Janet Ronsky

Janet Ronsky

Minerva Mentoring Award 2005

Kirk Thurbide


Dr. Janet Ronsky of Faculty of Engineering was honoured with the Alberta Women's Science Network’s (AWSN) Minerva Mentoring Award. This award recognizes her significant contribution to mentoring females in the areas of science, mathematics engineering and technology. The award was presented by AWSN VP, Marilyn Williams.


Dr. Ronsky strives to act as a mentor in many ways. When asked for advice, she tells people to "dare to dream" and be creative as she has done. She is an outstanding instructor who has been awarded undergraduate teaching awards from the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and from the Engineering Student Society.


Additionally, Dr. Ronsky has been awarded research excellence awards by the Faculty of Engineering. She was a past recipient of the AWSN Mentor of the Millennium award; the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Science and Technology and Environment; and a Canadian Engineers’ Award, recognizing outstanding engineering excellence and achievement.


When asked, students comment on Dr. Ronsky as being one of the most approachable, modest and knowledgeable professors they have had. According to one student, she explains engineering concepts in a simplistic, yet thorough way to enable students of all thinking styles to pick up problem-solving skills.


Active in several university committees, Dr. Ronsky took part in the establishment of the Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology (CCIT), as well as the Gender, Diversity and Equity Committee (GDEC). She is the Co-Director of the Centre for Biomedical Research and Education (CBRE) and is a recognized expert in the field of Biomedical Engineering. In 2001, Dr. Ronsky was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering.


Furthermore, she has volunteered as a mentor for Operation Minerva for many years. Thanks to Janet Ronsky’s efforts, the University of Calgary has one of the largest complements of female engineering faculty members in Canada. Dr. Ronsky is an ideal role model, who has dedicated herself to her work and furthering the role of women in engineering.


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