breakfast reception was held at the Château Versailles on February
5 to honour the Concordia University Research Fellows for 2001. Each will
receive $5,000 and will give a public lecture this calendar year.
Irene F. Whittome
Irene F. Whittome is a distinguished artist who has set high standards
for creative practice in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She has had many solo
exhibitions, including a four-month retrospective last year at the Musée
du Québec of 300 works made between 1963 and 1999, under the title
In 1998-99, Professor Whittome presented a series of installations at
the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Departure for Katsura: Irene F Whittome
at the CCA. She has also been invited to join collections at Montreals
Musée dArt Contemporain and the Glenbow Museum.
Whittomes work is poetic and evocative, exploring duplication, modification
and resistance. She combines a range of scientific and cultural approaches,
from Buddhist teachings to the implications of genetic engineering.
She has received many grants and prizes from the Canada Council for the
Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. She was
recently awarded the Prix de la Fondation Gershon Iskowitz for excellence
in the visual arts, and in 1997 received Quebecs most prestigious
award, the Prix du Québec Paul-Émile Borduas pour les arts
She has been interviewed many times, and been on juries for art competitions
and art councils. She is currently serving as a jury member for the architectural
design for La Grande bibliothèque du Québec. Her work has
been collected by all the major Canadian art museums, and has been exhibited
in in England, France, Belgium, the U.S. and throught Canada, and has
been acquired by many public and private collections around the world.
Since her arrival at Concordia in 1968, Professor Whittome has been a
thesis supervisor and mentor to many students, shaping their subsequent
careers in crucial ways. Her creative expertise and high recognition in
the art world make her a fine role model for emerging artists.
Suong V. Hoa
Suong V. Hoa, who was also recently appointed Concordia University Chair
in Materials in Composites, has extensive expertise in testing, design,
evaluation and manufacturing processes of composite materials and structures
One of the main thrusts of Dr. Hoas work will be nanotechnology,
leading to the development of nanocomposite materials. Another area of
focus will be the mechanics of textile composites, and determining applications
for these materials.
Dr. Suong V. Hoa came to Concordia in 1977 as an assistant professor in
the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He attained full professor status
in 1986, and led the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1994 to
1999. He has been Director of the Concordia Centre for Composites for
the past seven years.
During his years with the Faculty, he has published three books, more
than 250 articles, and was editor of eight conference proceedings. In
1988, he founded the Canadian Association for Composite Structures and
Materials (CACSMA), and he is editor of the Journal of Science and Engineering
of Composite Materials.
A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the
Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), Dr. Hoa also won CSME
G.H. Medal in Materials in 1996 and the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Award in 1980.
He has supervised 35 Masters and PhD students to completion.
Over the years, Professor Hoa has worked with more than 50 companies in
the field of materials and composites for research grants, contracts,
and consulting activities.
Dr. Hoa has just given a keynote speech at the 2nd Engineering Technologies
and Manufacturing Workshop in Toronto, and will be a speaker at the International
Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2001) in July
in Singapore, at which eight Nobel laureates will give plenary lectures.