Alumnus Marinos Stylianou with Carolyn and Bez Tabborrok
Alumnus Marinos Stylianou shares fond memories in mechanical engineering with grad supervisor and past Chair Bez Tabarrok and his family in the EngineeRing Alumni newsletter. (l-r; Carolyn Tabarrok; Marinos Stylianou; Bez Tabarrok) Photo: Marinos Stylianou

As a University of Victoria Engineering and Computer Science graduate, you join more than 4,000 individuals who are making a significant difference in their communities and internationally in the fields of environment, health, fundamental science, materials and energy. We are proud of our alumni and look forward to learning about where life takes our graduates. Our alumni are across Canada and around the world. Find a branch near you. Learn of the benefits.

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Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching award:

  • 2010 - Mary Sanseverino, Computer Science, Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 1994 — Dr. Ron Podhorodeski, Mechanical Engineering
  • 1991 — Dr. Wu-Sheng Lu, Engineering

Recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award

  • 2006 — Megan Howell-Jones, BEng '01

Recipients of the Distinguished alumni award:

2020 — Kirsten Peck, BEng '93 (Electrical Engineering)


The 2020 DAA recipient for Engineering is Kirsten Peck, (BEng, ’93, Electrical). Kirsten is the Vice President of Engineering for BC Hydro and is one of the most highly-placed women in any utility company in Canada, leading a team of over 650 high-performing technical staff.

Kirsten Peck is a registered professional engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.  She is a proven calm, level-headed leader who enjoys developing and being part of highly engaged teams.  She thrives on making multi-faceted, challenging business decisions swiftly after fair and thoughtful analysis.  Kirsten is recognized as being an inspirational leader and gives significant attention to the development of people within BC Hydro.  In particular, Kirsten has played an important role in the development of entry-level engineering talent and foreign trained engineers integrating into the British Columbian workplace.  She sponsors BC Hydro’s Engineer-in-Training and Co-op training programs and as a benefactor of both programs, she is passionate about the value of broad exposure to business, technical, and operational concepts early in one’s career.  Kirsten gives back to the BC Hydro community through the provision of mentoring to technical and non-technical staff.

For the past seven years, Kirsten has led BC Hydro’s Engineering business unit.  She is accountable for the delivery of over 350 complex refurbishment and growth-related capital project on BC Hydro’s electrical system.  She leads a diverse team of 650 high performing technical staff of varying disciplines and that team is primarily accountable for designing, estimating and delivering high quality, inherently safe, collaborative, complex engineering designs associated with the generation, transmission and distribution system and water retention structures.  Her team provides specialized maintenance capability to augment that of plant and field personnel, performs complex root cause analysis and performs repairs following unexpected major equipment failures and supports capital plan development.  Kirsten historically held positions leading the Risk Management division of BC Hydro’s trading subsidiary where she developed her keen sense of agility, governance and risk-oriented decision-making and led the Generation Asset Management department, responsible for developing the capital plan associated with BC Hydro’s ageing generating infrastructure.

Kirsten serves on the Canadian Executive of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) and historically was a board member of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers (CCRO).  Outside of work, Kirsten coaches Division 3 adult women’s soccer, sits on the board of the Fraser Valley Dirt Riders Association, and provides weekend respite care for a delightful foster child.

2019 — Shaan Pruden, PhD '83 (Computer Science)


Shaan Pruden was born in Saskatchewan but grew up on Vancouver Island. She completed her BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics in 1983 at the University of Victoria. As a co-op student, she worked at companies in Vancouver and Calgary in research, consultancy and the oil & gas industry –connections which led to her first position at Microtel Electronics then to the IT department at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Heading up Mac support on the UVic campus was the stepping stone to Shaan’s career at Apple, beginning in 1989. She held positions in technical support for Sales, then moved to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations teams as an Evangelist in 1995. She is now the Senior Director of Partnership Management, where she supports the developers who create apps for the App Store.

Shaan is a founding and Charter Member of C100, a non-profit association of Canadian thought leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area committed to supporting and accelerating the innovation economy in Canada. Shaan’s interests include wine, fibre arts and mentoring entrepreneurs. She and her husband, Stefan Schaefer, live in San Jose, CA and travel extensively.

2018 — Dr. Marinos Stylianou, PhD '93 (Mechanical Engineering)

Marinos Stylianou

Hailed as a natural leader, Marinos Stylianou is the CEO of S-FRAME Software and the developer of the Finite Element Analysis engine, which is a world-leading analysis tool, used in engineering structural analysis and design. A keen supporter of undergraduate education, Marinos established a training program where UVic students train on S-FRAME software, which gives them a competitive edge in securing engineering co-op placements and jobs world-wide.

2017 — Maher Fahmi, MASc '94 (Electrical Engineering)


Maher received his BASc in Engineering Physics with Great Distinction, from the University of Saskatchewan. He served in the Canadian Navy as a combat systems engineering officer and was the recipient of the Westinghouse Award and Paramax Sword.

After leaving the Navy in 1992, Maher returned to university and received his MASc. in Electrical Engineering from UVic. Maher then joined PMC-Sierra, and was the director of product development responsible for the design of semiconductor products for the telecommunications markets, including SONET, ATM and PDH networks.

In 2004, Maher left PMC to co-found Teradici Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in the thin client computing. In 2010, Maher is now VP of product development at Microsemi Corporation.

Maher holds several patents and has contributed to numerous standards bodies, including the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE and the ATM Forum.

2016 — Jacques van Campen, BEng '88 (Electrical Engineering)

van campen

As Vice-President at Schneider Electric, Jacques van Campen leads the global power metering business with his team of 200 engineers and marketing professionals located in five countries. The company is the global leader in terms of sales and innovation.

The products are responsible for managing the electrical infrastructure of many of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and leading local enterprises including UVic, Esquimalt Graving Dock, Royal Jubilee Hospital, and BC Hydro.

Jacques has been a leader from its early days of 15+ employees to its current place at the forefront of innovation and business.

2015 — Josh Blair, BEng ’95 (Electrical Engineering)

Josh Blair

As chief corporate officer at Telus, and executive vice-president of Telus Health & Telus International, Josh leads human resources for more than 40,000 team members, helping implement a variety of initiatives that resulted in Telus being named a Top 100 employer in Canada.

A champion of diversity and inclusiveness, Josh supported the establishment of a Telus’ employees diversity and inclusiveness council, including the Telus women’s network, an LGBT resource, an Aboriginal network, the Telus abilities network, a resource group for new Canadians and a group supporting employees who have served in the Canadian military.

2014 — Chris Reid, MASc '95 (Mechanical Engineering)

Chris Reid

Executive Chair—Hydrexia and founder of Cellex Power

Chris Reid has helped transform energy storage and clean energy systems through his work with Hydrexia, an early stage technology company creating hydrogen storage systems. He is also entrepreneur-in-residence at Foresight, a BC non-profit supporter of cleantech companies.

2013 — UVic 50th anniversary - Alumni who made a difference

The UVic Alumni Association, to mark the 50th anniversary of the University of Victoria in 2013, recognized the leadership of individual alumni and couples who contributed to the growth of the university and made a difference including:

Aimy Bazylak, MASc '05, PhD '08 (Mechanical Engineering)Her commitment and enthusiasm for research at UVic is matched by Aimy’s efforts to enhance public awareness of energy issues and related career opportunities. She is known for her leadership, natural poise and ability to motivate others. Her ongoing involvement includes participation in the UVic-initiated Canada-China Clean Energy Workshops.

Jessica BekkerJessica is a role model and mentor for Aboriginal students in science and engineering. She has had an active role in building community partnerships and recruiting students and she has led the successful First Nations Renewable Energy Forums. She is a part-time First Nations co-op coordinator while pursuing her master’s in engineering.

Rob BennettRob has served on the advisory council to strengthen initiatives in the Faculty of Engineering. As a frequent guest lecturer and guest panelist on campus, he provides students with advice based on his wealth of experience in the tech sector. His motivation is in knowing how valuable such advice would have been early in his own career.

Doug RansomDoug has been the driving force behind the Engineering Alumni Chapter since 2007 and he has helped plan or host events to strengthen the Engineering alumni network. Among recent initiatives, Doug helped to introduce a new web site for the chapter and started monthly breakfast meetings in Victoria and Vancouver.

Catherine RoomeAs a mentor and teacher, Catherine inspires the next generation of engineers. Her volunteer efforts with the Engineering faculty’s advisory council have provided insight and advice on student programs. Her talks and guest lectures engage students on the topics of leadership, safety and risk management.

2012 — Lauren Woolstencroft, BEng '05 (Electrical Engineering)

Lauren Woolstencroft

Multi-gold medalist, Paralympic skiing

Alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft has won more than 50 World Cup medals, eight World Championship titles, 10 Paralympic medals, and was the 2006 International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Year. At the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, she became the first Canadian winter athlete to win five gold medals at a single Paralympics. Woolstencroft was subsequently named Canada’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies.

A member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Lauren was born without legs below the knee and no left arm below the elbow. She’s employed by BC Hydro as an electrical engineer.

2011 — Gerry Douglas, BSc '95 (Computer Science)

Gerry Douglas

Founder, Baobab Health Trust

Gerry Douglas is the founder of Baobab Health Trust, a non-profit organization based in Malawi that is revolutionizing healthcare in lower-income countries. Baobab’s cutting-edge touch screen clinical workstation gives clinicians a robust, low-power, inexpensive clinical tool to reduce documentation errors and improve patient care, particularly those with HIV/AIDS.

Gerry is a professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also director of the Center for Health Informatics for the Underserved, established to meet the challenges of delivering healthcare in poorer settings through health informatics, within the U.S. and internationally.

2010 — Catherine Roome, BEng '90 (Electrical Engineering)

Catherine Roome

Chief Operating Officer, BC Safety Authority

Part of the senior management group at the BC Safety Authority, Catherine Roome helps to oversee a team of 280 employees committed to public safety for everything from boilers to amusement rides.

A past recipient of Business in Vancouver’s “Influential Women in Business” award, Catherine believes passionately in bringing forward new ideas to re-ignite Canada’s leadership role in the world. Her leadership style is “to encourage that unique brilliance and potential that exists in everyone.”

2006 — David Garrison, BEng '94 (Computer Engineering)

David Garrison, BEng ’94, and Shannon Hunt, MA ’93, are winners of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award for their work in creating the popular science magazines for young Canadians, YES Mag and KNOW. The couple worked together at the UVic student newspaper, The Martlet, when they arrived at the idea for YES Mag. They were previously recognized with awards for their work from the Science Council of BC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

2005 — Brad Forth, BEng '89 (Electrical Engineering)

Brad Forth was a co-op student when he first came to a small Victoria company called Power Measurement. Today he’s the president, the company’s energy-saving digital power meters are sold globally, and the firm employs more than 100 of Forth’s fellow alumni.

Brad Forth was a UVic co-op student when he first walked in the door of Victoria's Power Measurement. Today he's president of the company, a highly successful manufacturer of digital power and billing meters and Vancouver Island's largest technology firm. He leads a group of more than 300 employees (about a third of whom are UVic alumni) with annual revenues upwards of $70 million from products that save money and reduce energy usage.

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