National recognition: Dean, Regent inducted into Canadian Academy of Engineering
An industry expert and a nationally respected academic leader are among the latest inductees into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).
Kim Keating, a Memorial alumna, member of the Board of Regents and vice-president of fabrication with St. John’s-based The Cahill Group and Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, were inducted as Fellows of CAE during the academy’s annual general meeting and symposium on Monday, June 27, in Winnipeg, Man.
The pair joins other fellows with strong ties to the Memorial community, including faculty members, alumni and friends, who have been inducted over the years.
Both Ms. Keating and Dr. Naterer have made distinguished contributions to the profession of engineering, nationally and internationally.
First female fellow
Ms. Keating has nearly two decades of experience as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. She started work on the Hibernia Project in 1997 and held a variety of leadership positions throughout the Terra Nova development from engineering design through to construction, commissioning, production operations and field development.
In her role with The Cahill Group, Ms. Keating has oversaw the construction and delivery of The Hebron living quarters, the largest offshore accommodation facility built in the province, constructed to the highest offshore safety standards. She managed an 800-member multidisciplinary team and was the first female to lead a project of this magnitude in the province.
In addition to being an elected alumni representative with the Board of Regents, Ms. Keating has served on a number of advisory boards at Memorial.
She is also an active volunteer and mentor in the community, working with groups such as the International Women’s Forum Newfoundland and Labrador chapter and the 150 Years Mentorship Program. She is also a former chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade.
Ms. Keating says she’s “honoured and humbled” to be recognized by the CAE.
“Being the first female engineer in Newfoundland and Labrador to be inducted into the academy is extremely meaningful particularly from a peer group who truly values and appreciates the impact that the engineering profession can, and should have, on creating wealth in our province, country and beyond,” she said in an interview with the Gazette.
“I hope this recognition allows me to serve as a role model for the greater engineering community to inspire, not only the many talented female engineers currently working in this province, but equally the young grade school girls who may pursue engineering as a career.”
Leader in education and research
As an innovative leader in engineering education and research, Dr. Naterer has served in prominent national and international leadership roles throughout his career. He is a former chair of the Discovery Grant Committee (Mechanical Engineering) with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and is the current chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science of Canada.
Since his appointment as dean in 2012, Dr. Naterer has successfully led the faculty in the development and implementation of its eight-year strategic plan, Vision 2020, and the Engineering Expansion Strategic Initiative.
Dr. Naterer is internationally respected for his contributions to mechanical engineering, particularly in the fields of energy systems, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. For Dr. Naterer, being named a CAE Fellow means that his contributions to these fields are valued among his peers.
“It is a proud achievement to be inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering,” said Dr. Naterer. “To be nominated and elected by my peers into such a prestigious institution is a high honour. I am grateful to those who made this possible, including my colleagues, students, family and CAE.”
Dr. Richard Marceau, vice-president (research) and past president of the CAE, says Ms. Keating and Dr. Naterer have enriched the Memorial community.
“Through strong academic leadership, valuable time mentoring our students and important industry engagement, Ms. Keating and Dr. Naterer have made exceptional contributions to the field of engineering at Memorial and beyond,” said Dr. Marceau. “Their induction into the Canadian Academy of Engineering reflects well on Memorial.”
The CAE is an independent self-government organization set up nearly 30 years ago through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. Members of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers to honorary fellowship.