April 2022 Issue


  • Dr. Octavia Dobre appointed Interim Dean of Engineering and Applied Science

    Big congratulations to Dr. Octavia Dobre for being appointed Interim Dean of Memorial's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, effective May 2, 2022, until April 28, 2023, or until a permanent dean is recruited, whichever occurs first.


    More details on Dr. Dobre's appointment can be found here.

    Dr. Florentine Strzelczyk, provost and vice-president (academic), made the recommendation to the president, who approved Dr. Dobre’s appointment to the interim role.

  • Recent Awards presented by the IEEE Canadian Foundation

    The IEEE Canadian Foundation recently awarded the following, thanks to our donors who are empowering the future strength of IEEE:

    • IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize – Sadia Khaf, Montreal Section
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship – Keaton Molberg (R. Gokaraju SBC), University of Saskatchewan
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Scholarship – Hamas Waqar (W. Ye SBC), Carleton University
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grant – University of Waterloo: A Orbital Canadian Satellite Design Challenge
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grant ­­– Memorial University: Robosub Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Special Grant – Memorial University: IEEE Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Competition

IEEE Member Benefit for April 2022

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IEEE members in Canada can take advantage of the Dell Member Purchase Program Benefits. Dell Member Purchase Program benefits include:

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From 29 April 2022 to 12 May 2022, save on the perfect gift for that new graduate or upgrade mom and dad's tech.
Request your Member Purchase Program coupon at www.dell.ca/mpp/ieee. Then shop online using the link in your email. Some highlighted offers are:

  • Limited-time offer: 10% off systems, electronics and accessories
  • Offer in play for 2 weeks only (15 May through 31 May)
  • 10% coupons cannot be stacked with doorbusters

In order to access this additional discount, please sign in with your IEEE account and visit Dell Canada/IEEE to request a coupon.

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Articles and Resources

Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes

  • All application and nomination forms are on the OpenWater platform, consolidated here: https://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/applications.php
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Dr. Robert T.H. Alden Scholarship
      One Scholarship each year (shared if team), value $1,500.
      • Eligibility: This Scholarship is co-sponsored by the IEEE Toronto Section and is to be awarded to a suitable IEEE student member within the Toronto Section. All undergraduate (penultimate year or earlier) student members of the IEEE who are registered in an Engineering or Computer Science program at a Canadian University or College are eligible.
      • Purpose: To encourage communications skills, awarded annually for a student authoring a tutorial style article addressing innovative use of the internet, social media or other electronic media to foster interpersonal/group communication or collaboration The article must be suitable for publishing in an IEEE publication such as The IEEE Canadian Review, The Institute, Spectrum, IEEE Potentials, IEEE or Foundation social media or web site.
      • Deadline: EXTENDED August 15, 2022
      • Link: http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/alden_scholarship.php
    • IEEE Canadian Foundation Dr. Raymond D. Findlay Scholarship
      One scholarship each year, value $1,000.
      • Eligibility: The nominee must be an undergraduate IEEE Student Member in good standing, registered in their penultimate year of an accredited Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Engineering Science/Engineering Physics undergraduate program offered in a Canadian university, a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, enrolled as a full-time student.
      • Purpose: To encourage leadership, creativity and enthusiasm for the engineering profession.
      • Deadline: EXTENDED August 15, 2022
      • Link: http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/findlay_scholarship.php
    • Nick Cercone Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science
      This scholarship is sponsored by the Friends of Nick Cercone One prize each every second year, the initial value of $6,000.
      • Eligibility: PhD students in computer science at a Canadian university.
      • Purpose: To recognize a computer science PhD student at a Canadian university.
      • Deadline: REVISED May 31, 2022
      • Link: http://nickcerconescholarship.ca/?page_id=14
    • Gargantini-Strybosch Scholarship
      This scholarship is sponsored by the Gargantini Fund, one scholarship each year, value $5,000.
      • Eligibility: A student member of IEEE (or agree to apply for membership), enrolled full-time in his or her second undergraduate year, first generation in the family university student, completing a Canadian university program in a field of interest to IEEE.
      • Purpose: To recognize a student who shows brightness, integrity, engagement with community and enthusiasm for undergraduate study.
      • Deadline: EXTENDED August 15, 2022
      • Link: https://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/gs_scholarship.php
    • IEEE Canada Vehicular Technologies Travel Grants
      Two travel grants each year, each one not to exceed $1,200.
      • Eligibility: IEEE Student Members in good standing in a Canadian University or College (at a college, undergraduate or graduate level).
      • Purpose: To support IEEE student members to attend and present a paper at a Vehicular Technologies Conference or other IEEE Conference related to Vehicular Technologies.
      • Deadline: August 15, 2022 (also November 15, 2022)
      • Link: http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/vt_award.php

IEEE Canadian Foundation

Dave Kemp Memorial Fund

The Dave Kemp Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Dave Kemp, serving Director of the IEEE Canadian Foundation, past IEEE Canada President/Region 7 Director and life-long volunteer and supporter of IEEE in Canada and internationally. This fund will support IEEE programs that match Dave's passions and interests, including Young Professional activities, volunteerism, engagement and student growth across Canada. Donations in honour of Dave may be made at http://www.ieeecanadianfoundation.org/EN/davekempmemorial

Gift of Securities to the IEEE Canadian Foundation – Invest in Scholarships and Grants to Canadians

A gift of securities is a very cost-effective way of supporting the IEEE Canadian Foundation, immediately or though a gift bequest in your will.

With a donation of publicly traded securities you will receive a charitable gift tax receipt for the full market value of your gift. This avoids you incurring Canadian capital gains tax since the securities are transferred intact to the Foundation.

Gifts of securities must be arranged by electronic transfer between your investment broker and the Foundation broker.

As you consider a gift of securities, we can work with you and your advisors to receive your gift. Please request our GIFT of Publicly Traded Securities form, available upon request from the Treasurer (l.matteau@ieee.org).

COVID-19: The IEEE Canadian Foundation remains committed to supporting our programs, donors and grantees. Thank you for your ongoing support during these unusual and challenging times.

IEEE Canadian Foundation is a registered charity in Canada and a public foundation. All Canadian individual donors receive CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) approved tax receipts. The IEEE Canadian Foundation remains committed to supporting our programs, donors and grantees. Thank you for your ongoing support during these unusual and challenging times. Please visit ICF Facebook page


  • IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Webinar Series - XIV

      Canadian engineers are going to play a vital role in the adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change, not just in Canada but around the world. Today, there are many groups, including climatologists and economists, who have developed complex models and generally accepted professional perspectives to help inform and persuade government policy makers, corporate strategists, investment bankers and public opinion on appropriate actions and pathways to achieve desirable, or least-bad outcomes. In this presentation, attention is paid to the engineering perspective, its importance for Canada and how it can help shape policy and strategy going forward.
      • Topic: An Engineering Perspective on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
      • Guest speaker: Dr. Robert Crawhall
      • Organization: Canadian Academy of Engineering
      • Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
      • Time: 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm (EDT)
      • Venue: WebEx
      • Information and Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/306922
      • Contact Person:
        Dale Tardiff, MSc, PEng, SMIEEE
        Chair, Outreach and Partnership Committee, IEEE Canada
        E-mail: opc@ieee.ca, dale@innovativepower.ca
  • IEEE Canada Technology Leadership Webinar Series - XV

      More than a million lives are lost due to automotive accidents around the world annually. With the latest advancements in autonomous driving technology, a great opportunity is presented to us to save those human lives. An autonomous vehicle is a complex hardware and software system. One of the key components of the self-driving stack is Perception. Perception is responsible for perceiving the world through sensors. Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) use a variety of sensors such as radars, lidars, cameras, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, Inertial Moment Units (IMUs) and microphones. This talk will look into the sensor fundamentals and signal processing, recent advancements, challenges and opportunities that will make the highways a much safer place for all.
      • Topic: Sensors and Signal Processing for Autonomous Vehicles
      • Guest speaker: Dr. Shaminda Subasingha
      • Organization: Zoox (An Amazon Company)
      • Date: Thursday, May 18, 2022
      • Time: 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm (EDT)
      • Venue: WebEx
      • Information and Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/306923
      • Contact Person:
        Dale Tardiff, MSc, PEng, SMIEEE
        Chair, Outreach and Partnership Committee, IEEE Canada
        E-mail: opc@ieee.ca, dale@innovativepower.ca

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