IBBME professors sweep Ontario engineering entrepreneurship, research awards

Andrysek, Santerre, Simmons win 2017 OPEA awards

IBBME professors Craig Simmons, Jan Andrysek and Paul Santerre will be recognized for contributions to the profession at the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) gala this weekend. (Photo: Neil Ta).

November 15, 2017 | By Marit Mitchell

Three faculty members from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) will be performing a “hat trick” at the 2017 Ontario Professional Engineering Awards gala this weekend.

On Saturday, November 18, Professors Jan Andrysek, Paul Santerre and Craig Simmons will be among six U of T Engineering community members recognized for their outstanding contributions to their profession—from exceptional research advances to positive social impact.

Santerre is receiving an Engineering Medal in the Entrepreneurship category, for applying new technologies or innovative approaches that have enabled new companies to get started, and/or assisted established companies to grow in new directions. He has demonstrated the initiative, energy and spirit it takes to seek out new ideas and to take a leading role in fostering and promoting them.

Andrysek and Simmons are each receiving Engineering Medals in the Research and Development category, for using new knowledge in developing useful, novel applications, or advancing engineering knowledge or applied science, or discovering or extending any of the engineering or natural sciences.

Read the original news story announcing the award recipients.

“These awards reflect the diversity of our engineering community leadership and contributions, from research and commercialization, to entrepreneurship and social impact,” said Cristina Amon, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, who received the Gold Medal in 2015, recognizing her public service, technical excellence and outstanding professional leadership. “My warmest congratulations to the recipients on these richly deserved honours.”

Andrysek is also a scientist at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.