Congratulations to Kevin Deluzio, Dean and Professor at Queen’s Engineering, who was honoured this week with the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB) at the North American Congress on Biomechanics gathering in Ottawa.

The CSB Career Award is the highest honor conferred by the society and is reserved to those individuals who have given exemplary contribution to the field of biomechanics and its promotion in Canada. A successful candidate will demonstrate a record of outstanding research, participation in CSB activities, mentorship, and promotion of biomechanics. This year’s award committee was chaired by past president of CSB Dr. Andrew Laing and included four executive members and feedback from four previous CSB presidents.

Dean Deluzio presented a keynote lecture at the event where Scott Landry, a professor of kinesiology at Acadia University, and Janie Wilson, a professor of biomedical engineering at Dalhousie University and the current president of the CSB — both of whom studied under Deluzio — provided introductory remarks from which came this excerpt:

When we began the nomination process for Kevin for this award, the outpouring of support and letters from colleagues, both nationally and internationally, and past and current trainees was overwhelming and such a pleasure to read and consolidate. It was abundantly clear how far-reaching and important Dr. Deluzio’s contributions to the field have been, and the lasting impact his mentorship has had on so many of us in the Canadian biomechanics landscape.

It’s astonishing to look back at the past 22 years and realize that not a single day goes by where we are not thankful and blessed to have Dr. Deluzio as a mentor and now in what we would consider to be a close friend.  He was able to challenge us academically but also instill the importance of family and life balance. Kevin is the ultimate mentor and friend and what makes Kevin, or Dr. Deluzio, so special to many of us is just how proud, supportive, and interested he is in what we accomplish and achieve with our lives outside of the lab and academia.

You could not find a more family-oriented person and it is his contribution and commitment to a “strong sense of family” within our own national society, within his own research teams, and within his own personal life that all make him truly deserving of this Career Award.