Western Engineering students honoured at CME Annual Recognition Night

Western Engineering News | May 19, 2016

Two Western Engineering students were honored at the Southwestern Ontario Branch of Canadian Manufacturer's & Exporters (CME) Annual Recognition Night on May 11. The CME offers scholarships to promising students from local high schools, Fanshawe College and the Faculty of Engineering at Western University to applaud their achievements within the manufacturing sector.

Aahmed Bhatti and Luisa Valencia Vega, Mechanical Engineering students, were recognized for their contributions to the Internship Program at Western Engineering and their demonstrated interest in manufacturing.

Both Western Engineering scholarship recipients are currently completing internships in the manufacturing industry; Bhatti at Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) in the Polymer department, and Valencia Vega at Celestica in the Product Data Management (PDM) department.

Aahmed BhattiBob Bristow, Engineering Unit Leader at HCM, spoke to Bhatti’s skills in a written letter of support. “Aahmed has proven to be a very capable project leader. He takes a balanced approach to projects, concentrating on the task without being fixated on it. He demonstrated this ability recently by thinking beyond his project’s scope and greatly improving ergonomics in a department area.”

Bhatti expressed his enthusiasm for working in manufacturing. “It is an industry that allows me to see not only the results of my effort, but the culmination of all the effort I see at work on a daily basis,” he explained. “The fact that the vehicle we helped create was named North American Car of the Year was just another reason to smile.”

Valencia VegaValencia Vega’s strong passion for design is what led her to the Mechanical Engineering program with a focus on manufacturing, and an internship in the manufacturing industry.

Nathaniel Jeffries, Corporate PDM Manager at Celestica, spoke to the value Valencia Vega’s work brings to the company. “Beyond the day-to-day operations, Luisa has contributed to our ongoing success by developing and deploying a system of visual cues that have greatly reduced the incidence of manual errors in data setup,” he wrote. “She has also provided training to other students, and more recently to a full-time employee.”

Valencia Vega also dedicates her time to giving back to the community and volunteers in community programs supported by Celestica. She leads the Celestica Women’s Collaboration Forum (WCF) monthly meetings, where women within Celestica discuss issues they are facing in a male-dominated industry.

“My role within the WCF allowed me to organize a Hackapolooza event held in collaboration with Girls Learning Code,” explained Valencia Vega. “This event brought girls from Grades 7–10 into Celestica to promote computer and software engineering.”

Western Engineering’s Internship Program offers 12–16 month engineering positions for students following their second last year of study. Internships give students the opportunity to work at a professional level and receive a richer learning experience. At Western Engineering we strive for excellence, innovation and creativity. Aahmed and Luisa have proven this to be true by excelling at their internships and going above and beyond expectations.

Learn more about the Western Engineering Internship Program.