Caroline Koenig receives President's Award
Caroline Koenig received the President’s Award for Exemplary Service for 2017, which recognizes outstanding service and/or significant contributions to the university community.
As a certified mechanical engineering technologist, Ms. Koenig honed her design skills as an industrial designer before coming to Memorial University as assistant to the NSERC/ Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. As a laboratory instructor, she has developed a blended learning environment with a teach yourself approach to promote engineering attributes technical communications, engineering tools, and lifelong learning.
Ms. Koenig was awarded an instructional development grant (co-applicant) to create a suite of Brightspace learning videos encouraging students to self-teach computer aided design (CAD) software. Since 2014 she has launched four CAD clubs for students to achieve an industry-recognized professional certification in AutoCAD or SolidWorks software.
Term five mechanical engineering student Neil Ellwood said, “The CAD Club is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to create an edge on their resume and improve their professional skills.”
Andy Fisher, associate dean, undergraduate studies, nominated Caroline for the award.
“When I reached out to students and teaching assistants, I was overwhelmed by their letters of support and the impact that she has had on so many graduates of our programs.”
Ms. Koenig credits the faculty’s dedication to student success as the mechanism which nurtured these student clubs.
“Faculty teaching assistant funding kick-started the CAD pilot projects and has anchored them as popular student clubs,” she said.
“With the support from administrative staff, Engineering Computing Services and the Cahill Help Centre, the SolidWorks Club, AutoCAD Club, GradCAD and BlitzCAD clubs are thriving and have resulted in over 175 student certifications.”
Ms. Koenig mentors students, teaching assistants and co-operative education students.
“Teaching assistants play a fundamental role delivering our club resources, fine-tuning learning materials, and supporting students to achieve these industry-recognized certifications,” said Ms. Koenig.
“I have worked with Caroline and it is the best professional experience I could have had,” said Al Amin, teaching assistant and master’s of engineering student. “I consider her my role model in all of my future endeavours.”
In 2014, Ms. Koenig received the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Service and the Women in Science and Engineering Life Membership Award.
The president’s awards recognize excellence in public engagement, teaching, research, service to Memorial and community service. The awards for 2017 were formally presented by Dr. Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University, at a special ceremony on the St. John’s campus on Dec. 13. More information on the awards is available here.
In addition to Ms. Koenig, four others received the award for exemplary service including Dan Dillon, Student Life; Barbara Morrissey, Faculty of Medicine; Keith Small, Facilities Management; and Carol Sullivan, School of Graduate Studies.