B.Tech Grad Wins Highest Award for Part-time Studies at McMaster
July 5, 2011
Gajendra Hangalur describes the Bachelor of Technology Degree Completion program in Manufacturing Engineering Technology as his “second chance” at a rewarding career. After being laid off from his job as a tool and die tradesman in 2007, he did everything he could to find employment. Gajendra volunteered and even taught machining part-time at Mohawk College while upgrading some courses.
Despite years of engineering experience, with only a college diploma from India, Gajendra faced multiple roadblocks finding a career in his field. The choice to upgrade to a university degree was an easy one. “I knew that this program would give me the credentials and education that I needed to move forward,” says Gajendra. What Gajendra didn’t know at the time, however, was just how successful he would be in the program.
Upon graduation in Spring 2011, Gajendra was awarded the McMaster Association of Part-time Students (MAPS) Gold Medal, a prestigious award given to the McMaster student with the highest overall cumulative average. Significantly, this is the first time ever that the Gold Medal was awarded to a Faculty of Engineering student.
Despite having already won the William J. McCallion Scholarship twice during his studies, Gajendra modestly comments that he was very surprised to hear about the award. According to Gajendra, the key to his success in B.Tech. was meeting regularly with professors and collaborating with other students to share ideas.
At convocation, family and friends, including his mother, who flew in from India for his graduation, proudly watched as Faculty of Engineering Dean, David Wilkinson, awarded the medal to Gajendra on stage.
Motivated by his success in the B.Tech program, Gajendra is pursuing a research-based Master of Science degree in Biomechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Gajendra continues to excel at the graduate level and, in 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell scholarship by the Natural Sceinces and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Gajendra Hangalur, B.Tech. '11
Lindsay Bolan, Marketing & Communication Strategist, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program 905-525-9143 ext. 20221