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May Accolades for Engineering and Computer Science


The NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network (SNEBRN), a nationwide university initiative headquartered at Concordia, has received $1 million in new funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Under the directorship of Andreas Athienitis, a professor in Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, SNEBRN is ensuring that engineers obtain the skills they need to become part of Canada's clean energy workforce. Read the Concordia press release.

The NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network (SNEBRN), a nationwide university initiative headquartered at Concordia, has received $1 million in new funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Under the directorship of Andreas Athienitis, a professor in Concordia's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, SNEBRN is ensuring that engineers obtain the skills they need to become part of Canada's clean energy workforce. Read the Concordia press release.       

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At the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structures Congress in Pittsburgh May 2-4, 2013, Ted Stathopoulos from the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering was made a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the ASCE. Stathopoulos studies wind effects on buildings, building aerodynamics, wind environment, dispersion of pollutants in the urban environment, computational wind engineering and the codification of wind effects.

Noman Mohammed, who recently obtained a PhD from the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering, has been ranked first in his category in Canada for the most recent competition for postdoctoral fellowship support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Mohammed's research responds to the need to share information in governmental agencies, hospitals, financial companies, etc., while still ensuring the privacy of individual clients is kept safe.

Martin Pugh, professor as well as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has won the Concordia Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was honoured at a banquet on May 21. He has said about his teaching philosophy that the key to success "is to be enthusiastic about your subject... I like my subject and I like to transmit that to my students." Read more about Martin Pugh in this 2011 NOW Concordia article.

PhD student, Navid Sharifi, co-supervised by Martin Pugh and Ali Dolatabadi, won the best paper award at the International Thermal Spray Conference in Busan, South Korea, May 13-15. His paper was about the development of a novel superhydrophobic coating by using plasma spray process which can be used to mitigate ice formation on critical aerodynamic components like airfoil and nacelle.

PhD student, Scott Bucking, co-supervised by Radu Zmeureanu and Andreas Athienitis, won the best presentation award at the Photovoltaic Networks National Scientific Conference in Hamilton, Ontario, May 8-10. Bucking's presentation was about how particular economic incentives influence the design of buildings, in particular, buildings with passive solar systems and photovoltaic systems. Bucking is conducting his research at the Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies in the Department for Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering.


And last but not least, congratulations to all the students who are graduating this spring! All that hard work has paid off. We wish you success wherever your aspirations may take you.



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