ARIE Fund project is ready for take-off with the help of a few drones.

(l-r) Mohawk College media professors Tracey Kadish, Brian Willrich, Associate Dean Kurt Muller and photography professor Scott Kenney will soon be teaching Mohawk students how to do arial photography and video using drones.

(l-r) Mohawk College media professors Tracey Kadish and Brian Willrich, Associate Dean Kurt Muller and photography professor Scott Kenney will soon be teaching Mohawk students how to do aerial photography and videography using drones.

“I’m majoring in Drones” may not be exactly what your parents expect you to go to college for but the cutting-edge field does offer a number of new career opportunities. And a team of professors want to make sure that Mohawk students are ready to work with drones.

Associate Dean Kurt Muller of Media and Entertainment and his colleagues from across the college have received funding from the Applied Research and Innovation in Education (ARIE) Fund to purchase drones for an ambitious cross-disciplinary academic project.

The ARIE Fund project focuses on increasing students’ knowledge and ability around the use and maintenance sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), also known as drones. This project will be the first partnership between Mohawk’s programs in aviation, journalism, creative photography, broadcasting, and television and communications media. The project will include a focus on training aviation students to provide maintenance and repair to the drones, and training media and entertainment students in the use and operation of drones.

The applied research will be led by Mark Laurie, PRT Aviation, who will focus on developing UAV technology knowledge. The pedagogical focus of this project will be led by Sue Prestedge, Journalism Coordinator; Scott Kenney, Creative Photography Coordinator; Tracey Kadish, Television: Broadcasting and Communications Media; Mark Laurie, Aviation; and Kurt Muller, Associate Dean, Media and Entertainment, who will support students as they receive training in the operation and maintenance of the drones. The project will also partner with Waterloo-based drone manufacturer Pointer Avionics. Pointer Avionics is also working with Continuing Education to offer a course in drone flight training.

The project will provide aviation technicians and media communication students with a competitive edge over graduates at other colleges who have not received this training. It is also the first step in the development of a post-graduate diploma on the use of drones and other camera technology.

For more information about the project, contact Mohawk’s Applied Research and Innovation department, iDeaWORKS at


Mohawk College named Hamilton’s employer of the year by Smart Commute

Student Car ShareMohawk College has been named Smart Commute’s 2015 Employer of the Year in Hamilton.

Launched in 2007, the Smart Commute Awards recognize outstanding commitment, leadership and innovation in employers that implement Smart Commute programs.


Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Mohawk was named Regional Employer of the Year in 2013, received the Parsons Brinckerhoff Employee Engagement Award in 2012 and was recognized as Employer of the Year in Hamilton in 2011.

Since joining the Smart Commute program in 2008, Mohawk has enhanced its Smart Commute presence by building on previous successes and investing in new infrastructure so students, faculty and staff can use alternative modes of transportation.

During this time, the number of students, faculty and staff has increased by more than 40 per cent at Mohawk’s Fennell campus. A recent audit showed that between 60 and 70 per cent of campus commuters are now travelling using a method other than driving alone. This shift allowed for an overall reduction in parking capacity, leading to an estimated savings of more than $5 million since new parking facilities did not need to be constructed.

Mohawk College Terminal map

Mohawk has reduced the use of single-occupant vehicles through a variety of ways. An expanded carpool program includes 50 dedicated carpool parking spaces and two Campus Student Car Share vehicles. Mohawk has introduced four electric vehicle charging stations and four self-service bike repair stations. A new Mohawk College Transit Terminal is also under construction, which will include bus bays and terminals serving multiple transit routes. This new facility will make transit a more viable option for the 4,000 students, faculty and staff who travel there daily.

These initiatives are funded through the Sustainability Office’s annual budget and supported by events and incentives, strong collaboration with key community partners and on-campus outreach activities. The success of these initiatives is inspired by the needs of faculty, staff and students.


Mohawk College named one of the region’s top employers

Top employer 2015Mohawk has been named one of Hamilton-Niagara’s top employers for the third year in a row.

The annual competition is organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Employers are evaluated based on eight criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.

Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

Joining Mohawk this year are 14 other top employers in Hamilton-Niagara:

  • Adlib Software
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Burlington Hydro
  • City of Hamilton
  • FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Greyhound Canada Transportation
  • Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Community Care Access Centre
  • Horizon Utilities
  • IKEA Canada
  • Joseph Brant Hospital
  • McMaster University
  • Niagara Casinos
  • Sodexo Canada
  • Stryker Canada