• Portrait of Don Petkau
  • Engineer-in-Residence

    Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education

    Stanley Pauley Bldg SP-345
    97 Dafoe Rd 
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6



  • BSc, Agricultural Engineering, University of Manitoba

  • MBA, University of Manitoba

  • PhD, Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba


Don is a professional engineer with a career focused on agriculture and education. He spent 9 years at Manitoba Sugar Company as the Agricultural Manager, 3 years as Manager Agricultural Research and Development with PAMI, and 2 years as Engineering Manager with MESH Technologies. Don also worked as a Senior Instructor with Biosystems Engineering for the last 21 years of his career. As an instructor he taught a variety of courses but the majority were focused on design principles such as the first year design course and numerous capstone courses. Don’s education consists of an Agricultural Engineering degree, an MBA and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering. His PhD subject was in engineering education.

As an Engineer in Residence in Biosystems Engineering Don will:

  • Provide mentorship to the University of Manitoba Quarterscale Tractor team (UMATT).
  • Assist with the delivery of capstone design courses in the Department of Biosystems Engineering.
  • Expose engineering students to the exciting challenges associated with Manitoba’s agricultural sector, and encourage more graduating students to consider careers in this sector