A strong commitment results in a National Award

Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014

Claude Lague, Riadh Habash, Bill Wilson

Everyday excellence and dedication is what defines the work environment at the University of Ottawa.

By giving 110%, Professor Habash embraces this vision and inspires his students by setting high personal standards for both his research and teaching; and this type of commitment generates results.

On June 2014, the Sandford Fleming Foundation announced that Dr. Riadh Habash was named the 2014 Wighton Fellow and the 29th to have been named. A luncheon was organized in October to pay special tribute to Professor Habash who was awarded a certificate and a cash prize.

“Please accept the sincere congratulations of the Selection Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair and Past Chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Secretary of the Wighton Fellowship; and congratulations as well from the Sandford Fleming Foundation at the University of Waterloo, the administrator of the Fellowship”, said Wighton Fellowship Secretary Bill Wilson.

The national Wighton Fellowship award recognizes excellence in the development and teaching of laboratory-based courses in Canadian undergraduate engineering programs.

Dean Claude Laguë welcomed this victory and extended his best wishes to Professor Habash. “Please accept my sincere congratulations for this exceptional and well-deserved national recognition on behalf of our entire Faculty community. Well done!!! ”

To Professor Habash this success is very meaningful. “I am extremely gratified to receive this award on behalf of our Faculty for the development and implementation of “design-oriented” approaches in teaching laboratory-based courses”, declared the winner.

Habash acknowledged the involvement of the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Engineering that provided the right platform for this recognition and the funds and resources necessary to enhance practical engineering learning. “Importantly, I should recognize the role of Dean Laguë for his long-term vision toward facilitating a proper infrastructure environment for such kind of learning”, said Habash.

Reflecting on the implication of the award for his professional future, Habash confided that “such recognition promotes further career challenges toward providing active learning environment for the students”.

Riadh Habash is a dedicated professor at both the undergraduate and graduate level and McLaughlin Research Chair in Energy and Health at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He devotes his time towards his students’ success to help them reach their full potential. Habash is part of the Faculty’s club Green Engineers that promotes sustainability and renewable energy. He recently supervised Team uOttawa, a group of six engineering students, who won the second prize at the Valeo Challenge Competition in Paris on October 17th for their green project of a hybrid/electric vehicle drive system with an electric induction motor. He is currently involved with the Institute of Population Health and is active as a member of the IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation.

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