PhD candidate Camila Londono has been honoured with a 2016 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto. Named after the former U of T vice-president of development and university relations, the award recognizes students in their graduating year who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty, school, or the university as a whole.
Since 2012, Londono, a doctoral candidate in Associate Professor Alison McGuigan‘s Engineering Advanced Health Technologies lab, has served in an executive capacity for the planning and execution of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering’s (IBBME) annual Scientific Day. She subsequently served as its event chair in 2014 and 2015, and hosted more than 300 students, faculty, hospital partners and staff who shared their latest research endeavors at the Institute’s largest yearly event.
During this time, she was also an executive member of the Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (BESA) and active representative at meetings of the Graduates Students’ Union and the U of T Engineering Faculty Council. She rewrote the BESA constitution and coordinated the election of student representatives to the association during its transition periods.
“The outstanding leadership co- and extra-curricular contributions of our Cressy Award winners have enriched and strengthened U of T Engineering, the University and the larger community,” Dean Cristina Amon said. “I am confident that the competencies and experiences they have gained through these activities will uniquely position them to become global engineering leaders in their lives beyond graduation. I extend my warmest congratulations to each of them, on behalf of the entire Faculty.”
—With files from Kevin Soobrian. This story originally appeared in U of T Engineering News on April 21, 2016.