London engineers inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Western Engineering News | June 30, 2016

Western Engineering congratulates Vinay Sharma, CEO of London Hydro Inc. and member of the Advisory Council of Western Engineering and Andy Sun, Professor, Faculty of Engineering at Western University and Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage. Both were among the 43 new fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) during a ceremony on June 27, in conjunction with the academy’s 2016 Annual General Meeting and Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The CAE is an independent, self-governing, not-for-profit organization through which the country’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. Fellows of the CAE speak out on issues of importance to Canada, provide advice to government and industry and participate effectively with like-minded national and international organizations in developing a common voice in issues important to Canada and the world.

As CEO of one of Ontario’s major electricity distribution utilities, Sharma and his management team have received several North American, national and provincial awards and recognitions. In addition to his outstanding governance, business management and engineering skills, he has exceptional people skills which are observed through enhanced corporate culture, customer engagement and relationships of trust with the shareholders and other stakeholders of London Hydro.

Sharma has also been recognized for his outstanding engineering design, analysis and research record. He is a leader in all aspects of engineering and governance of technologically advanced electricity distribution systems.

“I am honored to be inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering,” said Sharma. “I look forward to consulting with other distinguished engineers on a national level in an effort to advise, enhance and promote the field of engineering in Canada.”

Sun, a professor in the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is a global leader in developing solutions to solve critical and long-standing problems in clean energy. He is creating nanotechnologies and nanomaterials to develop fuel cells and lithium batteries better able to generate, store and conserve energy.

Sun’s research will ultimately help address energy shortages and environmental challenges for transport applications in a cost-effective way. His research discoveries and innovative solutions have been published in top science and engineering journals, resulting in a high number of citations.

CAE President Douglas Ruth welcomed the new fellows, speaking highly of their dedication. “While (the fellows) have widely varying backgrounds — from Industry, Academe and Government — what they all have in common is the demonstrated desire and ability to go beyond the normal practice of engineering and contribute in exemplary ways towards their fields and to their communities,” said Ruth.

View the complete list of the 2016 CAE new fellows.