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Alumni wall of fame

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a UNB engineering alumnus in any degree, who has demonstrated core values of excellence, integrity and leadership. The have also attained prominence and achievements throughout their career.

UNB honours one new exceptional engineering alumnus or alumna every year at the Engineering Night of Accolades. Plan on attending and celebrate your peers and the next generation of UNB engineers.

Henry Ketchum

Henry Ketchum enrolled in the first engineering courses offered at the University of New Brunswick and in 1862 was awarded the university’s first diploma in civil engineering. He earned an international reputation in railroad engineering through his work on the great Mogy Viaduct on the Santos and Sao Paulo Railway in Brazil.

Returning to New Brunswick at age 26, he helped to build some of the province’s most important railways. His bold plan for a ship-railway across the Chignecto Isthmus, connecting the Bay of Fundy with the Northumberland Strait, ended in financial failure; nevertheless, his vision and energy continue to inspire.

J. Herbert Smith (BScEE’32, MScEE’44), 1909–1995

Herb Smith spent his entire professional life with the Canadian General Electric Co. Ltd. in Ontario, where he went to work upon graduation from UNB in 1932. After earning the MScEE degree from UNB in 1944, he moved into management at General Electric and ascended the corporate ladder to become the corporation’s first Canadian head, serving as CEO from 1957 until his retirement in 1972.

An enthusiastic supporter of the UNB Technology Management and Entrepreneurship program, he provided the university’s largest-ever endowment of nearly $5-million to fund the program in perpetuity.

M. Patrick Gillin (BScCE’49), 1925 - 2009

After completing his civil engineering degree at UNB in 1949, Pat Gillin returned to Ottawa and set up the small construction business that became the corporate empire Gillin Engineering and Construction Limited. An involved citizen, he has played a central role in the revitalization of the nation’s capital city.

Scores of UNB engineering students have benefitted from the scholarships and bursaries he established in 1974. His million dollar donation to UNB in 1984 funded the establishment of the chair in construction engineering that bears his name. In 1987 UNB named the new wing to Head Hall for this outstanding alumnus.

William Anderson Devereaux (BScEE’71, BA’73)

Andy Devereaux holds to degrees from UNB, a BSc in electrical engineering (1971) and a BA in psychology (1973). A resident of the Boston area since 1980, he is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

In 1988 he formed American Capital Company to initiate and manage investment activities in the areas of media, telecommunications and information services. His Devereaux Foundation supports youth leadership and scholastic achievement. A driving force among UNB alumni in the Boston area, he marked the new millennium with a million dollar gift to energize alumni support.

Alistair Cameron (BScCE’42), 1920-2001

Alastair graduated from UNB in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He had a notable student life at UNB from the start, having entered UNB as a Beaverbrook Scholar. After a successful career in the Royal Canadian Artillery, he joined Montreal Engineering, later called Monenco. His many responsibilities included VP, Utility Management of Monenco, President, Newfoundland Light and Power and Chairman, Maritime Electric Company Ltd. The latter part of his career included work in Malaysia, Bhutan and India.

Reginald Tweeddale (BScEE’35), 1914-2009

Reg earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UNB in 1935. He then joined the RCAF on a top secret program based in the Middle East, known later as Radar. Upon his return, he began his career with NB Power, first as Distribution Engineer and ultimately the first General Manager of NB Power. To recognize his achievements, UNB awarded Reg an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1973.

Kenneth Cox (BScEE’42, DSc’79), 1922-2002

Ken enjoyed a 47-year career with NB Tel and its related companies after graduating from UNB in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He held a variety of positions included President, CEO of NB Tel and Chairman of Bruncor. In recognition of his outstanding career achievements and community spirit Ken has been honoured by several groups including recognition from UNB in 1979 as a Doctor of Science.

Desmond Green (MScCHE’67)

Dr. Desmond Green came to the Department of Chemical Engineering at UNB from Ireland in the 1960s and taught in the department until graduating with his master’s degree in 1967. He began his career with jobs in Canada and the United States before returning to Ireland where he founded MinChem Environmental Services, now Indaver Ireland, an international waste management company and the leading provider of hazardous waste recovery, treatment and disposal services in Ireland.

He is one of the founders of the Dalkey School project, which established multi-denominational schools--a first in Ireland. Today there are 58 schools throughout the country under the organization that is now called “Educate Together.” Dr. Green is also a board member of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, which facilitates links between scholars and institutions in Ireland and Canada. In recognition of his achievements and public service, UNB awarded Dr. Green an honorary degree in 1995.

Ben McCrea (BScCE’63), 1940-2013

Mr. Armour M. (Ben) McCrea, graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in civil engineering in 1963, he continued his education at the University of Illinois where he received an MSc. Ben returned to New Brunswick and began working for Dineen Construction and managed the construction of the University’s Tucker Park campus as well as Ludlow Hall and Toole Hall on the Fredericton campus.

Ben went on to found Armour Group Limited in 1972, a company which he has built into one of Atlantic Canada’s leading integrated real estate development, management, and construction firms. As a visionary in the profession of real estate development who has enriched Maritime communities through his enlightened approach to design and restoration, Ben is redefining how corporations create a “sense of place”.

Jo Ng (BScEE’73)

Dr. Joseph (Joe) Ng graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1973 with a degree in electrical engineering and an education that provided the foundation for an exceptional business career, one that included significant contributions to his community and beyond. Shortly after graduating from UNB, Joe joined Stelco in Hamilton and later worked as a consultant to Dofasco.

In 1980, he created JNE Engineering, a full-service multi-disciplinary engineering firm that grew to include JNE Consulting, JNE Automation, JNE Chemicals, JNE Biotech, and JNE Power, with professional staff and offices around the world including Canada, the U.S., and China. Throughout his career, Joe has given both his time and financial resources to many worthy organizations including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Junior Achievement, Hamilton Health Services and the United Way. He has been especially supportive of higher education including McMaster University and his own alma mater, the University of New Brunswick.

In recognition of his many business and community achievements, Joe has received prestigious awards from the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce as well as honorary degrees from McMaster University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the University of New Brunswick.