Three UBC students named engineering ambassadors
May 18, 2022
Edited: July 5, 2022
In 2022, three UBC Engineering undergraduate students received Ambassador Awards from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF).
Each year, the CEMF selects several outstanding women from across Canada "to act as ambassadors for the engineering profession and to serve as role models for other young women."
"Three winners [at one university] is exceptional, just like these young women," says Lynn Burgess, executive director of the CEMF, a not-for-profit organization formed in 1990 "to provide opportunities for Canadian women to become engineers."
Meghan Cooke, a fourth-year chemical and biological engineering student, received the Rona Hatt Engineering Award. Cooke was first inspired to pursue engineering while living with her family in Jakarta, Indonesia. There she learned first-hand about the daily struggles faced by billions of people worldwide, such as not having access to clean drinking water, and came to understand how engineers work to develop solutions to such global problems. Among many other roles at the university, she co-leads UBC Chem-E-Car, a student team that is designing a car powered entirely by chemical reactions, and is working to inspire other women to study engineering and join the profession.
Stephanie Quon, a fourth-year electrical engineering student, received the Dillon Award. Quon chose to study engineering out of a desire to impact society and "an interest in building things and understanding how things work." The recipient of numerous awards, she has been involved in several engineering outreach and advocacy initiatives at UBC. These include producing and promoting video content about STEM education and student life for the Engineering Stories at UBC YouTube channel, garnering over 50,000 views, and developing and delivering a workshop series to introduce female-identifying high school students to electrical engineering.
Coralie Tcheune, a fourth-year biomedical engineering student, received the Undergraduate Award – BC Region. Tcheune, who is passionate about medical robotics and its potential to make medicine safer and more equitable, has also gained extensive experience in outreach, advocacy, mentorship, and engineering design and entrepreneurship. The multiple award-winning student's roles currently include co-captain of the UBC Biomedical Engineering Student Team and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Engineering Undergraduate Society, and her efforts to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM fields include hosting presentations and workshops at Science World's Girls and STEAM program and the 2019 Millennium STEMcon conference.
Read International Women in Engineering for stories from other female engineers at UBC and hear more from Coralie in her engineering spotlight feature article.