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UOIT nuclear engineer receives international honour


The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) proudly announces that Dr. Igor Pioro, professor and director of the Graduate Program, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science has been inducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a Fellow.

The recognition of Dr. Pioro as a Fellow represents the highest grade of membership within ASME, which promotes the art, science and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the world. Only 2.5 per cent of ASME’s international membership has been awarded a Fellowship.

“This is a well-deserved achievement that clearly recognizes Dr. Pioro’s years of dedication and contributions to nuclear/mechanical engineering and allied sciences,” said Dr. George Bereznai, dean, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science. “This honour highlights the calibre of the faculty at UOIT and the university’s overall expertise in engineering.” 

The grade of ASME Fellow requires a minimum of 10 years of active practice and an additional 10 years of continuous active membership in the Society. Dr. Pioro was nominated by his peers in recognition of his achievements in nuclear engineering, thermal sciences and heat engineering.

“It is such an honour to be inducted as a Fellow,” said Dr. Pioro. “To know that this achievement is due to the support of my peers and colleagues makes this a truly remarkable distinction.”

Dr. Pioro’s extensive career in engineering includes receiving a series of impressive awards and achievements from ASME and other respected engineering organizations. Most recently, Dr. Pioro was awarded the Education and Communication Award from the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and the UOIT Research Excellence Award in the Senior Research Category in 2011.

Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 125,000 members in over 150 countries worldwide. It is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables all engineering disciplines to work together to help the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.

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