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April 26, 2001 Engineering student wins award for excellence



OIQ award of excellence

Photo by Marc Bourcier


Nicolas Desjardins (second from left) was recently presented with the OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec) Award of Excellence for outstanding academic performance and community service.

Seen with him at the presentation are Dean Nabil Esmail, Professor Geza Joos (OIQ academic representative) and Terry Fancott (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program).

Nicolas is in the new Software Engineering program, and he is also in the co-op, which means that he alternates terms of study with work related to his courses.

Nicolas, who grew up in Pointe Claire, says his dream is “to design and develop computer games and maybe to even start my own game development studio. I have been very interested in computers, especially software, and a fan of gaming since my father brought home our first family computer when I was six years old.”

He said he was won over to the software engineering program by the enthusiasm and commitment that the faculty showed for it.

“This university has a group of dedicated and talented professors, as well as a fun and friendly student body,” Nicolas said. “I look forward to graduating next year, but I also feel sad that I will only be here for one more year.”