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Suzanne Kresta became vice-chair of Engineering Deans Canada in April 2021.

Kresta named vice-chair of Engineering Deans Canada

Joins leadership of organization dedicated to excellence in engineering education and research

USask Engineering Dean Suzanne Kresta, PhD, PEng, FAC, FCAE has been named Vice-Chair of Engineering Deans Canada (EDC).

As Vice-Chair, Kresta will help lead a pan-Canadian organization of the 44 deans of faculties of engineering and applied sciences at higher education institutions with accredited undergraduate engineering programs. She’ll be working with newly selected Chair Kevin Deluzio, of Queen’s University.

“I’m delighted to be working with Kevin and the rest of the EDC members to build strength in our Canadian engineering institutions,” Kresta said. “Having representation from across the country on the executive team broadens our perspective and opens up new opportunities.”

Engineering Deans Canada is pursuing work on several fronts, with committees struck to investigate research and research reporting, education innovation, public policy, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

The organization supports a number of key projects, including the Future of Engineering Education statement of principles; the Canadian Engineering Grand Challenges, which supports 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN; the 30 Years Later project commemorating the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989; and E-CORE: Engineering Collaborating for Online and Remote Education.

“We are the voice of engineering education across Canada, and advocate for a shared vision that includes quality teaching that prepares students with the knowledge and ethics they need to be successful engineers, the creation and dissemination of world-changing research, innovation at schools and in the industry, and the internationalization of both education and the profession,” Deluzio said.

-With files from Queen's University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

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