Engineering Ambassador Award Winners



 Dr. Hanan Anis  2017

Dr. Hanan Anis is a Professor for Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, in which she represents the Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She acts as NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and Co-founded Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company in which she is also CTO. Her current research is working to bring nonlinear imaging and sensing closer to the bedside by conceiving all-fiber, ultrafast, high-sensitivity platforms targeted at biomedical applications. She has, in the past, been honored with the prestigious Nortel Innovation award, and the Early Researcher Award, and has amassed $5M in research funding, and $100M in venture capital funding respectively. Dr. Anis founded and directs the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED) that allows students and community members to access the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace (RLAM), an invent-build-play space. This was the inspiration for future projects, such as Maker Mobile, a mobile Makerspace that over its first fourteen months enticed 19,200 youth to participate. Her impact in Canada doesn’t stop, as she continues to develop new initiatives, such as the uOttawa Women’s Start-up Network for women in technology and engineering, providing mentoring and support for women-led start-ups.

 Dr. Banu Örmeci  2016

Prof. Banu Örmeci received her Masters and PhD degrees from Duke University (USA). She is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. She leads an internationally recognized research program on wastewater and biosolids treatment, and she is the recipient of several prestigious research, teaching and mentoring awards. Her research has resulted in several patents and lead to new technologies in the market.Prof. Örmeci serves as the Chair of the International Water Association Sludge Management Specialist Group. She is also the chair of the Royal Society of Canada Water Focus Group and the Canadian Focal Point for the Inter-American Network of Academies of Science Water Program. In addition, she is the past-president and current board member of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) – Ottawa Chapter, and she is the Faculty Advisor for the Carleton-WISE Student Chapter. She organizes numerous outreach and mentoring events every year that aim to encourage the participation of high school girls in science and engineering fields, as well as to mentor and inspire the female science and engineering students at Carleton University.

  Dr. Digvir Jayas  2015

Digvir S. Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba

Dr. Jayas is a world renowned leader in grain storage research.  He has developed several applied solutions to the problems encountered during grain storage.  Results from several of his studies have been incorporated into standards related to grain drying and storage, and these standards are used by engineers around the world.  He conducts research related to drying, handling and storing grains and oilseeds; and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the Agri-Food industry.  At a time when we have more people in the world to feed than ever before, we need to emphasize the importance of food preservation as much as we do food production.

 Hoda ElMaraghy  2014
Hoda ElMaraghy, Professor of Industrial & Maufacturing Systems Engineering, at the University of Windsor, and recipient of the Engineering Ambassador Award. As Dean of Engineering, she played a major role in establishing the University of Windsor / Chrysler Canada Automotive R&D Center. Hoda ElMaraghy is honoured as a Canadian role model in applied science.