The Foundation, wishing to honour the memory of Dr. Doug Ruth, former Dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering, approached the Faculty for ideas about a naming-rights project. Further discussions led to the Strategic Initiatives Fund becoming the repository for the $50,000 that the Foundation donated in Doug’s memory.
The existing student lounge in the Engineering Information and Technology Complex will bear the name Doug Ruth Student Lounge for 15 years, commencing September 2022.
A plaque (wording below) commemorates Doug’s work with students and his efforts in raising funds for the EITC.
The Price Faculty of Engineering used the $50,000 gift in combination with other donor gifts toward a refresh of the Donald W. Craik Engineering Library into a more modern student learning space.
Wording on the plaque:
The naming of this room honours Dean Doug Ruth’s contributions to the Price Faculty of Engineering. In the classroom, the lab and the boardroom, Doug supported the interests of students of all backgrounds and pathways. He encouraged their registration as professional engineers (P.Eng.). Doug’s tireless efforts to develop this EITC, which opened in 2005, demonstrated his commitment to students and engineering.
Doug inspired alumni worldwide to help finance the EITC, and approached the professional Association, now called Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, to contribute. To facilitate funding, the Association founded the Engineering and Geoscience Education Foundation Inc., the naming contributor to this space. Its donors are primarily professional engineers and geoscientists.