Professor Yahia Anta Receives Distinguished Educator Award / PhD Student Attends Conference in Singapore

“I continue to be amazed and humbled by the outstanding contributions being made by Dr. Antar and I applaud this prestigious recognition that he is a distinguished educator in the field of antennas and propagation.  Well done!”

Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal, BGen (Ret’d)  –  Principal – Royal Military College of Canada

 

Professor Yahia Antar is the recipient of 2017 IEEE AP-S Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award

Article by: 16025 Greg Phillips, CD, PhD, PEng – Department Head and Associate Professor  – Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The award is in recognition of Professor Antar’s exceptional and successful long-term commitment to undergraduate and graduate teachings and his outstanding contributions to the training of Highly Qualified Personnel at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC) and at Queen’s University.

The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association, with over 420,000 members worldwide. The Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award was established in 2000 by one of the IEEE societies, the Antennas and Propagation Society (A&P S), and it is given annually to one recipient worldwide to recognize outstanding career achievements by a distinguished educator in the field of antennas and propagation. The criteria considered by the AP-S Awards Committee include excellence in teaching, involvement with and direction of students to prepare them for effective careers in Electromagnetics, curriculum development with inclusion of current research and knowledge that reflects the state of the art in courses, and authorship of research and course material.

The Award was presented to Dr. Yahia Antar at the IEEE APS/URSI (Antennas and Propagation Society/International Union of Radio Science) Symposium Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 12 July 2017, in the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, USA .

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 « Je suis continuellement étonné des exceptionnelles contributions de M. Antar, Ph.D, et je le félicite pour cette prestigieuse reconnaissance de son statut d’éducateur éminent dans le domaine des antennes et de la propagation. Bravo!»

Dr. H.J. (Harry) Kowal, Bgén (ret) – Principal

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Le professeur Yahia Antar est le récipiendaire du prix AP-S Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award.

Article par: 16025 Greg Phillips, CD, PhD, PEng – Chef du département et Professeur agrégé – Département de Génie électrique et génie informatique – Collège Militaire Royal du Canada

Ce prix reconnait l’engagement hors pair et fructueux du professeur Antar vis-à-vis l’enseignement au baccalauréat et aux études supérieures, ainsi qu’à l’entraînement de personnel hautement qualifié au Collège militaire royal du Canada (CMRC) et à l’université Queen’s.

L’IEEE est la plus grande association de professionnels, comptant plus de 420,000 membres de par le globe. Le prix Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award fut établi en 2000 par une des sociétés de l’IEEE, la Antennas and Propagation Society (A&P S), et il est remis à un seul récipiendaire mondialement afin de souligner les succès d’un éducateur distingué dans le domaine des antennes et de la propagation. Les critères considérés par le comité de sélection des prix de l’A&P S comprennent l’excellence en enseignement, l’implication avec étudiants et la direction de ceux et celles-ci pour les préparer à entamer des carrières en électromagnétisme, le développement de curriculum comprenant l’incorporation de recherche courante, des connaissances qui reflètent la fine pointe de la technologie dans les cours, ainsi que la rédaction de matériaux de recherche et de cours.

Le prix été présenté au Dr Yahia Antar lors de la cérémonie de remise de prix durant le symposium IEEE d’APS/URSI (Antennas and Propagation Society/International Union of Radio Science) ayant lieu le mercredi 12 juillet 2017 au Manchaster Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA, EU. 

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Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay (foreground) and Marina Bay Sands (background) were two of the venues for the Commonwealth Science Conference 2017, hosted by the Royal Society and the National Research Foundation of Singapore.

Former Otter Squadron Grad Attends Commonwealth Conference in Singapore

“I’ve met so many talented and passionate scientists here, I’m excited by the possibility for lasting friendships and scientific exchanges. It was a tremendous privilege to have represented Canada and RMC on the global stage.”

Matt McTaggart, PhD student

M0997 Matt McTaggart, student in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected by the Royal Society of London to take part in the Commonwealth Science Conference held in Singapore from 13-16 June 2017. The meeting assembled 400 of the top PhD students and early career researchers, eminent scientists, and influential policy makers from 37 commonwealth nations.

In the opening ceremony, HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York delivered a message from the Queen recognizing the opportunity to build scientific collaboration across the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Secretary-General mentioned biomimicry in her address as a new approach to combat environmental damage This came as welcome recognition for McTaggart’s own research into the physical chemistry of nanomaterials. One of the aims of his work is to understand the properties of enzymes and discover methods for cleaner, more efficient chemical processes.

Four topics were given particular attention: infectious disease, low-carbon energy, sustainable cities, and the future of the oceans. Plenary speakers included Dr. Bernie Fanaroff of South Africa, Director of the world’s largest telescope project, Chief of Research at Sick Kids Hospital and authority in stem cell research Dr. Janet Rossant, and Dr. Demis Hassabis, CEO of DeepMind and leader in artificial intelligence development. “The broad scope of the conference really opens up the possibility for new ideas that just don’t occur to people stuck in their own silos,” McTaggart says, “Meetings like these are bound to catalyze innovation.” Dr. C.N.R. Rao, Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to Indian Prime Minister, delivered the closing talk. He and Royal Society President Dr. Venki Ramakrishnan stressed the unique power of the Commonwealth to speak in diverse voices for common values.

As a delegate, McTaggart sought to showcase the science being developed at the Royal Military College and to raise the international profile of Canada’s only Federal degree-granting institution. “I’ve met so many talented and passionate scientists here, I’m excited by the possibility for lasting friendships and scientific exchanges. It was a tremendous privilege to have represented Canada and RMC on the global stage.”

This was the second Commonwealth Science Conference since being restored by the Royal Society in 2014 after a nearly 50 year hiatus. For more information visit https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/commonwealth-science-conference-2017/

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