Key Note Speeches
'The State of Science and Technology in Canada'
Prof. Adel Sedra, Distinguished Fellow, Ryerson University.
Bio: Dr. Adel Sedra, received his B.Sc. from Cairo University in 1964 and his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, in 1968 and 1969 respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.
Sedra joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1969 and became associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1978. He served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1986 to 1993, and was vice president, provost, and chief academic officer from July 1, 1993 to 2002. In his nine years as provost Sedra led the university through two major long-range planning cycles in 1994 and 1998.
On July 1, 2003, Sedra joined the University of Waterloo as dean of its Faculty of Engineering and as professor of electrical and computer engineering. He joined Ryerson University as distinguished fellow on November 1, 2013. He is serving as a special advisor to the provost on academic leadership, and provides strategic advice to Ryerson’s senior academic administrators.
Professor Sedra specializes in the area of microelectronics. He has co-authored about one hundred and fifty papers and three textbooks including Microelectronic Circuits, which is now in its fifth edition and has been translated into nine languages. Dr. Sedra currently serves on the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR), and has just completed thirteen years of service as a delegate to Oxford University Press. Awards and honours include: FIEEE (1984), FCAE (1999), FRSC (2003), Education Medal of the IEEE (1996), Award of Excellence of Ontario Professional Engineers (2002), D.Sc. (Hon.) Queen=s University (2003), LLD (Honoris Causa) University of Toronto (2005), D. Sc. (Honoris Causa) McGill University (2007).
'Smarter Homes Towards Better Healthcare for the Elderly'
Prof. Jamal Deen, CRC Tier-1, McMaster University.
Bio: Prof. Jamal Deen was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He completed a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Guyana (1978), a M.S. degree (1982) and a Ph.D. degrees (1985) in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the design and modeling of a new CARS spectrometer for dynamic temperature measurements and combustion optimization in rocket and jet engines and was sponsored by NASA, Cleveland.
From 1978–1980, Dr. Deen was an Instructor of Physics at the University of Guyana, and from 1980 to 1983, he was a Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University. He was a Research Engineer (1983–1985) and then an Assistant Professor (1985–1986) at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He served the School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, as a Professor, and from 1993 to 2002. From summer 1999, he assumed his current position as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Dr. Deen has edited 2 research monographs and 12 conference proceedings. He has written 14 invited book chapters, was awarded 6 patents, has published more that 390 peer-reviewed articles and has given more than 80 invited/keynote/plenary conference presentations. His current research interests are in microelectronics/nanoelectronics and opto-electronics. Dr. Deen is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and the American Physical Society. He was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar from 1980 to 1982, an American Vacuum Society Scholar from 1983 to 1984, and an NSERC Senior Industrial Fellow in 1993. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society; was awarded the 2002 Thomas D. Callinan Award from the Electrochemical Society—Dielectric Science and Technology Division; the Distinguished Researcher Award, Province of Ontario in July 2001 and a Humboldt Research Award in 2006. Dr. Deen is currently an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices; Executive Editor of Fluctuations and Noise Letters; and Member of the Editorial Board of Interface and The Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He has been elected a Fellow of RSC (Royal Society of Canada), a Fellow of CAE (Canadian Academy of Engineering), a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of EIC (Engineering Institute of Canada), a Fellow of ECS (The Electrochemical Society) and a Fellow of AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science).
'Canada's role in the Development of the First mass produced accurate
Anti Aircraft Gun Laying Radar'
Brian Mendes, Key note Speaker, CCECE 2014.
Bio: Brian Mendes is a retired industrial chemist having spent most of his employment years in the synthetic fibers industry. He held technical staff positions in manufacturing and research while working for Canadian Industries Ltd (CIL) and Celenese Canada Inc.
Brian was born (1931) and educated in England before emigrating to Canada in 1954. Prior to emigration he served his four year commitment for National Service as a junior officer in a heavy anti aircraft artillery regiment (HAA) of the Royal Artillery. It was here that he first encountered radar equipment, in particular the Canadian developed MZPI (Micro Zone Position Indicator) which, in the post war years was deployed on HAA gunsites in the UK.
Many years later a chance encounter with the factory site where the MZPI was manufactured during WW II, rekindled an interest in wartime military radar. Brian undertook some recreational research into Canada’s role in the radar story which led to the discovery of the location of the one remaining example of the forerunner of the MZPI.
Recently, Brian contributed an article..Last One Standing ,which was published in the 2012 Fall Issue of the IEEE Canadian Review.