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October 18, 2005

Source: University of Waterloo:

Honours to UW researchers, alumni announced

UW researchers named among Top 30 IT Movers and Shakers

University of Waterloo Chancellor Mike Lazaridis and Prof. Ric Holt of the School of Computer Science are among Canada's "Top 30 IT Movers and Shakers" of the past 30 years.

Computing Canada magazine published the list, saying "Canada has had more than its share of inventors and entrepreneurs. They have helped shape not only the nature of this country's business technology landscape, they have changed the very nature of computing itself.

"From mobile e-mail devices to open source operating systems to platform-agnostic programming languages -- Canada's IT innovators have left an indelible mark."

Lazaridis, President and Co-ceo of Research In Motion Inc., topped the list that included Holt, a professor of software engineering and pioneer in Canada's high-tech scene. Holt is the director of UW's Software Telecommunication Group and holds the NSERC-Nortel Networks Industrial Research Chair in Telecommunications Software Engineering.

Also making the list were Frank Clegg, on sabbatical as President of Microsoft Canada and a UW graduate; and Serge Godin, who founded the computer consulting company in Quebec known as CGI and is a member of UW's Board of Governors.


UW professor, two engineering alumni honoured

Ralph Haas, University of Waterloo Distinguished Professor Emeritus, and two engineering alumni are being honoured by Professional Engineers Ontario for their achievements.

Hass, of the Civil Engineering department, will receive the association's Engineering Medal in the Research and Development category. As a researcher, educator and mentor in civil engineering, he has achieved national and international recognition for important contributions to pavement engineering and infrastructure management.

Tom Chau, who received his PhD in Systems Design Engineering from UW, won the Engineering Medal in the Young Engineer category. He has enhanced the quality of life of children with disabilities through innovative research at the Bloorview Research Institute. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Tony Franceschini, who received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from UW in 1975, won the Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship. He is President and CEO of Stantec Inc. Canada, based in Edmonton, and transformed the company into a leading North American professional services firm.

(Details: Click on "Meet the 2005 award recipients")

Jim Fox, UW Media Relations, (519) 888-4444;
Release no. 230 -- October 18, 2005

2005-10-18 15:42:09



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