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Research & innovation partnerships

A world-class hub of engineering and computer science excellence

At the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University, we pride ourselves on being a world-class institution, leading the way in engineering and computer science disciplines.

Our commitment to excellence in research and development (R&D) extends beyond academia, offering invaluable expertise and resources to industries poised for groundbreaking advancements.

Why Partner with the Gina Cody School?


Diverse and unique expertise

Our faculty comprises over 260 professors, each a specialist in their field, offering a wide range of expertise to cater to various R&D needs.


Vibrant tech community

Situated in Montreal, a bustling hub with over 7,000 tech companies, our school is perfectly positioned for mutually beneficial initiatives and industry partnerships.


Strong industry links

We have established robust partnerships with over 150 companies, public partners and academic institutions, demonstrating our commitment to applying academic research to real-world industry challenges.


Word-class talent pool

Our school is a nurturing ground for talent, with over 11,000 students, equipping the next generation of engineers and computer scientists with the skills to drive future innovations.

Our strengths

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrifying Society
  • Smart Cities
  • Software Engineering
  • Surface Engineering

Our team

Our professors have a proven track record of working with hundreds of organizations in successful and highly impactful industry R&D projects with businesses of all sizes, from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large corporations.

The Research and Innovation Partnerships team works with researchers, industries and government organizations, building mutually beneficial initiatives to help industries develop their new generation of products and technologies.

Yingying Zhang

Research Funding Development Advisor

Yingying Zhang brings industry collaboration opportunities for faculty members in Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

She received her MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia, and has extensive experience in education, business development and marketing with proven expertise in lead generation, relationship building and project management.

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Laura M. Hernandez Rodriguez, PhD

Research Funding Development Advisor

Laura Hernandez Rodriguez is highly experienced managing multidisciplinary research projects and teaching in academic environments. At the Gina Cody School, she establishes R&D collaborations with industrial partners for the departments of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, as well as Chemical and Materials Engineering.

She has valuable expertise developing solid relationships including academia, industry, and government organizations.

Prior to joining Concordia, she conducted research on micro and nanoplastic contamination in the environment, as well as water treatment at McGill University, where she earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering.

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Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez, PhD

Senior Research and Innovation Advisor

Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience working in academia and industry in several roles. He has been instrumental to the Gina Cody School, growing the industry partnerships portfolio since 2014, and has played a key role in developing strategic industrial partnerships.

He helps develop strong relationships with industry partners and government officials, promoting academia-industry research at Concordia University. He also participates in the Gina Cody School’s innovation initiatives and large-scale strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Sheffield in the UK.

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Pascal Dubois

Advisor, Innovation and Research Funding Development

Pascal Dubois is a demonstrated professional with a strong track record of establishing industry-academic partnerships in diverse fields. With prior roles as a Team Lead and Grant Specialist at Mitacs and different roles at the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Pascal's expertise in bridging academia and industry and helping facilitate research projects has been instrumental for various universities.

Before joining Concordia, Pascal honed his skills in project management and relationship building, holding a PMP license. His educational background in Political Science provides a unique perspective, allowing him to connect diverse fields and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Marina Pushkareva, PhD

Research Funding Development Advisor

Marina Pushkareva develops industry R&D partnerships with professors and industrial partners in Building, Civil and Environmental engineering.

Before joining Concordia University, she was doing research and teaching at several academic institutions in Montreal and worked in industry. She holds a PhD in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing from the University of Ottawa.

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