|Faculty of Arts and Science|
|Dr. Shimon Amir||Department of Psychology|
|Dr. Yogendra Chaubey||Department of Mathematics and Statistics|
|Dr. Michel Despland||Department of Religion|
|Dr. John Harnad||Department of Mathematics and Statistics|
|Dr. Peter Shizgal||Department of Psychology|
|Dr. Sherry Simon||Département d’études françaises|
|Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science|
|Dr. M. Omair Ahmad||Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Dr. Sabah Alkass||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Prabir Bhattacharya||Department of Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering|
|Dr. Vasek Chvatal||Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering|
|Dr. Maria Elektorowicz||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Nabil Esmail||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. Paul Fazio||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Fariborz Haghighat||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Adel Hanna||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Suong Van Hoa||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. John McKay||Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Science and Software Engineering|
|Dr. Osama Moselhi||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Hany Moustapha||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. Muthukumaran Packirisamy||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. Marius Paraschivoiu||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. Subhash Rakheja||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. Venkatanarayana Ramachandran||Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Dr. Amruthur S. Ramamurthy||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Theodore Stathopoulos||Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering|
|Dr. Ion Stiharu||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Dr. Ching Y. Suen||Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering|
|Dr. M. N. S. Swamy||Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Dr. Georgios Vatistas||Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering|
|Faculty of Fine Arts|
|Prof. Raymonde April||Department of Studio Arts|
|Dr. François-Marc Gagnon||Department of Art History|
|Prof. Françoise Sullivan||Department of Studio Arts (Painting and Drawing)|
|John Molson School of Business|
|Dr. Arshad Ahmad||Department of Finance|
|Dr. Michel Laroche||Department of Marketing|
|Dr. Stylianos Perrakis||Department of Finance|
|Prof. Mahesh C. Sharma||Department of Decision Sciences and M.I.S.|
Dr. Amir received his MA in Clinical and Physiological Psychology in 1973 from Tel Aviv University and his PhD in Psychobiology in 1977 from McGill University. He was hired in the Department of Psychology as Associate Professor in 1987 after serving as Research Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science from 1979 to 1987. Dr. Amir was promoted to Professor in 1991 and in 2001 he was appointed Senior Concordia Research Chair. Dr. Amir has published over 150 scientific articles and book chapters and has presented numerous papers at international conferences. His research interests are in the area of biological rhythms and the brain mechanisms that regulate them. His work is currently funded by operating grants from NSERC and CIHR. Dr. Amir teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises the research of MA and PhD students from the departments of Psychology and Biology. In 2008, Dr. Amir was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science.
Dr. Chaubey was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1979. Prior to joining Concordia University, Dr. Chaubey served as Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. After earning a Masters (M. Stat.) from the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute in 1972, he joined the Department of Statistics and Operations at the University of Rochester in USA, where he was awarded his PhD (1977). He is a prolific researcher in the field of Statistical Methodology and has published more than 100 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has continued support for his research through NSERC, Bell Labs, MITACS and Concordia University.
Dr. Chaubey has supervised more than 30 Masters and PhD theses and continues to be very active professionally. He has held positions such as the President of the Statistical Society of Montreal (2000-2001), Member on the Committee on Career Development of the American Statistical Association (2005-2007) and member of the local organizing committee of the International Biometric Conference held in Montreal (2006). He has served as a Vice-President on an international society called Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics since 2005 and as Associate Editor on several Statistical journals (Statistical Methodology since 2003; Annales des sciences mathématiques du Québec since 2001; Journal of Statistical Research since 2002; Aligarh Journal of Statistics since 2002). He was also elected as a member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) in 2005. It is to be noted that the elected members of ISI are ‘elected by virtue of their distinguished contributions to the development or application of statistical methods, or to the administration of statistical services, or the development and improvement of statistical education.
Educated at the Universities of Lausanne and Edinburgh, Michel Despland got his ThD from Harvard University in 1966. He started teaching at Sir George Williams University in 1967. Dr. Despland was promoted to Professor in 1974. He is the author of 14 books and many articles. He has been the editor of international journals. In 1990, he obtained a Killam Fellowship and in 1997 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Harnad completed an honours degree in Physics at McGill University and then went to Oxford University, where he completed a DPhil in Theoretical Physics in 1972. From 1976 to 1984 he was a Research Associate at the Centre de recherches mathématiques. From 1984-5 he was Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in 1985-6, was named Associate Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. In 1986, he returned to Montreal, as Associate Professor at the École Polytechnique and, in 1989, accepted a position at Concordia as Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He also renewed his association with the CRM, where he has served as member of the Scientific Council (1993-96) and Deputy Director (2002). Since 2005, he has been Director of the CRM Mathematical Physics group and recently was named member of the CRM Governing Council. He is also currently Chair of the Scientific Committee responsible for the CRM 2008-9 Thematic Program on Probabilistic Methods in Mathematical Physics.
His research concerns a number of interrelated areas of mathematical physics; especially, the classical and quantum theory of integrable systems, classical and quantum gauge field theory and the spectral theory of random matrices. He has authored over 130 publications, including 70 articles in refereed journals, 40 in refereed conference proceedings and 15 books edited and book chapters. According to the 2008 UK ISI Web of Science index, his work has received over 1000 citations in the published literature since 1981. His current work mainly concerns the adaptation of methods from the theory of integrable systems to the study of random processes. In 2006, he was awarded the CAP (Canadian Association of Physicists ) - CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics "For his deep and lasting contributions to the theory of integrable systems with connections to gauge theory, inverse scattering and random matrices". He also was awarded the first Faculty of Arts and Science Dean's Award for Distinguished Scholarship. He has supervised eight doctoral students and fourteen postdoctoral fellows, most of whom have subsequently moved on to successful academic careers of their own.
Dr. Shizgal was an undergraduate student at McGill University and earned a BA in Honours Psychology Program in 197 1. He was awarded a PhD in Psychology in 1975 and joined the faculty of Concordia University where he was promoted to Professor in 1985. In 1981-82, he was a visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, State University of New York at Stony Brook, and in 2000, he spent a sabbatical leave at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Harvard I MIT). He served as Director of the Center for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology from 1997-2003 and has been a member of grant-review committees at the federal and provincial levels. Dr. Shizgal studies the neural basis of decision-making and reward, both in laboratory animals and in humans. Together with his students and co-investigators, he has published his research on rewarding electrical brain stimulation in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals. Dr. Shizgal has also contributed invited reviews and -chapters on reward and motivation to scholarly journals and books. Dr. Shizgal has won the NutraSweet Prize for research in feeding and nutrition and was awarded the John W O'Brien Distinguished Teaching Award at Concordia. A fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, he holds a Concordia University Senior Research Chair.
Dr. Simon earned her PhD from the Université de Montréal in 1979. Her primary expertise is in the field of translation and literature, and is built on a broad understanding of questions of cultural identity. She is Professor in the Département d'Études françaises and held a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Translation and Cultural History at Glendon College, York University, in 2005. She has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research, was co-editor of the Quebec cultural review Spirale for ten years and directed the interdisciplinary PhD in Humanities program at Concordia from 1995-2000. Her publications include Fictions de l'identitaire au Québec, [in collaboration], (XYZ, 1989); Le Trafic des langues. Traduction et culture dans la littérature québecoise, (Bordal, 1994); Gender in Translation. Cultural Identity and the Politics of Transmission, (Routledge, 1996), and she also edited Culture in Transit. Translating the Literature of Quebec, (Véhicule, 1995). She is co-editor with Paul St-Pierre of Changing the Terms: Translating in the Postcolonial Era, (Ottawa University Press, 2000). In 2006, her book, Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City, (McGill-Queen's University Press) was shortlisted for the Raymond Klibansky Prize, Canadian Federation for the Humanities. In 2008, Dr. Simon was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Humanities and in March 2009, Dr. Simon was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship.
Dr. Ahmad received his PhD in 1978 from Concordia University. He has been teaching at Concordia for over 30 years. He was Chairman of the Department of ECE from 2002-2005. He currently holds a Tier I Concordia University Research Chair in the area of multimedia signal processing. Dr. Ahmad was an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS PART I: FUNDAMENTAL THEORY AND APPLICATIONS from June 1999 to December 2001. He was the Local Arrangements Chairman of the 1984 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. During 1988, he was a member of the Admission and Advancement Committee of the IEEE. He has also served as the Program Co-Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks and Signal Processing in 1995 and 2003 and IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in 2004. He was the General Co-Chair of IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks and Signal Processing in 2008. Presently, he is the Chairman of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Chapter (Montreal Section). He is a recipient of the Wighton Fellowship from the Sandford Fleming Foundation. He is a recipient of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Award for Excellence in Doctoral Guidance. He received the Constantin Budeanu Prize from the Romanian Academy for his work in the paper entitled, “Systolic Algorithms and a Memory-Based Design Approach for a Unified Architecture for the Computation of DCT/DST/IDCT/IDST,” and published in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – Part I, vol. 52, June 2005, pp. 1125-1137, co-authored by him and M.N.S. Swamy, Doru-Florin Chiper, and Thanos Stouraitis. He was elected Fellow of IEEE in 2001, for his contributions to the design and implementation of digital signal processing algorithms.
Dr. Sabah Alkass has been involved in both the teaching of and research into the area of Construction Engineering and Management at Concordia University since 1989. He has thirty years of industry experience, principally in construction projects and claims and disputes. He is also an active project management consultant for both public and private sector organizations in Canada and overseas and has provided extensive project management training to many Canadian and international companies. His main research interest is the application of Information Technology (IT) in construction. This includes developing computer integrated systems for the industry in areas such as Claims and delay analysis, estimating, equipment management, life cycle analysis, civil infrastructure management and lifecycle costing. He has published extensively in scientific journals and conferences proceedings. Dr. Alkass has supervised and co-supervised more than 50 MEng, Masters and Ph.D. students. He has published extensively in scientific journals and conferences proceedings. Dr. Alkass is a Professional Engineer (PEng) and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE). Dr. Alkass was the recipient of the 2007 Walter Shanly Award, presented annually by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) for the outstanding contributions to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada.
Dr. Prabir Bhattacharya received his undergraduate education at the University of Delhi, India and his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford, UK – all in mathematics. During 1986-99, he served at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Computer Science and Engineering in USA, joining as an Associate Professor and then was a Full Professor during 1994-99. During 1999-2004 he served as a Principal Scientist and a Project Leader at the Panasonic Information Technologies Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He is currently serving as a Full Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada where he holds a Canada Research Chair, Tier 1, in Information Systems Engineering. His research interests cover a number of areas including computer vision and image processing applications, computer security, mobile networks, and biometrics. He has been doing an extensive collaboration on the early diagnosis of ovarian cancer using machine learning techniques, along with a team of gynecologists from the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Bhattacharya is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and also a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He holds 4 US Patents, 7 Japanese Patents, and has co-authored over 235 publications including about 100 journal papers, and three books. In 2008, he received an Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. His recent work with his graduate student on human emotion analysis by computers has received a worldwide media attention - it has been reported in over 30 newspapers, scientific and popular magazines.
Dr. Chvatal is a full professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Combinatorial Optimization. Dr. Chvatal completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Subsequently he took positions at McGill, l’Université de Montreal, Stanford and Rutgers. In 1988, while at Rutgers, Dr. Chvatal won the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished Senior Scientist Award. In 2000, he won the Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize for Excellence in Computational Mathematical Programming and annual best-paper award from the Mathematical Programming Society. His book on Linear programming published by W.H. Freeman is still one of the most popular textbooks on the subject. In 2007, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences awarded its Frederick W. Lanchester Prize — given each year — to the book “The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Computational Study” published by Princeton University Press in 2006.
Dr. Maria Elektorowicz graduated from the Warsaw Institute of Technology (Poland). Before joining Concordia University, she worked at McGill University, the University of Constantina (Algeria), and the Institute of Air and Water Resource Management in Poland. She is the Past Chair of the CSCE Environmental Engineering Division, and Past President of RESOL (Inter-university network of researchers working on soil contamination in Quebec). She is a recipient of several national and international awards and recognitions including: the Medal of Merit for outstanding achievements in environmental protection and water pollution control (Minister of the Environment and Water Resources) Poland (2008); the AQUARINA, Award attributed for outstanding achievements in the domain of Environmental Engineering, PZITS, Seen Technology, Poland (2006). She was elected Fellow of the CSCE in recognition for the excellence in engineering and for services rendered to the profession and to Canada (Fourth woman elected in 150 year history of this organization), Canada (2003).Dr Elektorowicz’s research interest is related to residual materials’ sustainable management, including fuel recovery, as well as soil remediation, wastewater, and water treatment. She has a number of registered innovations and patents in these domains.
Dr. Nabil Esmail served as Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University from 1997 to 2008. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. He chaired the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science in 2004, NSERC Discovery Grants Selection Committee 1998, and the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. He is member of NSERC Panel for Chairs of Design in Engineering, the Board of the World Congress on Chemical Engineering 2009, and the Final Promotions Committee of the Royal Military College. He has been a member of Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec, Board of Directors of the International Institute for Telecommunications and Canadian Engineering Accreditation Visiting Teams. Nabil Esmail is internationally known for his extensive research work in dynamics of thin liquid layers, coating technology, Pulp and Paper and rheology. He is credited for 138 scientific publications and three books. He has received NSERC 25 years of Excellence Award, Certificate of the House of Commons for Outstanding Academic and Professional Achievements and India-Burma-Petroleum Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Nabil Esmail received his doctorate degree in Physical and Mathematical Sciences and his combined Masters and Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from Moscow State University of the Russian Federation. His academic career includes 20 years at the University of Saskatchewan where he chaired the Department of Chemical Engineering for twelve years, and four years at the University of Toronto as a Research Associate.
Dr. Paul Fazio is a civil engineer who established building engineering as an academic field in Canada. Founder of the Centre for Building Studies and professor at Concordia University, he led the Centre for more than two decades, solidifying its reputation as an institute offering unique teaching and research programs. He served on various boards and councils of government and industry organizations and established new initiatives to transfer technologies to the building industry, some of which changed how building envelopes are designed and others are now being used to operate and maintain over 4,000 buildings in Quebec. He is a recipient of the Galbraith Prize and Gzowski Medals for research. He was named fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers, of the American Society for Civil Engineers, and of the Engineering Institute of Canada. In 2007 he was inducted into the Order of Canada for life-long contributions to engineering education and research.
Dr. Haghighat is a full professor and Concordia Research Chair in Energy and Environment in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Haghighat's current research focuses on the fundamentals of heat and mass transport and their applications in building and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems as well as the development of novel computational techniques for building thermal, airflow, and air quality analysis. Dr. Haghighat is the associate editor of the international journal of Human – Environment System and a member of the Editor Board of the international journal of Ventilation and the international journal of Building and Environment. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and a member of the international academy of indoor air science; the most prestigious scientific organization in this field. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, over 120 conference and workshop proceedings and dozen invited lectures over 4 continents including keynote lectures. Dr. Haghighat participated in research organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 20 on “Air Flow Patterns with Buildings” (1989 to 1992), Annex 23 “Multizone Airflow Modelling” (92-96), Annex 35 “Control Strategies for Hybrid Ventilation in New and Retrofitted Office Buildings” (1998-2002), and IEA Annex 44 on “Integrating Environmentally Responsive Elements in Buildings” (2004-2009). In his career, he was a Visiting Professor at La Rochelle University-France and a Visiting Professor at the Tohoku University-Japan. In addition, he has co-supervised Ph.D. students from McGill University and Laval University.
Dr. Hanna has been an active member of Concordia for over 30 years, on both local and international arenas. At Concordia, he has introduced and developed the fields of Geotechnical engineering and the foundation engineering at the graduate levels, developed a unique research laboratory for testing foundations. He has completed the supervisions of over 100 Master and Ph.D. students, who are currently holding vital academic and industrial positions in Canada and around the world. Dr. Hanna is a Fellow of the America Society of Civil Engineers, which is regarded as the most prestigious engineering society around the world. He is also a member of the “International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering” and the “International Society for Housing Science”, he is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of housing science. Dr. Hanna has served the United Nation as a consultant to third world countries and delivered keynote speeches in international conferences and symposiums. He has published over 150 technical articles in journals and conferences, which were cited in several technical Articles around the world. His work on shallow foundations on layered soils and pile foundations are listed on textbooks and design manuals. He has participated in the development of the “Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual”, the “Transmission Structure Foundation Design Standards” of the American Society of Civil Engineering and co-chaired a subcommittee, of the ASCE “Shallow Foundation Committee” with task force to develop the “Manual of Practice for Site Investigation” for the design and construction of shallow foundations.
Dr. Suong Van Hoa received his PhD from the University of Toronto. He specializes in the area of Composite materials and structures and has been working on this area since 1979. He has written more than 400 technical publications in journals and conference proceedings. He has received the following recognitions: SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Ralph R. Teetor award for significant contributions to teaching, research and student development, 1980; Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1996; Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, 1997; Recipient of the G.H. Duggan medal, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, 1996; Concordia University Research Fellow, 2001; Concordia University Chair in Materials and Composites, Tier I, 2001-2008 and 2008-2015; Recipient of the NSERC Synergy award for innovation, October 2006; Recipient of the Association des Directeurs de Recherche Industrielle du Quebec (ADRIQ), November 2006; Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada, 2007; Recipient of the Nano Academia award, Nanoquebec, 2008; Research Fellow of Pratt & Whitney Canada Ltd., 2008; President of the Canadian Association for Composite Structures and Materials, 1999-2009.
In 1971, Dr. McKay earned his PhD in Computer Science from Edinburgh University. Supervised by Turing's successor, (and teaching an eventual Turing award winner), he was a pioneer in the use of computers to study symmetry in pure mathematics, specifically finite groups. Initially he worked on the symmetric group, and then in general ones. He is known world-wide for his conjectures and observations that have been initial steps in wide investigations. He has a "McKay conjecture" identifying character degrees prime to p in any finite group and its Sylow p-normalizer. This was made nearly forty years ago and remains unresolved. His correspondence between G < SU2 and the A-D-E family of Lie data is being generalized by hundreds of mathematicians. He is known world-wide for his enigmatic 196884 = 1 + 196883 in which the left side is a Fourier coefficient of a classical number theoretic function, known in the 19th century, and the right side are the dimensions of a group, M, called the monster of size about 10000...000 with 54 zeros; this is astounding since neither area of mathematics was known to be connected to the other. This thirty year old observation remains a fertile area for research. For his work he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2000. In 2003, he was also awarded the premier Canadian mathematics award, the CRM/Fields Prize.
Dr. Moselhi served for two consecutive terms as the first Chair of the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering; integrating the then Civil Engineering Department and the Centre for Building Studies. He also served as Executive Advisor to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in graduate studies and research and in planning and appraisal of graduate programs. He led major efforts for reengineering the undergraduate curricula in Building and Civil engineering at the department level and for reengineering the graduate curricula across the Faculty. As well, he played an active role from inception to completion of the new Engineering and Visual Arts complex. Since joining Concordia in 1985, after a decade of industry experience in design and construction of buildings, bridges, harbours and nuclear power plants, Dr. Moselhi supervised over 50 Masters and Ph.D. graduates, authored and co-authored over 250 scientific publications and obtained over $20million of individual and team grants. He is recipient of numerous honors and awards; including the prestigious Walter Shanly Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the development and practice of construction engineering in Canada”, and the Gzowski Gold Medal of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and twice the annual Faculty Advisors Award of the Project Management Institute. His work over 6 years at the national level on the development of a series of best practices for sustainable municipal infrastructure systems won him the recognition of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure. Dr. Moselhi served as international consultant on academic affairs and on construction projects in Canada, USA, and the Middle East. He visited, and lectured at number of universities including Loughbrough, Reading, and Nottingham in the U.K., Cairo and AUC in Egypt, Al-Ain in UAE, and Melbourne University in Australia. His research interest encompasses planning, procurement, resource allocation, tracking and control of construction projects, with a focus on risk management, productivity analysis, management of construction claims and development of decision support systems embracing information technology, remote sensing, web-enabling and spatial technologies.
Dr. Hany Moustapha is a Senior Fellow and Manager at Pratt & Whitney Canada Technology Programs. He received his B.Sc. Cairo University (1970), MEng. & Ph.D. McMaster University, Canada (1978). He was the founder and Director, Concordia-CIADI (2000-2008). He joined Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) in 1978 and was promoted to Chief Turbine Aerodynamics in 1992, Manager, Turbine Technology Center in 1995 and Senior Manager, P&WC Technology Office in 1999. He is the co-founder (2002) and honorary member, Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en aérospatiale au Québec (CRIAQ). Vice Chairman, CRIAQ (2002-2006). He is the President, Montreal Aerospace Institute (MAI): Concordia Institute for Design Innovation (CIADI), École de technologie supérieure (ICIA) and Polytechnique (IICAP) Aerospace Institutes. He is an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at Concordia, Carleton and École de technologie supérieure. He is the Canadian member on NATO Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel and the Vice President, International Society of Air Breathing Engines (ISABE) He was the recipient of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) Senior 2008 Awards, ADRIQ Prix Carrière industrielle 2007, Palais des congrès/ Montreal club des ambassadeurs 2006 award, Ryerson University 2005 Honorary Doctorate, Concordia University 2002 Teaching Excellence Award, Canadian House of Commons 2001 Award for Outstanding Academic and Professional Achievements, P&WC 1999 Principal Award, UTC 1989 Special Presidential Award and P&WC 1981 Value Control Award. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).
Dr. Muthukumaran Packirisamy is an Associate Professor and Concordia Research Chair Tier II on Optical BioMEMS in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Canada. He is the recipient of I.W.Smith award from Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Best Researcher of Department in 2006, Concordia University Research Fellow in 2007, Petro Canada Young Innovator Award in 2007 and ENCS Faculty Young Research Achievement Award Tier I for 2008. His research interests include Optical BioMEMS, MEMS for power applications, Microphotonics, Integration of Microsystems and Micro-Nano integration. Before joining Concordia in 2002, he obtained his Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2000. He received his Masters degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras, India. After Ph.D., Dr. Packirisamy worked for Mitel Semiconductor and Optenia Inc. for more than two years in the design and development of Photonics MEMS devices in Ottawa, Canada. An author of more than 180 articles published in journals and conference proceedings, he has supervised 25 theses, both PhD and Masters. He is presently supervising 7 PhD, 5 Masters and one Research Associate. He has four patents in the area of Microsystems. He is a Fellow and member of Canadian society for Mechanical Engineering, member of SPIE and American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Dr. Paraschivoiu has been an Associate Professor at Concordia University in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering since 2003. Formerly, he was an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto where he still holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position. Prof. Paraschivoiu has received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his M.A.Sc. and B.Eng. from École Polytechnique de Montréal. His research is focused on developing algorithm for more accurate simulations in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with application to wind energy, compressed hydrogen storage and aerodynamics. He has published 26 journal papers which up to date have been cited more than 200 times. In 2008, he became the President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and Director of Concordia Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI).
Dr. Subhash Rakheja received a PhD (1984) in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University. He joined the National Research Council soon after graduation and the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia in 1985 as a Research Assistant Professor. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1994. He was awarded a research chair in Vehicular Ergodynamics by Concordia University in 2001. He was also honored with the title of the University Research Fellow in 2005. His research expertise includes advanced transportation systems and highway safety, human responses to workplace vibration and driver-vehicle interactions. Dr. Rakheja is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He continues to serve in the editorial boards of a number of reputed journals, and the Canadian Advisory Council on International Standards. He has served as a guest editor for a number of issues of the international journals in transport systems and industrial ergonomics. He has supervised over 50 graduate dissertations to completion and continues to supervise 15 graduate students’ research. He has authored/co-authored more than 300 articles published in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Some of his recent research works have received the Alice Hamilton Award (2004) from Center for Disease Control (USA) and Liberty Mutual Award (2005). He has worked with many well-known research and academic institutions in Canada, USA, Mexico, China and India. He has been the recipient of research fellowships from National Academics (USA), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (USA), Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA).
Dr. Venkatanarayana Ramachandran received the B.Sc. degree from University of Mysore, and the B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is currently a Professor at Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. He was the first Graduate Program Director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and held that position for about fifteen years. He has authored a large number of research papers and has also presented a large number of papers in International Conferences. He is a coauthor of the research monograph entitled “Some Aspects of the Relative Efficiencies of Indian Languages – A Study from Information Theory Point of View”. He has also coauthored text books and course notes for various courses.
Dr. Ramachandran is the recipient of a number of Teaching Excellence Awards. He was elected Fellow of IEEE in 1989 and also received the Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from IEEE, Canada in 2002. He has also received two awards from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is the recipient of Myril B.Reed Best Paper Award for the paper in the Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems in 1984. He is Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada; Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India; Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India; Fellow of Acoustical Society of India; and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, England.
Dr. A.S. Ramamurthy obtained the M.Sc. Engg degree in Hydraulics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1960. He got the Ph.D. degree in Fluid Mechanics from Purdue University in 1966. He served the Indian Institute of Science as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering during 1966-1968. Later, he joined Purdue University as a [1968-1970]. In 1970, he became an Assistant Professor at Concordia University. Since 1975, he is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Concordia University and is associated with the research areas of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering. His research interests are related to Fluid Mechanics and Environmental Engineering. He has taught 40 courses in Civil engineering and Mathematics at both undergraduate and graduate level.
He has completed the supervision of 64 graduate research students including 14 doctoral students. He has published 90 journal publications including 58 publications in ASME and ASCE journals. He is a member of the appraisal committee for Civil Engineering graduate studies at Windsor University. He is a Fellow of ASME, ASCE and CSCE. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr. Stathopoulos received his Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and both his M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He is a specialist in the area of wind engineering and building aerodynamics including natural ventilation. He has published more than 350 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Stathopoulos has participated actively in numerous external bodies including the ASCE Standards Committee of Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures. He has been elected as Americas’ Regional Representative in the General Assembly and the Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering - IAWE for two consecutive terms (2003-11). He has been elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Wind Engineering - AAWE (2003-07). He received the Best Paper Award for the paper entitled /"Wind Tunnel Studies of Buildings and Structures"/ published in the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering in 1996. He has been honored by the American Association for Wind Engineering and he received the 1997 Engineering Award of the National Hurricane Conference. In 2006 he received the ASCE Outstanding Professional Service Award in recognition of distinguished service related to the mission of the ASCE Aerospace Division. In 2009 he received the Jack E. Cermak Award in recognition of his achievements as an outstanding teacher and researcher in wind engineering. Dr. Stathopoulos is a professional engineer registered in Québec, Ontario and in Greece; he is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and also Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the Editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics (since May 2005) and member of Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering and Wind and Structures.
Dr. Ion Stiharu obtained his Dipl. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1979 and 1989, respectively. He has made enormous contributions to engineering education and research in the areas of MEMS and Microsystems over his career. He has consistently emphasized innovations in the area with highly practical applications through work with a number of industries and participations in the NATO technical committees in the subject of aerospace and turbine engines. Some examples of his innovations include the design of micro sensors for high temperature applications, micro-devices and methods for efficient and reliable detections of cancer cells, and shock loads transmitted through the landing gear. He is a prolific author as evident from his impressive number of publications in the domain. He is known to be a receptive and committed mechanical engineering educator, dedicated to better understand and use the engineering knowledge in design and development of new products. He has developed and taught a wide spectrum of courses, ranging from engineering design, tribology to MEMS. He is one of the founders of ASME Quebec section. He has actively contributed to the ASME activities in his region and he has been a trainer’s trainer for the Region 1. He has been a co-organizer of the ASME conferences. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and a Professional Engineer.
Dr. Suen is the Director of CENPARMI, Centre for Pattern Recognition & Machine Intelligence, at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. Currently, he holds the distinguished Concordia Research Chair position in Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition. He received his B.Sc. (in 1966) and M.Sc. (in 1968) from the University of Hong Kong, and another M.Sc. (in 1970) and Ph.D. (in 1972) from the University of British Columbia (Canada). In 1972, he joined the Department of Computer Science at Concordia University where he became a Professor in 1979 and served as Chairman from 1980 to 1984, and as Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science from 1993 until 1997. He has guided/hosted 70 visiting scientists and professors, and has supervised 65 doctoral and master's graduates. Dr. Suen is involved in many professional activities. He is a member of the Advisory Board for IAPR, and a member of the Advisory Committee for ICPR (2008 and 2012 conferences). He is a fellow of the IEEE, IAPR, and the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, and he has served several professional societies as President, Vice-President, or Governor. He is also the Founder and Chair of several conference series, including ICDAR, ICFHR (formerly known as IWFHR), and VI. He was the General Chair of numerous international conferences, including the International Conference on Computer Processing of Chinese and Oriental Languages, held in August 1988, in Toronto; the International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, held in April 1990 (formerly IWFHR) and August 2008, in Montreal; the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition, held in August 1995, in Montreal; and the International Conference on Pattern Recognition, held in August 2002, in Quebec City. Dr. Suen is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including: the ITAC/NSERC National Award from the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in 1992; the Concordia "Research Fellow" award in 1998; the IAPR ICDAR Award in 2005; and the recent ENCS Lifetime Awards in 2008.
Dr. M. N. S. Swamy received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Mathematics from Mysore University, India, in 1954, the Diploma in electrical communication engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 1957, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1960 and 1963, respectively. In August 2001, he was awarded a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degree in engineering by Ansted University “in recognition of his exemplary contributions to the research in Electrical and Computer Engineering and to Engineering Education, as well as his dedication to the promotion of Signal Processing and Communications Applications.” He is presently a Research Professor and the Director of the Center for Signal Processing and Communications, at Concordia, where he served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from1970 to 1977, and Dean of Engineering and Computer Science from 1977 to 1993, during which time he developed the Faculty from what was primarily an undergraduate one into a research-oriented Faculty. Since July 2001, he has held the Concordia Chair (Tier I) in Signal Processing. He has also taught in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and the University of Calgary, Calgary, as well as in the Department of Mathematics, University of Saskatchewan. He has published extensively in the areas of circuits, systems and signal processing, and holds five patents. He is the coauthor of three book chapters and four books, one of which has been translated into Russian and Chinese. He was a founding member of Micronet from its inception in 1999 as a Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence until its expiration in 2004, and also its coordinator for Concordia University. Dr. Swamy is a Fellow of a number of professional societies, including the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (N.Y.), Institute of Electrical Engineers (U.K.), the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Institution of Engineers (India), and the Institution of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers (India). He is the first Canadian to have served as the President of the Circuits and Systems Society of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in its 50 years history. He has also served IEEE in various capacities including Vice President (Publications) during 2000-2002, Vice-President in 1976, and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS-I from 1999 to 2001. He is the recipient of many IEEE-CAS Society awards, including the Education Award in 2000, Golden Jubilee Medal in 2000, and the 1986 Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award. Recently, Concordia University instituted the “M.N.S. Swamy” Chair in Electrical Engineering in recognition of his contributions to research. In May 2009, he was recognized by the National Chiao Tung University of Taiwan as an Honorary Professor.
Dr. Vatistas obtained his Ph.D. from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Concordia University, in 1984. He obtained his M.Eng. from Concordia in 1980; B. Eng. (Mechanical), in 1978. He joined the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department as Assistant Professor in 1985, was promoted to Associate professor in 1989 and full Professor in 1994. He held the positions of Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science in 1995-98 and then again in 2001-2004, and Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in 1992-95. Dr. Vatistas was chosen as one of the top 10 scientists in Quebec in 2009 and was awarded the University Research Award for 2008-09.
Dr. G.H. Vatistas began his academic career in 1985 and has contributed to a variety of subjects on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics such as: the behavior of liquids in zero gravity, the dynamics of liquid sloshing, and fluid Mechanics of human physiology. The central theme of his research activities however has been concentrated in vortex dynamics. Both the fundamental aspects of the discipline, where new knowledge is generated, and industrial applications where new findings are put into use to improve designs have been considered. There are two most significant of his contributions.
The first concerns the historic achievement on the validation of the 125-year old theory on the stability of vortex rings theorized by Nobel Prize winner, J. J. Thomson to support Lord Kelvin’s hypothesis on Vortex Atoms, a Victorian theory of everything (or an early string theory). This contribution being of a very fundamental nature applicable across the spectrum of physics its impact will be felt in the years to come.
The second deals with the derivation of a new mathematical model that accurately predicts strong vortices found in nature and technology without contradiction. The formulation as it is presently known as the ÒVatistas VorticesÓ has already been employed extensively to advance knowledge in several naturally occurring phenomena and to improve technological devices.
Dr. Vatistas’ fascination with the classics since Lyceum has also resulted into two studies: one dealing with the dynamics of Floating body inside whirlpools as described in mythology (Homer’s Odyssey), and in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story (Descent into a Maelström). This work was presented in 2nd World Congress, Ancient Greece and the Modern World, Ancient Olympia, and published in a book by Springer (2008) entitled Science and Technology in Homeric Epics (Chapter 4).
As a photographer and artist, she has been known from the late 70s for her minimalist style inspired by the quotidian, at the junction point of documentary, autobiography and fiction. Her major solo exhibitions include «Voyage dans le monde des choses», organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1986, «Les Fleuves invisibles», produced by the Musée d’art de Joliette in 1997 and circulated in Canada and France until 2000, and “Tout embrasser”, presented at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia University as part of Le Mois de la photo à Montréal 2001. Raymonde April’s works are in leading Canadian museums and many private collections. In November 2003, she received the Prix Paul-Emile Borduas, the highest distinction given by the Government of Quebec to an artist working in the visual arts. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Paul De Hoeck and Norman Walford Artistic achievement award for art photography.
Dr. Gagnon was elected as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999 and received the Le prix Acfas – André-Laurendeau in 2007. Internationally-recognized as an expert in art history, he has influenced an entire generation of historians. A talented teacher, he has inspired many of his students to make art their vocation. His interest in the history of Aboriginal peoples has helped develop an understanding of their cultures. He is the author of books now regarded as authoritative in Canada and abroad.
Born in Montreal, where she received her early training at the École des beaux-arts, Françoise Sullivan is a unique and multi-faceted artist. Well known at the outset as a dancer and choreographer, it has been her work as a painter, sculptor and photographer that has truly marked her long career. She was part of the Automatistes, the avant-garde movement led by Paul Émile Borduas, and was a signatory of the group’s 1948 manifesto, Refus Global. Since then, her work has been seen continuously in solo and group exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (1993) and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2003). She has received the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas (1987) and holds honorary degrees from the Université du Québec à Montréal and York University in Toronto. Françoise Sullivan has been a part-time instructor at Concordia University since 1977, remains in demand as a jury member and lecturer, and is a board member of the Montreal Arts Council. In 2005, she received the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. She lives in Montreal.
Dr. Arshad Ahmad joined the Finance Department in 1982. Dr. Ahmad received an MBA and from McGill University and holds a CGA designation. He was recognized as a distinguished teacher in his Faculty in 1990 and an excellent teacher by the Concordia Council on Student Life. In 1992, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada recognized him as a lifetime 3M Teaching Fellow. He is currently the Coordinator for the 3M teaching fellowships program. Dr. Ahmad has also authored Canadian Financial Management (5th Edition) and other learning material including study guides, case studies, video series, CDROM, and pedagogical devices on the World Wide Web. His research interests are in the areas of cognitive and instructional psychology as well as the design of open-learning environments. He has created and taught the faculty's first web-based undergraduate and graduate course in Personal Finance which has attracted record enrolment. Dr. Ahmad has been invited to lead seminars and workshops at universities and colleges across Canada. He has also worked extensively as a trainer, consultant and seminar leader in both the public and private sectors in the US, Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, China, and Pakistan.
Dr. Michel Laroche joined the John Molson School of Business in 1979 with a PhD from Columbia University in 1974. Since his arrival at Concordia University, Professor Laroche has been actively involved in the training of graduate students including supervision, co-supervision and committee member for fourteen students and twenty nine MSc students from 1980 to present.
Highlights of his research output and significance of results during the 2001 and 2007 period follows: Professor Laroche has received sixteen awards and honors and four external research grants. He has published or achieved publication of fifty-seven refereed journal articles including one Journal of Consumer Research, one Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, one Journal of Retailing, and one Journal of International Business Studies, all A+ journals and many other A and A- journals. He has published or achieved publication of thirty nine refereed proceedings and published eleven books and book chapters. Professor Laroche was awarded the Concordia University Fellowship, the Jacques Rousseau prize of the ACFAS, a doctorate Honoris Causa, elected Fellow of prestigious organizations, such as the Royal Society of Canada, the American Psychological Association, The Society for Marketing Advances, and the Academy of Marketing Science; and he is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Business Research, one of the major international refereed journals, and he has won a number of best paper prizes.
Stylianos Perrakis holds a Diploma in Mechanical-Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the Faculty from the University of Ottawa, where he had been a Full Professor for the last 20 years. He has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the École Supérieure de Commerce of Reims, France, and the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration in Greece. Dr. Perrakis has published widely in Economics, Finance and Management Science over the last 30 years. His articles have appeared in (among others) The American Economic Review, The Review of Economic Studies, The International Economic Review, Management Science, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Business, The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Journal of Futures Markets, The Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, The International Journal of Industrial Organization, and Economic Letters. He is also author of a monograph on Canadian Industrial Organization and co-author of a textbook on Investments. He acts as a referee for over 20 journals and is on the editorial board of Finance, the official publication of the French Finance Association. His latest research interests are option pricing under transaction costs and capital structure in differentiated industries. Dr. Perrakis has been the recipient of various distinctions throughout his career, and is cited in Who's Who in Economics as one among the 50 most frequently cited Canadian economists. More recently, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.
With the Faculty since September 1975, Professor Sharma received his BEng in Mechanical Engineering - India, his Graduate Diploma in Gas Turbine Designs and his MEng in Supersonic Aerodynamics and MBA from McGill University. He has 28 years Industrial Experience in the field of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; a Chief Engineer of a multi-national company for over 5 years; a Chartered Engineer and a registered Professional Engineer.
He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Organization Theory, Engineering Management, Project Management, Finance and Economics for Engineers, Mechanical Engineering Designs, Theory of Machines, Gas Turbines Performance, Structural Designs, Statistics for Business, Mathematical Statistics for Engineers, Applied Engineering Mathematics, Aerodynamics, Project Management, Linear Models, and Numerical Analysis. His research focuses on Project Management, Production Planning, Subsonic and Supersonic Aerodynamics. Professor Sharma is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Canada.