Engineering alumna honoured by Engineers Canada

Marisa Sterling and other Engineers Canada award winners

U of T Engineering alumna Marisa Sterling (ChemE 9T1), centre-left, received the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala on May 26, 2016. (Photo: CNW Group/Engineers Canada)

U of T Engineering alumna Marisa Sterling (ChemE 9T1) was recently celebrated by Engineers Canada for demonstrating remarkable leadership in her community.

At the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on May 26, Canada’s engineering profession honoured Sterling with the Meritorious Service Award for Community Service. The organization recognized the achievements of eight other engineers, teams of engineers, engineering projects and engineering students across Canada.

“We are excited to honour the 2016 award recipients for their contributions to the engineering profession, to their communities and to the safety and well-being of Canadians,” said Kim Allen, Engineers Canada CEO. “This year’s recipients have demonstrated true excellence in their respective fields, and with their accomplishments, they have done the engineering profession proud.”

Sterling is currently the assistant dean, inclusivity and diversity, at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Elected as president of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education, she has directly helped 532 undergraduate engineering students address the affordability imbalance of their education costs. Sterling has supported many charitable endeavours, including the North York General Hospital’s Emergency and Child & Teen Programs, the Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Program, along with AURA, a local refugee sponsorship facilitator.

In March, Sterling returned to U of T to present Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education scholarships to 10 U of T Engineering undergraduate students.

View the video below to learn about Sterling’s involvement in the engineering community.