Applied Science members win Engineers Canada awards

Knott and Holzman


Engineers Canada has awarded two of its eight national awards for 2017 to members of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

Veronica Knott (BASc ‘18), a mining engineering student, has received the Gold Medal Student Award for her contributions to the engineering student community, the engineering profession and Canadian society. In addition to demonstrating professionalism and a strong social conscience, awardees must exhibit exceptional leadership and communication skills and otherwise serve as a strong role model for their peers.

Knott has served in several leadership roles at UBC, including captain of the UBC Mining Games team, student representative on the UBC Board of Governors and president of the Engineering Student Society, where she spearheaded initiatives to increase inclusivity, diversity and student engagement. Among Knott’s honors are the 2016 Nestor Korchinsky Award and Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award.

Jonathan Holzman, PEng, an associate professor of engineering at UBC Okanagan, has received the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education for his outstanding contributions to engineering teaching and learning. His work outside the classroom includes organizing school tours, lab demonstrations and workshops to inspire elementary and high-school students to pursue education and careers in engineering.

Holzman, founder of the Integrated Optics Laboratory at UBC Okanagan, works on micro- and nano-photonic technologies with many large- and small-scale applications, including optical wireless communications and terahertz spectroscopy. His awards include the 2016 Teaching Award of Excellence from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and the 2017 Researcher of the Year Award at UBC's Okanagan campus.

Another Engineers Canada award recipient is Mary Wells, PEng, who graduated from UBC with a PhD in Metals and Materials Engineering in 1996. Associate Dean of Outreach and professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the University of Waterloo, she received the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession Award for being “a significant role model and leader in the Canadian and global engineering community for women.”

Knott, Holzman, and Wells will receive their prizes on May 25, 2017, at the annual Engineers Canada awards gala in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Engineers Canada is an organization that supports the country’s provincial and territorial regulatory and licensing bodies for professional engineers.