Edmonton— Mechanical Engineering professor Ming Jian Zuo is among four University of Alberta Engineering professors being honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. The EIC, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, is an umbrella organization that includes 11 engineering-related member societies across Canada.
Zuo will be awarded a prestigious EIC Fellowship June 7, 2012 during a formal presentation at the Shaw Conference Center. Since 1963, the EIC has annually awarded fellowships in recognition of excellence in engineering and services to the profession and to society.
Zuo says it’s humbling to receive such recognition.“It is a great honour to receive an EIC Fellowship,” he said. “This encourages me to continue to excel in my teaching, research, and professional service.”
Zuo has been at the U of A for over 20 years and is a passionate and accomplished researcher. “I came to U of A in 1990 because of its excellent academic environment for teaching and research,” he said.
Zuo's research focuses on the fields of reliability engineering, applied operations research, and manufacturing systems. “My reliability research lab develops models, algorithms, and tools for reliability assurance of engineering systems,” he explained. “These results are useful for design, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of engineering systems.”
“I am passionate about pushing frontiers in the areas of reliability modeling, condition monitoring, prognosis and health management of engineering assets,” he added.
Horacio Marquez, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil Engineering Professor Raj Rajaratnam are also being honoured with an EIC Fellowship, while Civil Engineering professor Derek Martin will receive the John B. Stirling Medal.