Our Most Promising Undergraduates

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015

student receiving award

On November 10, the Faculty of Engineering celebrated its most capable undergraduate students at the 19th Annual Ceremony of Excellence.

The ceremony took place in the beautiful Tabaret Hall. Masters of ceremony Dr. Marcel Turcotte, Vice-Dean (Academic Affairs), and Chantale Foré, Administrator of undergraduate programs, opened the ceremony. Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, welcomed over 160 students and their guests

We have the pleasure and the privilege to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of some of our most deserving undergraduate students,” said Dean Laguë. He took the opportunity to thank all parents and friends for their support towards those deserving young men and women over the years.

Dr. Laguë also expressed his appreciation of the individuals and organizations that funded the awards, bursaries, and scholarships offered to the students.  “Your contributions to the education of our engineering and computer science students are greatly appreciated and we are extremely grateful to you. Your gesture clearly shows the significance of uOttawa engineering and computer education programs”, said Dean Laguë. 

Two presentations were made by alumni of the Faculty of Engineering before awards were presented to students.

Innovator, problem solver and, of course, an engineer, Raj Narula was recently named the 2015 recipient of the Faculty of Engineering’s Alumni Award of Excellence. Mr. Raj Narula, who was not able to attend the Ceremony, completed his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa in 1980. Mr. Narula began his career in the oil production and refining sector at GE Canada and then Dresser Industries. In 1984, he co-founded Haveli Restaurants Ltd., a renowned high-end Indian restaurant. He has also applied his entrepreneurial and management skills in the high tech sector by founding, leading, and advising several companies: TenXc Wireless, TaraSpan, and more recently Inca Synergies. He is a member of the board of directors of the uOttawa Alumni Association.

Next came a presentation by André Bellerive and Marc Bjerring, who both obtained a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from uOttawa in 2014. André is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, while Marc is working at General Dynamics Canada and serving as a reservist in the Canadian armed forces. The pair took the stage to present their entrepreneurial venture: the Spivo stick. Inspired by their love of capturing and sharing their extreme sports adventures, the pair created this lightweight camera mount that allows users to rotate their cameras 180° with the click of a trigger.

Following the presentations, numerous awards, scholarships and bursaries were distributed, including:

  • The President’s Scholarship — Hunter Marriott
  • The Chancellor’s Scholarship — Sarah Horton
  • The Faculty of Engineering Memorial Scholarship — Rachel Cohen, Alexane Lahaie, Jie Yi Ma, Sara Makouan, Janaki Parekh, Esther Raji, Olivia Roy

Congratulations to all our deserving students!

See photos from the Undergraduate Ceremony of Excellence

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