Kelly Sexsmith recognized for dedication to students’ career success


Western Engineering News | May 26, 2020

Each year the Faculty presents the Engineering Award of Recognition to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to help further the academic, research and innovation, public service and/or administrative missions of the Faculty.

Kelly Sexsmith, Career Services Officer, is the recipient of this year’s Engineering Award of Recognition. 

“I am honoured and very appreciative of this Engineering Award of Recognition,” said Sexsmith. “My goal is to provide the best experience for our students. Seeing their success is the greatest reward!”

Sexsmith works with the Engineering Career Services team assisting students with career preparation and facilitating the undergraduate placement programs (Long term Co-ops and Summer Co-Op), and new graduate placements.

Since joining Western Engineering, Sexsmith has seen an exponential growth in the Engineering co-op programs.

With an exceptional knowledge on co-op and career planning programs, Sexsmith worked to integrate career planning into Western Engineering’s curriculum, including the first-year course Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation (ES1050) and a second-year Writing Course (Writing 2130F).

Sexsmith works one-on-one with both undergraduate and graduate students on resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, and career counseling. Each year, she takes personal initiatives to go to 3rd-year classes in each program, as well as to departmental graduate seminars to make students aware of what Career Services has to offer.

Over the last couple of years, Sexsmith has helped the Career Services team to grow and played a key role in integrating new members of the team.

The Western Engineering community is extremely grateful to Sexsmith for her commitment to her students and for always going above and beyond for the Faculty. She ensures that outcomes are achieved and that students have the skills and tools they need to be successful in their transition from academics to the work force.

“I believe Kelly is truly a treasure to our faculty,” said Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department Chair Ajay Ray. “When just about anyone in Engineering is asked to comment on Kelly, you will hear: knowledgeable, polite, organized, cordial, considerate, helpful, friendly, respectful, cooperative, creative, passionate. These are the traits we need to promote, and these are the traits we strongly wish to recognize by thanking Kelly for her exceptional services to Western Engineering.”