Congratulations to the 2014 Alumni Association Award winners!
Halil (Sadi) Hamut – Up and Coming Award
Class of 2013
PhD, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Sadi is the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Association Up and Coming Award – and it's easy to see why.
After receiving his PhD from our university, Sadi returned to Turkey because he wants to positively impact both his community and the world. "With the technical background I have obtained from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) along with my thirst for innovation and a better tomorrow, I want to help create better standards of living for people today and a more sustainable future for the next generations."
He's now the youngest Chief Researcher in the country's Scientific and Technological Research Council. Working in the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Excellence Center, Sadi is undertaking a project to develop Turkey's first national electric vehicles to reduce the country’s fossil fuel dependency, energy costs and environmental impact. He's also the country delegate for Turkey on the IA-HEV (Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes) executive committee. Sadi works with the world's experts to "push the envelope" with state-of-the-art of electric vehicles.
As well, he is teaching part-time in Yeditepe University in Istanbul where he is educating Turkey's young generation about renewable energy sources and alternative transportation options. Sadi also helps to organize international conferences and authors various publications in books and journals on these subjects to make more people become aware of the benefits of sustainable energy options.
How did an engineer from Turkey come to study at UOIT? After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and then an Master of Science in Industrial Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Sadi was drawn to UOIT because of the level of scientific research being conducted and the quality of the professors leading these studies. "I really enjoyed working with two world-renowned professors in my field as my supervisors." He also found the modest size of the campus made it easier to get to know people from other disciplines and made the university experience more interactive. "I had the chance to work with people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds, take part in the teaching process, attend and organize various conferences/events. This made my transition into being a researcher easier."
Today, Sadi is searching for solutions to important global issues. He intends to play a more active role in academia by supervising students and managing international research collaborations. With the support of technology he wants to create new possibilities that benefit the environment, individuals and society.
Mallory Ryan – Humanitarian Award
Class of 2009
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Mallory likes firsts.
This proud alumna, occupational therapist, dance teacher and founder of Dance Ability, a program for children with varying abilities came to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2005 because she wanted to "be part of many firsts."
Mallory viewed our new university "as a window of opportunities." She met the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at a university fair and was inspired by her energy and enthusiasm. "The fact that a Dean was listening to my goals and understanding the direction I wanted to take meant a lot to me."
When she arrived on campus Mallory immediately immersed herself in clubs and events. She became a Tour Guide and a Summer Assistant for her faculty. She also launched the university's first dance team. She also co-founded and organized the university/college dance competition BAM (Bust-A-Move). More than a dozen teams from across Canada participated in the annual competitions. After completing her degree at UOIT, the athletic department hired Mallory to be the first coach for the new Varsity Ridgeback Dance Team.
Following graduation Mallory attended the University of Toronto (UofT) where she received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. Today she works as an occupational therapist, primarily with children, in the community. She's also a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science at UofT.
On weekends, Mallory instructs classes at Dance Elite, the studio where she started dancing at the age of three. There she and her sister, Jade, launched Dance Ability. This program provides students of all abilities with a safe place to express their creativity and also enables other students and volunteers to enhance their understanding of diversity, equity and inclusivity.
"UOIT fostered my development as a leader," Mallory says. "The supportive community was what I needed to build confidence in my ability to create. And my success in creating start-up initiatives at UOIT gave me the skills and confidence to start my own occupational therapy initiatives."
The UOIT Alumni Association has recognized Mallory's achievements with its 2014 Humanitarian Award. She will also be sharing her inspiring story during Homecoming as a speaker at Alumni Adventures: Tales from the Other Side. Looking ahead, Mallory hopes to establish more unique occupational therapy initiatives and potentially become more involved in educating future occupational therapists. Looks like her future will include many more firsts.