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Queen's University

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Portrait of Leila Notash

Leila Notash

Dr. Leila Notash is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Her research area includes robotics with emphasis on parallel manipulators and failure recovery and fault tolerant operation. She is an associate editor of the Mechanism and Machine Theory and the Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Notash is a licensed member of the Professional Engineers Ontario, a Fellow of Engineers Canada, and a recipient of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Volunteer Service Award.



Portrait of Patrick Oosthuizen

Patrick Oosthuizen

Patrick Oosthuizen was educated at the universities of Cape Town and Toronto. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University in 1968. He teaches an undergraduate course and several graduate courses and remains active in research. He is the Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. His University duties include being Vice-Chair of Senate and a Dispute Resolution Advisor. He is the Principal’s Colleague on the Council of Ontario Universities and serves on the Quality Assurance Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Domino Theatre.



Portrait of Lynette Purda

Lynette Purda

Dr. Purda is an associate professor and RBC Fellow of Finance at Queen's School of Business. She teaches in a variety of the school's graduate programs including the Masters of Finance, Masters of International Business and Executive MBA. She has been at Queen's since 2002 following her Ph.D. studies at the University of Toronto. Lynnette's research examines fraud, corporate governance, and credit markets. She currently sits on the board of Queen's student-run stock portfolio, the Queen's University Investment Counsel, and is a former board member of Queen's Daycare.


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Portrait of Hannah Ramsay

Hannah Ramsay

My name is Hannah Ramsay and I am a second year student in the Concurrent Education program. I have declared my major in Lifescience, and hope to achieve teaching subjects in Biology and Chemistry and eventually teach at the secondary level. I am from Ottawa, and worked for the government at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal as a summer student.




Portrait of Robert Ross

Robert Ross

Dr. Robert Ross obtained a Bachelor degree in Physical Education from McGill University, Master’s (1988) and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the Université de Montréal in 1992. He is currently a Professor within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. His research program focuses on the identification and management of obesity and related co-morbid conditions. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association and is the Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Queen’s.



Portrait of Eric Rapos

Eric Rapos

Eric Rapos is a PhD Candidate in the School of Computing, and previously completed both his undergrad and his MSc here at Queen's. Eric's research is in the field of model-based test evolution of automotive models. Eric has had an active role in University Governance over the past 6 years, being involved in the Computing Students Association, the Graduate Computing Society and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students. Eric has a passion for policy, and plans to put that to use during his term on Senate. Visit for more information.



Portrait of Joanne Rotermundt-de la Parra

Joanne Rotermundt-de la Parra

Born and raised in Toronto, I began to pursue my passion for languages at Glendon College, where I majored in French and English. I was introduced to Spanish at Glendon, and soon fell in love with the language and all things Spanish. While doing my M.A. at Western, I was awarded a one-year scholarship to do research in Spain, and that year soon turned into five. I returned to Toronto to begin my Ph.D. in 1987, and have now been teaching all levels of Spanish language at Queen's for 23 years. If I'm not in Kingston, I'm probably in Madrid.


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Portrait of Peter Smolej

Peter Smolej

Peter is currently in his second year of a Life Science major with a minor in Health Studies. After many years of enrichment programs supplementing his unfulfilling traditional academic experience, Peter pursued the opportunity to intern for the Academic Affairs Commissioner of the AMS. With renewed optimism directed towards the field of educational reform, Peter currently co-chairs the University Issues Committee within the AMS. With an interest in the intersection of policy, governance, economics, and health, Peter also loves to travel and be outdoors. Keen in meeting new people, do not hesitate to contact him to talk at



Portrait of Emily Townshend

Emily Townshend

Emily Townshend hails from Brockville, Ontario and is both the first Queen’s and the first engineering student in her family. She has held many positions within the Engineering Society, most notably having been the coordinator of the December 6th Memorial for the last two years. An avid theatre enthusiast, Emily holds the distinction of being the only engineering student in recent history to take playwriting as an elective. Feel free to find her on Facebook, Twitter (@storyranger), or hanging out on campus.




Dean Trippen

Dean Tripp

I started at Queens in 2001 after a year at Acadia University in beautiful Nova Scotia. My research interests have always been in the area of pain and more importantly self-regulation.




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Portrait of Shahram Yousefi

Shahram Yousefi

Shahram Yousefi (P.Eng., SMIEEE) received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran. In September 1997, he returned from industry to join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, as an M.A.Sc. student where he received his PhD in September 2002. In October 2002, he joined the ECE Dept. of University of Toronto and since January 2003 he has been with the Department of ECE of Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, where he is currently a tenured Associate Professor and the Associate Head of the unit. For more visit:

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000