At the 2013 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGM) Awards Gala Dinner held October 25, Ray Hoemsen, Director, Applied Research and Commercialization, Red River College (RRC) proudly received the Honorary Life Membership.
“It’s truly an honour,” said Hoemsen. “Even though this type of recognition is individual in nature, it would not be possible without the support of the academic/applied research team and the College.”
“Ray has had an incredible career spanning over 35 years, and we are pleased to be able to grant him an Honorary Life Membership,” said Dawn Nedohin-Macek, P.Eng, President, APEGM. “He is an inspiration to his students, faculty and fellow Professional Engineers.”
“On behalf of the College I wish to personally congratulate Ray,” said Stephanie Forsyth, President and CEO, Red River College. “He’s instrumental in positioning our College on the map through research initiatives and has made RRC become a place where industry comes to explore applied research needs.”
The granting of an Honorary Life Membership recognizes many years of meritorious service rendered to the Association or the profession. Candidates are rated on Years of Membership in APEGM, Participation on Committees of APEGM, and Meritorious Service to the Profession. Honorary Life Membership may be granted only by a unanimous decision of Council.
Hoemsen plays a key role in increasing research funding at RRC, and leading a team of dedicated research professionals. Some recent projects Hoemsen’s Applied Research & Commercialization team has spearheaded include improving energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings. This saw the College conducting air leakage testing on several commercial buildings and evaluating the effectiveness of capturing solar energy to generate thermal heat.
Additionally, working with the College's Technology Access Centre assisted the College’s work with aerospace and manufacturing through the efforts of the Centre for Aviation Technology and Training (CATT) at Standard Aero and the Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection.
Other projects included the College’s participation in electric vehicle technology demonstrations and participation in the development of the zero emissions all electric battery bus prototype as a partner in an international consortia. Integration of equipment to support food technology research and development at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute has also been a significant development in the College’s applied research capabilities.