OSPE celebrates Global Day of the Engineer!

GlobalNational Engineering Month (NEM) may have recently come to a close, but it is safe to say that our celebration of the engineering profession never really ends. In fact, today, Wednesday, April 5th, celebrations of engineering go global. DiscoverE’s Global Day of the Engineer brings the international community together to raise awareness about and celebrate the accomplishments of engineers.

Global Day of the Engineer asks you to consider what you can do to grow the next generation of innovators, from engaging students in engineering activities to sharing examples of engineering innovations. Anyone is welcome to join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #GlobalEngineer to share photos of amazing feats of engineering, whether it is a project you are working on or one you’ve always admired.

Similar to OSPE’s 2016 public awareness campaign, the objective of Global Day of the Engineer is to remind the public and future generations about the critical role engineers play in shaping and protecting our world. Together, we’ve used the hashtag #AnEngineerWasHere to build a growing collection of photos showcasing the diverse fields in which engineers work. Today, let’s take our celebration of Ontario engineers one step further and share these same examples of Ontario engineering innovation with the world using #GlobalEngineer.

As OSPE highlighted during our “Engineering Leaders in Public Policy” event with McMaster University, the modern engineer is equipped with the tools to not only analyze problems and develop solutions, but to also explain those solutions to a non-technical audience. Engineers work collaboratively with others from different professional backgrounds to lead project implementation and to communicate how society will be positively impacted. No longer is an engineering graduate’s career path black and white – engineers and engineering graduates are employed in diverse fields and industries.

Consequently, OSPE members are using their expertise to make a difference in countless ways every day, and as the voice of Ontario’s engineers, it is our privilege to share your stories and amplify your voice. Through OSPE’s Political Action Network (PAN), advocacy task forces, research reports, open letters, blogs, Queen’s Park lobby days, and advocacy meetings with Members and Ministers, we help advance the interests of engineers and all Ontarians.

In honour of Global Day of the Engineer, let’s hear how several of our valued members feel engineers are driving change in their respective fields:

David Carnegie, P.Eng.

I am an environmental engineer and I am excited about the momentum towards environmental stewardship being recognized as a competitive advantage, rather than a liability. In the late 1800s and through most of the 1900s, engineering was often synonymous with dominating the natural world. Increasingly, there is recognition that to survive as a species we need to live in balance with the planet’s systems. Engineering is, and will play, a critical role in helping our species achieve this balance without sacrificing the tremendous improvements in quality of life that we enjoy. Engineers will undoubtedly play a significant role in discovering, implementing and communicating the technical solutions that will allow the current and next generation to leave things better for future generations.

Lilly Chen, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Engineering is such an interesting and rewarding profession. With today’s population growth, we see an increasing demand for dependable and effective transportation. Self-driving cars, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication are all very impactful developments coming out of the field of transportation engineering. Some of the benefits of these technologies are enhancing safety and increasing efficiency. For example, collisions can be avoided through vehicle-to vehicle-communication.

There have been so many projects throughout my career that I am proud of, big or small. If I had to choose, I am most proud of the Transportation Study completed for Mapleview Drive East in the City of Barrie. I am happy to see that the recommended improvements in the report have been implemented through public consultation, design and construction for the benefit of the community.


Omar Choudry, M.Eng., P.Eng.

I've been fortunate in my career to work on a number of really cool projects early in their cycle. One project was testing an early version of an "advanced crash notification" system where I drove around rural Minnesota with a specially-equipped suitcase with gyroscope and other technology. I would stop somewhere and toss the suitcase to simulate a rollover, sudden impact or other type of crash. The suitcase would then dial 9-1-1 and I would test the dispatcher to see if their monitor would show the location, type of crash and other information necessary to get help to the simulated victim. It was a fun project to work on and knowing that it could help save lives was very rewarding. I love seeing systems like GM OnStar now handle tens of thousands of calls each day to help motorists in need.

Karen Chan, P.Eng.

Engineering is such a versatile degree. The training and education you get as an engineer are the foundations for skills that are valued in a multitude of industries, and that means so many opportunities are open to you as an engineer. I’ve experienced this versatility firsthand throughout my career. One of the engineering projects I’m most proud of was in my role as a launch engineer on four new vehicle programs. I was responsible for working with the design, operations, quality, material handling and validation teams as our vehicles moved their way from pre-production mock ups to fully functioning vehicles. It was exciting to see our designs come to life, and there was no greater feeling of accomplishment than seeing my cars drive off the end of the line.

This feeling of accomplishment and pride is something that I bring forward with me to my current projects – I love knowing that I helped to get a system up and running or a new product out the door. Now, I work as a technology consultant for Deloitte Digital and we focus on Digital Transformation. It’s an exciting area to be in because the possibilities are still being imagined.


Renan Orquiza, P.Eng.

I would have to say one of my biggest successes in my career thus far would be when I obtained my licence as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. As a new immigrant in 2013, I unceasingly heard from fellow International Engineering Graduates, as well as longtime residents in Canada, about how challenging it is to acquire an engineering job of your choice if without local work experience or a licence. It is indeed challenging, however, I didn’t lose sight of my goals. I wanted to continue working as an engineer and to be recognized as one.

The moment I obtained my licence it validated, for me, that I am really meant to engineer, regardless of where I decide to settle. It feels great and is one of the reasons why I am now a proponent of giving back to the profession, community and environment here in Canada. I am currently engaged in various organizations as a mentor, assisting others with navigating their way through licensure and obtaining a career within their chosen field of engineering.



Regardless of your specific job role or field of study, we can each do our part to create positive change by elevating and advancing the engineering profession. Sometimes making a difference can start with something as simple as a photo and a conversation, so take a minute today to join the worldwide celebration of Global Day of the Engineer. Let’s make a statement about the importance of engineering. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words!

Happy #GlobalEngineer Day!

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