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Get to know Ian Blevins, P.Eng., London Regional Office Manager, Earth Tech Canada Inc. and Western Engineering co-op employer

What is your affiliation with Western Engineering?
I graduated from Western Engineering with a Bachelor's degree in '89 and a Master of Engineering degree in '94. Today, I am involved in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department fourth-year design competition, as an external advisor or judge, depending on the need.  This summer we are excited to be hiring a first-year Civil Engineering co-op student, as part of the Transportation Career Development Program.

What is your role at Earth Tech Canada Inc.?
I am the London Regional Office Manager for Earth Tech Canada, which is a multi-disciplined consulting firm, with 19 offices in Canada. My role is more administrative than technical but I still try to stay current through involvement with project work.

What is the first thing you would do if you were Dean of Western Engineering?
Continue to attract young, talented, professors with industry experience to complement their academic skills.

What did you like most about Western Engineering?
I enjoyed working with fellow classmates as we struggled to meet deadlines and prepare for exams.

What was the last book you read?
Skunk Works. It was about Lockheed Martin's development of stealth technology and aircraft.

What have you always wanted to try?
Skydiving. I should have done it before I had children. I will try it once they grow up.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in engineering?
Enroll for the right reasons, such as a passion for learning and understanding. Don't enroll simply because of potential employment prospects or compensation. Life is miserable if you don't truly enjoy what you are doing.

On a typical day, what would we find in your lunch box?
A sandwich and some fruit, nothing exciting.  My son used to send Hot Wheels cars with my lunch but unfortunately he doesn't anymore.

What is your favourite movie?
I like movies where the good guy wins. I find old Clint Eastwood movies particularly entertaining.

Which engineer (famous or not) do you respect the most?
My dad because he exposed me to what engineering was all about. In addition to technical aspects, he also explained the Code of Ethics, and an Engineer's duties to the public and others.

Tell us about your favorite spot on campus.
It used to be a pub called the Elbow Room. We used to go there fairly regularly. It was a tradition to go there after every exam.

How has Western Engineering changed since you’ve been involved with the Faculty?
In a number of ways. I think enrollment is up overall but especially in the Civil Department. There are now more departments and more choices for students who want a career in engineering. There are also a significant number of younger, very committed professors which is great for the Faculty.

What is your most memorable moment at Western Engineering?
Finishing my last exam knowing that I could soon go out and have an opportunity to apply what I had learned.

What are you most proud of accomplishing over the past five years? Being able to generally keep a healthy balance between work and my personal life so that one doesn't dominate the other.

If there is someone in Western Engineering you would like to learn more about or if you would like to be profiled yourself, contact Allison Stevenson via email (, telephone (ext. 82917) or stop by her office (SEB Room 2074).  Your comments and feedback are also greatly appreciated.

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Last Updated: 12/04/05