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Honorary Degrees: Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande

  • Queen’s recognized Gururaj, second from right, and Jaishree Deshpande, right, with honorary degrees. From left are Rector Cameron Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech.
    Queen’s recognized Gururaj, second from right, and Jaishree Deshpande, right, with honorary degrees. From left are Rector Cameron Yung, Principal Daniel Woolf, and Chancellor Jim Leech.
  • Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande are hooded before receiving their honorary degrees during Wednesday morning’s convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande are hooded before receiving their honorary degrees during Wednesday morning’s convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • Jaishree Deshpande speaks after receiving an honorary degree during Wednesday morning’s convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Jaishree Deshpande speaks after receiving an honorary degree during Wednesday morning’s convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • Gururaj Deshpande speaks to the graduands as well as their family and friends after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's on Wednesday.
    Gururaj Deshpande speaks to the graduands as well as their family and friends after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's on Wednesday.
  • Graduands and their families and friends fill Grant Hall for the first of three convocation ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday, May 31. A total of 21 ceremonies are being held at Queen's.
    Graduands and their families and friends fill Grant Hall for the first of three convocation ceremonies scheduled for Wednesday, May 31. A total of 21 ceremonies are being held at Queen's.

Queen’s recognized the entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts of Gururaj (PhD’79) and Jaishree Deshpande with honorary degrees during Wednesday morning’s convocation ceremony.

The Deshpandes are trustees of the Deshpande Foundation, which strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. Their joint gift along with the Dunin Foundation in 2016 is allowing Queen’s to expand its innovation programming for students through the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He was involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies. Ms. Deshpande earned a Master of Science in Physics in 1975 from the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT) and a Master in Computer Science in 1989 from Boston University. She currently serves as a trustee for the Museum of Science in Boston and is involved with HESTIA Fund – a fund established to support after-school programs for low-income children in Massachusetts. 

Queen’s invests in 20 faculty researchers

Queen’s University will be funding the research of 20 faculty members following their successful applications to the Queen’s Research Opportunities Fund (QROF). Launched in 2015, QROF represents a strategic internal investment in areas of institutional research strength that provides researchers and scholars with the opportunity to accelerate their programs and research goals.

“Research is a core component of the mission of Queen’s University, and a key driver of our Strategic Framework,” says John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “Through the QROF program, we are making important internal investments that present new opportunities to build on research excellence and to enhance success of our faculty with external agencies and non-governmental organizations. I look forward to seeing the project outcomes for this year’s recipients.”

See the full list of funded projects, and learn more about one of the funded projects, below.

[Dr. Karine Bertrand]
Karine Bertrand, one of this year's recipients of QROF funding. Dr. Bertrand is an associate professor within the department of Film and Media, and teaches a course in Indigenous Women's Film and Media. (University Communications)

Film can be used to educate, to document, and to tell stories. Video works can also spark conversations about topics both inspiring and difficult. In doing so, film can build culture and understanding among different peoples – and, sometimes, we discover we are not so different after all.

This has been one early finding of Assistant Professor Karine Bertrand’s work through her project, “From Arnait Video Productions (Nunavut) to Video in the Villages (Brazil): developing a network of the Americas for Indigenous women filmmakers”. Dr. Bertrand, who teaches in the Department of Film and Media, is working to establish a film database for Indigenous women filmmakers to help them leverage what some call the modern ‘talking stick’ – a way for Indigenous women to make their voice heard on important subjects.

Dr. Bertrand is one of the recipients of funding through QROF 2017 under the category of “Research Leaders.” With this funding, one of her goals is to build a network that will allow Indigenous women filmmakers across North and South America to communicate with, support, and learn from each other. She is partnering with Indigenous filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau, as well as Indigenous elders and Indigenous students at Queen’s, to help bring her vision to life.

“I have been teaching a course on Indigenous women’s film and media for the last few years and looking at a lot of different video works from the Americas and Oceania, and I realized that it is really hard to get a hold of these films,” Dr. Bertrand explains. “And, despite the fact many of these female Indigenous filmmakers are thousands of miles away from each other, they are living the same realities. If they could share and communicate about their experiences, it might be able to help them in the healing process. It is so inspiring to think that maybe we can make a difference for these women.”

Dr. Bertrand hopes to launch the database within two years, and is currently consulting with the filmmakers about the best approach and seeking tech-savvy students who could assist. In the meantime, she has successfully reached out to the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, whose elders are from Tyendinaga, and local Indigenous communities, including her community in Kitigan Zibi and the Outaouais region, to seek their blessing on the project.

With the support from the QROF, Dr. Bertrand also aims to establish a Minority Women’s Film and Media Production Centre here at Queen’s, and host a biennial conference showcasing minority women’s cinema with the first conference taking place in 2018. She believes there would be significant interest in the topic – 99 per cent of students enrolled in her Indigenous Women’s Film and Media course are non-Indigenous, and many of her fellow faculty have expressed their support for such a centre.

Below, please find the full list of this year’s QROF recipients. Thank you to all researchers who applied, and congratulations to all recipients.

Research Leaders’ Fund

Crudden, Cathleen


Carbon-based ligands for metal surfaces: a revolution in biosensing


Jessop, Philip


Application of green chemistry concepts to CMF derived biofuels


Lai, Yongjun

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Novel wearable technology for better vision


Renwick, Neil

Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Accelerating RNA-guided diagnostics through accurate RNA detection in neuroendocrine tumor liquid samples and cell lines


Bertrand, Karine

Film and Media

From Arnait Video Productions (Nunavut) to Video in the Villages (Brazil): developing a network of the Americas for Indigenous women filmmakers


International Fund

Cramm, Heidi

Rehabilitation Therapy/CIMVHR

Military & veteran family health research: a global alliance


Aldersey, Heather

School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Setting priorities for sex and relationship education for women with intellectual disabilities (ID) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their families


Mousavi, Parvin

School of Computing

Improved diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer using deep learning and multi-parametric medical imaging


Cunningham, Michael

Chemical Engineering

Sustainable materials derived from natural polymers as substitutes for petroleum-based synthetic polymers


Ross, Robert

Kinesiology and Health Studies

Exercise and metabolomics – a novel approach to understanding the mechanisms by which exercise improves cardiometabolic health


Fichtinger, Gabor

School of Computing

The integration of the Dartmouth electrical impedance imaging technology with the Queen's NaviKnife real-time electromagnetic breast surgery navigation system


Post-Doctoral Fellow Fund

Mousavi, Parvin - Anas, Emran Mohammad Abu

School of Computing

No Title


Mulligan, Lois - Moodley, Serisha

Cancer Biology & Genetics

Evaluating RET-inhibitors in lung cancer growth and metastasis


French, Simon - Auais, Mohammad

Rehabilitation Therapy

No Title


Arts Fund

Artistic Production

Renders, Kim

Dan School of Drama and Music

Rhinoceros or What's Different About Me


Rogalsky, Matthew

Dan School of Drama and Music

Purchase of specialized loudspeakers for investigation and experimentation on an Indigenous language sound installation project


Anweiler, Rebecca

Fine Art (Visual Art) Program

Animal/Séance: exhibition at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre's State of Flux Gallery, Kingston, Ontario


Wanless, Gregory

Dan School of Drama and Music

Support for The Eliza Show


Visiting Artist Residency

McKegney, Sam


“Conversation over co-existence: The limitless possibilities of poetic practice”
A Writer’s Residency featuring Karen Solie


Kibbins, Garry

Film and Media

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: The golden USB



To learn more about the QROF program, click here.

Queen’s University earns top marks for innovative thinking

The prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) has listed Queen’s as one of 55 international institutions, and only four in Canada, that “have innovation at the core of their strategy, strong industry links, and research that excels in technological areas such as engineering”.

THE compiled the roster of “tech challengers” by looking at institutions that have taken innovative approaches to help them adapt to the trend of declining public funding. They highlight that one common strategy among these institutions is their excellence in innovative areas of research associated with the technological and digital revolution. The tech challengers article is the second in a series of articles THE is writing based on "academic clustering" analysis by their data team.

“We can take pride that the work we are doing to foster innovation at Queen’s is being noticed internationally, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this strong result,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Benoit-Antoine Bacon. “Innovation and international impact are critical for our continued success, and the future looks bright with new investments in faculty renewal and in state-of-the-art facilities like our Innovation and Wellness Centre, including space for human-machine collaboration, and the Beaty Water Research Centre.”

“It is exciting to see this acknowledgement of our achievements,” adds Greg Bavington (Sc’85), Executive Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC). “Our centre breaks down campus and regional boundaries to help create optimal conditions towards success, and to develop the next generation of innovative leaders. I know we will continue to build on this strong result as more of our students tap into programs such as the QyourVenture accelerator, our summer intensive QICSI program, and our Global Network.”

There are many initiatives underway to break down those boundaries. University employees have been involved in supporting a number of local budding entrepreneurs in recent months – from a pitch competition held at the DDQIC in April, to the ongoing support provided to faculty researchers such as Shahram Yousefi, to the coaching of some grade 5 through 8 students to help them develop their entrepreneurial ideas.

In April, alumni in Los Angeles and San Francisco were joined by Dr. Bacon and Mr. Bavington for discussions about the future of innovation at the university. Those discussions led to the establishment of two California nodes for Queen’s Global Network (a SoCal node for Los Angeles and San Diego, and a NoCal node based in San Francisco).

Additionally, Queen’s is in the process of consolidating technology transfer, industry partnerships, Innovation Park activities, and a research contracts unit to form the Office of Partnerships and Innovation, under the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research). This office will provide support and incubator space for startups, offer entrepreneurship programming, advance research partnerships with industry, government and not-for-profits, and provide the intellectual property and commercial expertise that are needed to advance discoveries and technologies to the marketplace.

“With the ongoing formation of the Office of Partnerships and Innovation, we will have the expertise needed to support technology transfer activities, cultivate research partnerships, and support our innovation ecosystem,” says Jim Banting, Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation).

See the full THE tech challengers ranking list here. Data scientist Billy Wong, who conducted the “tech challenger” analysis for THE, said the cluster was created by mapping 980 universities’ citation scores and reputation votes across eight broad subject areas. The institutions were then grouped into 10 clusters based on their “proximity” and therefore similarity to other universities. Universities which tend to do better in either THE’s engineering and technology or physical sciences subject rankings compared with their overall rank tended to make the cut as “tech challengers.”

To learn more about THE DataPoints, their data analysis service, please click here.

'Just ask Aphra'

[Aphra Rogers]
A constant source of information and support at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Aphra Rogers received the Michael Condra Outstanding Student Service Award, one of the six Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards. (University Communications)

For first-year students at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, if they ever have a question or need someone to talk to, they know they can always turn to Aphra Rogers.

While she is not the only person providing support for engineering students, she is the touchstone for new students, a kind of hub of information and connections.

It makes for a busy schedule, but Ms. Rogers revels in her role.

“Our students always know that they can call Aphra. One of the students wrote me a thank you card just a couple days ago and commented on the amount of times she had heard someone say ‘Oh, just ask Aphra. She’ll know,’” she says with a smile. “It’s more of a way to personalize the university experience, so the students know there’s someone they can always contact if they don’t know the right answers. Sometimes I don’t know but I do know who to direct them to.”

For her efforts Ms. Rogers was named the 2016 recipient of the Michael Condra Outstanding Student Service Award, one of the six Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards. The award was established by the Division of Student Affairs in 2014.

“Student services are an important component of the student experience at Queen’s, and the individualized attention that students receive from people like Aphra can make a significant difference to their academic and personal success,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney. “We are very pleased to be able to recognize the contributions of staff and faculty members in supporting our students.”

As Ms. Rogers explains, her job is unique at Queen’s. While she plays a key role in student services for the faculty, she is also the program associate for the first-year engineering program APSC 100, which introduces students to the professional skills required for a career in engineering.

The result is that instead of pulling her in different directions the two aspects of her job intersect and, for students looking for support, she has a full understanding of what they are dealing with academically. At the same time, Ms. Rogers strives to ensure that she is available to every first-year engineering student – there are 750 – connecting with them on campus and online.

“First year is always a big transition for students because a lot of times it’s their first year living away from home, it’s their first year of studying in a university atmosphere,” she explains. “There is whole new social game a whole new educational game. There are so many firsts that they go through and that can be challenging for them.”

In receiving the award Ms. Rogers was credited with being a key contributor to the faculty’s 97 per cent retention rate between first and second year as well as the high student satisfaction rate. But, as she points out, she isn’t alone in the effort.

First, the faculty has “great” office staff in the Student Services, providing valuable support and advice. Ms. Rogers also manages 80 teaching assistants for the first-year program. All of them are fourth-year engineering students and once were in the exact spot that the new arrivals find themselves. Beyond their instructional duties the senior students act as the eyes and ears for Ms. Rogers.

The Principal’s Teaching and Learning Awards, created in 2015, recognize individuals and teams who have shown exceptional innovation and leadership in teaching and learning on campus. The awards are administered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The Michael Condra Outstanding Student Service Award recognizes the high level of service and commitment to students and student wellbeing exemplified by Dr. Condra during his 30 years at the university. He served as the director of Health, Counselling and Disability Services (now Student Wellness Services) and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology.

Nominations for the 2017 award are currently being accepted. All nominations should be sent electronically in PDF form to the Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs at vpdean.sa@queensu.ca no later than Tuesday, Aug. 1, by 4 pm. For more information about the award and the nomination form and process, visit the CTL website.

Feeling the power

Queen’s professor Praveen Jain receives the IEEE Canada Phoivos Ziogas Electric Power Medal.

One of Canada’s leading power electronics expert has been recognized by his peers for his pioneering work in the field.

On May 1, Queen’s electrical engineering professor Praveen Jain received the Phoivos Ziogas Electric Power Medal from the Canadian arm of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Canada). The award recognizes outstanding Canadian engineers who have made important contributions to the field of electric power engineering.

Praveen Jain (Electrical Engineering) received the IEEE Canada Phoivos Ziogas Electric Power Medal in recognition of his numerous achievements as a pioneer in the field of power electronics.

“This is one of the top awards in power engineering in Canada, so it is a tremendous honour to be selected to receive the P. Ziogas Electric Power Medal,” says Dr. Jain. “I was very excited and humbled to receive the news.”

For over 30 years, Dr. Jain has been conducting leading-edge research that has opened up new possibilities in solar power generation. His research has resulted in over 550 publications, 107 patents and numerous spin-off companies which have translated his research into real-world applications. Along with his colleagues and graduate students at the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER), Dr. Jain is working to develop new energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly power electronic technologies to meet society’s ever-increasing energy demands.

Dr. Jain’s research has received substantial investments from government and industry alike, including a recently announced $4 million grant from the Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence to advance the development of more efficient, small-scale, point-of-use photovolataic (solar) power systems for residential use. He explains this funding will go towards new, more efficient power systems that can meet growing demand for renewable energy.

“This will help reduce the burden on the existing power grid in the short term and, in time, allow us to replace large-scale electrical generation infrastructure with point-of-use systems,” he adds. “Renewable energy systems can help reduce our environmental impact and meet our growing energy needs. There is a worldwide effort to meet 50 per cent of our energy needs by solar power by the end of the century, and our research will play an important role in making that happen.”

Established in 2007, the IEEE Canada P. Ziogas Electric Power Medal is awarded to outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their important contributions to the field of electric power engineering.

For more information on IEEE Canada or the P. Ziogas Electric Power Medal, please visit the website.

From breaking ground to a groundbreaking building

As he provides an update on the Innovation and Wellness Centre, John Witjes can’t help but get excited about the finished product. 

“Seeing a state-of-the-art facility rise from a building built in the 1930s and the 1970s will be really impressive,” says the associate vice-principal (facilities). “Connecting the old and the new is something that Queen’s does well – just look at Goodes Hall and the Isabel – and the Innovation and Wellness Centre is going to be another great example of that.”

[Foundation rising at IWC]
After the demolition work, crews started forming and pouring columns, foundation, and shear walls for the new Innovation and Wellness Centre. (Submitted photo) 

Construction work began on the project in September 2016, thanks to investments from Queen’s, the federal and provincial governments, and numerous benefactors. When students return to campus in September 2018, they will have full access to expanded research and innovation spaces, a wellness centre, athletics and recreation facilities, the Queen’s University International Centre, and a new Exam Centre.

Within the next couple of weeks, the Queen’s community will notice a shift in the project. Demolition is nearly complete, and the new structure will start to rise out of the ground. Crews have poured footings and foundations and the structural steel will arrive on the construction site next week.

“It will be very exciting to watch this incredible building truly start to take shape,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “The steel structure will soon rise into view, and soon after we will start to fit in the state of the art research, innovation and student wellness spaces that make this project so important for the future of Queen’s.”

Mr. Witjes says crews have managed to stay on schedule while overcoming certain challenges that arise from retrofitting an existing building instead of constructing something brand new. 

“You will always find unexpected things that you have to react to or design around,” Mr. Witjes says. “It’s particularly challenging with this project because there are essentially two buildings: the 1930s building and the 1970s addition.”

The project team is also taking great care to preserve the heritage components of the original structure. The limestone façade facing Union Street will remain, and Queen’s will reinstate the original windows.

[Front facade of IWC]
The new Innovation and Wellness Centre will include the original limestone façade. Queen’s will also reinstate the original windows. (Submitted photo)

While the heritage aspects on the outside will remain, the inside will have a completely new look and feel. From Union Street, visitors will enter into an expansive space with skylights and glass on all sides. The Bews Gymnasium that used to be at the front of the building will be relocated underneath the Ross Gym.

“Whereas the old building was very compartmentalized and disconnected, the new building will be much more open. We are introducing intersecting spaces where people will come into contact with each other as they travel from one area of the building to the other,” Mr. Witjes says.

The building will be enclosed by the end of the fall, with crews continuing to work inside through the winter. Mr. Witjes says he appreciates the Queen’s community’s co-operation and understanding as the university constructs a major capital project in the heart of campus.

“We realize it is disruptive, but I think the facility is going to be amazing and people are going to be impressed by the end result,” he says. “With so many key components of the Queen’s student learning experience coming together in this space, it’s nice to see this happening to a building that is in the centre of campus. It’s going to be really exciting.”

Follow the construction live on this webcam

[Innovation and Wellness Centre]
An architectural rendering of the Innovation and Wellness Centre, showing the blend of the old building and the new structure. The centre will include expanded research and innovation spaces, a wellness centre, athletics and recreation facilities, the Queen’s University International Centre, and a new Exam Centre.


New dean of Engineering and Applied Science announced

[Kevin Deluzio]
Kevin Deluzio has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science for a five-year term effective July 1, 2017.

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Kevin Deluzio as dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science for a five-year term effective July 1, 2017.

Principal's Advisory Committee
• Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
• Irène Bujara, University Advisor on Human Rights and Equity
• Mark Daymond, Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
• Marc Dignam, Department Head and Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
• Amir Fam, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Professor and Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science
• Saba Farbodkia, President, Society of Graduate & Professional Students
• John Fisher, Acting Vice-Principal, Research
• Brian Frank, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
• Melanie Howard, Director, Aboriginal Access to Engineering
• Sarah Kauffman, Executive Director Finance & Administration, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
• Marianna Kontopoulou, Associate Head and Professor, Chemical Engineering
• Jane McMillan, Executive Director of Development, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
• Kathy O'Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International)
• Julian Ortiz, Associate Professor, Mining Engineering
• Taylor Sawadsky, President, Engineering Society Representative
• Lori Stewart, Director, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
• Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

Dr. Deluzio, a proud alumnus of Queen’s, is currently the head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering as well as head of the Human Mobility Research Laboratory at Queen’s. He has been a member of faculty at Queen’s since 2006.

Previously, he was the founder and director of the Dynamics and Human Motion Laboratory at Dalhousie University and an associate professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, cross appointed to the Department of Surgery. 

“I am very pleased that Dr. Deluzio has accepted my invitation to lead the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “I am confident that the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will continue to grow in reputation and impact under his leadership.”

Dr. Deluzio’s research career is based on an academic foundation of applied mathematics, statistics and mechanical engineering. His transformative work, in particular on human motion and orthopaedic biomechanics, has gained international recognition through various publications, direct contributions in international conferences and service and leadership in his profession.

“Kevin is an outstanding teacher and researcher, and he has shown exceptional leadership as head of the department of mechanical and materials engineering,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “His collaborative leadership style will serve the faculty well at a time of great opportunity provided by substantial faculty renewal and the opening of cutting-edge engineering research space in the Innovation and Wellness Center.”

Dr. Deluzio’s service to Queen’s has included various advisory committees across the university, the development of a workload standard model to support a highly productive faculty, and the implementation of a successful mentorship program for new faculty members. As an instructor, he has been recognized for his award-winning collaborative teaching models and cross-disciplinary programming. His promotion of research excellence has been a hallmark of his headship which has led to success in innovation, funding and reputation for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

The principal and the provost wish to extend their sincere thanks to Kim Woodhouse for an exceptional 10-year tenure as dean, and to the members of the Principal’s Advisory Committee for their exceptional commitment and sound advice.

Early entrepreneurial learning

[Startup @ Sydenham]
Sydenham Public School students, Martin, Clara and Henry built a model for the outdoor solar USB charging table during a recent visit to SparQ Studios, a makerspace and design studio at Queen’s. (University Communications)

A new program bringing together a number of community partners is helping students at Sydenham Public School learn about entrepreneurship and fostering creative problem solving skills.

Through Startup @ Sydenham, students in grades 5 to 8 have been introduced to various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship, such as how to research an idea, overcome challenges, create a business plan and present a marketing campaign by guest speakers from Queen’s University and Innovate Kingston.

The students are also being engaged to create an outdoor solar USB charging table for the school and recently visited SparQ Studios, a makerspace and design studio at Queen’s. The students worked with Jordan Morelli, a professor in engineering and applied physics at Queen’s, as well as students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s APSC 100 course, who helped them develop ideas for their prototypes. The planned table will combine solar cell and pedal-power technologies with the aim of keeping kids active and allowing them to socialize while charging their electronic devices at the same time.

The prototype displayed by the team of Clara, Henry and Martin featured a round table top with the solar panel in the centre. After receiving feedback from the engineering students the solar panel was covered by Plexiglas for protection.

Holding up their model, the team explains they opted for a round table to allow more people to be seated and they wanted it to be “easy and cheap” to build.

The trio was excited by the hands-on learning opportunity.

“It’s interesting how we are learning about energy,” says Clara. “Also a lot of people in our class are really interested in engineering. They’re really, really creative and it’s cool seeing everybody’s ideas come to life.”

Startup @ Sydenham was created after the school and its parent council started looking at redesigning the school playground, explains Dorianne Sager, a parent council member and coordinator for the program.

“There is very little for senior kids to do on an elementary school playground once they are no longer interested in playing on monkey bars, so the challenge was to think of a way to keep the older kids engaged on a playground they are quickly growing out of,” she says. “After some discussions, including with Dr. Morelli, we designed a program that teaches kids how to think like entrepreneurs while at the same time gaining experience in design and working as part of a team.”

The program received a $7,100 grant from the Limestone Learning Foundation.

The outdoor charging table is currently being constructed under the direction of Jarrad Fairborn of St. Lawrence College. In May, students will test the table in the playground and will make their pitch as “entrepreneurs” to Innovate Kingston in June. An end-of-year celebration will be held at the Tett Centre on June 15 where the students can show off their prototypes.

Fostering connections at Royal Society of Canada seminar

[RSC Eastern Ontario]
Three Queen's researchers – Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Ugo Piomelli, and Una Roman D’Elia – will be making presentations at the Eastern Ontario Regional Seminar of the Royal Society of Canada on Saturday, April 22.

Four members of the Royal Society of Canada will be presenting their ongoing research at an upcoming event being hosted by Queen’s University on Saturday, April 22.

Four researchers – three from Queen’s and one from Carleton University– will provide insights into their work at the Eastern Ontario Regional Seminar of the Royal Society of Canada, set for the University Club from 10 am-4 pm.

The schedule of presentation includes:
10 am: Ugo Piomelli, FRSC, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering – Queen’s University “Turbulence simulations: unravelling disorder, one vortex at a time”
11 am: Una Roman D’Elia, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Department of Art History and Art Conservation – Queen’s “Donatello and Pygmalion”
2 pm: Elizabeth Eisenhauer FRSC, Department of Oncology – Queen’s “Moving from the lab to the clinic – 30 years of progress in cancer treatment”
3 pm: Donald Beecher, FRSC, Department of English - Carleton “Boccaccio's ‘Tale of Titus and Gisippius’ (Decameron X.8) with a Coda on Friendship from a Cognitive Perspective

Along with presenting the research by Fellows and Members of the New College of Young Scholars Artists and Scientists one of the goals of the seminar is to foster discussion and connections, explains Pierre du Prey, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History and co-chair with Mike Sayer, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy.

“Participants, including our four speakers each year, make fruitful contacts among each other and the audience; contacts which stretch between the four universities represented and which cross disciplinary lines,” says Dr. du Prey. “Overarching themes emerge as if by magic from the diverse papers presented and the discussion that follows them. In this way arts and science become reunited by the common quest for knowledge.”

After 12 years at the helm, Dr. du Prey and Dr. Sayer are handing over direction of the forum, confident that it is set on a stable course, and bound for exciting new destinations. Hosted by Queen’s and actively encouraged by the RSC, it gives New Scholars and Fellows of the Society, as well as members of the general public, a chance to benefit from discourse at the highest level. The presentations are open and free to the public.

RSVP by April 19 at sayerm@queensu.ca, or 613-531-4853. 

Achieving a long-time goal

Queen’s engineering professor delivers prestigious Terzaghi Lecture.

A momentous achievement in a long and distinguished career, Queen’s civil engineering professor R. Kerry Rowe achieved a long-time goal last month when he delivered the Karl Terzaghi Lecture at the invitation of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute.

Dr. Rowe delivered the ASCE Terzaghi Lecture this past March. He described the experience as the achievement of a goal held since his time as a graduate student. (Photo Credit: ASCE/Mark Skalny)

“Ever since I was a graduate student, I felt that being selected to deliver the (British Geotechnical Association’s) Rankine Lecture or the Terzaghi Lecture would signify reaching the peak of the profession,” says Dr. Rowe. “It’s an incredible honour to be selected to present both in the last few years.”

Established in 1963, the lecture is named in honour of Karl von Terzaghi – regarded as the founder of modern scientific soil mechanics. For over two decades, Dr. Rowe has been at the forefront of developing new methods for preventing contaminants from waste disposal and mining sites from affecting surface and groundwater. His work has received countless accolades, including the Killam Prize for Engineering (2004). He has also been elected a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering (2010) and is the only Canadian civil engineer elected to the Royal Society in the UK. In 2013, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering honoured him by naming the R. Kerry Rowe Lecture in recognition of his contributions to the formation and development of the discipline of geoenvironmental engineering.

“Dr. Rowe is a pioneer in the field of geosynthetics and has made immeasurable contributions to the development of new technologies and methods to prevent the contamination of water sources by mining and landfill activity,” says Dr. John Fisher, Interim Vice-Principal (Research). “Being invited to deliver this prestigious lecture is indicative of Rowe’s national and international leadership in civil engineering. I wish him my most sincere congratulations.”

While acknowledging that the invitation was a deeply personal honour, Dr. Rowe is quick to highlight the contributions of colleagues as well as past and present graduate students in allowing for the work for which he is most well known.

“Recognitions such as this are not just as a result of my work, but the work of a fantastic set of colleagues that I have at Queen’s and the graduate students I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years,” says Dr. Rowe. “This it’s not just a recognition of me, but of our work together and that a lot of the credit goes to them.”

For more information on the ASCE Karl Terzaghi Lecture, please visit the website.


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