U of S celebrates Kay Nasser at the C.J. Mackenzie Gala of Engineering

SASKATOON – The College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is celebrating the achievements of alumnus and professor emeritus, Karim “Kay” Nasser, at the C.J. Mackenzie Gala of Engineering Excellence tonight.

Each year, the gala recognizes an alumnus who has achieved a position of distinction within their profession and honours their achievements by recognizing them as the evening’s Distinguished Lecturer and inducts them into the College of Engineering’s Alumni Wall of Distinction.

Nasser has a life-long commitment to education, innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Lebanon, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the American University in Beirut, his master’s at the University of Kansas, and his PhD at the U of S, where he served as a professor of civil engineering for 33 years. His research led to the invention of the K-slump tester, a device that easily tests the consistency, or slump, of fresh concrete. The tester was used in the construction of Toronto’s CN Tower and is still widely used today.

Using a line of credit from the bank and his engineering expertise, he constructed several apartment buildings in Saskatoon. In time, Victory Majors Investment Corporation was formed to handle the management of the properties. He and his wife, Dora (also a U of S graduate), have five children—Selma, Mona, John, Roseann and May—all of whom studied and graduated from the U of S.

Founded in 1976, the C.J. Mackenzie Gala is the college’s flagship event and brings together students, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering to connect with engineering professionals, prominent companies and organizations across the province, as well as alumni. The event has become known within the Saskatoon engineering community as the College of Engineering’s premier event for engineers to gather, celebrate and listen to a distinguished alumnus.


For more information, contact:

Marielle Gauthier
Communications Officer
College of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan

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