Concordia held its fall convocation ceremonies in late November at Place-des-Arts in downtown Montreal. Front and centre was special guest, Xavier-Henri Léger, who was presented with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his innovative work in the evolving field of flight simulators. Not only is Hervé the President of Mechtronix Systems Inc., he is a Concordia alumnus who received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. When it was Hervé's turn at the mic, he could not contain his enthusiasm and spoke of how the day's grads now have the "Concordia DNA" and have been "trained to change the world through innovation."
During the convocation ceremonies, graduate student Aidin Mehdipour from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was presented with Governor General's Academic Gold Medal. He recently completed his PhD thesis, entitled Advanced Carbon-Fiber Composite Materials for Shielding and Antenna Applications, under the supervision of C.W. Trueman and A.R. Sebak.
ADRIQ recognizes Concordia/Ericsson partnership
The industrial application of academic research is a hallmark of Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. This fact was recognized during the 21st annual gala of the Association de la recherche industrielle du Québec (ADRIQ), when the technological partnership prize was jointly presented to Concordia University and Ericsson in honour of Dr. Ferhat Khendek's groundbreaking work with the telecommunications giant.
The partnership between Ericsson and Khendek, who is a Professor within Concordia's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was a three-year collaboration known as MAGIC - that is, the Modeling and Automatic Generation of Information and upgrade Campaigns project. Jointly funded by Ericsson and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the project examined standardization solutions for the programs that run between a cellular device's operating systems and its applications software, also known as middleware. Khendek and his team helped Ericsson configure these applications properly and automatically, and speed up their time to market. The second aspect of the MAGIC project focused on the upgrade of such applications and how best to upgrade them with minimal downtime to the service.
The Prix partenariat (partnership prize) is presented jointly to a company and an institution that are collaborating in a technological partnership that clearly demonstrates the benefits of shared expertise. The MAGIC project beat out competitors including Innu-Science Canada & CNETE & IDE, Trois-Rivières, Pfizer Canada & Université de Sherbrooke.
Launch of the accesgenie.ca portal
The continuing education centres of the engineering faculties at the Université de Sherbrooke and Polytechnique Montréal, and the School of Extended Learning at Concordia University (in collaboration with Concordia University's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science), recently launched the accesgenie.ca portal, a new website that will propose university level professional development services.
The institutions consolidated their resources and expertise in order to gradually offer services that will enable their clienteles to enrich their skills and qualifications to plan and develop their careers. The accesgenie.ca portal marks the first stage in their collaboration. The site proposes quick access through a single outlet to a list of courses in an array of sectors of activity specifically related to engineering. Other services relevant to engineers' needs in their professional activities will be offered in the coming months.
New NSERC network launched
Concordia University's new Solar Simulator - Environmental Chamber is a unique laboratory that will revolutionize solar energy applications and building standards. This brand-new facility was officially opened in December during a special event that also featured the inauguration of the NSERC Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network, a new national research initiative that will be headquartered at Concordia University.
"These projects represent a huge vote of confidence for our work on solar energy and building innovation," says Frederick Lowy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia. "Our researchers have long been ahead of the pack in these closely related evolving fields and it is truly wonderful to receive provincial and national recognition for their efforts."
The Solar Simulator-Environmental Chamber was built with $4.6 million in funding from Industry Canada and Quebec's Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, under the federal government's Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The one-of-a-kind facility will strengthen Concordia's expertise and Canadian leadership in solar energy applications, while greatly facilitating research to develop smart net-zero energy buildings that produce as much energy as they use.
McQueen launches new book
In early December, Professor Emeritus Hugh McQueen launched a new book entitled Hot Deformation and Processing of Aluminum Alloys. The book is an advanced treatise on the microstructures and strengths developed in solid aluminum alloys at temperatures of 200-550 degrees Celsius when being shaped into household, architectural, automotive or aerospace products. Faculty, friends, family, staff, and alumni joined Professor McQueen for shortbread and beverages in the Scottish tradition for the early evening event. Concordia's President, Fred Lowy, also came by to congratulate McQueen on the accomplishment.