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John W. Rudan Bursary In Engineering
VALUE: $500 (variable) - 2013-2014 award value


Mr. John W. Rudan has established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba, with a contribution from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, to benefit students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Mr. Rudan was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1955 with a B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He was the Gold Medalist for the year and had won several scholarships in previous years. He took a position as Industrial Engineer with C-I-L Head Office in Montreal and later was Manager of Quality Control at the Brownsburg Ammunition Plant. In 1958, he was awarded a scholarship to study Industrial Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. During those studies he developed a keen interest in digital computing, then in its infancy, and after being awarded an M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering, he took a position in the Computing Center. He later became the Director of the Centre in the mid 1960s. He pursued further studies in Statistics and was a statistical consultant in the Computing Center before assuming another leadership position as Assistant VP for Computing. He completed his career at Cornell in senior director level positions in the central computing/information technology organization at Cornell where he was responsible, at one time, for introducing microcomputer technology to the campus and directing the systems programming and operations for the Cornell National Supercomputing Center. He retired from Cornell in January 1997 from the position of director of administrative computing responsible for the university's business information systems.

Each year, the available annual income from the fund shall be used to support bursaries, the number and value of which shall be determined by the selection committee, which will be offered to undergraduate students who:

(1) have completed one year of full-time study either in University 1 or in the Faculty of Engineering;
(2) are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba;
(3) have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5;
(4) have demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.

The selection committee shall be the Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards Committee of the Faculty of Engineering.

Est. 11/2000
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