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Outstanding EngSci alumni, students and friends honoured with 2019 EAN Awards

Nov. 18, 2019

Bob Simmonds, Maryam Shanechi, James Courtney, Laura C. Fujino, Robert Bazzocchi, and Aman Bhargava were among the honorees at the EAN Awards ceremony on Nov. 7.


Four EngSci alumni, a current student, and a close friend of the program were recognized for their remarkable accomplishments and dedication to their communities at the Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards on Nov. 7.

“Quite an evening for EngSci students, alumni and friends,” says EngSci’s Intermin Chair, Professor Will Cluett.  “Their videos [see link below] provide wonderful testimonials to the impact that SkuleTM has had on their lives and careers. I want to congratulate all award winners on behalf of EngSci at U of T.”

Read about the award winners here.

EngSci’s honorees are:

Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction Award:
Bob Simmonds (EngSci 7T5)

2T5 Mid-Career Achievement Award:
Maryam Shanechi (EngSci 0T4)

Malcolm F. McGrath Alumni Achievement Award:
James Courtney (EngSci 6T6, Physics MSc. 1967, Physics PhD 1971, MBA 1985)

Honourary Member of the EAN:
Laura C. Fujino

L.E. (Ted) Jones Award of Distinction:
Robert Bazzocchi (EngSci 1T9)

Engineering Alumni Network Scholarship:
Aman Bhargava (Year 2 EngSci)


View videos of the winners here.

Would you like to suggest a deserving EngSci graduate for one of the EAN Awards? 
Contact Christina Heidorn, External Relations Officer, at

EngSci “aliebn” Jonny Sun featured in New York Times Magazine

Jonathan Sun

Photo: New York Times Magazine

You may know EngSci alumnus Jonathan Sun (1T1 PEY Infrastructure) by his Twitter handle “jomny sun“, a much-loved alien with spelling issues and almost half a million followers.  Sun’s unique sense of humour has attracted a huge audience, but he interested in more than just making people laugh.

Find out more in about his upcoming book in New York Times Magazine.

Jonathan Sun: Engineer, architect, social media sensation

Alumnus Jonathan Sun

Alumnus Jonathan Sun (1T1 PEY)


City builder? Cultural commentator? Hip-hop aficionado? It’s impossible to label Jonathan Sun (EngSci 1T1 + PEY). He’s trained as an engineer, interdisciplinary architect, visual artist, writer, performer and comedian. He may be best known by his Twitter alias “jomny sun, aliebn confuesed abot humamn lamgauge.” His tweets, which the The Yale Herald has described as “sometimes funny and sometimes moving, but usually both” have earned him more than 130,000 followers and a steady stream of media coverage.

Sun completed a Master of Architecture at Yale University. There he studied the emergence of graffiti culture in New York and designed a city block in a master-planned project near Brasilia, Brazil. He also found time to write and workshop a one-act play called Fried Mussels at the Yale School of Drama, and create an installation entitled The Light Column for the New Haven ArtSpace gallery. Upon graduation from Yale, he was awarded the William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal for his distinctive work in city planning.

Sun is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “I just started my thesis, but at this point my idea is to examine the use of Twitter as a way to understand how the public experiences cities,” he says. For example, analysing tweets could provide city planners with useful feedback on whether public transit is working efficiently, or help them discover new uses for derelict urban spaces. The combination of social media, data science, analysis, design and engineering is a perfect match for Sun’s unique skill set.

Read the full article here.

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