Congratulations to the members of the JMSB team who brought home first over all at the Financial Open at McGill, Feb. 5 to 7. The team scored two gold, one silver and two bronze finishes in individual case disciplines in bringing home their second consecutive Financial Open title, and third in four years.

JMSB students also brought home the title from the fifth annual Organizational Behavior Case Competition at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson, Jan. 29. It was the first time a school from outside Ontario has won the competition.

“Thanks to the teams for all their hard work and amazing sticktoitiveness,” says Mark Haber, JMSB Advisor to the undergraduate competition program.

English professor Jonathan Sachs will be participating in the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship at the University of Bristol, U.K. between March 1 and 5. Sachs, who studies the place of antiquity in the development of literary and political discourse during the 18th century, will be giving a lecture on his current research as well as performing a seminar and two research workshops. Not restricted to any one discipline, the professorship was founded in 1976 from a bequest from the estate of the businessman Benjamin Meaker.

Upon his return, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture will host Sachs to present his book, Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination 1789-1832. March 15 at 4:15 in LB-646.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering professor George Vastistas and his team’s work on vortex patterns was recently featured in the book, Flow: Nature’s Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts (Oxford University Press). “It’s very satisfying to be mentioned along with the renowned Belgian scientist of the 18th century Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau,” said Vatistas.

The masters’ thesis of Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate Javad Lavaei has won the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Master’s Thesis Award 2009-10 for the best thesis of the last three years. The competition includes the some of the best universities in the world, including MIT, Harvard, Yale and McGill. Lavaei was the winner of the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2008 (see Journal, Nov. 20, 2008).

Sergio Lando (left) and Vijeta Patel.  Magnifying glass

Sergio Lando (left) and Vijeta Patel.

The Concordia delegation of 36 students brought back two trophies from the 20th Engineering Games, held in Quebec City Jan. 3 to 7. The debating team of Vijeta Patel and Sergio Lando brought back the first place trophy, while the consulting engineering team of Lando, Christine Kalil, Hao Yin, Francine Nguyen and Jonathan Yu brought home the third place award. Eleven teams from Quebec university engineering schools rallied around the theme of water to present environmentally friendly solutions to real-life industry-based problems.

Addendum to Accolades Jan. 28, 2010: The book, Plan of Chaos, co-edited by retired English professor David Ketterer, is published by Penguin.


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