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Two Universities, Two Honours

Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, CM, P.Eng., FCAE

Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, CM, P.Eng., FCAE, says Zhejiang University deeply respects the University of Alberta Geotechnical Engineering Centre, which it demonstrated by naming him an Honorary Professor.

Dr. Norbert Morgenstern, CM, P.Eng., FCAE, has another honour to add to his wall. Earlier this spring, he was granted the title of Honorary Professor from Zhejiang University, a national university in China. An internationally recognized authority in the field of geotechnical engineering, Dr. Morgenstern has over 40 major honours and awards, including honorary degrees from the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.

Yet his modesty shines through. In fact Dr. Morgenstern credits this lat­est award to the work being done at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, where he holds the title of Distinguished University Professor Emeritus.

The cen­tre, known for its leading-edge research in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, has a long-term link to Zhejiang University. “This honour came through an awareness of and respect for the University of Alberta Geotechnical Engineering Centre,” he says.

A graduate of the University of Toronto (civil engineering, ’56), Dr. Morgenstern is a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and a member of the Order of Canada. He’s also a past-recipient of the APEGA Centennial Award, the regulator’s highest honour.

Though technically retired, his skills are in high demand. In fact, he recently chaired a high-profile engineering panel — the one appointed by the B.C. Government to conduct an independent review of a tailings dam failure at Mount Polley copper mine.


Receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in the spring was Kim Sturgess, CM, P.Eng., FCAE, from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. A proud APEGA member and Queen’s alumni, she obtained an engineering degree in engineering physics from Queen’s in 1977.

“Earning an honorary degree from Queen’s has been an aspirational goal for me for a long time,” Queen’s Gazette newsletter quotes Ms. Sturgess as saying.

Kim Sturgess, CM, P.Eng., FCAE

Kim Sturgess, CM, P.Eng., FCAE, calls her honorary degree from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont., the achievement of an aspirational goal

It’s the latest in a long list of honours for Ms. Sturgess. In the spring, APEGA noted that she’d been named a Member of the Order of Canada. “The Order of Canada was for family and country; the honorary degree is for me. This is as good as it gets,” she says.

A former APEGA Councillor, Ms. Sturgess is the founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, a company dedi­cated to improving the management of the province’s water resources.

Over her career, she’s worked in industry as an engineer, a consultant, and a business analyst. She’s also served as CEO for several technology companies.