Dr. Naser M. El-Sheimy, P.Eng.

summit award® recipients




Dr. Janet L. Ronsky, P.Eng.


Dr. Janet L. Ronsky, P.Eng., is an outstanding educator – a gifted teacher who exhibits a passion for engineering education and research, an enthusiasm for life and a genuine concern for her students. Dr. Ronsky’s students have consistently evaluated her instruction as exceptional. She has one of the best teaching records in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, where she has taught since 1994, and has been honoured with many awards.

From 1999 to 2002, Dr. Ronsky was the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Since 2003, she has been a professor in that department, and with the Faculty of Kinesiology. She has also been the Director of the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education since 2003.
Dr. Ronsky spends a great deal of effort preparing her lectures in order to bring visual props, real-world engineering examples and her biomechanics research results to the classroom.  Beyond the classroom, she has worked to improve her students’ educational experiences. In 2003, Dr. Ronsky’s commitment to the development of an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Specialization came to fruition. This project was initiated in 1998. It involved coordination with the five departments within the Faculty of Engineering to ensure a faculty-wide program could be offered and that it would meet Canadian engineering program accreditation requirements.

Her involvement has also been key to the development of graduate and undergraduate programs in bioengineering and an inter-university (University of Calgary and University of Alberta) graduate Biomedical Engineering Program. Dr. Ronsky also recently developed a new inquiry-based, research-oriented biomechanics course, Biomechanics of Joints, an increasingly popular fourth-year technical elective. As an internationally-recognized expert in biomechanics and a leader in her field, Dr. Ronsky has provided outstanding guidance and instruction and has proven to be an inspirational mentor for many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows.

Honours, Awards and Distinctions

  • Co-recipient, The Alberta Ingenuity Fund Research Excellence Award, APEGGA Summit Awards® (2005)

  • Minerva Mentoring Award, Alberta Women’s Science Network (2005)

  • Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession, Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (2004)

  • Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, U of C (2001)

  • Women of Distinction Award – Science and Technology, Calgary YWCA (2000)

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, U of C (2000)

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, U of C (2000, 1998)

  • Professor of the Year Award, Mechanical Engineering Students’ Society, U of C (1999)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society (2005-present)

  • Member, American Advancement of Automotive Medicine (2004-present)

  • Member, Canadian Society of Biomechanics (1992-present)

  • Member, International Society of Biomechanics (1990-present)

  • Member, APEGGA (1985-present)

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1984-present)