Eleven alumni from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have been honoured by the University of Toronto with Arbor Awards. The awards, which recognize outstanding voluntary service to U of T, were presented on September 13 at an event hosted at the official residence of University President David Naylor.
“On behalf of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, I would like to extend my deep thanks to our many alumni who offer their time and expertise to benefit our students and support our Faculty,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “We greatly value their contributions, and we can all take pride in the recognition they have received through the Arbor Awards.”
The following alumni were recognized at the annual ceremony:
Ronald Factor, a 1970 graduate of Industrial Engineering, is a member of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Board of Advisors and a frequent participant in the Department’s annual Ace the Interview event, as well as at student and alumni networking events.
Richard Gleasure is a founding member of the Calgary Skule™ Alumni Chapter and has served as its Secretary since its inception in 2004. Richard was also instrumental in the creation of the Calgary Skule™ Admissions Scholarship Fund, which helps first-year engineering students from Calgary launch their education at U of T.
Michael Hantzsch is a founding member of the Calgary Skule™ Alumni Chapter and has served as its Vice-Chair since its inception in 2004. Mike also helped create the Calgary Skule™ Admissions Scholarship Fund to help first-year engineering students from Calgary launch their education at U of T.
Nancy Hill, a 1981 Civil Engineering graduate, has been a valued volunteer for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s Advancement Office for three years, serving on the Engineering Alumni Association Honours & Awards Committee. She is also a Warden of Camp 1 for the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.
William Kirkpatrick has been Treasurer of the Engineering Business program’s Class of 1953 since he graduated, and he has helped organize a number of class reunions. Bill also helped established the class’s Engineering Award Scholarship, and he encourages class support for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.
Elias Kyriacou is a 1976 Chemical Engineering graduate who works to build stronger relationships between alumni and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. He is Vice President of the Engineering Alumni Association and sits on its nominations committee, student club funding committee and oversees the student portfolio.
Alvin Mok, who graduated from the Division of Engineering Science in 2003, has continued his involvement with the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Last year, Alvin established a number of awards for engineering design, and he was chosen to speak at the Faculty’s recent Galbraith Scholar welcoming event.
Gino Palumbo is a dedicated alumnus, volunteer, advocate and ambassador for U of T. As President and CEO of Integran Technologies Inc., a nanotechnology firm that was founded based on research developed in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, Gino has championed the U of T brand. He has also participated in student career development workshops and speaker series, and he advises senior administration at U of T on student development and research opportunities.
Alexander Pathy, a 1955 ChemE graduate and collector of rare books and design bindings, is a long-time volunteer with U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. He was on the Friends of Fisher Library Steering Committee from 1985 to 1995, and currently is Co-Chair of the Library Associates Program. In 1998, Alexander endowed a lecture series at the library.
Domenico Pietropaolo has volunteered with the Department of Civil Engineering for more than 25 years, spending weekends and weekday mornings delivering items the department needed for a wide variety of events, including those for recruitment, awards, alumni and industry relations, and student engagement.
John Starkey is a long-time supporter of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s civil and mineral engineering programs and is a founding member of the task force to overhaul and redesign the facilities at the Gull Lake Survey Camp for undergraduates.