by Barbara Black
National Engineering Week was celebrated over two weeks at Concordia,
as the Engineering and Computer Science Students Association (ECA) and
its member associations staged a variety of events, ranging from fierce
but friendly sports contests to a conference with the theme Design for
The conference was called CUSEC, for Canadian Undergraduate Software Engineering
Conference, and was co-sponsored by Microsoft Canada. It coincides with
the graduation this term from Concordia of Quebecs first software
There were four speakers from industry. Among the academic speakers were
Concordias Peter Grogono, who discussed the demands put on teachers
by the rapid evolution of software design, and Ahmed Seffah, on usability
and involving the user early in software development.
Timothy C. Lethbridge, of the University of Ottawa, addressed software
engineering as an emerging branch of engineering. W. Morven Gentleman,
from Dalhousie University, talked about the need for software engineering
to be multidisciplinary.
Jacob Slonim, also from Dalhousie, addressed issues that relate to the
cognitively challenged. Slonim has embarked on a project to add a layer
of computer architecture to increase accessibility, and is working with
Alzheimers patients in his research.
The annual Women in Engineering and Computer Science Conference organized
for young women from Montrealarea high schools was as lively as
ever, and this year students organized a separate tour for Grade 4 students.
The popular Annual Concordia Bridge Building Competition (photo above,
left) attracted 40 teams this year. Displays by the Society of Automotive
Engineers and other student groups filled the atrium of the library complex
and the mezzanine. On March 9, students celebrated the best of academic
and student life with their football tournament, followed by the annual
awards banquet at the Molson Brewery.
Still to come, April 9, the RoboWars robotics competition. The Web
site is http://ieee.concordia.ca/robowars.