrepreneur, he’s come full a family friend. In 1960 he went to U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Bureau circle as a philanthropist who helps work for another Queen’s alumnus, of Shipping to set the standards for other people around the world, includ- Roy Hurd (Sc’481/2) who managed passenger submersibles the world ing farmers, become more independent London Concrete Machinery. It would over. Kenny is chairman of Atlantis so they, too, can succeed. prove to be fruitful partnership. Submersibles. Kenny’s family stressed the value of In 1965 Kenny became a co-founder “We created the industry,” says education, so after high school Peter and shareholder with Hurd and Norm Kenny, who credits Dennis Hurd applied to the Queen’s Department Hartviksen (Sc’57), another Queen’s with being the driving force behind of Mechanical Engineering, one of engineer, in Kanmet Casting Ltd., a Atlantis’s remarkable evolution. “It Canada’s top schools. He graduated in Cambridge, Ontario foundry that cast just goes to show that a big part of 1955, and the next year supplemented parts for the agricultural industry. success involves partnering with the his technical training with business The company was acquired in 1974 right people.” by its biggest customer, Massey Kenny is a longtime supporter of Ferguson, the legendary Canadian Queen’s who has established a pair tractor manufacturer. of engineering scholarships, and he is Kenny’s next venture, in 1975, was a faithful attendee of his graduating with Roy Hurd in Neelon Casting Ltd. class’s five-year reunions. Much of his a Sudbury foundry that primarily cast time is taken up by his role as head of disc brake rotors and was sold to Dana the Kenny Family Foundation, which Corp. in 1994. In the meantime, Kenny funds projects that help people over- became a founding investor with Roy’s come challenges – particularly lack son, Gordon, of a firm that has evolved of education – that hinder them from into North American Stamping Group, achieving their full potential. Kenny which turns out various components is hands-on about the work: he and for the auto industry and which has six other family members personally visit plants in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. every project site to audit its progress. Another opportunity came along via “We don’t just throw money at Dennis Hurd (Sc’65), another son of things,” he says. “Businesses only Roy Hurd. In 1983, Dennis approached become successful through the efforts his father and Kenny with an idea. of people, and sometimes all they “He wanted to build an underwater need are the tools to succeed. Our bus that would take people about 150 goal is to provide those tools so that feet down to observe the wonders of people can become more self-sufficient the ocean,” recalls Kenny. “It sounded and remove the barriers to success good to me, so his father and I backed themselves.” him.” To that end, the Kenny Foundation Today, Atlantis Submarines oper- has backed a diverse number of proj- ates eleven submarines now operating ects – including the Queen’s Project in Hawaii, Guam, Barbados, Cozumel, on International Development (QPID), Peter Kenny, Sc’ , and his wife Joanne Aruba and Grand Cayman. Over the which sends students on summer ThE COMPLETE ENGINEER C E L E B R AT I N G O U R E N G I N E E R I N G A LU M N I One of the projects that the Kenny Foundation sponsors is the annual “Books, Fun and Sun!” literacy camp for children in Baker Lake Nunavut. Pictured here are Queen’s student’s Patrick Sawtell and Lauren Long. projects that help expand the potential interest in becoming pilots and me- foundation initiatives, it has been for development in marginalized com- chanics. “The need is there,” says developed in close partnership with munities. The Kenny Foundation has Kenny. “There’s a northern Ontario people in the host community, who backed a QPID project in Nunavut, but airline [Wasaya Airways LP] owned are best able to judge local needs. the program has also completed more by Aboriginal people that employs “This helps to educate the kids and than 200 other projects in Bolivia, 85 pilots, but only one is Aboriginal. gives them milk for their daily nourish- Peru, India, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia That just doesn’t seem right.” ment,” says Kenny. “It also encourages and Burkina Faso. Though its focus is Canadian the parents to send the girls to school, One Kenny Foundation project Aboriginal communities, the Kenny because otherwise they’d keep them at took place in Thunder Bay, where the Foundation also operates in East Africa, home working. But if they think they Kennys funded the establishment of where it provides a number of schools can learn something at school that a one-week summer orientation pro- in Uganda with a pair of cows – an en- would help them on the farm, they’ll gram for 30 Aboriginal high-school deavor that combines agriculture and send them. It’s been a fairly encourag- students at the Confederation College education and which, not surprisingly, ing program … because education is Aviation Centre to encourage their is close to Kenny’s heart. Like all other the key to prosperity.” WHAT’S YOUR STORY? Help us continue to celebrate the interesting stories of our Engineering and Applied Science alumni! 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