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Engineering 5's Computer Commons dedicated to Magna International

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Waterloo Engineering expressed its gratitude to Magna International for the company's ongoing support of the Faculty by naming Engineering 5’s computer commons the Magna International Computer Commons.

Magna representatives Dave Pascoe, vice president of engineering and research and development, and Soeren Striepe, business unit manager, attended the plaque unveiling ceremony held November 5. 

"Magna played an instrumental role in Waterloo Engineering reaching our Vision 2010 goals and is helping us move forward with the research objectives and other important initiatives in Vision 2015, our current strategic plan," said Pearl Sullivan, dean of Waterloo Engineering.  

Magna sign unveiled at Computer Commons in Engineering 5 building

Throughout the years, Waterloo Engineering researchers have partnered with Magna on automotive projects that are helping increase the safety, reliability and fuel efficiency of vehicles. Just one of those projects that recently received government funding involves developing the heat transfer models currently used by Magna, in order to optimize designs and refine online control.

Capstone Design Sponsor

Sullivan noted that Magna sponsors the Magna International Capstone Design Award created to inspire and encourage Waterloo Engineering students to excel in upper-year design projects. Up to 10 awards every year, valued at $5,000 each, are open to student teams from all Waterloo Engineering departments.

"As one of the most appreciated and certainly well-used engineering student spaces where many innovative engineering design concepts have germinated, it’s only fitting that Engineering 5's Computer Commons be dedicated to an outstanding and generous supporter of the Faculty," said Sullivan.

At the unveiling event Sullivan acknowledged Don Walker, chief executive officer of Magna who graduated from Waterloo’s mechanical engineering program in 1980.  

Group gathers in front of Computer Commons at Magna sign unveiling"A well-respected member of the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Committee, he was honoured with the Faculty’s Alumni Achievement Medal in 1997 and was the university’s first alumni to be named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in the program’s inaugural year in 1995," Sullivan said. "Throughout the years, Waterloo Engineering has been extremely privileged to forge a strong, highly-valued relationship with Don and Magna International."

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