Winter PEG 2019

Movers & Shakers

The Watch





Fadhel Ghannouchi, P.Eng., PhD , is up to these days. A University of Calgary professor, Dr. Ghannouchi and his team received the Special Award: Outstanding Contribution to Wireless Technology, for developing techniques that improve the cost, deployment, and efficiency of wireless networks. The work allows for better data transfer and connectivity. Understandably, the team’s solutions have been adopted worldwide.

Every year, the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation hosts its ASTech Awards and NextGen Innovators Showcase, this year held at SAIT in Calgary on November 1. The showcase shines a light on professionals and companies inspiring innovation and achieving greatness in science and technology. Three of this year’s awards went to APEGA members, all of whom are playing a role in propelling the province into the future. Biao Huang, P.Eng., PhD , picked up the award for Outstanding Achievement in Science & Engineering. A professor at the University of Alberta, his work in the energy industry focuses on addressing how oil sands operations affect the environment. He uses predictive modelling and inferential sensing to improve the reliability and accuracy of upstream and downstream applications, saving companies money—and improving their environmental performance. Walking away with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy & Environmental Innovation was Nader Mahinpey, P.Eng., PhD , a University of Calgary professor. He’s combatting climate change by researching carbon capture and conversion processes. Earlier in the year, Dr. Mahinpey received APEGA’s 2019 Research Excellence Summit Award for the same research. Revolutionizing the wireless industry is what

- photo courtesy ASTech Foundation

CARBON CAPTURE, AWARD CAPTURE This year’s ASTech Awards honorees included three APEGA members. One of them is Nader Mahinpey, P.Eng., PhD, at right, standing with Syncrude sponsor Mal Carroll, P.Eng. Dr. Mahinpey is helping the province do its part to combat climate change through carbon capture improvements.


- photo courtesy Syncrude

Professional Engineer Conquers Death Race Queen's University Celebrates 125 Years Students Receive Citizenship Awards APEGA Members Honoured at CSCE Gala Calgay Members Named to Order of Canada Oil Patch Hall of Fame Gains APEGA Member Alberta Consulting Engineers Receive National Recognition Professional Engineers Honoured at ASTech Awards

Blowing Up the Paradigms APEGA Leader Earns Sovereign's Medal Flight to Vancouver Leads to ASME Fellowship Otherworldly Opportunity of E.I.T. The Road to Success: Burton Award Not for the Faint of Heart: Everesting Challenge

KEEPING THINGS PRODUCTION READY A Syncrude employee puts some finishing touches on a truck repair.

SYNCRUDE INVESTS CELEBRATORY DOLLARS IN COMMUNITY Syncrude’s Mildred Lake operations north of Fort McMurray hit the three-billion-barrel milestone in early November. To celebrate, the company is investing $3 million in the community. Among the activities and organizations receiving Syncrude bucks are: • post-secondary initiatives and trades education • Tree Canada Operation’s Releaf program, which is replanting areas affected by 2016 wildfires

• Girls Inc., which empowers girls in Northern Alberta • the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre • the Syncrude Arts Alive series at Keyano Theatre

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