Alumnus recognized for professional achievements and contributions a decade after graduation

Dr. Dwayne R. Shirley receives the 2011 7T6 Early-Career Award from the U of T Engineering Alumni Association


L to R: Professor Zhirui Wang, Professor Steven J. Thorpe, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, alumnus Dr. Dwayne R. Shirley, and Dr. Shirley’s PhD supervisor, Professor Jan K. Spelt (MIE)

November 8, 2011

Each year, the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto invites its alumni community to gather and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of its graduates at the annual Engineering Alumni Association Awards Banquet.

On November 2, 2011, MSE alumnus Dr. Dwayne R. Shirley (MSE 0T1, MASc 0T3, PhD 0T9) was recognized with the 7T6 Early Career Award. The award honours a U of T Engineering alumnus/a on the 10th anniversary of his/her graduation and recognizes distinguished professional accomplishments and service to community.

In his professional life, Dr. Shirley has established expertise in the deformation of lead-free solder used extensively in the electrical connections in computers and microelectronics devices. He is now engaged in materials and packaging development for the next generation of semiconductor devices at Texas Instruments Inc.

Dwayne shows balance between his technical talents with his passion for advocacy through his longstanding involvement with the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE), whose mission it is to “increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and impact the community.” From serving as the founding president of the U of T’s student chapter to playing a key role in the NSBE Mentorship Taskforce, Dr. Shirley received this Mike Shinn Distinguished Member of the Year Award in recognition of his dedication to NSBE.

Dr. Shirley was one of 12 alumni to be recognized with awards from the Engineering Alumni Association on November 2, 2011.