Liam Peyton is awarded the Carmen Poulin Excellence Award

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016

Liam Peyton

Liam Peyton, Professor, Director of E-Business Graduate Programs and Associate Director for Software Engineering, has been awarded the Carmen Poulin Excellence award for 2016. The award was created in honour of the previous CO-OP director, Carmen Poulin, and aims to recognize the excellent contributions made to CO-OP at the University of Ottawa. Professor Peyton received the award for his instrumental role in establishing the mandatory CO-OP program in Software Engineering, the first program of its kind at uOttawa. “He has continually found ways to improve the program and works diligently at helping students succeed.The award is well deserved and The CO-OP team looks forward to giving Professor Peyton the award,” said Marc-André Daoust, Associate Director of CO-OP and Careers at uOttawa.

I am honored to receive the COOP Excellence award this year. Teamwork, innovation, hands-on experience, professionalism and interdisciplinary collaboration are key values in our culture and community that are being recognized by this award. Making software engineering the first 100% mandatory COOP program at the University of Ottawa is a natural by-product of those values. I would also like to thank the many wonderful organizations in industry and government who employ our students and collaborate with our researchers,” said Professor Peyton about winning the award.

The CO-OP Program at the University of Ottawa, the second largest in Ontario, was launched 35 years ago and is among the top five CO-OP programs in Canada. The CO-OP program allows students to apply concepts learned in class during paid work terms and develop professional skills. Students have the opportunity to meet key people in the job market and find employment after graduation.

Students in Software Engineering who have completed the mandatory CO-OP component have found placements within the Federal Government, at startups and at big companies both across Canada and abroad. Past CO-OP employers have included Amazon, Blackberry, IBM, Electronic Arts, National Defence, and TripAdvisor, among others. Students enrolled in the CO-OP program can generally expect to complete an additional semester of study. Sample work/study sequences can be found here:  

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