Dean of Lakehead University’s Faculty of Engineering receiving the Gold Medal from OSPE

Photo from the awards ceremony 

 November 18, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

The Dean of Lakehead University’s Faculty of Engineering is being honoured with the top award for professional engineers in Ontario.

Today Dr. Janusz Koziński is receiving the Gold Medal at the Professional Engineers Awards Gala that will be held in Vaughan after being selected by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

“I am absolutely thrilled to accept the Gold Medal awarded by my professional colleagues,” Dr. Koziński said.

“Like any accomplishment worth having, this recognition was the result of working together with exceptional people over many years to make change happen. 

“I want to pay tribute to all the students, professors, researchers, and people from all over the world, including many at Lakehead University, who have shared this journey with me, and continue to inspire me to innovate and to change engineering education for the better,” he added.

Lakehead’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Dr. David Barnett, said it’s incredibly exciting to see Dr. Koziński honoured with this award.

“He is an inspiring academic with numerous scholarly and leadership achievements over his career. His ideas are really at the forefront of engineering education.”

As the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Lakehead University, Dr. Koziński is leading the transformative expansion of novel engineering programs. Previously he was founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto.

A true visionary, Dr. Koziński developed the concept of educating a “Humanist Engineer,” a creative maker and doer who empathizes, reflects, innovates and creates in an era of radical change.

It is based on the principle that for engineering to deliver on its promise of human betterment, it requires a cultural, social, and moral compass, and deeper integration with humanities and the social sciences.





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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth consecutive year, and the number one university in the world with fewer than 10,000 students in THE’s 2022 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit