Xiadong Liang (left), Kerry McPhedran (centre, with John Giesy and Markus Brinkmann) and Emily McWalter each won a USask award

USask Engineering faculty recognized with USask awards

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) Staff and Faculty Awards recognize individuals who exemplify USask's commitment to be the university the world needs.

The University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering is proud to celebrate three of our faculty members who received a 2022 USask Staff and Faculty Award. Read the full list of USask award winners here. 

New Researcher Award

Xiaodong Liang

Dr. Xiaodong Liang (PhD), Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Technology Solutions for Energy Security in Remote, Northern, and Indigenous Communities.

"At Power and Energy Conversion Laboratory, we conduct research mainly focusing on power systems and renewable energy integration, particularly on renewable energy-based microgrids in remote communities... Renewable energy paves its way into the modern mixed energy landscape, creating a sustainable and green future for tomorrow's energy and power industry."

Publicly Engaged Scholarship Team Award

Dr. Kerry McPhedran (PhD), Associate Professor, Civil Geological and Environmental, College of Engineering, and Saskatchewan Centennial Enhancement Chair

Dr. John Giesy, Professor, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and Professor and Former Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology

Dr. Markus Brinkmann (PhD), Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability Faculty Member, Global Water Futures (GWF) program Member, Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) Member, Toxicology Centre

"We like to work in teams on socially relevant issues and solve problems. Our role is to develop technologies that can be transferred to the private and public sectors and train the next generation of water quality experts... We have openly shared our team’s standard operating procedures for other scientists in Canada and around the world to follow, describing in detail how to sample the wastewater for COVID-19, how to do the analyses and how to ensure quality control. We’ve also described how to perform the requisite calculations that provide a picture of what’s happening with the pandemic in their own communities."

Provost's College Award for Outstanding Teaching

Dr. Emily McWalter (PhD), Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

"In engineering, we are not only teaching technical information but also, and sometimes more importantly, the skills of critical thought, decision making, teamwork, creativity, and communication. My fundamental teaching philosophy is to guide students through the material with the goal of providing them with the tools to master the course material during the class and in their future careers."