Engineering for sustainable development

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Professor Ousmane Seidou has won the 2016 George S. Glinski Award for his excellent research on water resources management, adaptation to climate change, and more.

Ousmane Seidou

Professor Ousmane Seidou is working hard to develop new sustainable solutions that can help people better manage their water resources in the face of climate variability and change. His research could have a profound impact on areas where water-related issues are becoming aggravated by unexpected climate phenomena. For this innovative work, the Faculty Teaching Personnel Committee (FTPC) and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering have awarded him the 2016 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research.

Professor Seidou is primarily focused on climate and water interaction, hydrological modeling, adaptation to climate change, and food security. He has worked on many projects in both North America and Africa: one such project was a system of rainwater collection and agricultural technique that has the potential to help millet farmers in the Sahel region of Africa to combat the damage of droughts. Another project involves a detailed probabilistic model of flood and drought risk in the Niger River basin that help policy makers rationally choose the best coping strategy.

Dean Claude Laguë praises the professor: “Dr. Seidou’s research excellence has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally by his peers. His research interests and expertise are diverse and extremely relevant.

I am very honoured to have been chosen for this award,” says Professor Seidou. “None of this would have been possible without the continual and unconditional support that I have received from many people at the University. I’d like to especially thank my colleagues at the Department of Civil Engineering for the friendly and stimulating environment that they create.

Professor Seidou obtained his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at École Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs (Rabat, Morocco) in 1996. After working as a civil engineer in Niamey, Niger, he completed a postgraduate degree in applied computing (École Inter-États des Ingénieurs de l'Équipement Rural, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), as well as a Master’s and PhD in water resources (École Polytechnique de Montréal).

Since joining our faculty back in 2007, [Professor Seidou] has been actively supervising and co-supervising many Master’s and doctoral students,” says the Dean. “He has been successful in attracting external research funding from Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, the International Development Center, the International Commission on the Great Lakes, Manitoba Hydro, and NSERC. Ousmane is an outstanding emerging researcher and a most deserving candidate for this award.

This award is named in honor of Professor George S. Glinski who was the co-founder of Computing Devices of Canada (1948), which grew into one of Canada’s first publicly traded, export-oriented technology companies that produced such spinoffs as Northern Electric (NORTEL), Gandalf Technologies and Leigh Instruments. He is widely considered to be the father of high-technology in Canada.

The Faculty wishes to congratulate Professor Seidou for winning this award. Dean Claude Laguë also wishes to acknowledge the other excellent candidate who had been nominated: “Dr. Vida Dujmovic, Assistant Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We were truly impressed by the accomplishments of this deserving colleague as well as by the quality of her nomination dossier. This made our decision a truly difficult one, which is a testimony to the high level of research performance by our emerging professors in the Faculty of Engineering.

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