Carleton University Professor Wins 2009 Ontario Professional Engineers Award

Carleton Engineering Professor Moyra McDill has won a 2009 Ontario Professional Engineers Award from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario. Awards are given to professional engineers who have shown exemplary service in their respective fields to their communities and their profession.

Dr. McDill will be presented with an Engineering Medal in the Engineering Excellence Category at a special black tie gala ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Toronto Congress Centre. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Dr. McDill is a professor and associate chair (undergraduate studies) with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her research focuses on thermal-mechanical numerical analysis for manufacturing processes such as welding in the aerospace and automotive industries. Techniques developed by Dr. McDill and her students have been used by international researchers and by such companies as Volvo and Bayer.

Dr. McDill, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, has also applied her expertise in overseeing the safety of our country’s nuclear infrastructure, having served for seven years as a Governor-in-Council Appointed Commissioner of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). More recently, she was a member of the CNCS/Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Joint Review Panel, established to review the proposed Bruce Power New Nuclear Power Plant project located in the Municipality of Kincardine, Ontario.

A leading advocate and researcher on gender issues within the engineering profession, Dr. McDill was the first woman to complete a doctorate degree in mechanical engineering at Carleton University, the first female faculty member hired by the department and the first woman to be promoted to full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design. A ground-breaking educator, mentor and inspiration to her students and colleagues, she has been recognized with awards for Student’s Choice, Teaching Achievement, and Favourite Professor.

About OSPE
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is the voice of Ontario’s engineers. OSPE promotes and supports excellence in all aspects of engineering by enhancing the professional recognition of Ontario’s engineers among employers and all levels of government; increasing their public profile; and advancing their economic interests by offering exemplary continuing education, career advancement and affinity programs. Practically everything we rely on to live and work in Ontario every day is a product of engineering — from the water we drink to the cars we drive, to the fact that the light comes on when we flick a switch. Engineers make our society run. For more information about OSPE, please visit

About PEO
Professional Engineers Ontario administers the Professional Engineers Act by licensing Ontario’s 71,500 professional engineers, granting temporary, limited and provisional licences to practise professional engineering, and authorizing businesses to provide engineering services to the public. It sets standards for and regulates engineering in Ontario so that the public interest is served and protected. Rigorously educated, experienced, and committed to a code of ethics that puts the public first, licensed professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names. PEO has presented awards for professional achievement and community service since 1947.

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Lin Moody
Media Relations
Carleton University
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