Professor Jorge Angeles, from the Centre for Intelligent Machines, was elected president of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms. His term begins this month and runs until December 1999.
Ms. Julie Payette, a PhD student in the Centre for Intelligent Machines, was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to train as a Mission Specialist for a possible future flight aboard one of NASA's space shuttles.
Dr. Marcy Delcourt and Dr. Bruce Shore, from the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, earned Awards of Excellence from the American Mensa Educational and Research Foundation and International Mensa Inc. The prizes are in recognition of their fine work on the education of gifted children.
Professor Byung C. Eu, from the Department of Chemistry, has been elected to the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.
Mr. Michael Greenish, a student in mechanical engineering, led a team of student engineers to a third-place finish in the University Challenge portion of the World Solar Challenge--the best- known solar car race on the planet. McGill's solar car, Northern Sun, missed a second place finish by a mere four minutes after completing a 3,010 kilometre, nine-day race across the Australian outback in November.
Professor alcides lanza, from the Faculty of Music, has been awarded the 1996 Diploma of Honour with highest distinction from the Organization of American States and the InterAmerican Music Council. A composer, conductor and pianist, lanza is the long-time director of McGill's Electronic Music Studio.
Professor Robin Drew, from the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, won the Best Paper Award at the 19th Annual Conference on Composites, Advanced Ceramic Materials and Structures.
Professor Malcolm Scoble, from the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, was the recipient of the Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Professor John Gruzleski, from the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, received the Best Paper Award of the Aluminum Division of the American Foundrymen's Society.
Professor George Demopoulos, from the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, was the Plenary Lecturer for the Third International Conference on Clean Technology for the Mining Industry, held in Santiago, Chile, in May 1996.
Mr. Jonathon Crow, a student in the Faculty of Music, was named by the Montreal Mirror as one of its "Noisemakers" for 1997--a group of Montrealers who are expected to make a name for themselves in the year ahead. The 19-year-old violinist was co-concertmaster at the recent joint performance of the Montreal and McGill Symphony Orchestras and won first prize and interpretation prize at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition.
Dr. Jacqueline McClaran, from the Department of Family Medicine, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation. This national organization provides evaluation and developmental consultations for hospitals, long-term care facilities and local community health centres across Canada.
Professor Dan Mateescu, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Professor Evangelos Papadopoulos, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the Outstanding Paper Award of the Transactions of the CSME.
Mr. Rahul Varma, a research assistant at the Montreal Neurological Institute, is also a well-regarded playwright. His most recent work, Counter Offence, was named by both the Montreal Mirror and Hour as one of the 10 best plays to be performed in Montreal in 1996.
Mr. Gary Bernstein, associate director of the Telecom Office, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Business Telecommunications Alliance. The CBTA is frequently consulted by the federal government and represents the interests of most large telecom businesses and organizations in regulatory matters.
Professor David Lowther, from the Department of Electrical Engineering, was named Vice-President for the Americas of the International Compumag Society. Lowther was also invited to be the Visiting Chair of Electrical Engineering at Imperial College in London, England.
Adjunct professor George Kubanek, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, earned the Noranda Award for Individual Achievement in Teaching.
Professor George Kubes, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of service in the Pulp Manufacture Division of the American Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.