Her colleagues and students in the Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering were shocked to hear of the death on January
22, from cancer, of Professor Eliza Haseganu, at the age of 62.
Educated in Romania, she had nearly finished her doctoral work when the
political situation forced her to emigrate, and she had to begin her PhD
all over again. She came to Concordia in August 1994 as an Assistant Professor
from the University of Calgary, where she did her PhD.
Dr. Haseganu was a meticulous and loving teacher, and the faculty advisor
for many years to the Concordia students branch of the Canadian
Society of Mechanical Engineers. She took great pleasure in the annual
presentation of the CSME gold medal to a deserving student in the department.
She was the recipient of the coveted Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2000, the Concordia Council on Student
Life Teaching Excellence Award in 1998, and a Department of Mechanical
Engineering Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in Excellence
At the time of her death, she was on sabbatical, and had made several
trips to Russia and the U.S. as part of her work. Our sincere sympathy
is extended to Dr. Haseganus husband, Vasile Zamfirescu. Her funeral
was held in Montreal on January 31.
A memorial ceremony has been organized by the department, and will be
held tomorrow, February 8, in the DeSève Cinema, in the J.W. McConnell
Building on the SGW campus, beginning at 10:30 a.m.