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Concordia awards 12 Gina Cody School professors new innovation fellowships

The initiative bolsters research with potential for impactful industrial and government partnerships
May 27, 2024
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A diverse group of people standing in a line looking at the camera, in an indoor atrium
From left: Mohsen Ghafouri, Fuzhan Nasiri, Mourad Debbabi, Govind Gopakumar, Abdelwahab Hamou-Lhadj, Khaled Galal, Sébastien Le Beux, Nhat Truong Nguyen, Emad Shihab, Arash Mohammadi, Jerin John and Jinqiu Yang.

Twelve professors from Concordia’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science have been recognized as the newest recipients of the Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellowships. This initiative supports professors engaged in projects with significant potential for impactful partnerships with industrial partners and governmental agencies.

“We are thrilled about the projects that have emerged from this initiative,” says Mourad Debbabi, dean of the Gina Cody School. “These projects advance the state-of-the-art in sustainability, AI, health, clean energy and aerospace, in collaboration with industry partners, demonstrating our commitment to fostering research that bridges academic innovation with real-world applications.”

Each fellowship provides a financial boost — $15,000 in the first year for project development and $25,000 in the second year to assist the projects as they transition into their initial external research grant funding phase.

Applications for these fellowships were evaluated by a selection committee based on several criteria, including the scope and quality of the work undertaken, the collaborative nature of the project, anticipated outcomes and the potential impact on industry, government and communities.

Additional considerations include the potential and likelihood to secure meaningful external partnerships and funding opportunities, as well as demonstrated leadership to advance the research and innovation capacity and promote the Gina Cody School community.

“Many of our exceptional researchers at the Gina Cody School conduct innovative work that benefits society. These projects require initial groundwork to draw partnerships and continued support is required once funding is secured,” explains Emad Shihab, the Gina Cody School’s associate dean of research and innovation.

“These new fellowships are designed to propel these innovative initiatives, providing the financial backing and encouragement our professors require to pursue collaborative projects effectively.”

The recipients of this year's fellowships are:

  • Khaled Galal, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering – Innovative Low-Carbon Building System
  • Mohsen Ghafouri, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering – Emerging Solutions for Secure Operation of Large-Scale Wind Energy Sources in Smart Grids
  • Govind Gopakumar, Centre for Engineering in Society – Community-Led Technology Innovation: Partnership with Indigenous Community to Develop a Sustainable and Sovereign Agri-Food Hub
  • Abdelwahab Hamou-Lhadj, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – TRUST-SoS: Improving the Trustworthiness of Systems-of-Systems Using Statistical Model Checking and Runtime Analysis
  • Mahdi Hosseini, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering – Foundational Modelling of Histopathology Tissues in Computational Pathology
  • Jerin John, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering – Design and Development of a GOX/GCH4 Torch Igniter for First-Stage Rocket Propulsion System
  • Ida Karimfazli, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering – Unleashing Solar Energy: The Potential of Perovskite Solar Cells and the Challenge of Temperature Management
  • Sébastien Le Beux, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – Toward a Fault Tolerant Hyper Dimensional Computing Accelerator for Satellite Network Management Systems
  • Arash Mohammadi, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering – Audiovisual Perceptual Systems for Sport Analytics
  • Fuzhan Nasiri, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering – Mapping of the Characteristics of HVAC Duct Insulation Used in Building Sector in Canada Using a Life Cycle Costing/Assessment (LCCA)
  • Nhat Truong Nguyen, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering – Economically Beneficial Coating Processes for Self-Lubricating Systems in Gas Turbine Engines
  • Jinqiu Yang, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering – Robust Internet-of-Things Systems


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Concordia’s Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellowships.

 



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