CBE Internationalization Team: Expanding Western’s Global Reach

Western Engineering News | June 6, 2016

The CBE Internationalization Team — Zach Armstrong, Margaret Cooper, Grace Li, Kibret Mequanint and Jesse Zhu — is one of this year’s recipients of the Engineering Award of Recognition.

The Engineering Award of Recognition is presented annually to individuals or teams who made an exceptional contribution in the past year to help further the academic, research and innovation, public service and administrative missions of the faculty.

The CBE Internationalization Team is an exceptional example of collaboration across departments. The team is being recognized for establishing an undergraduate student exchange program with several well-known Chinese universities recognized for their excellence in chemical engineering programs.

This program has enabled students to build an international network for themselves, while increasing their self-confidence.

“I believe what they created is more than a simple summer research exchange opportunity,” said Shivani Chotalia, a past participant in the exchange program. “It is an avenue for students to gain deeper personal learning and experiences without compromising their academic ambitions.”

Jesse Zhu, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and the faculty lead on the team, was appreciative that their efforts were being rewarded. “The team has spent a tremendous amount of time facilitating exchanges,” he explained. ‘I was very pleased to see that my team members were being recognized.”

While the team is excited to be acknowledged for their efforts, the true impact lies in the outcome of the exchange program.

“I was thrilled to hear about the award, but it doesn’t compare to hearing about the incredible experiences of the students” explained Zach Armstrong, Director, Business Development (London) at Mitacs. “They are able to develop research skills, cultural fluency, and expand their professional networks while increasing Western University’s global reach.”

Margaret Cooper, Undergraduate and International Recruitment Coordinator, felt humbled and delighted by the kind words the students provided in their letters of support. “It reaffirmed that my guidance, cultural training and encouragement had a direct impact on their transformative international experience,” she said.

Western Engineering fosters an environment where students, faculty and alumni can lead and succeed as global citizens. The CBE Internationalization Team has surpassed this standard, and are ambassadors of the faculty internally and externally.

The CBE Internationalization Team will be receiving Engineering Award of Recognition at the Western Engineering Faculty and Staff Awards Lunch on June 22.