Five students receive Cressy Awards

Cressy 2018

From L-R: Dean Cristina Amon, Prof. Grant Allen, Enakshi Shah, Elizabeth White, Oluwatobi Edun, Kun Yi Antonio Juan Ding, Syeda Qurat-Ul-Ain Anjum, Prof. Tim Bender

On April 17, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering hosted a lovely afternoon high-tea for its 23 recipients of the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award, which recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole. Among the group were five fourth-year ChemE students.

Syeda Qurat-Ul-Ain Anjum: Syeda serves as President and previously Conference Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE). Syeda led the organization’s outreach and professional development initiatives to new frontiers and built relationships with WISE Chapters across Ontario for the WISE National Conference. Her leadership was instrumental in the creation of “Stories of WISE”, a platform that highlights women’s achievements and resilience. She has also served as a first-year TA for Orientation to Engineering and has participated in the Sustainable Engineers Association and the Global Engineering Design Association.

Oluwatobi (Tobi) Edun: As a New College Residence Don, Tobi organized and executed four events per month during the academic year serving 40 undergraduate students. These events foster community and educate students on academic success, health and wellness, and equity and diversity issues. As a TA for APS100, Tobi facilitated tutorial sessions on academic success, time management strategies and professional development serving 30 first-year U of T Engineering students. As a co-Chair for UnERD 2017, Tobi successfully lead the event that showcased the summer research of over 100 U of T Engineering students. As President of the Nigerian Students Association, Tobi represented over 200 students and led the planning and implementation of events that promote Nigerian heritage.

Kun Yi Antonio Juan Ding: Kun Yi has been involved with a variety of student clubs throughout his undergraduate education. Most recently, he was the Logistics Manager of the Global Development Case Competition for Engineers Without Borders. He is also co-leading two student clubs that support the professional development of students interested in wastewater and sustainability or the food industry. His work has focused on coordinating events and initiatives to help students discover career opportunities in fields they are passionate or interested to learn more about, as well as connect with mentors and professionals who can guide them in reaching their goals.

Enakshi Shah: Enakshi continues to be a driving force for empowering fellow students and the wider community as the founder of volunteer experience organizations such as VEEP (Volunteer Engineering Experience Program) and the Engineers Without Borders Incubator Program. She’s also been an active member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and You’re Next Career Network (YNCN), with the goal of promoting professional and personal development in mind. After graduating, she hopes to combine her Chemical Engineering education and Software Development skills to solve social development challenges such as climate resilience in low-income communities.

Elizabeth (Liz) White: Liz has been actively involved with the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) student chapter, acting as Chair in her final year, and is leading the organization of the undergraduate student program for the 2018 CSChE Conference. U of T’s CSChE student chapter, under Liz’s leadership, won the 2017 CSChE Student Chapter Merit Award. Liz also acted as Sponsorship Director for the University of Toronto Concrete Toboggan Team, which placed 4th in this year’s competition.

To learn more about our five winners, as well as the recipients across the Faculty, click here.

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