Albion connects students with employers

Western Engineering News | May 29, 2015

By Jason Teakle

Katherine Albion’s peers have given her a nod for launching events that put Western Engineering students in front of potential employers.

Albion (BESc'03, PhD'08), director of the Bowman Center at Western-Sarnia-Lambton Research Park and adjunct research professor in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, is the recipient of this year’s Engineering Award of Recognition.

“I am tremendously honoured to receive the prestigious Engineering Award of Recognition,” said Albion. “It is a privilege to work with, and contribute to Western Engineering, which provided me with the knowledge, skills and training required for my profession.”

The Engineering Award of Recognition is presented annually to individuals or teams who have made an exceptional contribution in the past year to help further the academic, research and innovation, public service and administrative missions of the faculty. These awards can be given to a faculty or staff member, or an individual who is not an employee of Western Engineering or an external team.

Albion has played a role in expanding the reach and reputation of Western Engineering as she led a number of successful business and professional development initiatives. She has made significant contributions to two signature events, the ‘Final Year Capstone Engineering Project Design Competition’ and ‘Research Bridges: Annual Graduate Student Symposium,’ with the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Her goal for these events is to provide opportunities for students to present their work in front of industrial participants and seek job opportunities. Albion has raised donations each year, which have been awarded to the top student groups competing in the ‘Final Year Capstone Engineering Project Design Competition.’

“It is important to provide students with unique opportunities and experiences that will enhance their careers,” explained Albion. “Being located at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park allows me to help connect future engineers with the practicing and experienced engineers in Sarnia-Lambton.

“These students will be future leaders that bring economic growth, innovation and wealth creation to the region. The industries of Sarnia-Lambton are great supporters of Western Engineering students and are willing and enthusiastic contributors at our Western Engineering events.”

Albion will recieve the award during the Western Engineering Faculty & Staff Awards Luncheon on June 17.