Teaching Excellence Award

Carey Simonson, a Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering wins the Teaching Excellence Award.


Carey Simonson is a Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received Bachelor’s (1991), Master’s (1993) and Doctoral (1998) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the U of S and has been a professor at the U of S since 2001. He has supervised 48 graduate and postdoctoral students (27 MSc, 14 PhD, 7 PDF) who have published over 100 refereed journal papers and have been awarded over $1 million in prestigious scholarships and awards. In 2007/08 and 2014/15, Prof. Simonson was a visiting professor (sabbatical leave) at the University of Oulu in Finland. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the U of S, he spent 4 years at the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

Prof. Simonson is a Fellow of ASHRAE, the premier society in his research field with over 56,000 members from over 130 countries. Less than 1% of ASHRAE members (479) are Fellows. In February 2015, Prof. Simonson received the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation - the 3rd NSERC Synergy Award for the U of S in the 17-year history of the Award. The nomination was titled “Venmar and University of Saskatchewan – Research and Development of a New, Revolutionary HVAC system”.

At home, Carey and his wife (Virpi) are proud parents of 10 children (8 boys and 2 girls). The oldest will graduate from Civil Engineering in May 2017 and the youngest will start kindergarten in September 2017.