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  October 10, 2002 Of Note



Photo by Barry McGee

ENCS honours top students

On March 28, the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science held the First Annual Engineering and Computer Science Excellence Awards Night at the Centre Mont-Royal.

It was a resounding success, as family, friends, faculty members and support staff recognized the academic accomplishments of 145 outstanding students who attained the 2001-02 Dean’s List. Cash prizes in the amounts of $1,000, $500 and $250 were awarded to the top 51 achievers.

In the photo at left, Dean Nabil Esmail presents a $1,000 prize to Vicki Dumas, a graduate of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.


Chris Jackson's term extended

The university’s board of governors has extended the term of Dean of Fine Arts Christopher Jackson to May 31, 2005.

The one-year extension was made at the request of several departmental chairs to assure continuity of major projects and issues during the search period and the introduction of a new provost.

At the same board meeting, on March 19, an advisory search committee for provost was approved.

Provost Jack Lightstone’s final term wil end on May 31 of next year.


Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Garnet Key's diplomatic incident

The Garnet Key are students who act as ambassadors for special events and visits to the university. They held a celebratory dinner on April 4, and turned over from the 45th to the 46th Key with pomp and circumstance, as you can see. In the photo are the outgoing group.

In the photo, from left to right in the top row: Samantha Goldwater-Adler, Faraz Kazmi, Ligeo Kattackal (vice-president), Nicolas Thai Hoa Dang (treasurer), Jeremy Levy (president) and Eric Bélanger. In the bottom row: Ann-Marie Dancause, Onye Nnorom, Pina Frangella (secretary) and Simon Charbonneau. Hoisted is Stefano DaFre, advisor to the 45th GK. He, Kattackal and Levy were presented with awards for their service to the group.


New additions to ENCS

Welcome to these tenure-track faculty members, who joined the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science recently.

Aishy Amer (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received her PhD in telecommunications (image processing) in 2001 from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

She hails from Germany, where she completed a master’s in computer engineering and taught from 1995 to 1997. Her research objective is to develop automated real-time complete video-processing systems that extract and analyze video contents.

Mamoun Medraj (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) obtained his PhD in metals and materials engineering at McGill University in 2001. He got his master’s in design and manufacturing at the University of Jordan in 1996, and his BEng in mechanical at Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1994.

His primary research goal is to apply an integrated approach to the development, synthesis, manufacure, characterization and testing of advanced materials with improved and novel mechanical, thermal and electrical properties.



Photo by Sharon Bishin

Celebrating the investment: co-operative education

Celebrating the investment: Over the last 20 years, Concordia University’s Institute for Co-operative Education has grown from three programs in one faculty to 21 programs in four faculties.

At the end of March, the Institute hosted its first “co-op breakfast” as part of National Co-op Week. Nearly 60 students, academics, and current and potential employers gathered at the Maritime Plaza Hotel. The event provided important networking opportunities as well as allowing the Co-op Institute to thank employers for their continued support.

Rector Frederick Lowy spoke about the benefits of co-operative (work-study) education, as did a number of employers and students. Pictured here (left to right): Christine Webb, director of the Institute for Co-operative Education; Dr. Lowy; Jean R. Fabi, president of Flexgroup International; Véronique Paulet, vice-president of operations, ZeroKnowledge, and Petra Maria Alves, a second-year marketing co-op student.

Hire a student this summer

Bright, talented Concordia students are available this summer to fill your summer vacation staffing requirements or give you a hand on special projects.

We will post the jobs and forward you the CVs. We can also supply interview rooms.

Visit www.co-op.concordia.ca for more details.


Fishy business inspires braided rugs

Intertwine, an installation made by eight fine arts fibres students as part of the recent Art Matters festival. The students went to Lake Memphramagog for inspiration, and used the traditional craft of braiding rugs to come up with whimsical ice-fishing hole-warmers.

They offered their creations to local fishermen out on the ice, but they were turned down, so they connected them in a “braided landscape” that was displayed in the student gallery.

-Craig Stein