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On April 22 at a small ceremony in EV 3.309, Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science was honoured by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and presented with the 2009 Supporting Friend of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Award.
The award is given by the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation, to recognize individuals or organizations who encourage and support IEEE activities and volunteerism. The engraved plaque will hang in the display case outside the reception area in EV 2.139.
The nomination was put forth in December by Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Amir G. Aghdam.
In the past two years, Concordia has provided $22 500 in financial support, as well as the seminar room and equipment, to help organize IEEE-affiliated activities.
Since 2002, Concordia has co-sponsored more than 85 seminars (including 19 by distinguished lecturers from the Institute), as well as eight workshops.
In June 2009, ENCS assumed the costs of IEEE membership for all undergraduate members of the year’s IEEE Canada —TELUS Award-winning capstone project; Multi-Touch Multi-User Interactive Surface Using Computer Vision, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Reza Soleymani (see Journal, Oct. 1, 2009).
ENCS has been active with IEEE volunteer work as well. In the past decade, several Board members and Executive Committee members of the IEEE Montreal Section have been affiliated with Concordia University. They include three Section Chairs, three Secretaries, two Treasurers, as well as several Chapter Chairs.
The IEEE has more than 400 000 members worldwide, and produces numerous publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities each year.