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UWindsor environmental engineering MASc students Rania Toufeili and Chrissy Ure show off their iron rings after graduation. Both were offered scholarships by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.UWindsor environmental engineering MASc students Rania Toufeili and Chrissy Ure show off their iron rings after graduation. Both were offered scholarships by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

UWindsor engineering students claim three of four province-wide scholarships

University of Windsor engineering students clinched three of four scholarships offered province-wide by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

In partnership with The Personal Insurance Company, the society annually awards two undergraduate and two graduate students enrolled in engineering programs across Ontario.

UWindsor’s Chrissy Ure and Rania Toufeili, both environmental engineering MASc students and Adib Shamsuddin, an undergraduate mechanical engineering student in the automotive stream, will each receive a $2,500 scholarship towards their engineering education.

The three were recognized for their academic excellence and volunteer activities on campus and in the community.

Ure is a 2017 Outstanding Scholar and Golden Key Society Member, which is bestowed university-wide upon students in the top 15 per cent of their class. She’s received numerous accolades, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) prestigious Canada Graduate Scholarship and Undergraduate Student Research Award Scholarship; Mitacs Globalink Research Award; and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. Ure is a member of the Windsor Engineering Student Society who assists with the engineering outreach team and the university’s student mentoring program. Some of her volunteer activities include volunteering for local initiatives that encourage young women to explore STEM careers, including Build a Dream, Science Rendezvous, Lancer Engineering Camp and Go ENG Girl.

Adib Shamsuddin has been offered a scholarship by the Ontario Society of Professional EngineersToufeili graduated from the civil engineering program in 2017 with great distinction. The Golden Key Society Member serves as a university environmental engineering graduate representative, speaks and assists at engineering outreach events and co-founded Windsor’s Women in Engineering Club with Ure, amongst many other extracurricular activities. Outside of campus, she volunteers with Autism Ontario and appears on Cogeco TV’s Let’s Talk: Do you want to be an engineer? Toufeili received a 2017-2018 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, a University of Windsor 50th Anniversary Scholarship and an Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Scholarship.

Shamsuddin is an Outstanding Scholar and recipient of several awards for his high academic standing, including the Tonnie Kovinksky Memorial Scholarship; Ontario Power Generation University Engineering Award; and Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Entrance Scholarship. Some of his extracurricular activities include his work as co-chair of UWindsor’s orientation committee, assisting with Engineers Without Borders Fair Trade Week, leading tours at Canada South Science City and volunteering at Windsor Regional Hospital and with the Windsor Public Library Children’s Program.

A formal presentation was made during the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Annual General Meeting on May 8, 2018, in Oakville. 

“We are pleased to provide The Personal Scholarship to these dedicated and very talented students,” said OSPE’s president and chair, Jonathan Hack. “In co-operation with The Personal Insurance Company, OSPE has been able to offer these scholarships to students with high academic standing who demonstrate leadership at their university and also in the community.” 

OSPE represents the engineering community of Ontario including professional engineers, engineering graduates and students.


By Kristie Pearce