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A few words from the Dean

December 3, 2012 — 

It is now a year and a half since I joined the Engineering Community at the University of Manitoba. During this time one of the most gratifying aspects of my position as Dean has been getting to know all the outstanding individuals and groups that contribute to our Faculty community.

Needless to say, the community of which you are a part is diverse and accomplished, ranging from students, through to faculty and staff, and alumni. I believe one of the unique strengths of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba is our connection to all of you within this engineering community and all of us here in the Faculty endeavour to ensure we retain strong ties with our engineering family. As highlighted in several of the articles in this edition of What’s News, throughout this fall several events brought together hundreds, if not thousands, of you within our community. Starting in September, Homecoming 2012 saw reunions for the classes of 1952 and 1962, with attendees even from the class of 1942! This was a great event and I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet many long-time members of our engineering community. I am already looking forward to Homecoming 2013 with anticipation.

In October the Friends of Engineering hosted the Competition Celebration to recognize the achievements of our student competition teams. I think many of us in attendance wondered if we would be able to keep up if we were engineering students today! And in November we hosted Engineering IS for Girls and a celebration of women’s accomplishments in engineering; an event with infectious excitement and enthusiasm.

These events, and many others, make it clear that our engineering community is having a huge positive influence on many individuals and is accomplishing a great deal of benefit to all those around us. In the coming months there will be many more opportunities for you to come together with your University of Manitoba engineering community of alumni, faculty and staff, students and prospective students. I hope you will be able to join us at one of these events; I certainly look forward to the opportunity to meet more members of our outstanding community or catch up with those I have already met.

Hope to see you soon. Best regards,

Jonathan Beddoes, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dean of Engineering

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