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Whether it's been a few months or a few years since you've last been to campus, you'll always be a part of the UVic family. The UVic Alumni Association and Faculty of Engineering Alumni chapter can help you stay connected through special events, information and opportunities tailored specifically to our graduates. Be sure to join the UVic Online Community, too. It's a social network that helps keep everyone connected online.
Whether you want to network online, find out about alumni events or hear about job postings, it pays to stay connected to your fellow alumni.
The Faculty of Engineering works closely with the alumni (Faculty of Engineering Alumni Chapter), friends and the community to form relationships that will promote innovation and assist the Faculty in its recruitment, teaching, research and outreach initiatives.
It's easy to get involved. Whether it's being a mentor in Science Venture, speaking to an undergraduate class, or hiring a co-op student, there are many ways you can can help tomorrow's engineers and computer scientists invent the future.
To learn more about assisting the Faculty in creating and and promoting student awards, research grants and equipment funds, contact the Faculty of Engineering Development Office.
Dr. Trevor John Williams graduated from Imperial College in 1987 with a B.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering followed, a few years later, by a M.Sc. in Management Science from Southampton University.
Trevor worked for 23 years in the aerospace industry, for British Aerospace (UK), SENER and CASA (Spain), Dynacs (USA), Eutlesat (France) and MDA (Canada). During this part of his career, Trevor worked on communications satellites, human-rated vehicles and low earth orbit observation satellites
In 2008, Trevor continued his lifelong pursuit of knowledge by commencing his PhD studies at UVic. The title of Trevor’s dissertation is Probabilistic Power Flow Modeling of Renewable Energy and PEV Grid Interactions. This research makes significant contributions to our understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the integration into distribution networks of plug-in electric vehicles and distributed energy resources
A special convocation ceremony was held for Trevor at Royal Jubilee Hospital on January 10th, 2013. On behalf of the Senate of the University of Victoria, Dr. David W. Capson, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, awarded Trevor a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Trevor passed away peacefully the following morning surrounded by family and friends
At the convocation ceremony, Trevor’s wife Valerie was by his side, as were his brothers Stephen and Philip Williams and his mother Mair Williams, from Wales. Trevor also generously shared this celebration with his fellow students, colleagues, friends as well as UVic faculty members who had the pleasure of working with Trevor during his doctoral studies.
The Faculty of Engineering has established the Dr. Trevor John Williams Memorial Fund to create a legacy in Trevor’s name. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Trevor, you can give via credit card here
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UVic Engineering alumni Jacques Van Campen has come full circle from UVic Engineering outreach participant to Senior Vice President of Power Monitoring and Control at Schneider Electric.
An innocuous grade 9 career day visit marked the beginning of Van Campen's journey towards becoming an electrical engineer and a Senior Vice President for Schneider Electric. In 1988, Jacques Van Campen was one of 26 engineers in the first graduating class from the Faculty of Engineering.
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When asked why he chose to study at the University of Victoria, Jacques explained that he had originally enrolled in a program at the University of Waterloo, but came back to UVic when the Engineering Co-op Program was put into place. In his mind, UVic was a great school and the addition of a co-op program convinced him to move back home. At the time, UVic?s class sizes were small, there were brand new sparkling labs, and there was superior one on one support from professors.
Jacques remembers many of his professors, most of who are still actively teaching. He recalls that Vijay Bhargava, now an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, was a wonderful student advocate and, that Adam Zielinski had a great passion for undergraduate learning.
Jacques Van Campen has come full circle. A teenage participant in outreach in the 1970s, today he is a father of four and an executive in a prominent company. He is an advocate for scientific literacy and outreach to kids from grade school through to UVic. He believes in nurturing and supporting UVic grads so that they stay in the community and he feels that we all have a responsibility to engage kids as soon as they show an interest in engineering and technology.
Jerome Etwaroo, a recent graduate from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was attracted to UVic through its Engineering Bridge program. Jerome had previously worked in Ontario where he held a diploma in electronics engineering. "I have always thought about pursuing a degree in engineering. The turning point for me to return to college and university came when I realized that the work I was doing was very similar to the work of an engineer. Getting an engineering degree would provide me with the necessary credentials and open doors of opportunity."
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Jerome recently started work at the Innovation and Development Corporation (IDC), University of Victoria?s university-industry liaison office. He was pleasantly surprised as it was the first application he submitted and his first interview following his graduation in August of 2008.
"IDC works with all faculty, staff and students within the university," says Jerome. Working at IDC allows him to assist everyone at UVic by managing intellectual property (IP) and facilitating its commercialization.
As a Technology Transfer Officer, Jerome conducts IP assessments to determine if the invention is protectable and free from infringement. He also conducts market analysis to identify if the invention is commercially viable. These are only some of the duties assigned to Jerome. Following these checks and assessments, IDC assists members of the UVic community in IP protection and facilitates commercialization of IP by creating licensing opportunities, industrial collaborations or by creating spin-off companies.
Merging what he learned from the UVic engineering program and applying it to his work with IP is a highlight of Jerome's career. Understanding the research concepts and inventions from his coursework has been an asset in his work.
Jerome's experience studying at UVic had a positive impact on his decision to work on campus, "Overall it was a good experience; the courses were challenging and they were really worthwhile. The faculty was encouraging and gave me good advice, not just about courses, but on jobs, work, life and even offered to serve as references." Coming full circle from being helped by his professors at UVic, Jerome now looks forward to assisting them through his work at the IDC.
Dr. Curran Crawford's passion is energy and his research is motivated by a desire to enable a societal transition to a sustainable future. Raised in Victoria, Curran obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at UVic in 2001.
An interest in aerospace took Curran to MIT for his master's degree. During the first year there, he realized his true interests lay in sustainable energy technologies, so a transition took place towards wind turbines. Along with courses in the wider issues associated with energy, he continued his work on wind turbines during his PhD at Cambridge University in the UK.
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Curran returned to UVic early in 2007 as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His goal is to teach beyond the basics and to support student projects, and he's involved with UVic Aero and the Design Engineering Office. His teaching philosophy is to relate course material to a wider engineering context and encourage the development of theoretical knowledge through real-world projects.
He is building a research group focused on applying multidisciplinary optimization techniques to sustainable energy systems, including wind and tidal turbines, combined with energy system modeling. Outside of his academic interests, Curran is an avid builder and rider of bicycles, particularly recumbent and tandem.
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