This award recognizes exceptional achievement as a mentor.
Mr. Jason Long, P.Eng., recognizes the value of mentoring and makes it a top priority in his day-to-day life. He has mentored hundreds of undergraduate engineering students and fellow engineers in the workplace. He believes that mentoring is a full-circle cycle, starting with those who have been proteges. He encourages past proteges to become mentors by showing them how to get involved and supporting them as they get started.
In 2001, when he was an electrical engineering student at the University of Calgary, Mr. Long founded the MicroProcessor Group (MPG) to give hands-on training and development to electrical, computer and software engineering students. Over the years, it has evolved into a comprehensive program with material that covers everything including circuit fundamentals, hardware design and soldering. It allows students to create software and construct hardware for embedded systems. According to Mr. Long, MPG is a program that promotes the spirit of mutual learning and experience.
Over the past 11 years, Mr. Long has volunteered over 2,000 hours creating, maintaining and delivering material for the MPG. The program has an annual class size of more than 120 students at the University of Calgary alone, and is expanding to over a dozen universities nationally. Mr. Long continues to run the program because he loves to teach and share his passion with students that have a similar interest in embedded systems.
Students and industry peers who have worked with Mr. Long, taken his courses, or had the opportunity to listen to his stories about real-life engineering all give him glowing reviews. He is now a regular guest speaker in a fourth-year embedded systems class at the University of Calgary. In 2011, he spoke at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Congress, where his highly rated presentation has encouraged many students to consider starting their own versions of the MPG program, and he also spoke at the Dynastream ANT Symposium where dozens of engineers commented that his words inspired them to become more involved in mentoring.
Mr. Long’s commitment to mentoring extends beyond his profession. Over the past four years, he has volunteered three-to-four hours per week as a Big Brother. As well, he volunteered with APEGA’s Outreach Program for two years, served as a judge for the Calgary Youth Science Fair, and has contributed three years to the Banff National Park ambassador program.
Honours, Awards and Distinctions
Dean’s List, Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary (2001; 2002)
IEEE McNaughton Outstanding Leadership Scholarship Award (2001)
University of Calgary Undergraduate Merit Award (2002)
Professional Affiliations and Activities
Member, APEGA (2002-present)