Rosemary Chapdelaine, B.S.

Rosemary Chapdelaine will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 15, “in recognition of her brilliant career as an award-winning mechanical engineer and talented international administrative leader.”

Holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, she started as a mechanical engineer at IBM’s Federal Systems Division. She now serves as Vice-President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Canada, where she leads a team of 600 employees working at operations across the country. Her program portfolio is valued at over $1.5 billion and her customer base extends around the world from Canada and the United States to the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Chile.

Chapdelaine has received numerous accolades for her work, including Worldwide Branding Executive of the Year in Program Management, the corporate honor in Full Spectrum Leadership at the Evening of Stars, as well as Mentor of the Year from the Advanced Technical Leadership Development Program. She received the prestigious Program Excellence Award from Aviation Week and was recognized by the U.S. Navy’s Air Command as a recipient of the Top Hawk Award.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, St. Margaret School in Victoria, and the Ottawa CEO Networking Breakfast. She has been involved with the International Women’s Forum, the Women’s Executive Network and the National Association for Professional Women.

Ross Koningstein, B.Eng., Ph.D.

Ross Koningstein will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 15, “in recognition of his extraordinary career as engineer, entrepreneur, thoughtful leader and custodian of the planet.”

He calls himself an “engineer by day, massive low-carbon energy advocate by night.”

Ross Koningstein leads Google’s Advanced Energy R&D group. He is co-author of the IEEE article, What would it really take to reverse climate change, and presented Why incremental advances are inadequate to solving climate change at the 2015 MIT Low-Carbon Energy Workshop.

He previously contributed to Google’s RE<C effort to develop renewable energy sources and the design of Google’s breakthrough high-efficiency data centre in The Dalles, Oregon. He was one of the inventors of Google’s AdWords, the main revenue driver for the company.

He joined Google in 2001 as its first Director of Engineering after an entrepreneurial early career. Now an Engineering Director Emeritus, he focuses on his first love, hands-on engineering work. Outside of work, he applied his knowledge of energy systems to his home renovation and won the town’s Green Building Award. He was an executive producer of the movie Pandora’s Promise.

He is an advisory board member for the Third Way Advanced Nuclear Energy Technology Campaign in Washington, D.C. He earned a PhD in Aerospace Robotics at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Carleton University.

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