Young Cornwall Engineer Wins Prestigious 2015 Sterling Award

May 1, 2015
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Cornwall’s Emma Barlow has recently won the G. Gordon M. Sterling Engineering Intern Award.

The Sterling Award celebrates professional leadership achievements of engineering graduates who are registered in Professional Engineers of Ontario’s (PEO) engineering intern (EIT) program. The award is presented annually to an engineering intern who demonstrates leadership potential within the engineering profession.

A civil engineering graduate of Queen’s University, Ms. Barlow has worked as a junior structural engineer for over two years with Engineering for Industry, a division of Lowe, Gravelle and Associates in Cornwall.

“I am delighted to receive the Sterling Award,” said Ms. Barlow. “The role of an engineer goes far beyond ‘crunching’ numbers and the technicalities of design; they are influencers, policy makers and world changers. However, they do not appear overnight, they are developed by being surrounded with a culture that promotes growth and individuals who challenge and encourage them. This award has provided me with an incredible opportunity to take a very relevant and insightful leadership training course. I feel truly blessed for having been given this opportunity.”

Ms. Barlow has gained diverse experience working on a wide range of structural engineering projects, including structural additions and modifications to industrial buildings and electrical substations; the analysis and design of support structures for piping and conduits; the development of transmission tower foundation repair procedures; and seismic restraints design for mechanical equipment. She has also been involved with completing storm water management plans and environmental approvals for industrial sites in Eastern Ontario and Upper New York State.

Barlow’s commitment and leadership within the engineering profession is demonstrated through her widespread volunteerism. She has been a key contributor to the Upper Canada Chapter since enrolling as an EIT, serving on the chapter’s executive since 2012. A valued member of the chapter’s education outreach committee, she plays a lead role in its annual bridge building competition and promotes the profession within local elementary and secondary schools. As an undergraduate student, she was actively involved with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), served as the director of logistics for the PEO Student Conference held at Queen’s University.

“Cornwall is a great city with a strong focus on community, providing an ideal work- life balance for it residences,” says Ms. Barlow. “It’s wonderful being able to leave the office at the end of the day and be home or enjoying some of Cornwall’s amenities such as the bike path, St. Lawrence River etc. in less than 20 minutes.”

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