David Torok Engineering Tech, UBC Department of Materials Engineering CUPE 116
Dave joined the Materials Engineering Department in 2002 as a Machinist Apprentice. During his apprenticeship, he instantly excelled in the hands-on machine work as well as his BCIT apprentice schooling. He also exhibited a great attitude towards the department, the undergraduate students in Materials and Integrated Engineering, the graduate students as well as the faculty. These are excellent qualities and it left no doubt in my mind that he would be hired full-time as a machinist in our department. Dave continues to show excellence and pride in his work, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to complete any task he is assigned. He also has the dubious distinction of being the Materials Engineering Fork lift! As I have not found anything Dave cannot lift or push. I know that there is no more deserving person than Dave for this prestigious award.
Michelle Tierney Manager, Student Services M&P
Michelle excels in everything she undertakes and does so with such dedication and commitment. She provides outstanding service in her long list of duties as Manager, Student Services for the undergraduate and graduate programs in Materials Engineering and Integrated Engineering since she joined the department in 2005. She works tirelessly on behalf of the 430 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students by counselling, advising and assisting them in any way she can. Michelle has greatly enriched the students experience in Materials and Integrated Engineering. She has an efficient work ethic and a willingness to take on multiple new challenges. She is truly one of the rocks that our department is built upon and it is our great pleasure to share this award with Michelle.