Carleton trio honoured with prestigious awards

Over the last few weeks Carleton faculty and staff were honoured with three prestigious awards — Congratulations!

Carleton Engineering Prof. Moyra McDill won a 2009 Ontario Professional Engineers Award from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario. The awards are given to professional engineers who have shown exemplary service in their respective fields to their communities and their profession.

Dr. McDill is a professor and associate chair (undergraduate studies) with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her research focuses on thermal-mechanical numerical analysis for manufacturing processes such as welding in the aerospace and automotive industries. Techniques developed by Dr. McDill and her students have been used by international researchers and by such companies as Volvo and Bayer.

A leading advocate and researcher on gender issues within the engineering profession, Dr. McDill was the first woman to complete a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering at Carleton University, the first female faculty member hired by the department and the first woman to be promoted to full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design. A ground-breaking educator, mentor and inspiration to her students and colleagues, she has been recognized with awards for Student’s Choice, Teaching Achievement and Favourite Professor.

Prof. Ted Jackson, who is the associate dean (Research and Graduate Affairs) in the Faculty of Public Affairs, and a specialist in regional development, social enterprise and community-based research, was awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. Prof. Jackson is one of 11 Ontarians receiving the prestigious honour this year. He is also one of a very few academics ever to receive this award since its inception in 1973.

The 2009 medals were conferred by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David C. Onley, at an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park.

The citation for Prof. Jackson reads:

“Ted Jackson is a university professor who believes that knowledge has the power to build communities outside the school walls. For over 30 years, he has worked hard to connect universities with communities on ways to increase social justice and economic opportunity for all. He promotes social innovation for community organizations as a means of sustaining vital programs and services. Dr. Jackson is a lifelong advocate for the disenfranchised, and a supporter of gender equality and racial harmony. Dr. Jackson’s commitment to community has helped the citizens of Ontario meet the challenges of today and prepare for those of the future.”

Among his responsibilities at Carleton, Dr. Jackson chairs the university-wide Initiative for Community-University Engagement, which works to strengthen Carleton’s linkages to local institutions through teaching, research and volunteering. He also is a key member of national networks on community-based research, community-service learning, social enterprise and social investing.

Sandra Dyck, curator with the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), was recently presented with an Ontario Association of Art Galleries’ Curatorial Writing Award in Toronto.

The award was conferred for a catalogue essay, A Pilgrim’s Progress: The Life and Art of Gerald Trottier, which Dyck published in 2008. The catalogue accompanied a larger project that included a retrospective exhibit of the same name at the Carleton University Art Gallery in 2006/07.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards are presented in recognition of excellence and achievement in exhibitions, curatorial writing, education programs and community partnerships. The provincewide juried awards are conferred and presented annually.

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