Former Engineers in Residence

Daniel Card, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with over forty years of experience in the design and development of digital communications systems, electromagnetics, computer hardware, energy conservation systems and electronic teaching projects. This experience was obtained in the telecommunications, computer products, energy management, and educational sectors. As engineer-in-residence, Daniel developed the first design spine in Electrical Engineering core courses, supported capstone design in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and advised the UMSAE Formula Electric team. Daniel has moved into full-time retirement.

Dr. Sean O’Brien, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with experience in mechanical, biomedical and design engineering. Sean has worked at Manitoba Hydro in the Turbines and Heavy Machinery department and in HVAC design with Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation. More recently, Sean has worked in the biomedical engineering industry on the research and development of biomedical devices for the Concordia Joint Replacement Group and the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre. He is currently a full-time faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Bill DeGagne, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with over 30 years’ experience in mechanical and electrical engineering fields in quality assurance in government and the consulting engineering services sector. He has served as the project manager on many federal government and private-sector new and renovation projects, managing the mechanical, electrical, structural, and architectural designs from the Request for Proposal stage through to final commissioning. He continues to teach sessionally in the Faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Leonnie Kavanagh, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with expertise in civil engineering and specifically, in pavement design.  She has significant professional experience with Manitoba Infrastructure & Transportation, and upon completing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, she is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the University of Manitoba Municipal Infrastructure Chair in the Department of Civil Engineering.
Mr. Greg Wyatt, P.Eng. is a professional engineer who spent his career with Manitoba Telecom Services (now Bell MTS), including roles as Manager of Economic Studies, Corporate Business Planning Manager, and Corporate Strategic Planning Manager.  He taught Engineering Economics to undergraduate engineering students for 25 years, and has now moved into retirement.
Dr. John Frye, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with over 35 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering, first at Dominion Bridge Company and later with the City of Winnipeg Building Inspections Department, retiring as Manager of the Plan Examination Branch.  He serveed on numerous provincial, national, and international committees related to codes and standards. He continues to teach sessionally in the Department of Civil Engineering.
Doug Stewart, P.Eng. is a professional engineer who contributed to the design of flagship civil engineering projects in Manitoba over a lifetime career in the consulting engineering services sector. He has now moved into retirement.

Mr. Paul Zanetel, P.Eng. is a professional engineer with a 40+ year career in the industrial projects and heavy vehicles engineering field.  His work encompassed systems simulation, engineering analysis and design, alternate fuels, and hybrid power train systems at the former Versatile/New Holland and more recently at New Flyer Industries. As an engineer-in-residence, he focussed on research collaborations in vehicle simulation and has now moved into retirement. 

Dr. John E. Kaye, P.Eng. is a professional engineer and the founder and owner of Norjen Technologies.  He specializes in designing computer and electronic interfacing to shop floor machines, delivering automation projects in Manitoba and solving many design issues on the interfacing of robotic welders onto the manufacturing shop floor.  As engineer-in-residence in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he supported students in their capstone design project teams.  He continues to be active in Norjen Technologies. 

Mr. Malcolm Symonds, P.Eng. was the University of Manitoba’s first engineer-in-residence, joining the Faculty of Engineering in 2001 until his retirement in 2012.  Prior to his engagement as EIR, he had a 35+ year career in the Canadian Navy and as a professional engineer at the former Bristol Aerospace.  As the first EIR, Malcolm helped create the role as he became a champion of industry on campus and a champion of the Faculty of Engineering to industry. He invested himself into the UMSAE design competition teams and grew the UMSAE chapter from a few car enthusiasts to the second largest student chapter in the world at the time of his retirement.  He also developed and taught Systems Engineering, and he has now moved into retirement.