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Honours & Recognition

A woman speaks at an Esch Awards event

Achievement comes in many forms at FEAS. From grade-point average to leadership and volunteerism, we are immensely proud of our students and the work they do in the classroom and the university community. To celebrate these achievements, we award honours each year to several deserving, determined students. Find out more about this year’s awards and award-winners, plus how you can be eligible.

To be eligible for consideration for entrance scholarships and awards, you must have a record of academic excellence as demonstrated by a final high school admission average of 85% or higher in six Grade 12 U/M courses. For some of the awards, you must also demonstrate strong leadership.

For more information about these awards and how to apply (if applicable), visit our Entrance Scholarships page.

2021 Award Winners

Award Student Program
Charles A. Root Entrance Scholarship Reina Chaiekh Biomedical Engineering
George and Helen Vari Foundation Entrance Scholarship (1) Harisshnee Ramakrisshnhan Chemical Engineering
George and Helen Vari Foundation Entrance Scholarship (2) Latheeshan Suthaharan Computer Engineering
George and Helen Vari Foundation Entrance Scholarship (3) Amelia-Jeevan Mangat Aerospace Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (1) Humaira Saddat Civil Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (2) Alysha Prem Undeclared Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (3) Ryan Aoude Undeclared Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (4) Tenzin Dhonyoe Biomedical Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (5) Kishore Kirubakaran Biomedical Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (6) Ian Andrei Ocampo Biomedical Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (7) Yanny Patel  Computer Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (8) Adam Harricharran Mechanical Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (9) Dinushika Yakandawela Electrical Engineering
Pierre Lassonde Entrance Scholarship (10) Nadia Jahan Computer Engineering
SHAD Entrance Scholarship Victor Stroganov Computer Engineering


The Aileen Clark Lambie Awards are open to second-, third- or fourth-year undergraduate women engineering students who have made a notable contribution to women in engineering activities at FEAS. Eligible candidates must also be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who meet specific academic expectations and demonstrate financial need.

For more information about this award and how to apply, visit the Office of the Registrar’s Awards and Scholarships page.

2019 Award Winners

Erica Attard

Erica Attard

In her role as outboards and brakes design lead with Ryerson Formula Racing (RFR), Erica Attard is proud to represent women in motorsports. Recognizing the need for female representation within STEM fields, she actively inspires young women to pursue opportunities within engineering. Attard also manages the RFR business team, recruiting students from faculties across campus.

Dana Bonner

Dana Bonner

The third-year structural representative for the Ryerson Society for Civil Engineering and a former member of the Ryerson Engineering Student Society’s event planning committee, Dana Bonner recognizes the importance of female role models within engineering. Giving young women the chance to see themselves represented within the industry, Bonner has spearheaded an informative and inspirational campus event featuring keynote speeches from five female engineers. The event will take place in March 2020.

Samantha Cesario

Samantha Cesario

Civil engineering student Samantha Cesario is driven to improve lives within her community. She gives a voice to students as a member of the Ryerson Society for Civil Engineering, while she brings awareness to issues of sustainability across campus as part of the Ryerson Sustainable Engineers Association. Cesario also competes on the Ryerson Engineering Concrete Toboggan Team.

Folake Kayode

Folake Kayode

Folake Kayode actively promotes women in STEM through Soapbox Science, an initiative celebrating the contributions of women scientists, as well as STEM Into Action, a Toronto Community Housing workshop event for girls and young women. As a First-Year Ambassador at Ryerson, Kayode supports incoming and current students and facilitates events surrounding topics of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Fatima Tafazzoli Shadpour

Fatima Tafazzoli Shadpour

A fourth-year computer engineering student, Fatima Taffazoli Shadpour is a former Android app developer and researcher for Ryerson’s Optimization Problems Research and Applications Laboratory (OPR-AL). As junior lead of research and development with IEEE Toronto Women in Engineering, Taffazoli Shadpour helps further the status of women in engineering and science.


The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Gold Medal for Academic Achievement is awarded to the student graduating from each of the faculties of engineering in Ontario with the highest cumulative average. The award is presented to the recipient by a representative from the foundation at the spring convocation ceremony.

For more information about this award and how to apply, visit the Registrar’s awards and scholarships page.

2021 Award Winner

Param Desai, Computer Engineering

Param Desai, Computer Engineering

In addition to his outstanding GPA, Param Desai earned the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award, the Governor General Academic Medal and Ryerson University’s highest award, the Ryerson Gold Medal. He represented FEAS at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and Harvard Business School Peek Weekend in 2019. Desai earned a bachelor of engineering studying computer engineering.


The Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary Program celebrates the outstanding achievements of self-identified Black women who are positive role models and advocates of the Black or African-Canadian community.

For more information about this award and bursary program, visit the Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary Program page.

2021 Award Winner

Nigeleen Nwakobi
Nigeleen Nwakobi

Nigeleen Nwakobi is a fourth-year industrial engineering student and advocate of inclusive spaces for women and BIPOC students at Ryerson and beyond. She is Executive Secretary of the National Society of Black Engineers and part of the Anti-Black Racism Student Advisory Committee, a group dedicated to fostering belonging, representation and community for Black students at Ryerson. Outside of the university, Nigeleen actively supports causes affecting BIPOC communities and recently contributed to a play highlighting the injustices faced by Indigenous women.

Ryerson Engineering Day (RED) allows engineering students in their final year to present their capstone design projects to the public and compete for awards. The students have envisioned and explored new possibilities, transforming their ideas into designs that will drive societal change.

RED winners are selected by a committee of judges from each of the engineering departments.

2021 Award Winners

Project Title Students Program
Attitude and Orbital Control System (AOCS) & Communications System (COMMS) for RyeSat On-Orbit Assembler Satellite Florencia Rios Nicolas, Lukasz Holownia, Soham Trivedi, and Ricardo Ferreira Da Silva Aerospace Engineering
Taurine Production Plant Oluwatimliehin Akindele, Nicholas Harold Burnett, Talha Tesla Ince, Muhammad Mehdi Khan Chemical Engineering
FY01: Hybrid Analog to Digital Converters for Ultra Low Power Applications Foad Golshan, Aynazsadat Jalalzadeh Azar, Matthew Gleeson, Morvaried Naghsh-Nilchi Electrical Engineering
Intelligent Portfolio Generation Jimmy Wu, Marvin Younan, Jeffrey Hui, Henry Chu Computer Engineering
AT03: Robotic Automated Microscopy Jay Tailor, Ginette Hartell, Claudia Alonzo, Mohammad Uddin Biomedical Engineering
Autonomous Pole and Line Fishing System Hasib Arian, Imran Mohammed, Nicholas Prayogo,  Heather Wubs Mechanical Engineering
Simulation and Operational Readiness Planning for Respirology and Mental Health Units at Michael Garron Hospital Karen Penaranda and Sahra Shams Industrial Engineering
Noble Engineering - 55 Mercer Street, Toronto Mikaela Coello Mena, Matthew Montesano, Ryan Butler, Somar Saada, and Vahid Vakili Civil Engineering
A Low Energy and Sustainable Retrofit of a 100 Year Old Italian Building Nicole Burdynewicz Building Science

The Department of Architectural Science (DAS) encourages its students to test boundaries, explore new possibilities, and apply their skills to prevailing issues present within their evolving surroundings. 

The DAS Year End Show is the culmination of the academic term and showcases the cutting-edge works of top students in all four years of study and the graduate level.

2021 Exhibitors

Year One

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Year Three

Year Four

Class Student(s) Project
ARC 920 Justin Arbesman and Michael Choi St. Thomas Cathedral, external link
ARC 920  Samantha Stein and Elizabeth Young The Ecclesia Rosa Mystica, external link
ARC 920  Shaumel Amir Museum of Architecture, external link
ARC 920  Sophie Twarog  Museum of Architecture, external link
ARC 920 Shengnan Gao Terminal Zero , external link
ARC 920  Rita Ruotao Wang  Terminal 0 - Morpho , external link
ARC 920  Liane Werdina Game of Life , external link
ARC 920  Benjamin Bomben Light Machine, external link
ARC 920  Lena Ma Hashimoto House, external link
ARC 920  Caleb Culmone  4th Dimension , external link
ARC 920  Vivian Kinuthia  Rebirth , external link
ARC 920  Shumael Amir From Close to Open , external link
ARC 920  Sena Emre Reconnect Beyazit Square, external link
ARC 920  Tatiana Estrina  California Duct Crab, external link
ARC 920 Xiao Zhang  Floating Theatre , external link
ARC 920  Liane Werdina  Campbellford Rural Market, external link
ARC 920  Paulina Panus Architecture, Natue, Health, external link
ARC 920  Jiaqi Daniel Liu Advanced Architecture Studio - Cultural Explorations: Toronto Museum of Architecture , external link
ARC 920  Devanshi Jagota Reimagining Long Term Care - Carefree Lodge , external link
ARC 920  Andrew Lee, Benjamin Bomben, Gabriel Garofalo  Ryerson Architectural Research Centre, external link
ARC 920  Justin Arbesman Ryerson Architectural Research Centre, external link
ARC 920  Lena Ma Diablo Labrum: Rio de Janeiro’s Dragonfly, external link
ASC 856 Ata Jan-Ahmadnejad Bringing the Outside, In , external link
ASC 856 Liane Werdina A Traveller’s Shelter , external link
ASC 856 Tatiana Estrina  Bridge Bazaar, external link
ASC 730 Caitlin Chin  Project 2A - Individual Advanced Construction Tectonic and Material Study , external link
ASC 730 Chanel Wase Project 2A - Individual Advanced Construction Tectonic and Material Study, external link
ASC 730 Justin Arbesman Project 2B: Topology Optimization, external link

ARC 900

Tatiana Estrina House for J.S. Bach, external link
BSC 720 Oshin Shah  Improving the Performance of an Existing Building, external link
BSC 720  Khana Daniyal  Improving the Performance of an Existing Building, external link
BSC 720  Annette Chan How Sustainable is my Home?, external link
BSC 820  Madison Foote Andrea Camilleri House Retrofit Project, external link
BSC 820  Nicole Burdynewicz  A Low Energy Sustainable Retrofit of a 100 Year-Old Italian Building, external link
BSC 820  Annette Chan Net-Zero Sustainable Design Retrofit , external link
PMT 720  Abraham Paez Ramirez, Daniel Ko, Laura Liang, Nicole De Claro Request For Proposal Coventry University Campus International Centre, external link
PMT 820  Julia Jose  Potentials of Artificial Intelligence in the Construction Industry , external link
PMT 820 Nan Xiao, Sang-Kyu (Stephan) Joo, Vivian Kwan Coventry Campus International Centre Project, external link

Graduate Studies

Class Student(s) Project
AR 8101 Adam Hollings & Emily Phagoo Media Factory: The Digital Consumer Utopia, external link
AR 8101 Jack Hache & Meredith Davis Re-Interpreting the Existing Workplace: The Seagram Building, external link
AR 8101 Kavita Garg & Julie Guevara Five Points towards Land having agency, external link
AR 8102  Jia Sally Huang  Surveillance and Control: The Role of Architecture in a Digital Monitoring World, external link
AR 8102  Konner Mitchener The Post-Singularity Architect, external link
AR 8102 Tess Macpherson The Commodification of Architecture: How it Challenges the Right to the City, external link
AR 8103 Konner Mitchener, Nicola Caccavella, Tobi Omisore Silo Park Community Arts Centre, external link
AR 8103 Julianne Guevara & Adam Hollings Waterfront Toronto Development: Museum of the Great Lakes, external link
AR 8103 Tess Macpherson & Kavita Garg Carbon21: Linking Threshold, external link
AR 8103 Sally Huang, Emily Phagoo, Rutuja Atre The Museum of Woodwork and Watercraft, external link
BL 8104 Abi Nareshkumar, Farabi Bashar, Simran Munde, Pouriya Jafarpur, Mohammad Fazeli Zero Energy Building Design Project: TRCA Satellite Visitors Centre and Office, external link
BL 8104 Noel Kristen Cochon, Steph Tzanis, Ghazal Sonboli, Keziah Folarin-Babatunde, Shirin Golkarieh Zero Energy Building Design: Retrofitting a City School, external link

FEAS is home to over 45 active student groups and design teams that participate in national and international competitions and conferences throughout the year. These events give our students the opportunity to showcase the amazing projects they work so hard on all year long—from concrete canoes to formula race cars.

For more a complete listing of our student groups and design teams, visit our Student Experience page.

Featured Award-Winning Groups

Group shot of the Ryerson Rocketry Club in 2018

Ryerson Rocketry Club

In June, the Ryerson Rocketry Club competed in the Spaceport America Cup, the world's largest university rocket engineering competition. The club won second place in the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) Payload Challenge with their Arctic Thunder rocket.

Ryerson Debate team winners at Ontario Engineering Competition in 2019

Debate Team

A Ryerson team was awarded first place in the debate category at the Ontario Engineering Competition. Held at McMaster University from January 18 - 20, Rymn Wadhwa and Griffin Murdoch won for their ability to develop a coherent and logical argument on an assigned subject.

Entrepreneurship is a vital part of the FEAS ecosystem—and a central feature of that ecosystem is the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards program. The Esch Awards provide financial assistance to current FEAS students with the purpose of enabling new, innovative ideas for products, inventions and technologies that are relevant to the Canadian economy now and in the future. Since 2013, the Esch Foundation has given $2 million to support student entrepreneurship at FEAS, furthering the research, development and commercialization of ideas for 245 students and counting.

For more information on the entrepreneurship opportunities at FEAS, including the Esch Awards, visit our Entrepreneurship page.

Featured Student Entrepreneurs

Joseph Fida

Joseph Fida

Fida is the co-founder and CEO of Blade Filters Inc, external link, opens in new window., a company that is revolutionising the activated carbon air filtration market in the cannabis industry. He graduated from Ryerson in June 2018 with a bachelor of engineering (BEng) and is currently pursuing a master of applied science (MASc) in chemical engineering, also at Ryerson. He is a three-time Esch Award winner.

At FEAS, our student leaders do outstanding work outside of the classroom. Their contributions strengthen our university community and help foster diversity and engagement. 

For a comprehensive list of other awards, including those related to volunteering like the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award and Aileen Clark Lambie Award, please visit the Registrar’s Program-Specific Awards page.

Student Volunteer Shoutout

Disha Soni

Disha Soni

Soni is currently president of the Ryerson branch of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI), where she works to provide students with professional development opportunities. She also served as the logistics coordinator for the 2018 Conference on Diversity in Engineering and was part of the organizing committee for the 2016 First-Year Integration Conference.

Dean's List

The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Dean's List recognizes undergraduate students' outstanding academic achievement in an academic year. To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  1. Carry an average unit load of 4.0 billing units or higher for the two terms of the academic year under consideration (fall and winter).*
  2. Obtain a minimum GPA of 3.5 for the academic year under consideration. The minimum GPA applies for both the fall and winter terms exclusively, in addition to your overall GPA for the year.
  3. Obtain passing grades in all courses and a clear academic standing for both terms.
  4. Not have received any Disciplinary Notations (DNs) in the academic year under consideration.

*For chemical engineering students, the winter term of the fifth semester and the fall term of the sixth semester will be weighed against the Dean’s List criteria when reviewing eligibility, to compensate for the mandatory co-op program requirements.