Alumni, industry and friends support
Western Engineering students
Students' odds of receiving a student
award or scholarship from the Faculty of Engineering has increased
this year, thanks to two new donations. The Professor Mel
Poucher Award in Civil Engineering and The Vander Laan
Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering have just been added to
Western Engineering's awards and scholarships list.
On behalf of the Poucher family, Carol
Poucher-Urbshott established the Professor Mel Poucher Award in
Civil Engineering to honour her father, Professor Emeritus
Mellor P. Poucher. This award will be presented to a
full-time student in Year 2 or higher of the Civil & Environmental
Engineering program, who has achieved a minimum average of 75% and
is involved in extracurricular activities. Applications are
available from the Faculty of Engineering and must be submitted,
along with a description of the candidate’s extracurricular
activities, by September 30, 2005. The recipient will be determined
by the Faculty of Engineering.
Professor Poucher was the second Western
Engineering faculty member. He taught for forty years, from 1954 to
1994. His warm and easygoing personality was well liked by both
his colleagues and his students. He passed away in June 2004, just
prior to the Faculty's 50th Anniversary celebration. Professor
Poucher had volunteered a great deal of his time to help chronicle
the major events for the Faculty of Engineering prior to his death.
Trojan Technologies Inc. established
The Vander Laan Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering in
honour of their founder Hank Vander Laan. This award will be
presented to a full-time student in Year 2 or higher of any program
in Engineering who has achieved a minimum 80% average and who
demonstrates an academic interest in environmental topics or water
issues. Applications can be obtained from the Faculty of Engineering
and must be submitted, along with a short essay, by September 30,
2005. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards
Committee in the Faculty of Engineering.
As a young entrepreneur, Vander Lann
bought Trojan Metal Works in 1976. The company initially focused on
fabricating metal toolboxes, but Vander Laan saw potential in the
patent the company held on a small, UV treatment unit for homeowners
to purify their drinking water. Based on a vision of transforming
the fledgling metal fabricator into a dynamic global company capable
of solving complex water problems, Trojan Technologies was born.
Through the 1980's and 1990's, the company grew rapidly and is now
recognized around the world as being the leader in advanced UV water
treatment technology and is committed to aggressively leveraging its
proprietary expertise in a growing number of key market sectors.
For more information about Trojan Technologies Inc. please visit