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Martin and Elaine Kernahan Scholarship in Engineering
VALUE: $625 (1) - 2015-2016 award value


Mr. Martin Kernahan [B.Sc.(M.E.)/49] and Mrs. Elaine Kernahan have established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba, with an initial gift of $10,000 in 2009. The purpose of the fund is to encourage engineering students to excel in their studies by providing scholarship support. The available annual interest from the fund will be used to offer one scholarship to an undergraduate student who:

(1) is enrolled full-time or part-time in the second, third, or fourth year of study in the Faculty of Engineering;
(2) has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.

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

Established: Senate, June 24, 2009

About G.M. (Martin) Kernahan, B.Sc. (M.E.), P. Eng.

In January 2009, Mr. Kernahan was awarded a life membership in the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA).

Mart Kernahan and his friend, Pete Crawford, were the only mechanical engineers who played American football with the University of Manitoba Bisons against teams from colleges in the north western United States. It was too costly to play the few western Canadian university teams that existed at the time. For his participation in football and other sports, including excelling in track and field, he was awarded the University of Manitoba Engineers Society (UMES) Athletic Trophy in 1948.

Following graduation, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta to marry Elaine, a beautiful nurse and a graduate of the University of Alberta.

Mart joined Schlumberger Well Servicing as a Field Engineer and spent five years working in western Canada and the western United States. He switched careers to become a Sales Manager of a radioactivity well logging company in Edmonton and then in Calgary. The latter company had adapted a Scintillation Counter to the well-bore invented by Dr. R.N. Pringle and Dr. K.I. Roulston and used by Dr. George M. Brownell (Head, Department of Geology, University of Manitoba) in aerial surveying of radioactive anomalies in Saskatchewan.

Mr. Kernahan and several other engineers and geophysicists founded the Canadian Well Logging Society, which currently has more than 500 members in Canada.

In 1960, Mr. Kernahan founded Computrex Centres Ltd. In 1962, Computrex introduced the Incremental Digital Plotter to Canada. Approximately three years later, Computrex introduced the first commercial digitizer in Canada. The digitizer was a collaboration between Kernahan and the CALMA company of California. Eventually, Computrex Centres expanded to nine centres from Quebec City to Victoria, British Columbia.

Mart Kernahan was an avid downhill skier and spent many weekends with his family at Lake Louise. He became the first Canadian born shareholder in Lake Louise Lifts Ltd. in the late 1950s.

In 1960, he was invited to join the Calgary Olympic Development Association (CODA). He was on the first CODA organization that bid on the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 at Innsbruck. He spent many years promoting the games in several countries around the world. He was made an honorary member of CODA in 1987.
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