Faculty Council Meeting 2014 | 04

Minutes of the meeting held 13:00 in room CBY 707

PRESENT:
Officers of the Faculty
C. Laguë (Dean), H. Tezel (Vice-Dean Research),  M. Labrosse (Interim Vice-Dean Graduate Studies), M. Turcotte (Vice-Dean Undergraduate Studies), T. Lethbridge (Vice-Dean Governance), S. Vanapalli (Chair, CVG), N. Baddour (Chair, MCG), C. D’Amours (Director, EECS), H. Viktor (Associate Chair, CSI), S. Gandolfini (Chief Administrative Officer, non-voting)

Professors
S. Omelon, C. Lan, M.Dubé, B. Kruczek, H. Aoude,  M. Mohareb, J. Infante Sedano, C. Rennie, M. Fall, E. Petriu, E. Dubois, A. Nayak, J. Lang, P. Galko, S. Shirmohammadi, K. Dolgaleva, C. Adams, K. Hinzer, B. Dhillon,  F. Robitaille, M. Doumit, E. Lanteigne, H. Mouftah

Students
Md Mahmud Hasan (EECS), Biswa Bhushan Dash (EECS), Jin Zhu (MCG)

EXCUSED:
Officers of the Faculty
J. Zhang (Vice-Dean, International Affairs), D. Taylor (Chair, CHG),

Professors
W. Gueaieb, C. Mavriplis

14.04.01 Presentation: Process for the Selection of the next President and Vice-Chancellor

The following members of the Presidential Selection Committee were present for this agenda item: Robert J. Giroux (Chair of the Board of Governors), Sylvain Charbonneau (Associate Vice-President, Research), Diane Davidson (Vice President Governance), Claire Turenne-Sjolander. Mr. Giroux introduced the members of the Committee in attendance.

Mr. Giroux discussed the process for selection of the new President. The committee is making extensive consultations. There was confidential discussion. Their website is http://www.uottawa.ca/about/governance/selection-of-a-president/presidential-selection-committee

14.04.02 Presentation: Process for the Selection of the next Vice-President Academic and Provost

No member of the Selection Committee joined the meeting despite a confirmation to that effect provided by the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor.

14.04.03 Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved with minor adjustments

14.04.04 Minutes of the last meeting (Oct 14)

The minutes of the previous meeting had been approved electronically.

14.04.05 Matters arising from the minutes

The vision statement and action plan were finalized by the Executive Committee and are on the agenda for today’s meeting.

14.04.06 Report of the Dean

The Dean briefly discussed the new vision statement.

The Dean discussed the new action plan http://engineering.uottawa.ca/governance/2011-2016-action-plan .

The Dean announced that the Executive had approved a one-year extension to the mandate of Dr. Nistor as Vice Dean Graduate Studies. His new term will end on June 30, 2016.

The Dean announced that the Executive and Provost had approved the extension of Dr. Zhang’s mandate as Vice Dean International Affairs for another 5 year term (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020).

The Dean discussed the recent accreditation visit of the CHG, CVG, ELG, CEG and SEG programs. The next step is to receive the report of the visiting team and provide any needed corrections. We will be informed of the decision before June 30, 2015.

There was discussion of various aspects of the feedback from the accreditation visit.  M. Turcotte discussed the importance of continuing to gather the graduate attributes, to use them for curriculum improvement, and to assess how the indicators have changed as a result. The Dean emphasized the need to have more eligible professors obtain their P.Eng., and to have students obtain their free PEO student membership.

14.04.07 Report of the Vice-Dean (Research)

We are in the process of hiring a second research facilitator. Hugo Lemieux is serving in this role on an interim basis.

The University has decided to focus CFI JELF applications on newly hired professors.

The Faculty will be forming a selection committee to hire a CRC Tier II chair on materials or catalysis.

The University wants to have more Industrial Research Chairs. We will be more proactive on this in the future. Companies (or a consortium of companies) have to commit about $200K per year for 5 years.

There will be OCE workshop in CBY 707 Dec 10 at 1:30 p.m..

Hanan Anis’ Design Chair site visit will be held on December 8.

The Vice Dean is in the process of reviewing the research services in the Faculty.

14.04.08 Report of the Vice-Dean (Undergraduate Studies)

The Vice Dean thanked all those involved in preparation for accreditation.

On motions duly moved and seconded, Faculty Council approved the following:

  • Creation of a new course GNG2xxxx Introduction to product development and management for engineers and computer scientists
  • Calendar change for CVG2140/2540
  • Calendar change for CVG2149/2549
  • Calendar change for CVG3140
  • Calendar change for CVG4148
  • Modifications to the Environmental and Water Resources Option of the Civil Engineering program (with a clarification that the wording should read CHG4301 or CHG4302 or CVG4133

The following was approved in principle, subject to confirmation regarding whether there is to be 3 credits of CVG4143, CVG4145 or CVG4146, or 6 credits of them, (and in the latter case, something else needs to be made optional).

  • Modifications to the Structural and Geotechnical Option of the Civil Engineering program

14.04.09 Report of the Vice Dean (Graduate Studies)

On a motion duly moved and seconded, Faculty Council approved two new CVG courses: Structural Design in Timber and Project Life Cycle Cost & Analysis

On a motion duly moved and seconded, Faculty Council approved the following new courses (subject to minor spelling corrections)

  • MCG xxxx Superalloys and Ceramix-Metal Matrix Composites
  • MCG xxxx Planning of Experiments in Engineering Design
  • BMG xxxx Introduction to Microfluidics

On a motion duly moved and seconded, Faculty Council approved changes to the seminar courses MCG5100S , MCG9000S , MCG5112  and MCG5512

The Vice Dean discussed submissions of Vanier, NSERC and OGS scholarships.

There is a new rule that students are allowed only one transfer from MA.Sc to M.Eng or vice versa.

The Ottawa Carleton Joint Institutes meeting was held earlier in November. It has been proposed that, at the Masters level, examiners from both campuses would be desirable, but not required.

14.04.11 Other Business

The Dean encouraged members to give feedback to the selection committee for the next Vice President Academic and Provost.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m.

                                                                    Timothy C. Lethbridge, Vice-Dean (Governance)

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