In Memoriam of Dr. Joanne Laura Wegner

Dr. Joanne Wegner
Dr. Joanne Wegner
Our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Joanne Laura Wegner passed away on September 13th, 2014.

Dr. Wegner was one of the founding members of our Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria (UVic) and started her teaching career in 1988.  She received her BSc of Mechanical Engineering in 1982 from University of Calgary, MSc and PhD of Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

Joanne was an expert on Linear and Nonlinear Wave Propagation in Solids; Dynamic Behavior of Polymers; Numerical Analysis; and Computational Mechanics.  She was a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Society of Engineering Science, The U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics and The Canadian Applied Mathematics Association; as well as a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia.  She received the I.Ω. Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement within Ten Years of a BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1991. 

Joanne taught many undergraduate and graduate courses at UVic, conducted active research on mechanics and related subjects, co-authored a textbook, and served on various university committees, including the Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Faculty Association. 

Joanne will be remembered as a dear colleague and friend to many of us at UVic and around. 

Her family and the department will be hosting a reception to celebrate her life on Saturday, October 25th, at the UVic University Club, from 1-5 pm.  Anyone who knew her is welcome to attend.  Coffee, tea, and sandwiches will be provided, and there will be a cash bar.  The Mechanical Engineering Office (EOW548) has cards for the family if you would like to send your condolences.