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When Eyad Jamaleddine came to McGill as an Engineering undergrad four years ago, he wasn’t what you’d call a green warrior. “I had very little prior knowledge of the true severity of the environmental issues we faced,” he said.

Skip ahead to today, and Jamaleddine is the poster boy for ecological engineering, having just been named one of five recipients of the 2011 ECO Canada Student Awards recognizing the excellence in environment-related research being carried out by post-secondary students in Canada, and earning an invitation to present at the American Ecological Engineering Society’s annual conference in North Carolina in May.