Manufacturing-minded students recognized with scholarships


Western Engineering News | May 30, 2019

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Southwestern Ontario Branch recently recognized 10 students with $2,000 scholarships each at its 24th annual awards night. Since 1995, $260,000 has been handed out to 176 students aiming for careers in manufacturing, engineering and the skilled trades.

Among this year’s recipients were Western Engineering students Heather Chau and Gary Wang.

Chau is currently interning with BOS Innovations Inc., before returning to Western Engineering for her fourth year in the Mechatronic Systems Engineering program.

“Overall, I have enjoyed the fast pace and constant innovation of the manufacturing industry,” said Chau. “For me, this scholarship is an opportunity to continue learning skills that will help me succeed and innovate in automation.”

James Aitken, Controls Lead with BOS Innovations, noted Chau’s natural aptitude and curiosity when taking on any and all new tasks.

“Heather thrives on making sure the work she does is done to the best of her ability and she has shown this when working on-site, commissioning equipment alongside our customers.”

Wang, third-year Mechanical and Materials Engineering student, is currently interning with indoor air quality manufacturer Airia Brands Inc.

“This scholarship gives me motivation more than anything,” said Wang. “It allows me to see that what I am doing is on the right track and is noticed in the industry.”

During his internship, Wang had the opportunity to work under Aleksy Chwiecko, Engineer at Airia Brands Inc., who was thoroughly impressed with how vastly Wang grew during his time at Airia.

“He developed new skills, accepted challenges whole heartedly and matured to a point in which our manufacturing workforce of 90+ people respect and trust him fully,” said Chwiecko. “Gary has a bright and promising future in engineering and in the manufacturing sector.”

Western Engineering congratulates Heather and Gary on this great recognition and looks forward to seeing how they both continue to progress and contribute to the manufacturing industry.