MSE alumni inducted into the ranks of U of T Engineering’s most accomplished graduates

MIT professor Donald Sadoway and McMaster University provost David Wilkinson inducted into the U of T Engineering Alumni Association’s Hall of Distinction


Photo L to R: EAA Awards Committee Chair Professor Doug Reeve (ChemE), McMaster University provost and vice-president (academic) Professor David S. Wilkinson, and MSE Department Chair Professor Jun Nogami. In absentia: MIT Professor Donald R. Sadoway

November 18, 2013

Congratulations to alumni Dr. Donald R. Sadoway (EngSci 7T2, MMS MASc 7T3, PhD 7T7, DEng 1T3) and Dr. David S. Wilkinson (EngSci 7T2, MMS MASc 7T4) for their induction into the U of T Engineering Alumni Association’s (EAA) Halll of Distinction.

Held annually, the EAA Awards banquet recognizes U of T Engineering alumni who have made significant contributions and impact in their profession and/or communities. Specifically, the Hall of Distinction is an assembly of peer-selected graduates who embody the pinnacle of achievement. Professors Sadoway and Wilkinson were among nine others honoured with EAA Awards at Hart House on November 6, 2013.

Sadoway, Donald R.

Donald R. Sadoway (EngSci 7T2, MMS MASc 7T3, PhD 7T7), John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Sadoway is one of TIME’s 2012 100 Most Influential People in the World. An icon of sustainable energy engineering, the MIT John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry is renowned for his development of a low-cost, grid level-ready, liquid-metal battery that can enable alternative energy deployment on a city-wide scale. Dr. Sadoway maintains close ties with his Alma Mater, having served on Materials Science & Engineering’s (MSE) board of advisors from 1998-2002 and having presented guest lectures on numerous occasions to the U of T Engineering community. In June 2013, Professor Sadoway received his fourth degree from U of T — Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa — in recognition of his pioneering research and outstanding contributions to higher education and sustainable energy.


Dr. David Wilkinson (EngSci 7T2, MMS MASc 7T4), Distinguished University Professor, Provost & Vice-President, Academic, McMaster University

Dr. Wilkinson is a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University. From 1987-1991, he served as the Chair of McMaster’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering, then Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2008-2012. Last year, he was appointed as the institution’s Provost & Vice-President, Academic. As a materials engineer, he is regarded as a pioneer for his work on the deformation and fracture characteristics of ceramic composites and alloys. Dr. Wilkinson has authored over 200 scientific publications and his leadership in the field has created substantial research partnerships for academia and the Canadian automotive manufacturing industry.

“My sincerest congratulations to Don and David for their recognitions,” said Professor Jun Nogami, Chair of the U of T Department of Materials Science & Engineering. “Their induction into our Hall of Distinction serves as a beacon of inspiration for future generations of engineers who are passionate and ready to make a positive impact in our society.”

Both Professors Sadoway and Wilkinson returned to their Alma Mater on October 24, 2013 to participate as leadership panellists on the topic of “Nanotechnology…Revolution or Evolution?” hosted by Professor Doug Perovic, during the celebration of 100 Years of Materials Innovation at the University of Toronto.