Andy Sun named CAE Fellow

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Western professor Andy Sun has been named a Fellow the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

The CAE, an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987, is the national institution through which the country’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada.

Sun, a Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage, is a global leader in developing solutions to solve critical and long standing problems in clean energy.

He is creating nanotechnologies and nanomaterials to develop fuel cells and lithium batteries better able to generate, store and conserve energy. This research will help address energy shortages and environmental challenges for transport applications in a cost-effective way.

University of Manitoba Engineering professor and CAE president-elect Douglas Ruth said while the new Fellows have widely varying backgrounds – from industry, academe and government – they all have the demonstrated desire and ability to go beyond the normal practice of engineering and contribute in exemplary ways towards their fields and their communities.

“We expect great achievements through their participation in the academy’s activities,” said Ruth, adding past Fellows have produced major studies in the fields of education, energy and innovation. “We look forward to how these new Fellows will build upon these good works and explore new and exciting areas of engineering and its impact on public policy.”

Also inducted as a Fellow of the CAE is London Hydro CEO Vinay Sharma, who is a member of the Advisory Council of Western Engineering.