Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service 2019


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

2018 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service


Carl Ng (Engineering Tech, UBC Department of Materials Engineering)

Carl is an example of excellence in service. He joined UBC in 1992 as a machinist apprentice and has provided 26 years of exemplary service to the Department of Materials engineering. Carl displayed he was a skilled machinist with a great attitude and we were more than happy to hire him full-time after he completed his apprenticeship in 1995. Carl’s contribution to Materials Engineering and Integrated Engineering has been significant. He has contributed to the success of the research programs and educated generations of undergraduate and graduate students by preparing samples and building custom experimental equipment. Carl takes pride in his work, is meticulous about details and has exceptionally high standards of quality. It has been a great pleasure to work with Carl over the past quarter century.


2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service


Ross McLeod (Head Machinist, UBC Department of Materials Engineering)

Ross joined UBC in 1978 and has provided 38 years of exemplary service to the university, in particular, to the Department of Materials Engineering. He has mentored and assisted generations of undergraduate students and his contributions go well beyond his job description. Many of the department’s most important research programs could not have succeeded without Ross’ support and leadership. In addition to his contributions to student’s education and research, Ross’ helpful disposition, energy and commitment to the department create a positive atmosphere in which to work and learn. In the words of Indira Samarasekera, “Ross has been an unsung hero in the success of materials engineering over many decades…”