Dean's Message: June 2017

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Dear Alumni and Friends,

As I look back at the 2016/2017 academic year, I am proud to say Western Engineering’s faculty, staff and students achieved great success in many areas.

In September, we welcomed 545 students into our first-year class.  These innovative, energetic and enthusiastic future engineers joined a family of 2039 full-time undergraduate students who will one day help shape and define the world of tomorrow.

It was a pleasure to welcome alumni to Western Engineering’s Homecoming celebrations last October.  During the same weekend, it was my privilege to present Marvin DeVries with the 2016 L.S. Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal.   Currently the president of Trojan Technologies, Marvin has remained committed to finding solutions to ensure all global citizens can enjoy access to clean water.

Western Engineering continues to recognize and celebrate entrepreneurial spirit. The 2016 Engineering video – Developing the Entrepreneurial Mindset – was launched at the Leader’s Reception last November in Toronto.  Click here to view the video which highlights the incredible accomplishments made by Western Engineering students and alumni.

In March, we welcomed Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz, to speak at the 26th annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture.  A Western alumna, Linda has won many awards including the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and in 2016 was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. She spoke about capturing opportunity, the notion of innovation and the importance of work integrated learning. Learn more about this engaging lecture by clicking here.

We are in the midst of an exciting time at Western Engineering as construction continues on the new building set to open in 2018.  The view along Western Road changes daily as this vision moves closer to becoming a reality.  ThreeC+ (for Connect, Collaborate and Create) will provide exciting group learning spaces and be an inspiring environment where students will integrate concepts with collaborative hands-on learning as they design, build, test and refine their concepts.  It will also host research groups in communications, mechatronics and wind engineering.  I invite you to explore ThreeC+ in greater detail including image galleries and updates by visiting the ThreeC+ website:

In June, another group of Western Engineering undergraduate and graduate students will attend Convocation. We are exceptionally proud of the students moving on into careers or graduate programs and we look forward to connecting with all of them as they transition from student to alumni.

Looking ahead, Canada 150 celebrations continue as we recognize forty years of Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal recipients in a special section of our website.  I also look forward to celebrating the 50-year milestone with the class of 1967 at this year’s Western Engineering Homecoming celebrations in October.

As always, I enjoy hearing from you about your recent accomplishments and newest endeavors. Please e-mail me anytime at or share your news with Western Alumni through the new Milestones Program and Western will send you a gift with our congratulations.

Best regards,

Andrew N. Hrymak

Dean, Western Engineering