Dr. Kay Nasser announced as the 2017 C.J. Mackenzie Gala of Engineering Excellence Distinguished Lecturer

On January 24, 2017, the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan will be celebrating the achievements of alumnus and Professor Emeritus, Karim “Kay” Nasser, at the C.J. Mackenzie Gala of Engineering Excellence.

Each year, the gala recognizes an alumnus who has achieved a position of eminence within their profession and honours their achievements by recognizing them as the evening’s Distinguished Lecturer and inducts them into the College of Engineering’s Alumni Wall of Distinction.

Founded in 1976, the college’s flagship event brings together students, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering to connect with engineering professionals, prominent companies and organizations across the province, as well as alumni. The event has become known within the Saskatoon engineering community as the College of Engineering’s premier event for engineers to gather, celebrate and listen to a distinguished alumnus.

Dr. Nasser has set an example of a life-long commitment to education, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Lebanon, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree at the American University in Beirut, his Masters Degree at the University of Kansas, and his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, where he served as a professor of civil engineering for 33 years. His research led to the invention of the K-slump tester, a device that easily tests the consistency, or slump, of fresh concrete. The tester was used in the construction of Toronto’s CN Tower and is still widely used today.

Using a line of credit from the bank and his engineering expertise, Dr. Nasser constructed several apartment buildings throughout the City of Saskatoon. In time, Victory Majors Investment Corporation was formed to handle the management of the properties. He and his wife, Dora (also a U of S graduate), have five children - Selma, Mona, John, Roseann and May - all of whom studied and graduated from the U of S.

The College of Engineering looks forward to an evening with one of their most dedicated and passionate alumni, Kay Nasser, and fellow engineers, industry professionals, faculty, staff, and students as they gather to celebrate an evening of engineering excellence! 

The CJ Mackenzie Gala of Engineering Excellence will take place on January 24, 2017 at TCU Place. Tickets are available for sale to the public, students and university community via: http://engineering.usask.ca/cjmackenzie/ 

For more information, please contact:
Carlene Deutscher
Event Coordinator, College of Engineering
Phone: (306) 966-5286
Email: carlene.deutscher@usask.ca
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