Engineering student wins UBC leadership award

Engineering student Sean Heisler received the UBC Nestor Korchinsky Student Leadership Award on Jan. 8 at UBC’s largest student-run conference.

Heisler, a third-year student in the Integrated Engineering (IGEN) program, currently serves on UBC’s Board of Governors, UBC’s Land Use Plan Public Hearing Committee and is Co-Chair of the Canadian Engineering Conference 2012. A transfer student from Queen’s University, he served on the BC Ministry of Advanced Education BC Transfer Guide Business Process Review and as a mentor for UBC engineering transfer students. He has also served on UBC Senate, the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS), IGEN Student Council and as Co-Director of GEERing UP!, a non-profit organization that promotes science, engineering and technology to youth across the Greater Vancouver Area.

The award was initiated in honour of the leadership of Dr. Nestor Korchinsky, a professor at UBC and the Director of Intramural Programming for 38 years. Korchinsky’s leadership and initiative created one of the most renowned intramural programs in the country, as he saw a need in the university community and filled it by creating what is now UBC Rec. The award, presented annually at the UBC Student Leadership Conference, is meant to recognize a student who embodies Korchinsky’s spirit of leadership and initiative at UBC and the wider community.

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