Volunteer work wins notice for engineering prof

Waguih ElMaraghyAn Ontario Volunteer Service Award honours professor Waguih ElMaraghy’s 30 years of service to Professional Engineers Ontario.

Volunteer work wins notice for engineering prof

UWindsor engineering professor Waguih ElMaraghy has received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, nominated by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) for his 30 years of service to the organization.

“Waguih has had an incredibly fruitful career which has been dedicated to his profession, his students, and our faculty,” says dean of engineering Bill Van Heyst. “Waguih’s legacy of volunteering can be seen through his work with the PEO where he has promoted to his utmost the high professional values associated with our sector.”

The award recognizes Dr. ElMaraghy’s continued contributions to engineering and engineering education. He is the chair of the Academic Requirements Committee, which advises PEO on academic matters relating to admission procedures and assesses applicants’ qualifications.

After earning master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from McMaster University, ElMaraghy started his career in industry; he joined the UWindsor faculty in 1994.

“The privilege of industrial experience, as well as engineering professional service, has afforded me opportunities to make unique contributions in my academic research, applied research with industry, and the teaching for many years at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” he says.

In 2022, the Ontario government issued 4,555 Volunteer Service Awards to honour the “exceptional contributions of individuals providing dedicated service to a single organization.”

The award certificate was signed by Ontario premier Doug Ford and was accompanied by lapel pins acknowledging 30 years of volunteerism and the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

—Naomi Pelkey