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Consistently creative

Mechanical engineering professor honoured with national award

By Jackey Locke

A member of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has been awarded the CSME I.W. Smith Award for outstanding achievement in creative mechanical engineering by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).

“I’m grateful to receive this award and happy to see that my work is being positively recognized by CSME,” said Dr. Kevin Pope. “I’m so very thankful for the guidance and support I’ve received from supervisors and colleagues throughout my career.”

Sustainable energy systems

Dr. Pope has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Memorial since 2013. He obtained a B.Eng. in energy systems engineering; a MASc. in mechanical engineering, which focused on the transient behaviour of wind turbines; and a PhD in mechanical engineering, which focused on physiochemical characterization, multiphase flow and heat transfer for thermochemical energy conversion and storage (Clean Energy Research Laboratory), all from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Before joining Memorial, he investigated sustainable energy systems for large urban areas by examining the effects of different socio-economic development pathways on resource demands and infrastructure needs.

In addition to being a member of CSME, Dr. Pope is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and serves on its Thermophysics Technical Committee and Publicity Subcommittee.

‘Outstanding contributions’

Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has known Dr. Pope his entire professional career. He was his PhD thesis supervisor; now, they collaborate on research together at Memorial University.

“Throughout his career, he has shown creative technical abilities as an engineer in creatively overcoming key challenges in these fields.” –Dr. Greg Naterer

“Dr. Pope has made outstanding contributions to mechanical engineering since completing his PhD degree in 2012, especially in the areas of renewable energy and multiphase flows,” said Dr. Naterer. “Throughout his career, he has shown creative technical abilities as an engineer in creatively overcoming key challenges in these fields. Dr. Pope is very deserving of this national award.”

The I. W. Smith Award was established in 1977 to honour Professor I. W. Smith, who devoted a lifetime to teaching mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. It is awarded annually for outstanding achievement in creative mechanical engineering within 10 years of undergraduate graduation.


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