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Engineering professor Hoda ElMaraghyEngineering professor Hoda ElMaraghy will be invested in the Order of Ontario on January 20.

Engineering professor Hoda ElMaraghy awarded Ontario’s highest honour

UWindsor professor Hoda ElMaraghy is one of the newest members of the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world.

Dr. ElMaraghy was the first female dean of engineering in Canada when the UWindsor appointed her in 1994, and was the first Canadian woman to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering. She is Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems.

During her UWindsor career, ElMaraghy founded and is currently director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre. Her research on flexible manufacturing has helped manufacturers around the world adapt and respond to market changes.

Appointments to the Order of Ontario are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council based on public nominations.

“The Order of Ontario recognizes exemplary service of the highest calibre,” says lieutenant governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell. “From breaking ground in advances in health care, to speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves, to nourishing our souls through art and music, they have served this province with dedication and generosity. To them we are grateful.”

ElMaraghy is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the International Academy for Production Engineering, as well as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

She will receive her latest honour during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park on January 20. It will be live streamed at 4 p.m. at http://livestream.com/OntCitImm/2015orderofontario.