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Queen’s researchers awarded $4.5M in Ontario government funding

  • The Honorable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, announces that four Queen's researchers would receive a combined $4.5 million in research funding from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence and Research Infrastructure programs. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
    The Honorable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, announces that four Queen's researchers would receive a combined $4.5 million in research funding from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence and Research Infrastructure programs. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
  • Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, welcomes the investment of $4.5 million in research funding for four Queen's researchers, and discusses the importance of research and innovation in Kingston. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
    Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, welcomes the investment of $4.5 million in research funding for four Queen's researchers, and discusses the importance of research and innovation in Kingston. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
  • Principal Daniel Woolf discusses how the funding announced by Minister Moridi will assist Queen's researchers in breaking new ground in their respective fields. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
    Principal Daniel Woolf discusses how the funding announced by Minister Moridi will assist Queen's researchers in breaking new ground in their respective fields. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
  • Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering) discusses how the funding announced today will help researchers at the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER) continue to find new methods of producing efficient and environmentally-friendly renewable energy. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
    Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering) discusses how the funding announced today will help researchers at the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER) continue to find new methods of producing efficient and environmentally-friendly renewable energy. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
  • Khadijat Hassan, a master's student conducting research in the ePOWER lab, discusses how the investment will help create new research opportunities for students at Queen's. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
    Khadijat Hassan, a master's student conducting research in the ePOWER lab, discusses how the investment will help create new research opportunities for students at Queen's. (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
  • From L-R: Principal Daniel Woolf, Khadijat Hassan, The Honorable Reza Moridi, MPP Sophie Kiwala, Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)
    From L-R: Principal Daniel Woolf, Khadijat Hassan, The Honorable Reza Moridi, MPP Sophie Kiwala, Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering), Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). (March 14, 2017. Photo Credit: Garrett Elliott)

The Government of Ontario today announced more than $4.5 million in new infrastructure and research funding for four Queen’s researchers through the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence and Research Infrastructure programs. The Honorable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, made the announcement today at Queen’s, as part of a $77-million investment in research across the province. The grants will provide funding to support key research programs, as well as the operational and equipment acquisition costs associated with research that is leading-edge and transformative.

“The funding announced today highlights Queen’s record of sustained research excellence and demonstrates how our researchers are working to address crucial issues – such as renewable energy development – facing the province and the public at large,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “We are grateful to the Government of Ontario for its continued investment in research and innovation at Queen’s and across the province.”

A leader in the field of energy and power electronics research, Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering), the Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics, has received $4 million from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence to develop small-scale, point-of-use photovoltaic (solar) power systems for residential use. Dr. Jain will lead a team of researchers from four Ontario universities in developing new technology to reduce cost and increase the efficiency, output, and reliability of residential solar systems. Dr. Jain was previously awarded funding from the Ontario Research Fund.

“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in our innovation ecosystem,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “We are proud to support the researchers at Queen’s University who are working on transformative research that will help strengthen our province’s competitive edge.”

Geophysicist Alexander Braun (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) has received $180,000 to support the acquisition of a superconducting gravimeter – one of only 12 such devices in the world. The device will be used for monitoring fluid migration processes in oil, gas, and water reservoirs, to monitor mass changes in reservoirs, and to help mitigate environmental hazards related to extraction.

Psychology researcher Jason Gallivan (Psychology) has received $150,000 from the fund to support new infrastructure in the Memory, Action, and Perception laboratory (MAPlab). Dr. Gallivan’s research examines how a stroke or other neurological disorder can alter the perceptual, cognitive, and motor-related mechanisms of the brain.

In addition, physicist Ryan Martin (Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy) has received a grant of $250,000 to support the establishment of a world-class facility to develop p-type point contact detectors. These complex detectors are used to more accurately measure interactions with difficult-to-detect particles, such as neutrinos and dark matter.

“Innovative research is essential for future economic growth and I am absolutely thrilled with the investments being made in projects in Kingston and across Ontario,” says Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands. “The world-class research being conducted at Queen’s University is an immense source of pride for our region and I am excited and anxious to see the results of this funding. This investment demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to supporting cutting-edge, innovative research that will lead us into the future. Congratulations to all of the Queen’s researchers receiving these competitive awards.”

More information is available on the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence and Research Infrastructure Funds websites.

 

Interdisciplinary, innovative, and insightful

[Building Better Together]
A team of engineering and occupational therapy students display their project during the final poster event for the Building Better Together course. The course was created through the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s inaugural Educational Leadership Initiative grant. From left: Robert Diebel (OT), Isaac Freda (Engineering), Akram Ghoudi (Engineering), Katie Fisher (Engineering), Elizabeth Gibson Crowder (OT) and Robyn Bernick (OT). (Supplied photo)

A new course created through the Centre of Teaching and Learning’s first-ever Educational Leadership Initiative grant has helped foster collaboration between students in occupational therapy and engineering in creating assistive devices for actual end users.

The instructional team of Claire Davies (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) and Elizabeth Delarosa (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), and Catherine Donnelly (Rehabilitation Therapy) and Susanne Murphy (Rehabilitation Therapy), developed “Building Better Together: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching and Learning” with the aim of applying the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative’s framework to an academic environment.

Through the course, offered during the 2016 Fall Term, students from occupational therapy and engineering teamed up to create an assistive device for an end user. The teams had to interact and collaborate with each other as well as with a person in need of an assistive device.

The course re-created the interdisciplinary environment many of the students will see in their professional careers.

“I think one of the key elements of this that made it realistic is that we actually had end users there that could respond,” says Ms. Delarosa, a doctoral student in engineering who is also a registered occupational therapist, adding that similar courses often offer simulated end users and case studies. As a result feedback is limited as is the interaction seen in the clinical setting. “In this case we got the end users in the classroom and the students could ask them questions and they could be answered.”

Through earlier studies, the team found that occupational therapists were interested in being more involved with the design process and engineers wanted to be more involved in interacting with the end users. Building Better Together offered both sides the opportunity to collaborate throughout the process.

The results were innovative and insightful.

“One end user said that she was so surprised at how well the students were able to create something from what she said,” says Dr. Davies. “Another one said just from the dialogue or conversation they had with the OT students and the engineering students, they became blurred, they didn’t know who were the occupational therapy students and who were the engineering students. It was interesting to see the relationships that were built too. Not just with the OT and engineering students but in regards to how the users were feeling comfortable to share ‘This is what I need and this is what I want, and how are we going to do this kind of thing?’”

The course was developed to mirror the workplace and provide the students with experiences that can be applied in their future careers. It was also informative for the instructors.

“It was interesting to see it was somewhat structured but when the students and the users got together it kind of unfolded by itself as well,” Ms. Delarosa says. “Certainly the OT students are encouraged to utilize their interview skills and clinical skills, and the engineering students were drawing on their design focus, what might be functional and all that. Interaction developed over time on its own. They didn’t tell the end users what to do and they interacted differently, some quiet, some seeking more guidance and others wanting to be actively involved in the process.”

With the inaugural course complete the instructional team is excited by the results and is looking forward to building upon the foundation that has been created.

“We’ve learned a lot,” Dr. Davies says. “We’ve learned that it can be done. We’ve learned that it takes a lot of time to try to get everyone on a similar page. We realized that it is very important to both disciplines to be better informed about the other discipline.” 

The Educational Leadership Initiative is aimed at supporting Queen’s students, faculty, librarians and staff who want to forge a new educational path. It is one of three grant programs offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, along with the Educational Research Grants and Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grants.

“This project and those involved exemplify what the Educational Leadership Initiative is hoping to promote,” says Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) and Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. “The educators created a guided learning environment that brings together students across programs to help design solutions to everyday challenges faced by people in the Kingston community. The educators involved are also researching aspects of the course, presenting this model at conferences and engaging colleagues in discussions around this approach.”

The deadline for submission for the 2017 Educational Leadership Initiative grant is June 27.

For more information visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.

A mutually beneficial partnership

[Leigh Cameron]
Through the Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP), Leigh Cameron (Artsic'18) has gained work experience at the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research). (University Communications) 

The Office of the Vice-Principal (Research) has benefitted this year from an extra set of capable hands — namely those of Leigh Cameron (Artsci’18).

“The team I work with has been very supportive and has taught me so much about the research enterprise here at Queen’s,” Ms. Cameron says.

Her role in the office is a paid position through the Queen’s University Internship Program (QUIP). The program provides second- and third-year students with a 12-16 month paid work experience at a partner employer. In this case, the employer is right here on campus.

Kelly Blair-Matuk, Associate Director in the OVPR, explains that their internship position provides students an opportunity to participate in many of the OVPR’s core activities, while also furthering their knowledge and skills that will enhance their understanding of Queen’s, the job market, and of themselves.  

The internships are beneficial for employers as well, she adds.

“A QUIP intern provides us a student perspective on our day-to-day activities that enhances our outcomes and efficiencies, and the youthful energy gives our team a refreshing boost,” Dr. Blair-Matuk says. “Moreover, our own strategic research imperatives encourage the involvement of students, and this doesn’t only mean having more students in labs. It also means including students on the administrative side of the equation.” 

It’s not just the OVPR that’s benefitting from QUIP Interns. 

“This year there are six departments at Queen’s with a QUIP intern on staff. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from them regarding the initiative, enthusiasm, and ability to learn exhibited by the interns,” says Internship Coordinator Kristen Eppel. “We are also thrilled to have several more departments that are in the process of hiring interns for the 2017-18 academic year.”

For her part, Ms. Cameron says she became involved in QUIP because she wanted to take the skills she had learned in the classroom and apply them in a workplace setting.

“I have been able to take on some of my own projects and improve my communications and interpersonal skills,” she says. “My experiences in this position have also helped me decide what type of career I want to enter after I graduate.”

The program provides a diverse set of candidates for campus employers and is open to students in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, and School of Computing. 

To learn more about the program or becoming a QUIP employer, visit the Career Services website or contact quip@queensu.ca.

 

$5-million gift supports water research

  • Ross J. Beaty talks about the reasons that he and his family have presented Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources during the announcement event Friday at Beamish-Munro Hall. (University Communications)
    Ross J. Beaty talks about the reasons that he and his family have presented Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources during the announcement event Friday at Beamish-Munro Hall. (University Communications)
  • Ross and Trisha Beaty look at a plaque that was presented to them following the announcement of a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources. (University Communications)
    Ross and Trisha Beaty look at a plaque that was presented to them following the announcement of a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources. (University Communications)
  • Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon welcomes Ross and Trisha Beaty to Queen's University ahead of Friday's announcement of a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources. (University Communications)
    Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon welcomes Ross and Trisha Beaty to Queen's University ahead of Friday's announcement of a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources. (University Communications)

Geologist and entrepreneur Ross J. Beaty has provided Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources.

In recognition of the gift, the interdisciplinary research initiative has been renamed the Beaty Water Research Centre, which will have a permanent space in the new Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre.

“Researchers from across Queen’s are working with partner institutions and organizations to tackle a variety of water-related issues,” Principal Daniel Woolf says. “Mr. Beaty’s donation will support a new home for water research where faculty and students can come together and take the lead in sustaining one of our most precious resources.”

Interdisciplinary teams such as the water research centre at Queen’s are the way of the future. I hope that through my gift, these collaborative activities will grow and thrive, providing researchers with the support they need to give our future generations a world they deserve.

— Ross J. Beaty

The Beaty Water Research Centre includes a core group of Queen’s civil and chemical engineering professors, and their graduate students, who work closely with chemists, microbiologists, experts in genetics, and public health researchers.

“Interdisciplinary teams such as the water research centre at Queen’s are the way of the future,” says Mr. Beaty, the father of two Queen’s graduates. “I hope that through my gift, these collaborative activities will grow and thrive, providing researchers with the support they need to give our future generations a world they deserve.”

The research centre’s laboratories, currently distributed across campus, will eventually move to the new Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre. Located in the heart of campus, the Innovation and Wellness Centre will support leading-edge research, innovation programming, and wellness services for students. The Beaty Water Research Centre will be located on the third floor of the Innovation and Wellness Centre and will feature state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research laboratories.

“The Beaty Water Research Centre will bring together an interdisciplinary team to study water. A key focus will be on safe drinking water from small, untreated systems or untreated urban or rural domestic wells. This work has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. In Canada, the research directly impacts those living in vulnerable remote communities, including Indigenous Peoples,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “Thanks to Mr. Beaty’s support, our researchers and students will be better equipped to understand and mitigate the risks to drinking water supplies.”

Mr. Beaty is a geologist and resource company entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience in the international minerals and renewable energy industries. Mr. Beaty founded and currently serves as chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., and he founded Alterra Power Corp., a renewable energy company. He also serves on the advisory board of the Nature Trust of British Columbia.  

The Beaty Water Research Centre is an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to furthering research and education around water-related issues, which play a vital role in the physical, social, and economic well-being of Canadians and people around the world. Researchers and students affiliated with the centre are committed to fostering an environment that encourages collaborative research spanning both traditional water-related disciplines, as well as non-traditional and emerging disciplines.

View into student research

Two Queen’s students are competing in a national video competition to highlight their research.

Yuliya Nesterova and Sterling Mitchell are among 40 students from across Canada competing in NSERC’s Science, Action contest, with the aim of getting Canadians excited about science and engineering research through one-minute online videos highlighting their own work.

[Yuliya Nesterova]
Yuliya Nesterova – Lives Of Shapes in Space 

The 25 most-viewed videos as of Tuesday, Feb. 28 will move on to the finals where they will be judged by a panel.  A total of 15 cash prizes will be handed out, including the top prize of $3,500.

A master’s student in algebraic geometry, Ms. Nesterova took an animated approach for her video Lives Of Shapes in Space which describes how she is testing a beta invariant to try and understand its convexity.

To make the video, Ms. Nesterova spent three months drawing the images and then taught herself how to use an open-source animation program.

It has been a beneficial learning experience, she says.

“(The project) made me learn more math. There were two things that didn't end up getting animated that took a week of problem-solving and researching to try and get right, work out how the shapes would look,” she says. “And then it was too difficult to animate, so it got tossed out. But you're always learning something about your topic from unexpected sources.”

[Mitchell Sterling]
Mitchell Sterling – Mistaken Point

In his video Mistaken Point, Mr. Mitchell, a third-year geological engineering student, introduces viewers to the work by Guy Narbonne (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) and his research team at the recently-designated UNESCO World Heritage site in Newfoundland.

In making the video, Mr. Mitchell utilized some of the skills he has developed through working at Studio Q.

“As a geological engineer, I believe Dr. Narbonne’s research gives us fascinating insight into the history of our world,” he says. “As Mistaken Point was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site, I thought it would be a great time to highlight his research.”

First for code

Code, the basic building block for creating computer software, apps and websites, is practically ubiquitous in today's tech-driven world.

Yet the majority of people has little understanding of how it works, much less are able to use it.

[Robert Saunders]
 The Engineering Society Coding Competition is aimed at introducing more students to the world of coding, says Robert Saunders, Director of Information Technology for the Engineering Society. (University Communications)

With the aim of introducing more Queen’s students to coding the Engineering Society is hosting its first coding competition. The two-week event offers up some prizes as well as bragging rights for the top coder but the real goal is to get more students involved in coding, says Robert Saunders (Sc’19), Director of Information Technology for the society.

“The competition’s not really about the prizes. It’s about getting people involved,” says the computer engineering major. “You never know, one student who doesn’t know anything about coding can sign up and fall in love with it. For me, the competition is a way to leverage my position to get people involved in coding.”

The competition is open to all Queen’s students no matter their skill level and utilizes HackerRank, a website where users can practice on coding problems or set up competitions. Those who sign up to compete will face a series of coding questions that they will have to solve to earn points. The competitor with the most points wins. If there is a tie, the winner will be decided on time.

“Technology is so huge now, it’s really important to get involved. Even if you have the most basic skills for coding at least you have some sense of how things work,” says Mr. Saunders, adding that the site can be used as a learning tool. “When you are doing a problem (HackerRank) asks you to write your code but what’s different about it is you’re not just submitting the code to the platform for us to review, it also runs test cases through your code. It shows the user the process of a computer kind of feeding input to your program and getting the desired output, which is nice.”

Competitors do not have to be on Queen’s campus and can use their own computers. Sign up is free but does require a Queen’s email address.

Visit the Engineering Society Coding Competition site for more information or to participate.

Following the competition Mr. Saunders has also organized the Engineering Society Startup Workshop on Feb. 28 from 6-9 pm. The workshop will focus on project management, team communication, user interface and experience design, version control and issue tracking systems. 

Opportunities for international collaboration

Queen's in the World

Applications are open for the International Visitors Program of the Principal’s Development Fund, a program that helps connect Queen’s with academics and institutions around the world by sponsoring visits by international scholars. The program also works to foster connections between Queen’s and its partners within the Matariki Network of Universities.

“This program provides a tremendous opportunity for collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas between the Queen’s community and scholars and universities around the globe,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “I am very pleased to offer this funding as part of our ongoing support for international partnerships and, in particular, alliances with the Matariki Network.”

Last year, Professor Karol Miller from the University of Western Australia visited Queen's through the International Visitors Program of the Principal's Development Fund.

The International Visitors Program includes three application categories, each of which offers grants of up to $3,000. Category one is the open program, which helps to cover the costs of bringing an international scholar to Queen’s for a period of at least three days. 

The other two application categories focus on leveraging Queen’s membership in the Matariki Network of Universities. One of these is an extension of the visiting scholars program, specifically aimed at bringing visitors to Queen’s from the other Matariki universities, which include the University of Western Australia (UWA), Tübingen University, Uppsala University, Dartmouth College, University of Otago, and Durham University. Last year, Professor Karol Miller from UWA visited Queen’s through the program and gave a talk about his research into computational biomechanics at the School of Computing Distinguished Speaker Seminar.

The third application category provides funding to assist Queen’s faculty and staff to travel to Matariki partner institutions to build new collaborations. This seed funding may be used to initiate new academic, research, or administrative initiatives.

Applications for these categories are due to the relevant dean’s office by April 21, 2017. For more information, including program details and application forms, visit the Principal’s website.

Questions about the Principal’s Development Fund may be directed to Csilla Volford, Coordinator, International Projects and Events, in the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International).

 

Seeking summer opportunities

[Engineering and Technology Fair]
Students meet up with recruiters during the Engineering and Technology Fair held in Grant Hall. (University Communications)

The Winter Term at Queen’s started just a few weeks ago but it is already time for students to start considering their options for the summer.

“At Queen’s we have a number of helpful resources available for students to gain valuable information and make connections in their search for summer employment” says Cathy Keates, Director of Career Services.

A pair of job fairs will be on campus this week, offering attendees a chance to meet up with a wide range of organizations and recruiters.

The Summer Opportunities Fair will be held in the Queen’s Centre and the ARC Atrium on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10:30 am-3:30 pm, with 40 organizations setting up booths. At the event, students can also get resume help and career advice from Career Services experts before connecting with potential employers.

The Engineering and Technology Fair will be set up in Grant Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 10:30 am-3:30 pm, with more than 40 organizations in attendance. This fair is geared toward students and organizations with an engineering, computing, or technical focus but also offers a resume clinic, student prep area and career advising for free.

Away from the fairs, Career Services has recently started a series of free summer job workshops to prepare students for the job search, with a focus on skills and experience development.

Drop-in career advising is also available at the Career Services offices (Gordon Hall, third floor), Monday to Thursday 1:30-3:30 pm, no appointment required, where students can ask an advisor any questions they may have about the job search.

Another opportunity available to students looking to stay in Kingston is the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), which offers on-campus summer jobs that provide valuable experiences for undergraduates.  Applications are due Feb. 9.

Job seekers can also take their search online through the Summer Jobs webpage, which provides links to a range of resources such as the Ontario Summer Jobs program.

For more information visit the Career Services website.

Remembrance and reflection

  • Students, faculty and staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science take part in the memorial service for the Dec. 6 killings of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
    Students, faculty and staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science take part in the memorial service for the Dec. 6 killings of 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
  • An image of one of the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal is shown during the memorial service hosted by the Engineering Society and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
    An image of one of the 14 women killed at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal is shown during the memorial service hosted by the Engineering Society and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Carol Ann Budd, a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and a community member of Queen’s Aboriginal Council, speaks during the Dec. 6 memorial.
    Carol Ann Budd, a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and a community member of Queen’s Aboriginal Council, speaks during the Dec. 6 memorial.
  • Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, speaks about her experiences and hopes during the Dec. 6 memorial service at Beamish-Munro Hall
    Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, speaks about her experiences and hopes during the Dec. 6 memorial service at Beamish-Munro Hall

The Queen’s community took time on Tuesday to remember the shooting deaths of 14 women at Montreal's l’École Polytechnique in 1989.

Three years after the attack, Dec. 6 was declared Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

In the annual event, hosted by the Engineering Society and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, 14 women, representing engineering students, staff and faculty, held red roses, lit white candles and read a brief outline of each of the victims.

The gathered crowd also heard from Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and guest speaker Carol Ann Budd (Sc’89), a Queen’s engineering graduate herself and a community member of the Queen’s Aboriginal Council.

Twelve female engineering students, a nurse, and a faculty member were killed in the 1989 attack.

Dec. 6 memorial

The Engineering Society of Queen’s University and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science invites the Queen's community to join them as they remember those who were killed, injured, and otherwise impacted as a result of the 1989 École Polytechnique massacre.

The implications and ramifications of those horrific events catalyzed ongoing change in Canadian society. They loom especially large over engineering schools and the profession as stark reminder of our individual and communal responsibilities to each other.

Please visit Beamish-Munro Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 1 pm for the annual Rose Ceremony and remarks on the subject of women in engineering from Dean Kimberly Woodhouse, and Queen’s alumna, Carol-Ann Budd.

All are welcome.

For more information email Breighann Merry.

 

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