Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.9

January 27, 2005


Research Awards for Rakheja, Boushel


Subhash Rakheja, of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Robert Boushel, of the Department of Exercise Science, are this year’s recipients of the Concordia University Research Awards (URA).

Dr. Rakheja is the recipient of the senior award. Known internationally for his work in ergodynamics, he has had more than 230 papers published and is often cited around the world. His work has received major grants from NSERC, IRSST, the Department of Transport and FQRNT, among others.

He is a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and of American Society of Mechanical engineers. He is currently supervising 18 graduate students.

Robert Boushel will receive the junior, or emerging researcher, award. He began his career at Concordia in July 2000 and has made remarkable progress in his research career.

In 2002, he was awarded a CFI New Opportunities award, a five-year NSERC Discovery Grant, and the FRSQ Quebec Research Scholar Award. In the same year, he was also awarded a Concordia University Junior Research Chair. He has an excellent publication record and has supervised several graduate students.

His research is focused on cardiovascular regulation during exercise. Specific study topics include neural control of cardiac output and muscle blood flow at sea level and at high altitude, and microcirculatory blood flow distribution during exercise.

The University Research Awards were established to recognize and promote research and creative activity at the university.

They provide each honouree with a $5,000 grant and the title of Concordia University Research Fellow for one year.

As part of their duties, each will give a public lecture during his fellowship, at a date to be determined.