Congratulations to business students Jenviev Azzolin, Christian Bonneau, Matthew Fishman and Elissa Morrissette, who earned second place at the CIBER Case Challenge, held by Ohio State University, the biggest university in the United States. They were given 24 hours to research, analyze and solve a case reflecting a current international business problem faced by a major corporation. Among the competitors were teams from Singapore Management University, University of Auckland and the University of Texas at Austin. They were coached by Professor Mark Haber and veteran competitors Steven Bento and Cameron Fortin. This was the JMSB’s first invitation to the competition.
Congratulations to Bahzad Akbarpour (Electrical & Computer Engineering), who has won another prize for his doctoral thesis, the ADESAQ (Association des doyens des études supérieures au Québec) Dissertation Award in Natural Sciences and Engineering for 2006. Akbarpour, who also won a thesis prize from NSERC, came to Concordia from Iran in 2000 “because Concordia has one of the best hardware verification groups in the world.” He is now at Cambridge University, in the U.K., so his research supervisor, Sofiène Tahar, was on hand to accept the award on his behalf at a gala on Oct. 12.
Ted Stathopoulos (Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies) received the ASCE Outstanding Professional Service Award in recognition of distinguished service to aerospace engineering related to the mission of the ASCE Aerospace Division. The plaque, together with a certificate, were presented to him at the Earth & Space 2006, 10th Biennial ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference on Engineering, Instruction and Operations in Challenging Environments, which took place in League City, Texas, earlier this year.
Ghislaine Guérard has published a book aimed at anyone who works in an office. Mastering the Conflict Game: Getting Ahead by Exploring the Hidden Life of Organizations could be especially useful to students preparing to launch their careers. It reflects her many years of teaching graduate students in human systems intervention in the Applied Human Sciences Department, and community economic development in the School of Community and Public Affairs. She takes into account the dynamics of workplace life, with its informal relationships and power games, and includes exercises that encourage the reader to develop coping strategies.
Congratulations to Hazel Lapalme, a co-op translation student (English-to-French option) in Études françaises, who has won the Student of the Year award from the federal government’s Translation Bureau. Every year the Bureau gives work to around 100 students, and Hazel did two consecutive terms. Chantal Gagnon, director of the co-op translation program, says this is the first time Concordia has won the award. Her supervisor wrote, “She has excellent potential as a translator, and is a joy to work with.”
Congratulations to second-year Civil Engineering student Sabahat Naureen, who has been awarded a CEMF Undergraduate Scholarship by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation. Like all CEMF scholarship recipients, in addition to receiving the $5,000 award, she must make at least one formal presentation to a pre-university audience to promote engineering as a career choice for young women. Sabahat is director of high school outreach for Engineers Without Borders, and organized the annual Women in Engineering day at Concordia.