On November 17, the Faculty of Engineering celebrated its most accomplished graduate students at the 19th Annual Ceremony of Excellence.
The breakfast event took place in the Faculty of Social Sciences Building. Masters of ceremony Dr. Ioan Nistor, Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies, and Stéphane Drouin, Academic Administrator of Graduate Studies, opened the ceremony. Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and Dr. Pierre Payeur, Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, followed with welcoming speeches. Dr. Pierre Charest also appeared as the NSERC representative.
In his speech, Dean Claude Laguë welcomed all attendees and expressed special thanks to professors and friends for their unconditional support to our talented graduate students. Dr. Laguë also thanked the contributors, whose generosity helped fund the awards, bursaries, and scholarships.
“I would like to congratulate all of our award recipients. For us this ceremony is an occasion to celebrate your efforts and your success. We are extremely proud of your outstanding achievements and we wish you all the success possible as you complete your education and prepare to start what will surely be very productive and rewarding careers”, said the Dean.
The opening speeches were followed by a short presentation by Dr. Aali R. Alizadeh, founder of Giatec Scientific inc., who holds a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa. He recounted his impressive career path to the students in the hopes of inspiring them to also pursue their ambitions.
Following the presentation, numerous awards, scholarships and bursaries were distributed, including:
- The University of Ottawa International Admission Scholarship — Ataollah Babakhani, Mohamed Galaleldin, Seyed Mohammad Ali Ghazizadeh Fard, Ahmed Helmy, René Hernandez Remedios, Mohammad Hamed Mozaffari Maaref, Mohammad Norouzi, Arman Rokhzadi, Qiang Xiao Yeyao Zhang
- The Trillium Scholarship — Nahla Tarek Youssef Abou El Kheir, Mohammad Hamed Mozaffari Maaref
Dr. Pierre Charest made an appearance as a representative for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and awarded the NSERC scholarship to 11 graduate students.
Congratulations to all our deserving students!