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Meet The Canadian Academy of Engineering's Latest Inductees

Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) are among Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers, providing strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. In June, the academy inducted 43 new fellows, and among them are five APEGA Members.

First up is Dr. Thomas Brown, P.Eng., a structural engineer and Uni­versity of Calgary professor emeritus. Dr. Brown, an internationally recognized expert in Arctic engineering, is well known for his work on the Confederation Bridge, one of Canada’s top engineering achievements.

He’s received numerous teaching awards and has been recognized by other engineering organizations for his contributions to structural engineering in Canada, from bridges to bobsled tracks.

Three other professors were recog­nized, all from the University of Alberta: Dr. Jie Chen, P.Eng., Dr. J.J. Roger Cheng, P.Eng., and Dr. Jingli Luo, P.Eng.

Dr. Chen is a world-leading expert in biomedical devices. One of his inventions — miniaturized ultrasound devices for dental tissue formation — is considered a major medical breakthrough. He’s the author of seven patents, 155 scientific articles, and two books.

Dr. Chen has su­pervised 68 graduate students and helped found two companies. Honours and appointments bestowed upon him include fellowships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Engineering Institute of Canada, an IEEE distinguish Lecturer award, and Killam and McCalla professorships.

Next in our U of A list is Dr. Cheng, also the recipient of the 2016 APEGA Centennial Leadership Award. The chair of the Faculty of Engineering’s Depart­ment of Civil and Environmental Engi­neering at the U of A, Dr. Cheng is an expert in steel structures and pipelines.

He’s the author of more than 90 refer­eed journal publications and more than 150 refereed conference publications. And he’s a fellow of the Canadian Soci­ety for Civil Engineering.

The U of A’s Dr. Luo is inter­nationally known for her research achievements on fuel cells and corro­sion control. The Canadian Research Chair in Alternative Fuel Cells from 2004 to 2015, she pioneered several non-conventional fuel cells that cogen­erate electricity. She holds six patents and has led three NSERC Strategic Projects.

Dr. Luo has published over 270 papers in refereed journals, and found time to supervise 114 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Calgary’s Heather Kennedy, P.Eng., is the fifth CAE inductee on our list. A part-time hearing commissioner with the Alberta Energy Regulator, she’s a champion for the responsible development of Canada's oil sands. A former corporate executive with Suncor Energy and a former provincial assistant deputy minister, she’s been committed throughout her career to safety, operational excellence, and the development of people and communities.

A role model for women in the resource sector, Ms. Kennedy has mentored many young women towards successful careers of their own.