Will Pahl (left) with USask Engineering Interim Dean Carey Simonson (Photo: Dave Stobbe)

Pahl top USask Engineering graduate

Will Pahl is the winner of the 2024 Gold Medal from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS).

The medal is awarded to the University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering (USask Engineering) student who earned the top academic average in all courses required for an undergraduate engineering degree. Pahl’s average was 94.6 percent. 

Pahl, who grew up in Saskatoon, earned several academic awards while studying for his degree.

He was awarded a 2024-2025 ACI Foundation Fellowship, getting selected after completing interviews with ACI representatives at their March 2024 convention in New Orleans. In addition to receiving $10,000 US from the foundation, which supports the American Concrete Institute, he will also have his expenses paid to attend two ACI conventions. ACI fellowships are awarded to high-potential students to encourage them to build careers in the concrete field.

Pahl was also selected as a finalist to attend the 2023 North American Masonry Conference as a student speaker, where he won third prize for his five-minute masonry presentation.

Pahl spent two summers working as a site engineering intern at BCL Engineering Ltd. In Saskatoon and has also spent one summer conducting research at the university, evaluating the effects of geometric parameters on masonry assemblage strength, comparing the differences between Canadian and American codes for masonry prism testing.

This fall, Pahl plans to start his MSc in fall in the research group of Lisa Feldman, head of the Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering. His research will focus on out-of-plane shear of concrete masonry walls.

Outside of school, Pahl enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, weightlifting and hiking.

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