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  • June 06, 2022 14:50 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Canadian company GHGSat, which specializes in high-resolution GHG monitoring from space, launches three new ABB-built optical sensors into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, doubling capacity to monitor methane gas emissions.

    GHGSat’s hyperspectral imaging technology accurately locates and measures methane emissions from any given industrial site on earth. The launch of three new ABB-built high-resolution methane sensors doubles the company’s capacity to monitor customer sites. In addition to the three units being launched – Luca, Penny and Diako –five additional units dedicated to methane measurements are under fabrication at ABB. 

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  • April 15, 2022 14:22 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aerospace, Concordia University

    Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation, and a commitment to research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking, and public impact.

    Working with the government of Canada, Concordia is proud to present opportunities for established scholars to contribute to branding Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research in science and technology development, alongside other federal programs with similar objectives.

    Concordia University invites applications for a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) position in Sustainable, Smart and Resilient Aerospace.

    Please visit here for details on the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program and the available position.

    Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community. Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of local and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.

    Employment Equity

    Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

    Immigration status

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority.


  • April 07, 2022 10:38 | April Duffy (Administrator)
    The Canadian Space Agency Remembers Bjarni Tryggvason

    News release April 6, 2022 – Longueuil, Quebec

    Former Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason has passed away at the age of 76.

    Tryggvason was one of the original six Canadian astronauts selected in December 1983.

    He flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on August 7, 1997, as a payload specialist. He spent over 11 days in space, where he successfully operated a Canadian technology he helped develop: the Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount. Designed to isolate payloads from vibrations, this technology would later be adapted for the Canadian Microgravity Vibration Isolation Subsystem.

    Tryggvason was an engineer, scientist, educator, test pilot and proud father. He applied the highest standard to everything he did and will be remembered by his CSA colleagues, friends and family for his humour, dedication and originality.

    Among the awards and honours he received are the Canadian Space Agency Innovators Award, 2003; Order of the Falcon from Iceland; Doctorate of Philosophy (honoris causa), University of Iceland, 2000; Doctor of Science (honoris causa), Western University, 1998; NASA Space Flight Medal 1997; and numerous scholarships throughout his university years. Tryggvason was recently inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (2020) and was an associate member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

    Quotes

    "It is with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason. Bjarni was one of our first astronauts, and he made important contributions to Canada's space program. I want to extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues. Pilot, meteorologist, researcher, professor and astronaut, Bjarni inspired a generation of Canadians to dream big and reach for the stars. I am eternally thankful to have known him."
    The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry 

    "I can’t believe my friend Bjarni Tryggvason is gone. We were both chosen as astronauts in 1983. He was the smartest engineer I ever met and a supremely skilled pilot. He taught me how to fly and patiently corrected me when I got it wrong. He was a fine human being. I miss him."
    The Honourable Marc Garneau, Member of Parliament

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    Please feel free to share your memories of Bjarni below.

  • March 29, 2022 12:21 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    The Royal Commonwealth Society of Toronto will host The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Gala on Friday, June 17, 2022.

    The event will be held in the Concert Hall at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, and you are invited to come and celebrate.

    This special evening, celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years as Queen of Canada and Head of the Commonwealth, will be a Black-tie event featuring a reception with hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner with wine.

    Additionally, there will be pomp and pageantry with music and tributes to our Queen. Our keynote speaker for the evening will be the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, who ensured Canada led the Commonwealth in the fight against Apartheid.

    To learn more about this exciting evening and to purchase tickets, please visit here

    People wishing to sit together should consider tables of 10, which can be reserved by direct contact.


  • March 18, 2022 15:41 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute would like to congratulate Dr. Priti Wanjara on recently upgrading her CASI membership from Associate Fellow to Fellow as part of her ongoing commitment to learning and professional development.

    Dr. Priti Wanjara is Principal Researcher and Manager at the National Research Council of Canada. She earned her B. Eng (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees from McGill University in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. She started working for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in 2002 in the Aerospace division. Throughout her career, she has been concerned with the physical metallurgy of metals/alloys, and in particular with how this knowledge can be applied to welding process design for advanced manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive and power generation industries. Her work has emphasized the understanding of solidification and microstructural phenomena during welding of various aluminum-, magnesium-, iron-, zirconium, nickel- and titanium-based materials. Her most significant research contributions include her pioneering work on electron beam additive manufacturing, linear friction welding and friction stir welding (FSW), which has accelerated fabrication and refurbishment improvements of various components for various small medium enterprises, original equipment manufacturers and maintenance repair and overhaul industries. Dr. Wanjara is the author or co-author of over 200 papers published in refereed journals or conference proceedings and 100 NRC reports. She is recognized internationally as a leading material scientist in advanced manufacturing technologies. Some of her honors & awards include: G. MacDonald Young Award (ASM International), CWB Fellow (Canadian Welding Bureau), Silver Medal Award (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum), CASI Fellow (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute).

    Sources: ASM International, LinkedIn

  • March 11, 2022 13:37 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Leading the Future Together!


    The 13th Annual Celebration of Women in Engineering (WIE) Wine & Cheese provides an opportunity for students in engineering to expand their network and spark valuable discussions in a low-pressure environment with experts, professionals, faculty, and fellow students in their interested career fields and create lasting bonds for years to come. We believe that the creativity and intellect of all members of society are essential to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future with innovative technology. Every year, the IEEE WIE University of Ottawa Student Branch works hard to bridge the gap between students and industry through events such as Wine & Cheese. This event is entirely run by students for students.

    For many students, this represents an opportunity to create meaningful links to the professional industry in Ottawa. For employers, this is an opportunity to meet in person the next wave of innovators and problem solvers. Expect to see many students from co-op and recent/soon-to-be graduates looking to find out more about you and your work! We hope that you will join us again this year!

    April 1, 2022 7PM-10PM 
    Museum of Nature - 
    240 McLeod St, Ottawa

    Please visit here for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • February 18, 2022 13:37 | April Duffy (Administrator)
    Group press release | Zurich, Switzerland 
    • In its largest order in the private space sector, ABB will supply multispectral imaging systems to Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics
    • Satellites equipped with ABB’s technology will be launched starting in 2023, enabling unprecedented daily global coverage of Earth’s ecosystems
    • High-quality imagery enabled by ABB’s technology will provide near real-time information about natural and human-caused change across the planet

    ABB has been awarded a contract worth around $30 million by the Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics Corp. (EDA) to develop and manufacture next-generation multispectral imaging systems to be placed on 10 satellites (including an in-orbit spare) that will circle the Earth. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2022.

    Multispectral imaging systems capture data at specific light frequencies across a wide spectrum, and the EarthDaily Constellation network of satellites will be able to provide high-quality imagery in 22 spectral bands with resolution down to five meters.


    Please select the press release link above for more details.

  • November 04, 2021 11:25 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    CASI FELLOW HERB SARAVANAMUTTOO - Personal Memories

    CASI members were greatly saddened to learn of the recent passing of Herb Saravanamuttoo, Carleton University Professor Emeritus and long-time member of CASI.

    Herb joined CASI in 1956, just two years after the Institute was founded.  He was admitted to the rank of Fellow in 1976 and served as President for the 1979-80 term.  Throughout his 65 years of membership in CASI, Herb participated actively in every facet of the life of the Institute.  He was an active participant in the Propulsion Section, presented papers at many AERO conferences and served on a variety of committees.  Herb’s vast experience in propulsion was appropriately recognized in 2005 when he was selected as the recipient of the prestigious CASI McCurdy Award that recognizes “outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research. engineering excellence.” 

    Perhaps the most abiding memory many of us have of Herb is his being a speaker at CASI Branch meetings – most recently in March of this year when he gave a talk to the Ottawa Branch entitled “Civil Propulsion - The Last 70 Years”.  Shortly after this he was nominated for induction as a member of the Order of Canada. 

    Personal recollections are invited to be left in the comments section below.

    Professor H.I.H. Saravanamuttoo Scholarship in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering - Future Funder

    Herbert Ian Howard Saravanamuttoo Obituary - The Globe and Mail



  • June 30, 2021 13:21 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    DR. DAVID ROBERT GREATRIX of Penticton, B.C., aged 62, passed away unexpectedly on June 30, 2021 while on a nature hike in Manning Park, B.C. David was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on October 3, 1958 to Major John and Carmel Greatrix. Growing up in a military family, David also resided in Ottawa, Ontario, Lahr, Germany and Winnipeg, Manitoba. David moved to Toronto, Ontario where he was a Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University for 25 years. His research on rocket propulsion is internationally recognized. During his time as a professor, he would write his first book, Powered Flight – The Engineering of Aerospace Propulsion, a popular internationally well-received engineering textbook. Upon retirement, David moved to Abbotsford, B.C. and then settled in Penticton, B.C. where he was pursuing his interest of being a published author. He is predeceased by his parents and sister Cheryl Chase. He is survived by his sister Nancy Tremblay, brother Mark Greatrix, nephew Colin Tremblay and niece Hilary Tremblay.

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