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Research Chairs 





Concordia University 





Academic Year 2004-2005 








Table of Contents 


Messages 1 Narayanswamy, Sivakumar 34 
Abrami, Phil 2 Canada Research Chair in Laser Metrology and Laser Micromachining 

Concordia Research Chair in Education Peslherbe, Gilles 35 
Acland, Charles 3 Concordia Research Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Concordia Research Chair in Communication Studies Rakheja, Subhash 36 
Amir, Shimon 4 Concordia Research Chair in Vehicular Ergodynamics 

Concordia Research Chair in Psychology Rapport, Nigel 37 
Appelbaum, Steven 5 Canada Research Chair in Globalization, Citizenship, and Social Justice 

Concordia Research Chair in Organizational Development Ravvin, Norman 38 
Arvanitogiannis, Andreas 6 Chair in Quebec and Canadian Jewish Studies 

Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neurobiology Rilling, Juergen 39 
Bird, Frederick 7 Concordia Research Chair in Net-Centred Software Comprehension 

Concordia Research Chair in Religion Rukmani, T.S. 40 
Boushel, Robert 8 Chair in Hindu Studies 

Concordia Research Chair in Exercise Science Seeds of Change 41 
Bukowski, William 9 New and Future Research Facilities at Concordia 

Concordia Research Chair in Psychology Seffah, Ahmed 42 
Chvatal, VaSek 10 Concordia Research Chair in Human-Centred Software Engineering 

Canada Research Chair in Combinatorial Optimization Serbin, Lisa 43 
Ellenbogen, Mark 1 Concordia Research Chair in Psychology 

Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychopathology Sha Xin Wei 44 
English, Ann 12 Canada Research Chair in New Media Arts 

Concordia Research Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry Shalev, Uri 45 
Floryan, Jerzy M. 13 Canada Research Chair in the Neurobiology of Drug Abuse 

Canada Research Chair in Mechanical/Computational Engineering Shizgal, Peter 46 
Forman, David 14 Concordia Research Chair in Psychology 

Canada Research Chair in Human Development Shnirelman, Alexander I. 47 
Gagnon, Frangois-Marc 15 Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics 

Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair of the Institute for Studies in Canadian Art History Soleymani, Mohammed Reza 48 
Ganesan, Rajamohan 16 Concordia Research Chair in Wireless Multimedia Communications 

Concordia Research Chair in High Performance Composite Machine Components Su, Chun-Yi 49 
Hickey, Donal 17 Concordia Research Chair in Intelligent Control of Non-Smooth Dynamic Systems 
Canada Research Chair in Genome Evolution Suen, Ching Y. 50 
Hoa, Suong Van 18 Concordia Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition 

Concordia Research Chair in Materials and Composites Swamy, Srikanta M.N.S. 51 
Hughes, Lynn 19 Concordia Research Chair in Signal Processing and Applications 

Concordia Research Chair in Studio Arts Switzer, Lorne 52 
Huneault, Kristina 20 Van Berkom Endowed Chair in Small Caps Finance 

Concordia Research Chair in Art History Tahar, Sofiéne 53 
Ibrahim, A. Bakr 21 Concordia Research Chair in Formal Verification of Microelectronic Systems 

CIBC Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Family Business Wang, Chunyan 54 
lovita, Adrian 22 Concordia Research Chair in Low-Power Very Large Scale Integration Circuits 

Canada Research Chair in Number Theory Wilds, Christopher 55 
Johns, Gary 23 Canada Research Chair in Biological Chemistry 

Concordia Research Chair in Management Zeng, Yong 56 
Kenneally, Michael 24 Canada Research Chair in Design Science 

Chair in Canadian Irish Studies 

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Concordia Research Chair in Telecommunication Software Engineering (i) efi [il itl (1) lil Ss 

Korotkin, Dmitri 26 

Concordia Research Chair in Mathematics and Statistics / d ; ; . 
Kryzanowski, Lawrence 27 This booklet contains short biographies of all of the funded Research Chairs and 
Ned Goodman Chair in Investment Finance Distinguished Professorships at Concordia. A funded Research Chair or 
Landsberger, Leslie 28 Distinguished Professorship enables institutions such as Concordia to attract and 
Concordia Research Chair in Micro-Systems Technology retain the brightest minds in research in a variety of subject areas. These 
Laroche, Michel 29 programs can be divided into three categories: 

Royal Bank Distinguished Professorship in Marketing Canada Research Chairs are funded by the Government of Canada in order to 
Lefebvre, Martin 30 ensure that Canadian universities "achieve the highest levels of research 
Concordia Research Chair in Film Studies excellence to become world-class research centres in the global, knowledge- 
Magnan, Michel 31 based economy." 

Lawrence Bloomberg Chair in Accountancy Endowed Research Chairs and Distinguished Professorships are funded by 
Martin, Vincent 32 private and/or corporate donors to support researchers focusing on specific topics 
Canada Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Engineering of interest. 

Mulligan, Catherine 33 Concordia Research Chairs are funded internally by the University to encourage 


Concordia Research Chair in Environmental Engineering 


faculty members active in research to remain at Concordia and continue to be 
productive in their respective areas of expertise. 


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Concordia University is witnessing a new era as it enters the 21° Century. Researchers in all of our 
faculties are achieving impressive success with their work and garnering major accolades here and 
abroad. We are being recognized nationally and internationally for conducting research that is both 
cutting edge and beneficial to society at-large. Moreover, our extensive faculty renewal project is 
ensuring that our research community will continue to grow and produce meaningful work for many 
years to come. 


Our research chairs are essential to this growth. They exist not only to recognize the achievements of 
individual researchers, but also to provide a foundation upon which future research programs can be 
built while strengthening existing ones. As a result, institutions such as Concordia University have a 
wealth of possibilities open to them, including the opportunity to construct new facilities, establish 
research centres, attract more research funding, increase the number of inter-institutional 
collaborations, and raise the overall profile of the university. 





Concordia is fortunate to have three streams of research chairs: Canada Research Chairs, Concordia 
Research Chairs, and Endowed Research Chairs and Distinguished Professorships. These streams 
have enabled us to work with the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in order to attract and retain the brightest minds in research 
and creation in a variety of subject areas. 


Our success with our research chair programs deserves notice. | am therefore delighted to present this booklet honouring the 55 
current research chairs at Concordia. The creative, intellectual, and scientific minds found in these pages are a testament to our 
University's growing reputation as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution. With more research chairs still to 
come, the future for Concordia is full of promise. 


Dr. Martin Singer 
Provost & Vice-President 


Concordia University is very proud to present in this booklet its 55 research chairs and distinguished 
professorships. The large number of research chair appointees in recent years reflects the fast pace of 
growth experienced by the University as well as its determination to make its presence known on both 
the national and international research scenes. Moreover, while this booklet is being printed, 
Concordia's recruitment of additional research chairs continues. 


As a comprehensive University, our activities cover a wide range of topics in the fine arts, humanities, 
social sciences, business, science, engineering, and computer science. From seasoned to emerging 
faculty, the common quest for excellence urges all researchers to work relentlessly towards pushing the 
boundaries of knowledge and creative activity. 





You are invited to peruse these pages on our researchers and discover the diversity and richness of 
their contributions to their respective disciplines as well as to society at large. The story of our research 
community has to be told, and it is hoped that this publication can contribute towards this by giving you a glance at some of the 
researchers at Concordia University and their accomplishments. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Education 

Dept. of Education 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

abrami@education.concordia.ca 

cslp@education.concordia.ca (Centre for the Study of Learning and 
Performance) 


Dr. Phil Abrami is a native New Yorker who has been a member of the 
Concordia family since 1980. He completed his undergraduate degree in 
Social Psychology at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 
then headed northwest to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba for 
his graduate degree, also in Social Psychology, and his Ph.D. in 
Social/Instructional Psychology. 


He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the 
Canadian Psychological Association. He is currently the Director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance 


(CSLP). 


His main research interests at the moment concern technology integration, systemic reviews and evidence-based 
practice, and the social psychology of education. 


As a researcher in Social/Instructional Psychology, Dr. Abrami has much to be proud of in his prolific and illustrious career, 
including such achievements as: 


Founding the CSLP in 1988, which has become a major research centre of excellence with a 
team of over forty researchers and support staff. In 2003, the Centre was awarded a coveted 
Regroupement stratégique grant by the Fonds québecois de la recherche sur la société et la 
culture (FQRSC) to help support its research efforts. 


Receiving the Canadian Association for Distance Education Award in 2003. 

Receiving the W.J. McKeachie Career Achievement Award in 1997. 

Winning the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education Research Award in 1997. 
Receiving a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship in 1976. 

Winning the Vineburg Research Prize in Psychology in 1975. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Communication Studies 
Dept. of Communication Studies 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

c.acland@concordia.ca 


Dr. Charles Acland was born in Kingston, Ontario. He earned his B.Com. in 
Economics and Marketing at Carleton University in Ottawa, switching gears 
for his doctorate in Cultural and Media Studies from the Institute of 
Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana- 
Champaign. After positions at Queen's University and the University of 
Calgary, he joined Concordia University in 1999. 


Dr. Acland's current research includes editing a forthcoming book to be published by University of Minnesota Press titled 
Residual Media, which is about the aging of media and culture. Always engaged with the politics of popular media, he is 
also writing a history of popular ideas about media manipulation and education, tentatively titled Hidden Messages. 


As a prolific communications researcher, Dr. Acland has been steadily gaining a higher profile in his field, making a name 
for himself through successes such as: 


Winning the 2004 Robinson Book Prize for his book Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes and Global 
Culture, published by Duke University Press in 2003. The Prize, sponsored by the Canadian 
Communications Association, is awarded to the best book in communication studies by a Canadian 
scholar. 


Being awarded the 2003 Concordia University Research Award, for which he held the title of Junior 
Concordia Research Fellow for one year. 


Publishing three major books, including Screen Traffic mentioned above as well as Harold Innis in 
the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, co-edited with his colleague Dr. William Buxton and 
published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 1999, and Youth, Murder, Spectacle: The Cultural 
Politics of "Youth in Crisis', published by Westview/Harper Collins in 1995. 


Being regularly invited to present his research at such prominent venues as Harvard University, 
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of Western Ontario, Federal University of Bahia 
(Brazil), and University of Warwick (U.K.). 














Concordia Research Chair in Psychology 

Dept. of Psychology/Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology 
Faculty of Arts and Science 

shimon.amir@concordia.ca 

info@csbn.concordia.ca (Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology) 


Dr. Shimon Amir is a native of Rehovot, Israel. He remained in Israel for his 
first two degrees, a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and an M.A. in 
Psychobiology and Clinical Psychology, both obtained at Tel Aviv University. 
He moved to Montreal in 1973 for his doctoral studies at McGill, followed by 
a postdoctoral fellowship at Concordia's Centre for Research on Drug 
Dependence. After conducting top quality research at institutes in Israel, the 
Netherlands, and the U.S., Dr. Amir returned to Concordia in 1987 to 
become a member of the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology. 


In terms of research, Dr. Amir's interest lies primarily in circadian rhythms in physiology and behaviour, specifically as they 
pertain to the control of motivation and emotional state. He is also analyzing peptides in the brain and their importance in 
stress reactions and autonomic energy regulation as well as the physiological significance of nitric oxide in neural 
signaling and its contribution to the regulation of autonomic responses. 


In a phenomenal career that spans four decades, Dr. Amir has been tremendously successful in his research endeavours. 
His accomplishments include: 


Receiving his Board Certification in Clinical Psychology from Israel's Ministry of Health. 


Winning the European Science Foundation Training Award, The Sadie Danciger International 
Scholar Exchange Program Award, and the CNR (Italy) Visiting Scientist Award. 


Being named a Fellow of Lonergan College. 


Being named the incumbent of the Henry Glasberg Career Development Chair in 1983 by the 
Weizmann Institute of Science. 


Receiving post-doctoral fellowships from the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Quebec 
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Concordia Research Chair in Organizational Development 
Dept. of Management 

John Molson School of Business 

shappel@vax2.concordia.ca 


Dr. Steven Appelbaum started on his path to academia in his birthplace of 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. at Temple University in 
Marketing and Management and an M.A. at St. Joseph's University in Social 
Science. When it came time to pursue his doctoral studies, Dr. Appelbaum 
decided to move north to the University of Ottawa, focusing his research on 
Organizational Behaviour. In 1979, he was recruited by Concordia as a 
faculty member, and has remained here to this day. He served as Dean of 
the John Molson School of Business from 1983 to 1990. 





Dr. Appelbaum's current research is centred mainly on downsizing, managing change, and transformational behavioural 
management. 


During his tenure at Concordia, Dr. Appelbaum has received numerous accolades and honours, including: 


© Being given the Leaders in Management Education Award in 1998. Sponsored by The Financial 
Post and Bell Canada, this award spotlights the achievements of academics specializing in business 
according to specific criteria, including Teaching Excellence, Pedagogical and Professional 
Leadership, Publishing and Research, and an active contribution to Management Practice. Of 
approximately 2400 faculty teaching and researching business in Canada, Dr. Appelbaum was one 
of only four recognized that year. 


® Being credited as the author of the Top Canadian Book published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston of 
Canada Limited in 1998. The book is titled Contemporary Canadian Business. 


® Being awarded the Best Paper prize for two years running at the International Business & 
Economics Research Conference. At the 2003 Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Appelbaum 
won the award for "The Client-Consulting Relationship: A Case Study of Critical Success Factors in 
a Telecommunications Organization", and at the 2004 Conference in Miami, Florida, he and co- 
author Barbara Shapiro won for "The Effects of Communications and Culture Upon an NPO Merger: 
A Cross Method Analysis’. 


© Being awarded his Concordia Research Chair in Organizational Development, which was given to 
him in 2002 and continues through to 2007. 











Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neurobiology 

Dept. of Psychology/Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology 
Faculty of Arts and Science 

a.arvanitogiannis@concordia.ca 

info@csbn.concordia.ca (Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology) 


Athenian Dr. Andreas Arvanitogiannis moved to Montreal from his native 
Greece at the age of 17, immediately establishing what would become a 
long-term relationship with Concordia when he began his undergraduate 
studies in Biology at the University. After developing an interest in 
neurobiology in the final year of his B.Sc., Dr. Arvanitogiannis switched to 
Psychology for his M.A. and Ph.D. at Concordia, focusing on Behavioral 
Neuroscience. He joined Concordia's Department of Psychology as a full- 
fledged faculty member in July 2001. 





For the time being, Dr. Arvanitogiannis's research is centred on exploring the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved 
in the control of motivated behaviours and how these mechanisms are affected by developmental factors, circadian timing 
signals, and learning. 


Dr. Arvanitogiannis's hard work has produced numerous research successes in his young career, including: 


¢ Demonstrating, along with several collaborators, the importance of maturational factors in the 
enduring consequences of exposure to the stimulant drug methylphenidate (Ritalin), which is often 
prescribed for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 


e Revealing a novel, and previously unrecognized, conditioning-like associative process for resetting 
the circadian clock. Currently, Dr. Arvanitogiannis and his research team are engaged in important 
research on the interaction between the circadian and reward systems. 


° Being awarded post-doctoral fellowships in 2000 from both the Canadian Institutes of Health 
Research and Science and Engineering Research Canada (a.k.a. NSERC), declining the latter. 


© Winning the 1999 Prix d'excellence from the Académie des Grands Montréalais for the best 
doctoral thesis defended in 1998 by a student from one of Montreal's four universities (Concordia 
University, McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec a Montréal) in the field 
of Natural Sciences and Engineering. 











Concordia Research Chair in Religion 
Dept. of Religion 

Faculty of Arts and Science 
birdfo@vax2.concordia.ca 


Dr. Frederick Bird has been a mainstay of Concordia's Religion department 
since 1971. Born in Logan, Utah, Dr. Bird graduated from Harvard University 
with a B.A. in Modern European History, moving on to Harvard Divinity 
School for his graduate studies. For his Ph.D., Dr. Bird went to the University 
of California at Berkeley, where he specialized in Religion and Society at the 
Graduate Theological Union. 





Dr. Bird's research has been focused on comparative ethics and the sociology of religion, with particular emphasis on 
contemporary religious movements, religion and ethics, ritual practices, global ethics, and business ethics. 


During his long and storied career, Dr. Bird has built a reputation for himself as a leading expert in religious studies. His 
many achievements include: 


° Publishing eight article and book chapters on contemporary new religious movements in Montreal, 
including one on participation rates in these groups, co-authored with Dr. Bill Reimer. He also co- 
authored a book with Dr. Jack Lightstone that compared congregational and family rites among 
Christians and Jews in Montreal. 


® Collaborating with Dr. James Waters on six articles concerning how managers and businesses 
confront ethical issues. Further data led Dr. Bird to co-author, with Dr. Jeffrey Gandz, a textbook on 
business ethics, plus articles and book chapters on empowerment programs in businesses and 
corporate governance. Dr. Bird also applied this research to his book Moral Silence and the Practice 
of Ethics in Business. 


© — Initiating a large research project in 1999, involving researchers from universities and research 
centres in nine countries, studying the practices of internationally connected businesses in 
developing areas. His research has led him to publish two books with Palgrave-Macmillan, with a 
third volume about to be sent to the publisher. A fourth volume in Portuguese will be published in 
Brazil later in the year. 


° Publishing key papers comparing religious and ideological ethics, historically comparing charity in 
Judaism and Christianity, analyzing Max Weber's contribution to the comparative study of ethics, 
analyzing how differences in religious views affect different approaches to ethics, and scrutinizing 
moral universals. 











Concordia Research Chair in Exercise Science 
Dept. of Exercise Science 

Faculty of Arts and Science 
boushel@alcor.concordia.ca 


Dr. Robert Boushel graduated from Acadia University in Wolfeville, Nova 
Scotia with an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and English. 
When it came time to choose a program for his graduate and doctoral 
studies, he opted for the health sciences route, receiving an M.A. in Exercise 
Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Ph.D. in 
Physiology from Boston University. A native of Montreal, Dr. Boushel 
returned to his place of birth in 2000 to accept his current position with the 
Dept. of Exercise Science at Concordia. 





Today, Dr. Boushel is researching the biochemical/neural control of blood flow, mitochondrial respiration, and oxygen 
transport/oxidative stress in healthy humans and those with metabolic (diabetes) and cardiorespiratory disease. 


Dr. Boushel's profile as a researcher has been growing more and more visible since his arrival at Concordia, with the 
following events among his most noteworthy achievements: 


© Authoring the first study to show the synergistic influence of nitric oxide and prostaglandins in 
skeletal blood flow during exercise in humans. The study was published in the Journal of 
Physiology in 2002. 


@ Publishing, in a breakthrough study in 2000 in the journal Circulation, his discovery of the 
mechanism for how heart rate is controlled by the nervous system, which had been unknown prior 
to the study. 


© Publishing a major study in the Journal of Physiology in 2003, showing how COX-2 specific 
blockers (celebrex, viox) influence tissue blood flow in humans. 


® Receiving the 2005 Concordia University Research Award, for which he holds the title of Junior 
University Research Fellow for one year. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Psychology 

Dept. of Psychology/Centre for Research in Human Development 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

william.bukowski@concordia.ca 

crdh@alcor.concordia.ca (Centre de recherche en développement humain) 


Dr. William Bukowski originally hails from the city of Buffalo in Western New 
York. He stayed in his city of birth to attend Canisius College, from which he 
graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. 
He spent the remainder of his post-secondary education years at Michigan 
State University in East Lansing, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in 
Developmental Psychology with a minor in Clinical Psychology. He came to 
Concordia in 1989. Presently, he is Principal of Concordia's Loyola College 
and Acting Chair of the Department of Psychology. 





Currently, Dr. Bukowski is turning his attention towards the features and effects of children's social relations, especially as 
they contribute to children's and early adolescents' emotional development. 


Recognized as a leading researcher in child psychology, Dr. Bukowski has been rewarded with plenty of successes during 
his career, including: 


@ Winning the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar Award in 1984. 
® Being honoured by the W.T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in 1988. 
© — Serving as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioral Development. 


° Being cited as the most productive Canadian child psychologist in 2001 by Byrnes & McNamara in 
Developmental Review. 


® Co-authoring and/or co-editing four books or volumes on child psychology, including /mproving 
Competence across the Life Span, published in 1998 by Plenum, and The Company They Keep: 
Friendship During Childhood and Adolescence, published in 1996. The latter book is one of the best 
selling books on social development published by Cambridge University Press. 


° Being awarded 22 research grants in the past two decades amounting to several million dollars 
worth of funding, including a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities 
Research Council in 1995 as part of a large research team conducting a longitudinal study of 
children in Quebec from birth to adolescence. 


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While continuing with his research on combinatorial optimization, Dr. Chvatal is also beginning to explore new topics, 
including computational neuroscience and supply chain optimization. 





Canada Research Chair in Combinatorial Optimization 
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering 
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
chvatal@cs.concordia.ca 


Born in Prague in the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia), Dr. VaSek 
Chvatal completed his graduate studies in Mathematics at Charles 
University in his hometown before coming to Canada to pursue his doctoral 
studies at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and the University 
of Waterloo. In June 2004, he returned to Montreal, where he had previously 
been a McGill University faculty member in the 1970s and 1980s, to assume 
the Canada Research Chair in Combinatorial Optimization at Concordia 
after teaching and researching at Rutgers University in New Jersey for over 
a decade. 


Dr. Chvatal is a well-known figure in his field, with an enviable list of achievements to his name, such as: 


® Co-authoring Concorde, a computer code developed to solve the traveling salesman problem, one 
of the most famous mathematical problems of our time. 


© Receiving a Docteur Honoris Causa from the Université de la Méditérranée in Marseilles, France in 


November 2003. 


© Receiving the Beale-Orchard-Hays Prize for Excellence in Computational Mathematical 


Programming in August 2000. 


° Receiving the Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in 1988. 


° Authoring a book titled Linear Programming in 1983 and authoring and co-editing, with Dr. Claude 
Berge, a textbook titled Topics on Perfect Graphs in 1984. 


® Being awarded the John von Neumann Professorship at the University of Bonn in 1989. 


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Dr. Mark Ellenbogen 

Canada Research Chair in Developmental Psychopathology 

Dept. of Psychology/Centre for Research in Human Development 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

mark.ellenbogen@concordia.ca 

crdh@alcor.concordia.ca (Centre de recherche en développement humain) 


Dr. Mark Ellenbogen grew up in the St. Laurent district of Montreal. He 
stayed true to his local roots by attending McGill University for his 
undergraduate studies, flirting briefly with social work before switching to 
Psychology, for which he earned his B.A. He stayed at McGill to obtain his 
M.Sc. in Psychiatry before moving across town to pursue his Ph.D. in 
Clinical Psychology at Concordia. 





Following a year of clinical training in Toronto at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, he returned to Montreal as a 
post-doctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal. In June 2004, he joined Concordia as a faculty member. He continues to 
practice clinical psychology, as well. 


Dr. Ellenbogen's current research focuses on developmental psychology, including multidisciplinary longitudinal research 
examining developmental antecedents of maladjustment and psychopathology, particularly depression and bipolar 
disorder. He has also immersed himself in laboratory studies examining cognitive mediators of the mood and hormonal 
response to stress and their relationship to psychopathology. 


In his brief but dynamic academic career, Dr. Ellenbogen has been making waves with his multidisciplinary research, 
achieving such milestones as: 


® Being awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. 


° Receiving the Smadar Levin Award for outstanding presentation from the Society for Research in 
Psychopathology for his work on the cognitive regulation of the stress response. 


© Conducting groundbreaking research that demonstrates that, for the first time, risk for depression is 
associated with a neurobiological abnormality in the regulation of mood by the neurotransmitter 
serotonin. 


© Authoring papers on a wide range of topics, from personality to neurobiology, that have been 
published in such top-ranked journals as Development and Psychopathology, 
Neuropsychopharmacology, Psychological Medicine, Psychophysiology, and Archives of General 
Psychiatry. 











Concordia Research Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

english@vax2.concordia.ca 


Dr. Ann English's origins are in the historic city of Limerick, Ireland. Her post- 
secondary years were spent at University College in Dublin, where she 
completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Mathematics. She later 
moved to Montreal for her doctoral studies, receiving a Ph.D. in Inorganic 
Chemistry from McGill University. After two years as a Science and 
Engineering Research Canada (a.k.a. NSERC) post-doctoral fellow at 
Caltech, she returned to Montreal in January 1982 to continue her research 
as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at 
Concordia. 





Dr. English continues to pursue her research interests in how small, redox-active molecules such as hydrogen peroxide 
(H,O,) and nitric oxide control the functioning of cells. The goal of her work on cellular H,O, levels and on antioxidant 
enzymes is to shed light on how organisms deal with oxidative stress, which is now believed to be a contributing factor in 
aging and in many age-related diseases, while her research on nitric oxide is critical to understanding, at molecular level, 
factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease and neurodegeneration. 


In a distinguished career that has lasted over two decades with Concordia, Dr. English has compiled a list of 
significant accomplishments on her CV such as: 


® Setting up the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry, a facility containing 
instrumentation worth close to three million dollars, that is accessible to all researchers at 
Concordia. 


® Developing new technology based on mass spectral measurements to identify sites of reactive 
radical formation in proteins. This technology is now routinely used by other researchers in the field 
of radical enzymology to probe the roles of such radicals in normal and pathophysiological 
processes. 


° — Establishing a mechanism whereby superoxide dismutase, a key antioxidant enzyme present in red 
blood cells, may moonlight as a protector of the vasodilator, nitric oxide, and prevent its scavenging 
by hemoglobin. 


Demonstrating that, in addition to protecting neurons from reactive superoxide radicals, superoxide 
dismutase can potentially protect the brain from the neurotoxic effects of excess nitric oxide 
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Dr. Jerzy M. Floryan 

Canada Research Chair in Mechanics/Computational Engineering 
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 


A native of Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Jerzy M. Floryan completed his M.Sc. in 
Aerospace and Power Engineering at Warsaw Technical University. He 
moved to the U.S.A. to pursue his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and 
Mechanics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, followed by post-doctoral 
studies in Engineering Science and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern 
University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Floryan joins the Concordia research 
community in May 2005. 





Dr. Floryan's current research is focused on three main areas: the development of strategies for flow control and 
techniques for optimization of flow systems; the development of algorithms for direct solutions of the moving boundary 
problems for the Navier-Stokes equations; and the development of hydrodynamic stability theory and its use in the 
prediction of laminar-turbulent transition. 


As a leading researcher in his field, Dr. Floryan has accomplished much throughout his career, including: 


© Being named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the 
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. 


° Being named Senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Research Fellow. 


® Proposing, with Dr. C. Zemach, a generalization of the Schwartz-Christoffel Mapping, which used to 
be limited to simple polygons. Dr. Floryan and Dr. Zemach's work has been done in the context of 
the development of algorithms for numerical coordinate generation, and was published with the title 
"Schwarz-Christoffel Transformations - A General Approach’ in 1987 in The Journal of 
Computational Physics. 


® Developing a generalized formulation of the Gortler instability problem. The history of the problem is 
well-summarized in Dr. Floryan's paper titled “On the Gortler Instability of Boundary Layers”, which 
was published in Progress in Aerospace Sciences. 


© Proposing a solution to the classical problem of the effects of distributed surface roughness on the 
laminar-turbulent transition in shear layers, published as an article titled "Stability of Wall-Bounded 
Shear Layers with Simulated Distributed Surface Roughness" in The Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 


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Canada Research Chair in Human Development 

Dept. of Psychology/Centre for Research in Human Development 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

david.forman@concordia.ca 

crdh@alcor.concordia.ca (Centre de recherche en développement humain) 


Dr. David Forman was born in Great Neck, New York. He worked as a 
calligrapher for almost a decade following his undergraduate studies in 
Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio. The birth of his twins, however, 
rekindled his fascination with child psychology, and thus he returned to 
school to act on his renewed passion. 





He obtained his M.A. in Child Study at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, then his Ph.D. in Psychology at the 
University of lowa in lowa City. His post-doctoral work was done at the Institute of Child Development at the University of 
Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He arrived at the Concordia campus in July 2004. 


Dr. Forman's main research interests at the moment concern parent-child relationships, children's early learning 
motivation, and maternal depression. 


Since completing his studies, Dr. Forman has had a very active research career with many accomplishments to his name, 
including: 


® Showing that already existing individual differences in toddlers' eagerness to imitate their mothers, 
from as early as 14 months of age, can predict these children's developing consciences over two 
years later. Conscience measures for this project included both rule-abiding conduct and guilt after 
an apparent transgression. This work was featured on the CBC's Quirks and Quarks program as 
well as in news reports internationally, including France, Germany, India, Lithuania, the 
Netherlands, and in the United States. 


© Receiving Concordia's Faculty Research Development Award in 2004. 


© Receiving the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Research Service Award, which 
is a post-doctoral training award given by the Institute of Child Development at the University of 
Minnesota. 


© Designing the Preschool Gallery at the lowa Children's Museum in Coralville, lowa. 
® —Co-authoring seven published journal articles. 


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Dr. Francois-Marc Gagnon 


Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair of the Institute for Studies in 
Canadian Art History 

Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art 

Faculty of Fine Arts 

gagnonfm@vax2.concordia.ca 


Dr. Frangois-Marc Gagnon was born to Canadian parents in Paris, France. 
He began his post-secondary academic studies by pursuing a Masters 
degree in Theology at the University of Ottawa, switching to Art History when 
he attended the Sorbonne in Paris to complete his doctorate. A past 
professor in Concordia's Department of Art History, Dr. Gagnon, who also 
holds a Professor Emeritus title from the Université de Montréal, returned to 
the Sir George Williams campus in 2000 to become Director of the 
Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. 





Dr. Gagnon's current research in the Canadian art history field is focused heavily on the Montreal and Quebec art scenes. 
He has recently curated a show on Montreal art patron Max Stern and has done a significant amount of research on key 
Quebec artists such as Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas. 


A highly-regarded expert in his field, Dr. Gagnon has been showered with many accolades in the past few years, including: 


° = The Prix Sainte-Marie en Histoire in 1975 for his book La Conversion par l'image, presented by 
Ontario's Minister of Cultural Affairs and Recreation. 


© The Governor General's Award in 1978 for his book titled Paul-Emile Borduas (1905-1960). 
Biographie, critique et analyse de l'oeuvre. 


° ~The Prix Raymond Klibansky in 1999 for his work titled Chronique du movement automatiste 
québécois. 
°® Membership into the Royal Society of Canada in 1987. 


° A Docteur Honoris Causa from Concordia University in 1992. 
© Membership into the Order of Canada in 1998. 











Concordia Research Chair in High Performance Composite Machine 
Components 

Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
ganesan@vax2.concordia.ca 


Dr. Rajamohan Ganesan was educated entirely in his birthplace of India, 
receiving his B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University in 
Madurai, his M.Eng. in Structural Engineering from Anna University in 
Chennai, and his Ph.D. in Engineering, with a focus on Solid Mechanics and 
Structures, from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He arrived at 
Concordia in May 1992 to become a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department 
of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, becoming a full-time faculty 
member in the Department in January 1996. 





Dr. Ganesan is currently involved with numerous research projects that explore topics such as stochastic mechanics, 
composite materials and structures, stress analysis, and mechanical failures due to fracture, fatigue, buckling, and 
vibrations. 


Throughout the course of his research career, Dr. Ganesan has managed to achieve some significant milestones, 
including: 


© Developing a new stochastic finite element method that has been shown to be more efficient and 
powerful for stress, buckling, vibration and fracture analysis of metallic and composite structures. 


°® Development of a new approach to model and predict the fatigue of metallic and composite 
materials. 


° Authoring close to 50 papers published in international journals and more than 50 papers presented 
at international conferences as well as making many contributions to monographs. 


® Serving as the Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator for many research grants and contracts 
totaling close to $1.5 million from government agencies and corporate entities such as Pratt & 
Whitney, Bombardier, Bell Helicopter, EMS Technologies (formerly SPAR Aerospace), the Canadian 
Space Agency, and Ford Motors, U.S. Division. 


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Dr. Donal Hickey 

Canada Research Chair in Genome Evolution 
Dept. of Biology 

Faculty of Arts and Science 
dhickey@alcor.concordia.ca 


Dr. Donal Hickey began his scientific studies in evolutionary biology in his 
native country of Ireland, obtaining his undergraduate degree in Botany and 
Zoology at the National University of Ireland before moving to the United 
States to pursue his doctoral studies in Biology at Harvard University in 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following several years of teaching and 
research at Brock University and the University of Ottawa, Dr. Hickey was 
drawn to Concordia by its cutting edge genomics research program, and 
thus in July 2004 made the move to Montreal to begin his tenure as the 
Canada Research Chair in Genome Evolution at Concordia. 


Motivated by his desire to bridge the gap between the genetics of individuals and the evolution of populations and species, 
Dr. Hickey has been focusing much of his attention on researching the patterns of genome evolution using bioinformatics 
tools, the results of which will be relevant to molecular medicine and environmental protection. 


Dr. Hickey's research career has been marked by a great many successes, with such noteworthy achievements as: 


Serving as President of the Genetics Society of Canada. 
Being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 
Co-founding the DNA barcoding network. 


Founding and serving as Director for the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics 
at the University of Ottawa, which was funded by a grant of more than ten million dollars from the 
Canada Foundation for Innovation. 


Developing a model to explain the distributions of transposable genetic elements. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Materials and Composites 
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
hoasuon@vax2.concordia.ca 

sophmer@vax2.concordia.ca (Concordia Centre for Composites) 


Vietnam native Dr. Suong Van Hoa came to Concordia in 1977 after 
obtaining his B.Eng. from California State University in San Luis Obispo, and 
an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of 
Toronto. Dr. Hoa is currently the Chair of the Department of Mechanical and 
Industrial Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
as well as the Director of the Concordia Centre for Composites. He is one of 
the most recognized names in composites and materials research in 
Canada, and is well-known internationally in his field. 





Dr. Hoa has many projects in progress at the moment, with a particular emphasis on composites research, the 
development of nanocomposites, stress analysis, and the design of materials and structures. 


Having had such an illustrious research career, Dr. Hoa counts the following among his most memorable moments: 


¢ The development of nanocomposites with flammability resistance, using clay-based materials to 
ensure that no toxic fumes are released into the air. 


© Receiving the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering's prestigious Duggan Medal in 
Advanced Materials. 


© Being named a recipient of the Concordia University Research Award in 2001, for which he held the 
title of Senior Research Fellow for one year. 


® Being named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 
° Being named a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 1996. 


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Prof. Lynn Hughes 

Concordia Research Chair in Studio Arts 
Dept. of Studio Arts 

Faculty of Fine Arts 
lynn.hughes@sympatico.ca 


Prof. Lynn Hughes, who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but grew 
up in Africa and Europe, has a B.F.A. from the Vancouver School of Art, and 
aB.A. in English and an M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and 
Technology with a concentration in the History and Philosophy of 
Mathematics from the University of Toronto. She moved to Montreal in 1989 
to join Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts. Currently, she is a faculty member in 
the new InterMedia/Cyber Arts program in the Dept. of Studio Arts. 





Prof. Hughes's current research focuses on new media, visual arts, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration. The following can 
be counted among her many accomplishments: 


° The founding of, and completed and ongoing research with, the inter-university new media 
research/creation group Interstices, which was the first funded arts research group in Montreal to 
explicitly promote a collaborative method and to provide a research framework for students and 
faculty from French and English universities to work together on new media productions. Prof. 
Hughes's current projects in this group aim to create hybrid works that will also be presented in non- 
art contexts, such as in interactive gaming situations and as therapeutic tools. 


® Broad and sustained contributions to the conception, structuring, and funding of Hexagram, the 
Montreal Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. She was also the first 
research member of the Board of Directors and first Research Director of the Institute for Concordia. 


® Being an original member of the committee that proposed and planned the first Social Sciences and 
Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) program in research/creation. She is now a Principal 
Investigator for a SSHRC Strategic Research Cluster Design Grant—the only funded Design Grant 
that includes the arts. 


© Authoring the bilingual book Penser I'indiscipline / Creative Con/fusions: Interdisciplinary Practices 
in Contemporary Art, which was published in 2001. It was the first book to look at interdisciplinary 
practice in the visual arts. 


© Her work on Tentative Equations and The Project on Women and Mathematics, an extended mixed 
media project (painting/ photo/ mathematics) that highlighted the presence of women in 
mathematics and provided a context for reconciling research areas and approaches often 
considered incompatible. The show was also designed to introduce a specific new 
audience—mathematicians—to contemporary art. 











Concordia Research Chair in Art History 
Dept. of Art History 

Faculty of Fine Arts 
huneault@alcor.concordia.ca 


Dr. Kristina Huneault hails from Windsor, Ontario, where she completed her 
B.A. in the History of Art while attending the University of Windsor. She first 
came to Concordia in 1994 to pursue her M.A. in the same subject, moving 
afterwards to the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom for her 
doctoral studies. In 1999, she returned to her alma mater in Montreal as a 
faculty member in the Department of Art History. 





Currently, Dr. Huneault is actively researching a number of areas in Art History, including Canadian women artists, the 
relation between art and subjectivity, and art historical methodology. 


Dr. Huneault has wasted no time in building her CV since joining Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts. Among her proudest 
accomplishments are the following: 


© Being named Concordia's Emerging Researcher of the Year in 2004. 


© Seeing her first book published in 2002 by Ashgate Press, the title of which is Difficult Subjects: 
Women, Work and Visual Culture, Britain 1880-1914. 


© — Receiving individual research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 
and the Fonds du Québec de recherche sur la société et la culture. 


® Publishing an article in April 2, 2004 edition of Art History titled “Impressions of Difference: The 
Painted Canvasses of Helen McNicoll’. 


® Authoring articles that will appear in two forthcoming books later this year. These articles are 
“Placing Frances Anne Hopkins: A British-Born Woman in Colonial Canada’, which will be published 
by Ashgate in a book titled Studio, Space and Sociality, and “Always There: Miniature Portraits and 
First Nations People in British North America”, which will be published by Manchester University 
Press in a book titled Art and the British Empire. 


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CIBC Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Family 
Business 

Dept. of Management/Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurial 
Studies 

John Molson School of Business 

bibrahim@alcor.concordia.ca 


Dr. A. Bakr Ibrahim originally hails from Egypt. He received his 
undergraduate degree in Commerce from Cairo University. He stayed in 
Cairo to study at American University, earning his M.B.A. in Management, 
then relocated to Montreal to enter the Ph.D. joint program in Administration 
offered by Concordia, McGill University, Hautes études commerciales-- 
Montréal (HEC), and Université du Québec a Montréal. He became a faculty 
member at Concordia in 1976. 


He is currently the Director of the Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurial Studies at the John Molson School of 
Business as well as the Faculty's Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research and Program Evaluation. 


Dr. Ibrahim continues to devote most of his research to topics related to family business, entrepreneurship, and strategy. 


In his field, Dr. Ibrahim is highly-regarded for his research, achieving numerous significant successes during his career, 


including: 


Authoring and publishing Family Business Concepts & Practice, the first book ever published on 
family business, which is still frequently cited by his peers twenty years after its first print run. He 
has also authored several other published books, such as Entrepreneurship & Small Business 
Management, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Risk Evaluation of SME's. 


Receiving the Best Empirical Research Award from the Academy of International Business. 
Receiving the Family Business Award. 

Being honoured with a Family Business Fellowship. 

Being named a Fellow of the Family Enterprise Institute. 


Authoring and publishing over 25 training manuals in the areas of small business management and 
finance, technology entrepreneurs, community economic development, strategic management, and 
planning and succession planning. 


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Dr. Adrian lovita 

Canada Research Chair in Research in Number Theory 
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

iovita@mathstat.concordia.ca 


Romanian-born Dr. Adrian lovita spent his undergraduate years studying 
Mathematics at the University of Bucharest. It was not until the Iron Curtain 
fell more than a decade later that he would be able to continue his studies. 
He moved to the United States for his graduate and doctoral studies, 
earning a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Boston University, 
with a specialization in Number Theory. In January 2003, Dr. lovita came to 
Montreal to join Concordia's Department of Mathematics and Statistics as a 
faculty member. 





Nowadays, Dr. lovita is spending much of his time conducting further research on Number Theory as well as arithmetic 
algebraic geometry. 


In the very specialized field of Number Theory, successes can be very hard to come by, yet that certainly has not been the 
case with Dr. lovita, whose achievements include: 


© — Discovering proof of Fontaine's conjecture on good reduction of abelian varieties, published jointly 
with Dr. R.Coleman in 1999. 


© Being invited to give talks at several prestigious international conferences on Number Theory in 
countries such as Barcelona in 1996, Muenster in 1998, Obervolfach in 2000, Luminy in 2002, 
Besancon in 2003, and Obervolfach in 2003. 


° Being offered a tenure-track position—which eventually became tenure—at the University of 
Washington in Seattle, which is ranked among the top 15 on the American continent. 


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Dr. Gary Johns 

Concordia Research Chair in Management 
Dept. of Management 

John Molson School of Business 
garyj@vax2.concordia.ca 


Born in Butler, Pennsylvania, Dr. Gary Johns has spent more than half his 
life in Montreal, arriving at Concordia in 1973. He received his B.A. in 
Psychology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, moving on to 
Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in 
Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 


His research deals mainly with absenteeism from work, job design and work 
context, and research methodology. 


Dr. Johns is one of the most active researchers in his faculty and considered internationally to be a top specialist in his 
field. Among his many recognitions are: 


The Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior Division's New Concept Award. 
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Ghiselli Research Design Award. 


The 2004 Concordia University Research Award, for which he was named a Senior University 
Research Fellow for one year. 


Being named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological 
Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 


Seeing his research grant application rank first out of all applications submitted in his discipline to 
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in 2003. 


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Chair in Canadian Irish Studies 

Dept. of English/Centre for Canadian Irish Studies 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

michael.kenneally@concordia.ca 

cdnirish@alcor.concordia.ca (Centre for Canadian Irish Studies) 


Dr. Michael Kenneally was born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, moving to 
Canada to pursue his post-secondary education. He studied English as an 
undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 
then moved to Montreal to obtain his M.A. in English at McGill University 
before ending up in Toronto to receive his Ph.D. in English at the University 
of Toronto. He began to teach Irish literature part-time at Concordia in 1991 
before being selected as the inaugural Chair in Canadian Irish Studies in 
2003 and as the Director of the Centre for Canadian Irish Studies. 





Presently, Dr. Kenneally is studying Modern and Contemporary Irish literature and Irish-Canadian life writing and literature, 
particularly a significant body of nineteenth-century Irish-Canadian writing previously unknown or neglected in Canadian 
literary studies. 


Dr. Kenneally's career as a researcher and academic has been tremendously fruitful, resulting in many significant 
successes including: 


¢ Publishing his book Portraying the Self: Sean O'Casey and the Art of Autobiography in 1988, the 
first full-length examination of the Irish playwright's classic six-volume work of self-representation. 


° — Editing various collections of essays. In particular, Cultural Contexts and Literary Idioms in 
Contemporary Irish Literature, published in 1988, and Poetry in Contemporary Irish Literature, 
published in 1995, were important in establishing contemporary Irish writing as a subject of critical 
analysis separate from the literary traditions and contexts of Modernist figures such as Joyce, Yeats 
and Beckett. 


° Being appointed Honorary Consul General for Ireland in Quebec by the Government of Ireland in 
2003. 


© Serving as President of the Canadian Association for Irish Studies and the St. Patrick's Society and 
as Chair of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. He is also the founding 
Chair of the Council of Montreal Irish Societies and is the Executive Director of the Canadian Irish 
Studies Foundation. 


© Being chosen as Montreal's Irishman of the Year in 1997 for his role in helping to establish 
Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Telecommunication Software Engineering 
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

khendek@ece.concordia.ca 


Dr. Ferhat Khendek received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering, Software 
Option at the University of Tizi-Ouzou, which is also the name of the 
Algerian city where he was born. For his graduate and doctoral studies, Dr. 
Khendek crossed the Atlantic to attend Université de Montréal, where he 
earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. In 1994, while still a 
doctoral student, Dr. Knendek accepted a contract with Concordia's 
Computer Science department, which turned into a full-time position upon 
his graduation in 1996. 


The focus of Dr. Khendek's research has been on software engineering, real-time systems, and value-added 


telecommunications services engineering. 


Dr. Khendek's résumé has been filling up with an ever-increasing number of achievements, including: 


Garnering the Best Paper Award at the SDL Forum 2003 in Stuttgart, Germany for his work in 
scenario-based software requirement engineering, specifically his involvement in developing 
approaches and algorithms for the design, refinement, and validation of scenario-based 
specifications. His team has contributed to the Message Sequence Charts (MSC) standard of the 
International Telecommunications Union. 


Participating in the introduction of the first approach for generating a design from a set of scenarios 
in 1997, which still remains an active research topic now being worked on by several teams around 


Maintaining an ongoing collaborative research relationship with France Telecom, which lists Dr. 
Khendek's research team as a key partner on the company's corporate website. 


Collaborating with Ericsson Research Canada in the domain of Service Engineering, which has 
been an ongoing and fruitful partnership. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Mathematics and Statistics 
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

korotkin@mathstat.concordia.ca 


Dr. Dmitri Korotkin was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in Soviet-era 
Russia. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in 
Mathematical Physics from St. Petersburg State University, then received 
his Ph.D. and Doctor of Sciences (habilitation) in the same discipline from 
the Steklov Mathematical Institute in St. Petersburg. He became a 
Concordia faculty member in January 2000. 


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Currently, Dr. Korotkin's research involves studying classical and quantum gravity, alebro-geometric methods in integrable 
systems and the Riemann-Hilbert problem, and the spectral properties of Riemann surfaces. 


Dr. Korotkin has put his years of research to good use in his field, resulting in numerous innovative findings as well as 
accolades for him, including: 


Constructing a new class of exact solutions of Eintein's equations in terms of Riemann theta- 
functions; later these solutions were used for devising a description of a relativistically rotating disc 
of dust. 


Quantizing of Einstein-Rosen waves with two polarizations using the methods of quantum groups. 
This research was conducted with Dr. Henning Samtleben. 


Computing determinants of the Laplace operator on Riemann surfaces with conical singularities. Dr. 
Korotkin collaborated with Dr. Alexey Kokotov for this project. 


Receiving the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 1993 in Hamburg. 


Receiving a research fellowship at the Albert-Einstein Institute for Gravitational Physics in Golm, 
Germany, in 1997, and another research fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in 
Bonn, Germany in 1993. 


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Dr. Lawrence Kryzanowski 


Ned Goodman Chair in Investment Finance 
Dept. of Finance 

John Molson School of Business 
Ikryzan@vax2.concordia.ca 


Dr. Lawrence Kryzanowski hails from Cudworth, Saskatchewan. He stayed 
in West Canada for his undergraduate studies, earning a B.A. in Economics 
and Mathematics from the University of Calgary. He moved further west for 
his doctoral studies, obtaining his Ph.D. in Business Administration 
(Finance) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He moved east 
to become a Concordia faculty member in August, 1972. 





Dr. Kryzanowski is juggling a number of different research interests at the moment, such as: investment & portfolio 
management, including the performance of mutual funds; efficiency & regulation of capital markets/participants, including 
trading halts, information disclosure, and informed trading; and market microstructure or the trade-by-trade & quote-by- 
quote workings of markets, including market fragmentation and market-making. 


With more than 30 years of service to Concordia in his career, Dr. Kryzanowski has achieved many significant milestones, 
including: 


© Being the first recipient of the Prix ACFAS/Caisse de dépdt et placement du Québec in 1996, which 
recognizes an exceptional contribution of a person resident in Canada to research in finance. 


® Being named co-winner of the 1st Annual Barclays Global Investors Canada Research Award in 
2001 for excellence in Canadian capital market research. 


® Being named co-winner of the 1st Annual OSFI Award for Excellence in Research related to 
prudential regulation and supervision of the financial services sector in Canada in 2000. 


® — Learning in 2002 that the keynote presentation at the Northern Finance Association would 
henceforth be called the “Kryzanowski/Barone-Adesi Distinguished Presentation” to honour the 
founders of the Association. 


® Being named co-winner in 1996 of the TSFA Research Award, which is awarded by the Toronto 
Society of Financial Analysts for the best original research into Canadian capital markets. 


© Being named as the forthcoming President of the Multinational Finance Society. 











Concordia Research Chair in Micro-Systems Technology 
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
leslie@ece.concordia.ca 


Although Dr. Leslie M. Landsberger was born in Montreal, he completed his 
university education in the United States, receiving his B.Eng in Engineering 
Sciences at Harvard University in Massachusetts and his M.Eng. and Ph.D. 
in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in California. He returned to 

Montreal in 1991 to become a faculty member in the Faculty of Engineering 
and Computer Sciences at Concordia. 





Nowadays, Dr. Landsberger has set his sights on a number of different experiments, including a continuation of his work 
on the anisotropic etching of silicon, the further development of micro-thermal devices, microelectromechanical systems 
(MEMS), and microsensors, and greater scrutiny of microtransducers process technology. 


After almost two decades at Concordia, Dr. Landsberger has seen his list of research achievements grow, the most 
important of which are: 


* — His contributions to the experimental science and modeling of anisotropic etching of silicon, which 
have been recognized by the research community on Physical Chemistry of Wet Chemical Etching 
of Silicon (PCWES). 


® Hosting the PCWES 2004 conference at Concordia in May 2004. 


® — His contributions to high-temperature micro-thermal devices, leading to the founding of venture- 
capital-funded startup company Microbridge Technologies, Inc. 


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Dr. Michel Laroche 


Royal Bank Distinguished Professorship in Marketing 
Dept. of Marketing 

John Molson School of Business 
laroche@jmsb.concordia.ca 


Dr. Michel Laroche was born in Rabat, Morocco, but spent his childhood and 
adolescent years in France. He completed a Diploma and an M.Sc. in 
Engineering at the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris, France 
and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, respectively, before 
switching to the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where 
he obtained an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. He arrived at Concordia in January 
1979. He is currently the Managing Editor of the Journal of Business 
Research. 


Presently, Dr. Laroche's research primarily involves looking at consumer behaviour, culture and consumer behaviour, 
services marketing, and marketing communications. 


Through the years, Dr. Laroche has been showered with a variety of awards and other accomplishments, such as: 


Being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Psychological Association, 
and a Distinguished Fellow of both the Society for Marketing Advances and the Academy of 
Marketing Science. 


Receiving several awards in the past five years, including, in 2000, the Concordia University 
Research Award, for which he held the title of Senior University Research Fellow for one year, and 
the Jacques-Rousseau Medal for the best multidisciplinary researcher in Canada; in 2002, the fifth 
Living Legend of Marketing Award from Hautes études commerciales (HEC); and in 2003, the Sprott 
Leader in Business Research & Practice Award. 


Accepting an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Guelph. 


Garnering six best paper awards from various journals and conferences. 


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Dr. Martin Lefebvre 


Concordia Research Chair in Film Studies 
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema 

Faculty of Fine Arts 
lefebvre@vax2.concordia.ca 


In 1998, Dr. Martin Lefebvre officially became a faculty member in 
Concordia's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema—the same department 
where he had originally earned his B.F.A. in Cinema. Staying true to his 
Montreal roots, Dr. Lefebvre followed up his undergraduate studies with a 
move to the Université du Québec a Montréal (UQAM), where he added to 
his résumé by completing an M.A. in Etudes littéraires and a Ph.D. in 
Sémiologie. He is a member of the Peirce-Wittgenstein Research Group 
based at UQAM. 


Dr. Lefebvre's research focuses primarily on meaning in terms of representation and interpretation by way of signs and 
sign processes. Currently, he is working on historical conceptions of cinema and on the epistemology of film studies as 
well as seeking to define and develop an approach to film and images in general inspired by the pragmatic “semeiotic” 
philosophy of Charles S. Peirce. 


Dr. Lefebvre has had much to celebrate throughout the course of his research career, achieving numerous recognitions as 
well as his own personal successes, which include: 


Receiving the Association québécoise des études cinématographiques (AQEC)/Olivieri prize in 
1998 for his book Psycho: de la figure au musée imaginaire. Théorie et pratique de l'acte de 
spectature. 


Being invited for visiting professorships at the Université de Paris Sorbonne 1—Panthéon in 2003 
and at the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico City in 2004. 


Serving as Editor of Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry (RS/SI), the journal of the Canadian 
Semiotic Association. 


Co-editing, in collaboration with Dr. Frangois Jost and Dr. Dominique Chateau, an anthology on 
Eisenstein titled Eisenstein: I'ancien et le nouveau in 2000. 


Writing a number of forthcoming articles such as "Des images et signes. Sur la relation indexicale 
et son interprétation" for Visio, "Conspicuous Consumption: the Figure of the Serial Killer as 
Cannibal in the Age of Capitalism" for Theory, Culture, Society, and "De quelques airs de famille : 
remarques sur le langage et la ressemblance chez Peirce et Wittgenstein" for Peirce, Wittgenstein, 
et le pragmatisme. 


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Dr. Michel Magnan 

Lawrence Bloomberg Chair in Accountancy 
Dept. of Accountancy 

John Molson School of Business 
mmagnan@jmsb.concordia.ca 


Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Michel Magnan stayed in his hometown 
through his first two degrees, receiving a B.A.A. from Hautes études 
commerciales (HEC) and an M.B.A. from McGill University. He moved south 
of the border to the University of Washington for his doctorate in Business 
Administration. Dr. Magnan started his career as a Chartered Accountant. 
He joined the John Molson School of Business in July 2000, where he is 
currently the Associate Dean, External Affairs and Executive Programs. 


At this time, Dr. Magnan's research centres on corporate disclosure strategies and their determinants and implications as 
well as relating ethics, performance measurement, and incentive compensation to corporate governance and financial 
statement analysis. 


Dr. Magnan has been active in pursuing new research opportunities since joining Concordia, resulting in a number of 
successes including: 


Becoming Associate Editor of Contemporary Accounting Research, a prestigious journal. 


Co-authoring of more than 20 publications in refereed journals, both in North America and in 
Europe, including the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, European Accounting Review, 
Industrial Relations, Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Business Ethics. 


Seeing professional adaptations of his research findings published in journals such as CA 
Magazine, Gestion-revue internationale de gestion, and Ivey Business Journal. 


Receiving funding from agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 
FCAR, the CGA Research Foundation, and Caisse de dépét et placement du Québec. 


Receiving the title of Fellow Chartered Accountant for his contribution to the accounting profession. 











Dr. Vincent Martin 

Canada Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and Engineering 
Dept. of Biology 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

vmartin@alcor.concordia.ca 


Montreal-born biologist Dr. Vincent Martin studied his way through a variety 
of fields, earning a B.Sc. in Microbiology at McGill University, an M.Sc. in 
Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph, a Ph.D.—again in 
Microbiology—at the University of British Columbia, and finally a Post- 
Doctoral Fellowship in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, 
Berkeley. He returned to his hometown in July 2004 to accept his Canada 
Research Chair. 





Dr. Martin's research concerns microbial genomes and how they function in order that he can engineer their metabolism 
and produce valuable bio-based chemicals and fuels. The knowledge and technology generated from this research will 
help in the development of the next generation of industrially important biocatalytic microbes for the purpose of producing 
cleaner, better, cheaper, and more novel products. 


In his relatively short career, Dr. Martin has begun to rack up an impressive list of achievements academically. This list 
includes: 


® Engineering a strain of bacteria for the production of an anti-malarial compound called artemisinin. 
The successful commercialization of this process, supported by the Gates Foundation, will lead to 
affordable effective alternatives to treating this disease. 


® Co-founding Amyris Biotechnology, a Biotechnology company whose focus is the production of 
isoprenoid-based natural compounds and the production of flavours, fragrances, neutraceuticals, 
and pharmaceuticals. 


® Receiving the 2004 Petro Canada Young Innovator Award for his research project titled "The 
characterization of clostridial cellulosomes for the engineering of microbial strains and the 
production of clean sustainable energy, fuels and chemicals from biomass". 


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Concordia Research Chair in Environmental Engineering 
Dept. of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering 
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
mulligan@civil.concordia.ca 


Dr. Catherine Mulligan has a passion for her birthplace of Montreal, as 
evidenced by her decision to stay in the city to pursue all three of her 
degrees as well as to work. At McGill University, she obtained her B.Eng. 
and M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering and her Ph.D. in Geoenvironmental 
Engineering. In April 1999, following 2% years as a researcher at the 
National Research Council's (NRC) Biotechnology Research Institute and 
more than a decade of working in industry, Dr. Mulligan returned to 
academia, this time accepting a position as a full-time faculty member at 
Concordia. 





With her success in this field, Dr. Mulligan continues today to push the boundaries of research in water and soil 
remediation and the environmental applications of biosurfactants. 


Dr. Mulligan's nearly 20 years of experience in governmental, industrial, and academic settings has resulted in a long list of 
achievements for her CV, including: 


¢ Writing and publishing a book titled Environmental Biotreatment, which takes a comprehensive look 
at this subject by examining 26 principal biological technologies for the treatment of air, water, soil, 
and wastes. 


® —Co-authoring a book with Dr. R.N. Yong titled Natural Attenuation of Contaminants in Soils, which is 
a multidisciplinary overview of natural attenuation theoretical processes, case studies, protocols and 
numerical models for organic and inorganic contaminants. She is currently co-authoring a second 
book with Dr. Yong as well as Dr. M. Fukue titled Geoenvironmental Sustainability, due in 2006. 


° — Twice winning the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award for her research on soil remediation and 
biosurfactants. Her work on the production and the application of the latter is now the basis for all 
who are working in this field. 


© Publishing six research papers and receiving two patents while at the NRC for developing 
methodologies to enhance the production of biosurfactants by genetic means. 


@ Authoring or co-authoring more than 40 published papers to this point in her career. 


© — Seeing two of her articles published in 2001 in Engineering Geology achieve top 10 status for the 
most popular articles in Science Direct for Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering subcategory. 











nrskumar@mie.concordia.ca 


Canada Research Chairs at Concordia. 





Publishing 14 articles in internationally refereed journals in the past six years. 


Securing research funds for a number of projects while at Nanyang Technological University from 
governmental bodies such as the Agency for Science and Technology Research (A*STAR) and the 


Ministry of Education in Singapore. 


Working on specific Research and Development projects with companies in Singapore such as 


International Semiconductor Products Pte Ltd. and IGEL Singapore Pte Ltd. 


Dr. Sivakumar Narayanswamy 
Canada Research Chair in Laser Metrology and Laser Micromachining 
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 


Originally from the Indian city of Chennai, Dr. 
started his journey as a researcher at Madras University in India, where he 
earned his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering. He continued with his 
graduate studies in Engineering Management at Queensland University of 
Technology in Brisbane, Australia, then obtained his Ph.D. in Precision 
Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In August 
2004, Dr. Sivakumar relocated from Singapore to join the growing list of 


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For his research, Dr. Narayanswamy concentrates primarily on the use of laser interferometry to measure the surface 
profile, vibration, and sub-surface defects in the sub-micron regime with nanometer resolution—in other words, to detect 
imperfections and defects on surfaces at the nano and micro level. To address the industrial requirement for 
miniaturization and speed, he is also developing short-pulsed laser micromachining using interferometric concepts to 
assist in the reduction of feature size and help in the direct fabrication of 2D and 3D photonic devices and gratings. 


Although still early in his career, Dr. Narayanswamy has already begun to build up an impressive résumé of research 
achievements in his field, including: 


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Concordia Research Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

ghp@alcor.concordia.ca 

admin@cermm.concordia.ca (Centre for Research in Molecular Modeling) 


Dr. Gilles Peslherbe was born in Caen, France. He completed the Classes 
Préparatoires Mathématiques Supérieures et Spéciales at the Lycée 
Corneille de Rouen, France, allowing him to take the Concours des Grandes 
Ecoles exam and enter the Ecole Supérieure Chimie Physique Electronique 
de Lyon, where he obtained a Dipléme d'Ingénieur Chimiste. At Wayne State 
University in Detroit, Dr. Peslherbe earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry 
with minor in Computer Engineering. 





He is the founding Director of the Concordia-based Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling, the mission of which is to 
promote excellence in research and graduate education in computational chemistry and biochemistry. 


The primary focus of Dr. Peslherbe's research is the development and application of computer tools to perform realistic 
simulations of fundamental chemical problems and chemical reactions relevant to photochemistry, biology, and materials 
science. 


Dr. Peslherbe has been quite prolific with his research in his rather young career, piling up a list of successes that include: 


° Being awarded the Wilfred Heller Research Fellowship by Wayne State University in 1994. 


® Being invited to almost a dozen conferences to present lectures and authoring or co-authoring over 
120 conference presentations. 


® Authoring or co-authoring over 50 published research papers, review articles, and book chapters. 


® Receiving 16 research grants from major agencies such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation, 
Science and Engineering Research Canada (a.k.a. NSERC), Quebec's Ministry of Education, and 
the Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies. 


° Being named a Fellow of Concordia's Science College. 


® Organizing various symposia, such as the Trends in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry 
symposium for the 88th Canadian Society for Chemistry meeting. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Vehicular Ergodynamics 

Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
rakheja@vax2.concordia.ca 

arlene@vax2.concordia.ca (Concordia Centre for Advanced Vehicle 
Engineering) 


Concordia is like a second home to Dr. Subhash Rakheja, who earned both 
his B.Eng and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University. Originally 
from India, Dr. Rakheja became a faculty member himself at Concordia in 
1985 under the Programme d'action structurante following a stint as a 
Research Officer with the National Research Council (NRC). He is currently 
serving as the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Mechanical 
and Industrial Engineering. 





The foci of Dr. Rakheja's current research are vehicular ergodynamics, human vibration, commercial vehicle safety 
dynamics, and intelligent vehicles. 


In a career that spans more than twenty years, Dr. Rakheja continues to add to his long list of research accomplishments. 
His most significant ones include: 


® Developing two International Standards (ISO) in the field of human vibration based on results from 
research conducted in a number of collaborations with colleagues from /nstitut de recherche 
Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and NRC, which were positively voted on 
and accepted by all the member countries. He is presently participating in the refinement and 
development of other standards. 


® Developing optimal tank geometry and anti-slosh mechanisms to reduce the dynamic fluid slosh in 
tank trucks for the safe transportation of dangerous products. 


® Being named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the Canadian 
Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as the Concordia Senior Research Fellow for 2005. 


® — Sitting on the editorial boards of international journals and on the advisory boards of the 
Encyclopedia of Vibration and the Canadian Standards Council. 


° Acting as Chair of the Transportation Division of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers and 
as a Technical Advisor for the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health in the United 
States. 


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Canada Research Chair in Globalization, Citizenship, and Social 
Justice 

Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

nigel.rapport@concordia.ca 


Dr. Nigel Rapport, who hails from Cardiff, Wales, received his B.A. and M.A. 
in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. in the 
same discipline from the University of Manchester. He arrived at Concordia 
in January 2005 from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he 
held a Personal Chair in Anthropological and Philosophical Studies and was 
the founding director of the St. Andrews Centre for the Anthropological Study 
of Knowledge and Ethics. 





At Concordia, he will oversee the establishment of the Concordia Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies in the Department of 
Sociology and Anthropology. 


At Concordia, Dr. Rapport's work will be focused on a reconceptualizing of citizenship and justice in the light of globalizing 
social processes: a safeguarding of the rights and duties, the capacities and fulfillment, of the individual in society that is 
open in character and global in reach. 


Dr. Rapport has achieved and received many distinctions throughout his distinguished career, including: 


° Being elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 


® Winning the Royal Anthropological Institute Curl Essay Prize as well as the Royal Society of 
Edinburgh Prize Lectureship in the Humanities. 


® Serving as Honorary Secretary of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom 
and Commonwealth. 


° Being designated President of the Anthropology and Archaeology Section of the British Association 
for the Advancement of Science. 


° Authoring seven books based on his research, such as 'The Prose and the Passion’: Anthropology, 
Literature and the Writing of E.M.Forster, published by Manchester University Press in 1994, 
Transcendent Individual, published by Routledge in 1997, and, most recently, ‘ am Dynamite’: An 
Alternative Anthropology of Power, published by Routledge in 2003. In addition, he is the editor of 
four further books and the author of more than 90 articles. 











Chair in Quebec and Canadian Jewish Studies 

Dept. of Religion 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

ravv@videotron.ca 

cjs@alcor.concordia.ca (Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish 
Studies) 


Calgarian Dr. Norman Ravvin studied History and English as an 
undergraduate at the University of British Columbia, switching entirely to 
English when he moved on to graduate school at the same institution. He 
continued with his English studies at the University of Toronto, where he 
completed his doctoral studies. He came to Concordia in 1999 after teaching 
creative writing at the University of New Brunswick for two years. He is 
currently overseeing the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. 


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Dr. Ravvin recently co-edited The Canadian Jewish Studies Reader, published by Red Deer Press, to which he also 
contributed two essays. His primary areas of research are Canadian Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, and Museums 
and Identity. 


Dr. Ravvin has been both prolific and acclaimed in both the literary and academic scenes in Canada, especially in relation 
to Jewish culture. His published work includes: 


° Café des Westens, a novel published by Red Deer Press. 
° Lola by Night, his latest novel, published by paperplates books. 


°@ Sex, Skyscrapers, and Standard Yiddish, a collection of short stories published by paperplates 
books. 


°® AHouse of Words: Jewish Writing, Identity and Memory, published by McGill-Queen's University 
Press. 


® — Hidden Canada: An Intimate Travelogue, published by Red Deer Press. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Net-Centred Software Comprehension 
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

rilling@cs.concordia.ca 


Dr. Juergen Rilling arrived at Concordia in August 1999. He was born in 
Germany and stayed there to obtain his undergraduate Diploma in 
Computer Science from the College of Technology and Economics in 
Reutlingen, Germany. He moved west to Great Britain for his M.Sc. in 
Computer Science, which he earned at the University of East Anglia in 
Norwich. He moved west yet again to complete his Ph.D. in Computer 
Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, U.S.A. 


At this time, Dr. Rilling is focusing his research on four specific aspects of software maintenance and program 
comprehension: slicing, visualization, applications, and CONCEPT (Comprehension Of Net-CEntered Programs and 


Techniques). 


Dr. Rilling has applied much of his academic and industrial experience to his research, resulting in some innovative 
contributions to his field of software comprehension and software maintenance, with successes in: 


Providing source code analysis, with a particular focus on static and dynamic program slicing, with a 
further sub-focus on the development and application of dynamic slicing for distributed and 
concurrent programs. 


Conducting studies in reverse engineering and architectural recovery domain, which involves 
analyzing a subject system or a system of systems to: (a) identify the system's components and 
their interrelationships; (b) create representations of a system in another form at a higher level of 
abstraction; and (c) understand the program execution and the sequence in which the system was 


Exploring new software visualization techniques and metaphors to improve the comprehension of 
large software systems. 


Authoring or co-authoring almost twenty conference proceedings and journal articles. 











Dr. T.S. Rukmani 
Chair in Hindu Studies 
Dept. of Religion 

Faculty of Arts and Science 
rukmani@alcor.concordia.ca 


Dr. T.S. Rukmani was educated in her home country of India, earning all four 
of her degrees at Delhi University. Beginning with a B.A. in English, 
Mathematics, Economics, and Sanskrit, Dr. Rukmani decided to concentrate 
on Sanskrit for the remainder of her studies, receiving her M.A., Ph.D., and 
D.Litt. in this subject. She joined the Concordia research community in 
January 1996. 





Indian Philosophy is Dr. Rukmani's primary area of research, in particular the Advaita Vedanta, Samkya, and Yoga 
philosophies. She is well-published in these areas. 


Dr. Rukmani is world renowned as a pioneer in her field, achieving a number of significant objectives during her career. 
These include: 


© Being the first woman to obtain a Ph.D. and the only person to be awarded the D.Litt. degree in the 
Department of Sanskrit at the University of Delhi. 


© Publishing her four-volume work, The Yogavarttika of Vijnanabhiksu, which is the only study thus far 
to deal with this revered Sanskrit author. 


® Publishing a two-volume work titled The Yogasutrabhasyavivarana of Sankara, which concerns the 
work of another famous Sanskrit author. 


© Receiving the National Association of Canadians of Indian Origin's annual award in 1998 in 
recognition of her contribution to community outreach programs. 


® Being elected a member of the International Fellowship Committee of the International Federation 
of University Women in the 1980s. 


© Serving as a member on the Consultative Committee of the International Association for the Study 
of Sanskrit since 1994. 


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Seeds of Change 
New and Future Research Facilities at Concordia 




















Sir George Williams Campus 


Integrated Engineering, Computer Science, & Visual Arts Complex (left: Engineering & Computer Science view; middle: Visual Arts view); John 
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Concordia Research Chair in Human-Centered Software Engineering 
Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

seffah@cs.concordia.ca 


Dr. Ahmed Seffah's life began in Alger, Algeria. He first attended the 
University of Science and Technology in Algeria, graduating with a B.Eng. in 
Computer Engineering, Software Option. He joined his family in Lyon, 
France to obtain a Master of Applied Computer and Automatics Engineering 
from the Institut des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon and a Ph.D. in Software 
Engineering at the Ecole Centrale Lyon. After working at the Centre de 
recherche informatique de Montréal, Dr. Seffah became a Concordia faculty 
member in 2000. 





He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction and 
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 


At the present time, Dr. Seffah is continuing his research in human-centered software engineering, an emerging field 
where he is considered a pioneer. 


Dr. Seffah's hard work and strong research ethic has yielded a substantial bounty of successes over the years, including: 


® Co-founding Concordia's Usability and Empirical Studies Lab. 
® Founding Concordia's Human-Centred Software Engineering Group. 


* Co-editing, with Mrs. H. Javahery, a book titled Multiple User Interfaces: Engineering and 
Application Frameworks. He is also in the process of finishing two other books titled Patterns For 
User Interfaces Engineering and Human-Centered Software Engineering: Bridging HCI, Usability 
and Software Engineering. 


® Serving as Vice-Chair of the International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 
(IFIP WG 13.2) on human-centered design methodologies. 


° Receiving substantial grants from Daimler Chrysler and the Science and Engineering Research 
Canada (a.k.a. NSERC)-New Media Initiative. 


® Co-founding and co-chairing the Working Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering, 
the first international conference in the field. 


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Dr. Lisa Serbin 


Concordia Research Chair in Psychology 

Dept. of Psychology/Centre for Research in Human Development 

Faculty of Arts and Science 

lisa.serbin@concordia.ca 

crdh@alcor.concordia.ca (Centre de recherche en développement humain) 


Dr. Lisa Serbin is a native of New York City. She was educated entirely in the 
United States, receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College in 
Portland, Oregon and her Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State 
University of New York at Stony Brook. She moved north of the border to 
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She is currently the Director of the renowned Centre de recherche en développement humain (CRDH), a research “centre 
of excellence” funded under the Quebec Regroupements stratégiques program and headquartered at Concordia's Loyola 


campus. 


Dr. Serbin's research at present involves a continuation of her longitudinal projects on child development and 
developmental psychopathology, women's health, and the social and environmental factors in the transfer of health and 
developmental risk from parent to child. 


After 25 years as a faculty member at Concordia, Dr. Serbin has established herself as one of the University's stars in 
research. Some of her more important achievements include: 


Conducting a series of widely cited studies on children's concepts of gender and gender roles and 
their relation to gender-role behaviour from early childhood to adolescence. 


Conducting The Concordia Longitudinal Risk Project, through which Dr. Serbin and her co- 
investigators have established the negative long term consequences of aggressive behaviour in 
girls, and identified specific processes involved in the transfer of health risk between generations 
within disadvantaged populations. 


Being named a fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Developmental 
Psychology and Psychology of Women divisions and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological 
Association. 


Being awarded the Concordia University Research Award in 1998, for which she held the title of 
Concordia Research Fellow for one year. 


Overseeing the expansion of CRDH in May 2004 involving 35 researchers from 5 institutions and 9 
disciplines, a result of further funding success with the Regroupements stratégiques program. 














Canada Research Chair in New Media Arts 

Dept. of Design and Computation Arts (joint faculty appointment with Dept. 
of Computer Science and Software Engineering) 

Faculty of Fine Arts 

sha@encs.concordia.ca 


For a number of years now, Dr. Sha Xin Wei has been fusing art with 
science through his research. Born in Washington D.C., U.S.A., Dr. Sha 
obtained his B.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at Harvard and Stanford 
Universities, respectively. He arrived at Concordia in January 2005 as the 
first Canada Research Chair to be jointly appointed by the Faculty of Fine 
Arts and the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. He is now firmly 
established in the Department of Design and Computation Arts (formerly the 
Department of Design Arts). 


For his current research, Dr. Sha is concentrating his attention on the phenomenology of performance, and technologies 
used for performance, such as real-time, gesturally nuanced video and sound synthesis for responsive environments. 


Dr. Sha's paradigm-shifting work in his interdisciplinary field of critical studies of media arts and sciences has led to a 
number of professional achievements, including: 


Conceiving and providing the technical direction for a series of TGarden responsive environments 
(1999 - 2001). 


Co-founding Pliant Research with colleagues in Xerox PARC and Apple Advanced Technology 
Research in 1996 and the Sponge art research group in 1997. 


Forming the Topological Media Lab (2001), which can be found at http://topologicalmedia.net/. 


Receiving funding from such prestigious organizations as the Rockefeller Foundation, the LEF 
Foundation, and Creative Work Fund. 


Winning the Daniel Langlois Foundation Individual Artist Award in 2003. 


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Canada Research Chair in the Neurobiology of Drug Abuse 

Dept. of Psychology/Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology 
Faculty of Arts and Science 

uri.shalev@concordia.ca 

info@csbn.concordia.ca (Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology) 


Dr. Uri Shalev's research career began during his undergraduate studies in 
Animal Sciences and continued on through his graduate work in the same 
field at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in his native Israel. He switched 
to Psychology for his Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University, which evolved into a 
specialization in Drug Abuse for his post-doctoral research at the National 
Institute on Drug Abuse-The National Institute of Health (NIDA-NIH) in 
Baltimore, Maryland. He arrived at Concordia in August 2004. 


Dr. Shalev's research at present is focused on reward obtaining-directed behaviour, particularly the hypothesis that the 
brain mechanisms that fail to control drug-taking behaviour are also the ones involved in the loss of control on eating, 
resulting in obesity or eating disorders. He is also interested in the interaction between the development of mental 
disorders and drug abuse due to early-life environmental experiences. 


Dr. Shalev, who is only at the beginning stages of his career, has wasted no time in establishing himself in the research 
community. Some of his successes include: 


Receiving the National Institute on Drug Abuse/Intramural Research Program (NIDA/IRP) 
Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award. 


Authoring articles published in high-profile publications such as The Journal of Neuroscience and 
Pharmacological Reviews. 


Receiving a travel award from the Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) in Utah. 


Being the first researcher to report on the "incubation" of stress-induced relapse to drug-seeking in 
an animal model (i.e., exposure to stress is more likely to induce relapse to drug-seeking behaviour 
following prolonged abstinence and not, as one intuitively assumes, immediately following 
withdrawal). 


Demonstrating that acute food deprivation results in relapse to drug-seeking behavior in an animal 
model for drug abuse and that this effect is blocked by the administration of leptin, a hormone that is 
involved in the regulation of body weight and energy balance. 


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Dr. Peter Shizgal 

Concordia Research Chair in Psychology 

Dept. of Psychology/Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology 
Faculty of Arts and Science 

peter.shizgal@concordia.ca 

info@csbn.concordia.ca (Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology) 


Native Montrealer Dr. Peter Shizgal stayed in his hometown to obtain his 
B.A. in Psychology at McGill University, moving to the University of 
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for his graduate and doctoral studies in 
Physiological Psychology and quickly obtaining both degrees within an 
astonishing four years. He returned to Montreal to become a lecturer at 
Concordia in 1975 and became a faculty member the following year. 


He is a past Director of the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology (CSBN) and holds memberships in seven 
professional associations and learned societies. 


Dr. Shizgal is one of the most active researchers at Concordia, with current projects focusing on the neural basis of 


reward, motivation, and decision-making. 


During the 30 years that Dr. Shizgal has been working at Concordia, he has achieved considerable success as a 
researcher. Some of his more significant accomplishments include: 


Participating in the establishment of a new hybrid discipline, “neuroeconomics’. 
Collaborating on the first study to apply decision theory in functional brain imaging. 


Collaborating on the first study to tie leptin, a hormone that informs the brain about fat stores, to 
brain reward circuitry. 


Developing and applying behavioural methods for inferring physiological and anatomical properties 
of reward-related neurons. 


Winning the NutraSweet Prize for research in nutrition and feeding in 1994. 
Being named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological 


Participating in the founding of CSBN, one of the top research centres of its kind in the world, and 
of Concordia's Science College. 


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Canada Research Chair in Applied Mathematics 
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics 

Faculty of Arts and Science 
shnirel@mathstat.concordia.ca 


Dr. Alexander I. Shnirelman is a native Muscovite who, as a 13 year old 
child, developed such an intense interest in mathematics that he decided to 
pursue his undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in this field at 
Moscow State University. After working many years in the oil industry in the 
former Soviet Union, followed by a decade spent as an academic at Tel Aviv 
University in Israel and two years at the University of Hull in the U.K., Dr. 
Shnirelman joined Concordia's Department of Mathematics and Statistics as 
a faculty member in July 2004. 


Dr. Shnirelman's current research is concentrated on asymptotic properties of eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of elliptic 
operators and dynamics of ideal incompressible fluid. This may lead to a better understanding and an accurate 
mathematical modeling of turbulent fluid flows. 


As a researcher, Dr. Shnirelman is highly regarded by his peers for his work on fluid dynamics and turbulence, with many 
successes on his résumé such as: 


Creating a new degree theory for continuous maps in Banach spaces. 
Proving the equidistribution of eigenfunctions for classically ergodic systems. 


Producing important results in fluid dynamics research including the absence of the shortest 
geodesic on the group of 3-d diffeomorphisms. 


Proving the non-uniqueness of the weak solution of incompressible Euler equations. 
Constructing weak solutions of the Euler equations in 3-d with decreasing energy. 
Receiving the Royal Society Research Merit Award. 


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Concordia Research Chair in Wireless Multimedia Communications 
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
msoleyma@ece.concordia.ca 


Dr. Mohammed Reza Soleymani originally comes from the city of Estahban 
in Iran. He attended the University of Tehran as an undergraduate student, 
completing his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, then moved to the other side 
of the world to pursue his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at San Jose State 
University in California. Montreal was the final stop on his educational 
journey after he traveled northeast to earn his Ph.D. in Electrical 
Engineering at Concordia. He remained affiliated with the University as an 
Adjunct Professor while working in industry before joining as a full-time 
faculty member in January 1998. 





He is currently the Graduate Program Director of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. 


Dr. Soleymani continues to this day to conduct research in wireless and satellite communications as well as information 
theory and coding and data compression. 


Throughout his professional career in the public and private sectors, Dr. Soleymani has developed a tremendous research 
profile, with such glowing achievements as: 


® —Co-authoring with Ms. Y. Gao and Ms. U. Vilaipornsawai a book titled Turbo Coding for Satellite and 
Wireless Communications, which was published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2002. 


® Authoring or co-authoring more than 100 research papers for reputable journals and conferences. 
® Seeing two of his U.S. and one of his Canadian patent applications approved. 


* Establishing the Wireless and Satellite Communications Lab in the Department of Electrical and 
Computer Engineering. 


° Playing a leading role in the design and development of several satellite communications systems 
for EMS Technologies Ltd. (formerly Spar Aerospace Ltd.), where he worked from 1990 to 1998. 


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Dr. Chun-Yi Su 


Concordia Research Chair in Intelligent Control of Non-Smooth 
Dynamic Systems 

Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
cysu@me.concordia.ca 


Originally from Hebei in the People's Republic of China, Dr. Chun-Yi Su 
began his engineering career in his native land as an undergraduate student 
in Control Engineering at the Shaanxi Institute of Mechanical Engineering 
(now Xi'an University of Technology). He completed both his M.Eng. and 
Ph.D. in Control Engineering at South China University of Technology, 
specializing in Control Theory and Applications. He became a faculty 
member at Concordia in August 1998. 


These days, Dr. Su's attention is drawn towards research on the control of nonlinear systems preceded by non-smooth 
nonlinearities, control of robotics and nonholonomic mechanical systems, and fuzzy control techniques for nonlinear 


systems. 


Throughout his career, Dr. Su has gained a reputation as a top-notch researcher, building continuously upon a list of 
research successes that includes: 


Contributing new methodologies to his field, particularly as applied to the control of mechanical and 
robot systems, which have gained wide interest in terms of theory and practice. 


Authoring or co-authoring more than 150 publications that have appeared in journals, as book 
chapters, and in conference proceedings. 


Becoming Associate Editor of both EEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and the 
Journal of Control Theory & Applications. He also sits on the Editorial Board of Mechatronics. 


Serving as the General Co-Chair for the Fourth International Conference on Control and Automation 
(ICCA'03) and as the General Chair of the 2004 International Conference on Dynamics, 
Instrumentation and Control (CDIC'04). 


Receiving multi-year research grants from Science and Engineering Research Canada (a.k.a. 
NSERC), Quebec funding agencies, and the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS), 
which is one of Canada's Networks of Centres of Excellence. 


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Dr. Ching Y. Suen 


Concordia Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Pattern 
Recognition 

Dept. of Computer Science and Software Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

suen@cs.concordia.ca 

bev@cenparmi.concordia.ca (Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine 
Intelligence) 


Originally from Zhongshan, Guangdong, China, Dr. Ching Y. Suen began his 
research career with a B.Sc. (Eng.) in Electrical Engineering and an M.Sc. 
(Eng.) in Electronics at the University of Hong Kong, then continued on with 
an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in Man-Computer Communications at the University of 
British Columbia. In 1972, he joined Concordia's Computer Science 
department, serving as its Chair from 1980 to 1984. 





He is now Director of the Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence. 


Dr. Suen's primary areas of research interest include handwriting recognition by computer for applications in automatic 
entry/reading of handwritten data and the analysis of the legibility of type and print fonts to discover how they affect human 
reading and vision, with the goal of discovering the most legible font for easy reading by children and adults. 


In his three-decade relationship with Concordia, Dr. Suen has been a prolific and dynamic researcher, with 
accomplishments such as: 


Authoring and/or editing 11 books and more than 400 papers on subjects ranging from computer 
vision and handwriting recognition, to expert systems and computational linguistics. 


Founding The International Journal of Computer Processing of Oriental Languages and served as 
its first Editor-in-Chief for 10 years. Presently, he is an Associate Editor of several journals related 
to pattern recognition. 


° Being named a fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of 
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Institute for Advanced Pattern Recognition. 


© Being recognized by the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Science and 
Engineering Research Canada (a.k.a. NSERC) in 1993 for outstanding contributions to pattern 
recognition, computational linguistics, and expert systems. 


© Being named Senior Concordia University Research Fellow in 1998. 


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Dr. Srikanta M.N.S. Swamy 

Concordia Research Chair on Signal Processing and Applications 
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
swamy@ece.concordia.ca 


Dr. Srikanta M.N.S. Swamy was born in Bangalore, India. His undergraduate 
studies were completed at Mysore University, one of India's oldest 
universities, where he earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics. He then 
attended the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, obtaining a Post- 
Graduate Diploma in Electrical Communication Engineering. Dr. Swamy left 
India to earn his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University 
of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, which he did within four years. He began his 
career at Concordia in August 1968. 





Dr. Swamy's current research is focused on signal processing for speech, image, and video, and studying the theory and 
implementation of fast algorithms for multi-dimensional signal processing. 


After almost four decades of research activity at Concordia, Dr. Swamy has compiled an impressive list of achievements, 
including: 


° Establishing, as early as the sixties, fundamental results in the area of distributed parameter 
networks, which have become extremely useful now in view of the modeling required to be done for 
interconnects in very large-scale integration (VLSI) circuits. 


© — Introducing in 1971 the concept of network transposition, in which a given voltage-mode circuit can 
be converted to a current-mode circuit and vice-versa. This is extremely useful today in view of the 
availability of operational transconductance amplifiers. 


® — Solving a number of hitherto open problems and conjectures in the stability theory of multi- 
dimensional systems through a series of articles, one of which received the Guillemin-Cauer Best 
Paper Award by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Circuits and Systems Society 
in 1986. 


© Being awarded a Doctor of Science in Engineering Honoris Causa by Ansted University in Penang, 
Malaysia in August 2001. 


° Witnessing two awards established in his name—the Dr. M.N.S. Swamy Merit Scholarship and the 
Dr. M.N.S. Swamy Gold Medal—by the world-renowned Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, 
India in 1989 in honor of his many contributions. 


® ~—Co-authoring two well-known, highly cited books in the field of graph theory and its applications, 
namely Graphs, Networks and Algorithms and Graphs and Algorithms with Dr. D. Thulasiraman, the 
former being translated into Russian and Chinese. 














Dr. Lorne Switzer 


Van Berkom Endowed Chair in Small Caps Finance 
Dept. of Finance 

John Molson School of Business 
switz@vax2.concordia.ca 


A native of Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Lorne Switzer has been a faculty member at 
Concordia for over 20 years, having arrived in Montreal in 1984. He received 
all three of his degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, 
including a B.Sc. in Administration from the famed Wharton School, and an 
M.A. and Ph.D. in Finance. He has been the Chair of the Department of 
Finance in the John Molson School of Business since 1997, and is a past 
Director of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Administration programs. 


At present, Dr. Switzer's key focus is on small cap equities. He is also looking into several other key areas of finance, such 
as investments and portfolio management, derivative securities, and international finance. 


As a researcher in the finance field, Dr. Switzer has been making a name for himself for quite some time. Among his more 
well-known endeavours are the following: 


Developing a model for capturing the investment-financing of companies using a systems 
approach, which was conveyed in a article titled “The Determinants of Industrial R&D: A Funds 
Flow-Simultaneous Equations Approach” published in Review of Economics and Statistics in 1984. 


Publishing major papers on fixed income: the first, written with T. Park and focusing on trading 
strategy, was published in Journal of Futures Markets in 1996 under the title “Mean Reversion of 
Interest Rate Term Premiums and Profits from Trading Strategies with TreasurSpreads”; another on 
hedging was published in Journal of Fixed Income in 1997 with the title "A Cost Effective Approach 
to Hedging Mortgage Backed Securities Using Treasury Futures and Futures Options"; and yet 
another on forecasting interest rates was published in Journal of Forecasting in 1997 with the title 
“Forecasting Interest Rates and Yield Spreads: The Informational Content of Implied Futures Yields 
and Best-Fitting Forward Rate Models”. 


Publishing a paper on asset allocation titled "Active Versus Passive Strategies for EAFE and the 
S&P 500" in Journal of Portfolio Management in 2004. 














Dr. Sofiene Tahar 

Concordia Research Chair in Formal Verification of Microelectronic 
Systems 

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

tahar@ece.concordia.ca 


Dr. Sofiéne Tahar has been a faculty member in Concordia's Department of 
Electrical and Computer Engineering since June 1996. Originally from 
Sousse, Tunisia, Dr. Tahar received all of his post-secondary education in 
Germany, completing his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and his M.Sc. in 
Computer Engineering at the University of Darmstadt and his Ph.D. with 
Distinction in Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe. 


He is recognized as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Quebec and is also a member of the Institute of Electrical 
and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE 
Communications Society. 


Dr. Tahar's present research is concentrated primarily in the areas of formal verification and system-on-chip design and 


verification. 


Through the course of his relatively young research career, Dr. Tahar has seen his reputation as an innovative researcher 
rise steadily due to successes such as: 





Receiving a five-year Canada Foundation for Innovation Award in 1998. This award came with a 
$500,000 New Opportunities grant. 


Devising the first methodology for the formal verification of pipelined RISC processors between 
1993 and 1998. 


Devising the first framework for the verification of System-on-Chip modeled in SystemC between 
2001 and 2005. 


Founding the Hardware Verification Group at Concordia and co-founding the Concordia Wideband 
CDMA Group. He is also currently leading the Multiway Decision Graphs Group. 


Receiving over twenty different grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator 
during his career. 


Providing the first formalization of fixed-point arithmetic in higher-order logic. 


Being a member of one of the leading groups in the world to investigate the formal verification of 
Asynchronous Transfer Mode switching hardware. 


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Dr. Chunyan Wang 

Concordia Research Chair in Low-Power Very Large Scale Integration 
Circuits 

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 
chunyan@ece.concordia.ca 


Born in the bustling city of Beijing, China, Dr. Chunyan Wang moved to the 
even busier city of Shanghai to attend Jiao Tong University for her B.Eng. in 
Electrical Engineering. Her academic path saw her travel to Europe next for 
her graduate and doctoral studies, specifically Orsay, France, where she 
obtained her M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Electronics from the Université Paris Sud. 
She moved to Montreal in January 1997 to take a position with Concordia's 
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. 


These days, Dr. Wang is continuing her research to advance the development of analog-mixed very large-scale integration 
(VLSI) circuit design and implementation and CMOS optical sensor integration. 


Dr. Wang has been a prolific and accomplished researcher during her years at Concordia, gaining an enormous amount of 
recognition for her work. Among her more renowned successes are: 


Proposing a methodology for designing and implementing VLSI circuits that make use of energy 
carried by input signals or illumination, thereby eliminating the necessity of an electrical supply, such 
as batteries, facilitating the development of operationally autonomous VLSI circuits. This work 
resulted in a U.S. patent being granted and two research papers on the subject. 


Proposing a method to design integrated metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) switches with very low 
switching noise, a development that contributes greatly to solving the switching noise issue, one of 
the most critical issues in the design of switched-current circuits. A U.S. patent has been approved 
for this project, and two research papers on the subject have been published or accepted for 
publication. 


Developing low-power, low-current circuits for sensor applications, specifically several basic 
functional blocks such as the current amplifier, comparator, and oscillator. These circuit blocks are 
able to operate with a very weak current signal, providing a very high sensitivity to signal variations 
and a wide dynamic range. Applying these circuits significantly extends the range of signal 
detections, which will greatly widen the application field of the sensor systems. Several U.S. patents 
have been granted for this work and a number of research papers on the project have been 
published. 


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Canada Research Chair in Biological Chemistry 
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry 

Faculty of Arts and Science 
cwilds@alcor.concordia.ca 


Dr. Christopher J. Wilds is a true blue Montrealer, having been born and 
raised in the city. He completed his undergraduate science degree in 
Chemistry at Concordia and his doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry at 
McGill University. In July 2003, Dr. Wilds returned to Concordia as a faculty 
member after working for a brief period of time as a researcher at Johns 
Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. 





The main research foci for Dr. Wilds at the moment are nucleic acid chemistry and organic and medicinal chemistry, with 
the intent of designing new drugs to treat human disease that meet the specific needs of individual sufferers. 


Dr. Wilds has been making the most of his research in his very short career, thus far. Some of his more notable 
achievements include: 


© — His discovery during his doctoral work that oligonucleotides containing the sugar 2'-fluoro-2'- 
deoxyribose, when hybridized to RNA, can trigger RNase H mediated degradation of the RNA to 
which they are targeted. This was a significant finding for the field of antisense oligonucleotide 
chemistry, which has applications in the treatment of various diseases. 


© Receiving a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Science and Engineering Research Canada (a.k.a. 
NSERC) in 2000. 


® Winning the 1999 Carl Winkler Award from McGill's Department of Chemistry for best Ph.D. thesis of 
that year. 


® Seeing a discovery that he and his wife had made during their doctoral studies result in a successful 
patent application put forth by their supervisor and by McGill, which in turn led to the establishment 
of a small biotech company called Anagesis. 


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Dr. Yong Zeng 

Canada Research Chair in Design Science 

Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering 

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science 

zeng@ciise.concordia.ca 

graduate@ciise.concordia.ca (Concordia Institute for Information Systems 
Engineering) 


Dr. Yong Zeng was born in Yicheng, China and attended the Institute of 
Logistics Engineering in Chongqing as an undergraduate student, receiving 
a B.Eng. in Structural Engineering. Dr. Zeng then moved to Dalian University 
of Technology, earning his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics. 


For the next phase of his career, Dr. Zeng moved to Alberta to attend the University of Calgary, obtaining a second Ph.D. 
in Design/Mechanical Engineering. He came to Concordia in August 2003 after a brief stint with the National Research 


Council of Canada. 


Presently, Dr. Zeng is working on turning his theory of design modeling into a formal design science in order to understand 
design activities and help develop design tools. This is tied to two other research areas, computer-aided product 
development and geometric modeling. 


Although relatively new to Canada, Dr. Zeng has managed to bring new innovations to the design engineering field based 


on his research experience in China and here in Canada. His successes include: 


Proposing a new logic of design called “recursive logic” to identify the recursive dependence 
between design problems and design solutions. 


Developing a formal design system based on the formulation and formalization of recursive logic. 
He has also developed three new algorithms for geometric modeling guided by the recursive logic. 


Establishing the axiomatic theory of design modeling founded on recursive logic. 


Overseeing or participating in six research and industry projects related to design science in both 
China and Canada. He has also been involved in three other projects dealing with intelligent finite 
element modeling, reverse engineering for objects with complex surfaces, and computer-integrated 
measurement, analysis, design, and rapid prototyping of knee joints. 


Authoring or co-authoring over sixty papers that have been published in refereed journals and 
conferences. 


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