CPES Dean Named to Engineering Academy

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Tony VannelliProf. Tony Vannelli, dean of the College of Physical and Engineering Science (CPES), has been named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

The honour recognizes individuals who perform beyond normal engineering practice and contribute in exemplary ways toward their respective disciplinary fields and to the wider community.

Vannelli was inducted along with 42 other new fellows during the CAE’s annual meeting and symposium June 27 in Winnipeg.

CAE is an independent, self-governing organization through which Canada’s most experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to the country.

Vannelli joined U of G in 2007 as CPES dean and was reappointed in 2012. Earlier, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean of research and external partnerships at the University of Waterloo.

The CAE recognized Vannelli for tripling enrollment in U of G’s engineering program, including achieving Canada’s highest enrollment of female engineering students, and increasing research funding. His leadership, innovation and alumni engagement were also cited.

Vannelli held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellowship at both Waterloo and the University of Toronto’s department of industrial engineering.

An award-winning researcher, he is renowned internationally for his work in power systems engineering.