Founding Dean of Lassonde School of Engineering, Janusz Kozinski, gave the award to Tuli in the presence of Pierre Lassonde, the founder of the School of Engineering at York University. The award is given to an individual that exemplifies the renaissance engineer in pursuit of greater prosperity for all.
Tuli was recognized for DataWind’s revolutionary and innovative approach to bridge the digital divide for the forgotten billions with its launch of free internet access on low-cost smartphones and tablets.
Commenting on the award, Tuli said, “I am truly humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award. The curriculum, pedagogy and approach of Lassonde School of Engineering marks a revolutionary new chapter in engineering education that encapsulates the realities and challenges of the ever growing complexities arising from dynamic diverse communities without losing sight of holistic social development.
“It gladdens me to note that DataWind’s breakthrough technology and approach to bridge the digital divide has been recognized as a modern day Renaissance in creating greater access and connectivity for the forgotten billions.”
Kozinski said, “Suneet Singh Tuli embodies what it means to be a renaissance engineer. He’s not just talking about changing the world, he’s doing it. He isn’t just creating new technology, he’s making it accessible and affordable to the people who need it most. He is the perfect role model for our students.”