by Barbara Black
The Canada Foundation for Innovation announced in July $925,252 in funding
for research infrastructure. The money, part of the CFIs New Opportunities
program, will go to five assistant professors recently arrived at Concordia.
Three of the researchers are in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial
Engineering. Brandon Gordon is working on a distributed computing environment
for real-time simulation of mechanical systems- aerospace and automotive
applications. Ibrahim Hassan is studying novel cooling schemes for the
next generation of aircraft engines and developing micro-scale power devices.
Paula Wood-Adams works on the physics of advanced materials, featured
in CTR last year.
The Department of Exercise Sciences Robert Boushel and Gerald Zavorsky
are working on the regulation of blood flow and oxygen transport during
exercise, and vascular remodeling with training. (See
Paul Hastings, a psychologist associated with the Centre for Research
in Human Development, has a CFI grant to study the physiology and cognition
of affective development, and do integrated studies of adaptive emotional
processes in children.
Aerospace grants to engineers
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has also been awarded
five projects from the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace
in Quebec (CRIAQ), a newly established government-sponsored research organization.
The total funding for the five projects is $1,938,250.
V.S. Hoa was awarded $141,667 for a research project on the design and
manufacture of low-cost composites, in collaboration with Bombardier and
Bell Helicopter, for three years.
Jaroslav Svoboda, an expert in the integration of real-time flight simulation
and computational fluid dynamics, was awarded $125,000 for three years,
plus $37,500 in the fourth year, for a project in collaboration with CAE,
and $58,333 per year for three years for a project in collaboration with
Ion Stiharu was awarded $212,500 per year for three years, plus $63,750
in the fourth year, for a project on the development and integration of
microsystems (MEMS) for jet engine control and monitoring, in collaboration
with Pratt & Whitney and CMC.
Arts and Science research
Psychologist Andreas Arvanitogiannis, who is a member of the Centre for
Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology, was named a Canada Research Chair,
the first Concordia professor to be so honoured.
In addition, the Faculty has appointed three of its members to Concordia
University Research Chairs: Frederick Bird, who is directing a major study
in business ethics around the world; Ann English, whose studies in inorganic
chemistry on oxidative stress in cells may yield clues to the aging process
in humans; and Gilles Peslherbe, the founding director of Concordias
Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling.
Junior Researcher Award in JMSB
The John Molson School of Business has established a Distinguished Junior
Faculty Research Award, to be presented annually at spring convocation.
The award carries a one-year research grant. Candidates must be full-time
tenure-track assistant or associate professors within five years of obtaining