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McMaster Engineering Celebrates Night of SuccessJune 21, 2017

The Faculty of Engineering recognized and celebrated exceptional faculty, alumni, staff, and influential community and corporate leaders during its annual Applause and Accolades awards night on May 4, 2017.

Mechanical Engineering and Management alumnus James Politeski, Group President at Sears Holding, was the first to be honoured, receiving The L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award for his success at being a growth-driving senior executive that has grown and transformed businesses within the consumer electronics industry.

Catherine Booth, President and Owner of Booth Advisory Inc., was recognized with the Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award. She has had a long-standing relationship with the university, being guest speaker at Engineering’s Café X series, and leading Engineering’s Change Management seminar. She has also taught project and change management at the graduate and post-graduate levels. In Booth’s career, she has been celebrated for driving successful organizational transformations.

Chemical Engineering Prof. Heather Sheardown received Engineering’s Entrepreneurship Award. Sheardown holds the Canada Research Chair in Ophthalmic Biomaterials and Drug Delivery. Along with PhD student Frances Lasowski, Sheardown launched start-up company, 20/20 OptimEyes, which develops better eye drops for dry eyes. They are in the process of commercializing their technology.

Gianluigi Botton, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was the recipient of Engineering’s Research Achievement Award. Botton has had a real impact in his field, carrying out innovative research on the characterization of structure of materials at nonometer scale using analytical electron microscopy. Botton led nationwide efforts to establish the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, and because of his leadership as Scientific Director, CCEM at McMaster University has become one of the best electron microscopy centres in the world, hosting state-of-the-art instruments for materials characterization.

Lydell Wiebe, an assistant professor in civil engineering, received this year’s Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Weibe was recognized for his innovative and creative approaches that improve his students’ technical understanding. Every year, Wiebe’s teaching capabilities are confirmed when he receives near perfect scores consistently when his students do their course evaluations.

Former Engineering dean Arthur Heidebrecht received the inaugural Exceptional Service Award for his distinguished record of service to McMaster and the community. Heidebrecht is a celebrated teacher, mentor, researcher, leader and innovator, and his legacy continues to inspire the spirit of innovation in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University.

This year’s celebration was held at Hamilton’s LIUNA Station.