2013 Awards & Announcements

YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award

Dec 24, 2013

Dr. Bin Wu has been awarded YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award.

Dr. Wu has made a truly extraordinary contribution to research and graduate education. His contribution to power electronics, electric drives, and renewable energy is internationally acclaimed, evidenced by his widely received two authority books on power electronics and renewable energy published by Wiley/IEEE Press, over 280 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, over 20 issued/pending patents, hundreds of technical reports for industry, and his fellowship at prestigious Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

As an NSERC Senior Research Chair, Dr. Wu's life-long conviction of research excellence and effort has advanced Ryerson to the very fore-front of power electronics and renewable energy research in Canada. Dr. Wu's dedication and rigor in graduation education , supervision, and training, especially his deep conviction of having graduate students and post-doctoral fellows involved in research for the Canadian industry, are recognized nationally and internationally both in academia and industry, and have earned him the prestigious Synergy Award for Innovation from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. His dedication and high standard in graduate supervision have resulted in a large number of high-calibre graduates. A number of his former graduate students and post doctoral fellows have become faculty members at universities in Canada and around the world, including Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta, University of South Carolina, Tsinghua University (China), Huazhong University of Science & Technology (China), University of Santa Maria (Chile), and Ryerson University while many others have taken key management and engineering positions in Canadian industry and abroad.

Dr. B. Wu is one of the very few pioneers of graduate education at Ryerson, the Founding Program Director of Graduate Program of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson's first CFI award recipient, Ryerson's first NSERC Senior Research Chair, Ryerson's first Premier Research Excellence Award recipient, and Ryerson's first Ryerson Research Chair. His contribution to graduate education and HQP training at Ryerson is unparalleled. It is his deep conviction to excellence in research and graduate education and contribution that have advanced Ryerson to the fore-front of research and graduate education in power electronics and renewable energy systems in Canada and globally.

Best Paper Award

Dec 18, 2013

Congratulations to Peter He and Lian Zhao who won the Best Paper Award for their paper, "Recursive geometric water-filling for wireless links with hybrid energy", at the 2013 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing.

Sami Dalati, Next36 Entrepreneur

Dec 16, 2013

Sami Dalati, third-year Electrical Engineering, was one of 40 successful candidates recently selected for The Next 36 program for young entrepreneurs.

April Khademi joins faculty at University of Guelph

Dec 16, 2013

April Khademi, BEng and MASc graduate of Ryerson University, has secured tenure track faculty position in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph.

Stalin Boctor Academic Awards

Nov 4, 2013

Congratulations to Heqiang Lin, who was awarded the Stalin Boctor Circuits Award valued at $2,000 and Mashal Farid who was awarded the Stalin Boctor Undergraduate Award also valued at $2,000. The awards presentation will take place during the annual departmental awards ceremony.

Raymond Phan wins Ryerson Gold Medal Award

Oct 18, 2013

The following citation was included in his nomination package.

Raymond is an exceptional and outstanding graduate student that has excelled both ademically and professionally while at Ryerson. His academic and research aptitude is second-to-none; a fact that the National Science and Engineering Research Council agreed upon and awarded him with one of Canada's most prestigious awards: the Vanier Scholarship. Beyond his academics, he is also a well accomplished lecturer since he has taught and co-taught and TA-ed many engineering undergraduate courses and many mathematics undergraduate courses. Moreoever, Raymond has also dedicated much effort and time to volunteer work.

Specifically he has been very active with the local chapter of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers: which happens to be the premiere professional society for electrical and computer engineering while also being extremely active in graduate and undergraduate level volunteer work at Ryerson.

There is no doubt in my mind that there is no student more deserving of this award than Raymond and no better way to reward his hard work and love of Ryerson than to award him with such an honor.

2013 Engage Grant Awards

Dec 2, 2013

Dr. Fei Yuan was awarded a NSERC Engage Grant in collaboration with Advanced Micro Devices. The project investigates non-invasive real-time on-chip di/dt events .

Sep 12, 2013

Dr. Alagan Anpalagan has been awarded an NSERC Engage Grant to collaborate with MTech Systems in the area of "Wireless Sensor based Real-time Data Processing in Machining Systems".

Ryerson Sumo Robots Win 1st and 3rd Place

Jun 21, 2013

The Hobby Electronics Club won First and Third place in the full-sized Sumo Robot event at the 2013 Western Canadian Robotics Games in Calgary, Alberta. This is the third year in a row that Ryerson has won first place in this event. Ryerson was represented this year by Danny Porthiyas, Anna Leshchenko, Stanislav Arkadyev and Kevin Soo. The Hobby Electronics Club (HEC) is supervised by James Andrew Smith.

Photo: Anna Leshchenko (L) with Jay Ingram (R), one of the judges at the Games.

Biomedical Engineering, Sciences & Technology Symposium Winners

Jun 21, 2013

James Andrew Smith's students, Anna Leshchenko, Marcelle-Andree Longlade, Jose Nuno Bueno and James Kim won first place in the demonstration event at the Biomedical Engineering, Sciences and Technology (BEST) symposium on June 12, 2013. Their project, "Active Phantom for Labour Induction Training" physically simulates the first stages of labour using a custom electro-mechanical model.

BEST Symposium 2013, Marcelle-Andree
Longlade (L) and Dr. Ali Miri (R).
BEST Symposium 2013, Dr. Rotstein (L)
and Anna Leshchenko (R).

2013 Best Capstone Design Award Winners

Jun 21, 2013

  • The Hall Monitor: Reuben Fernandez, Kuljit Virdi, and Peter Wang (FLC: Dr. B. Standish)
  • 3D Heart Model for Cardiac Activation Display: Abdallah El-Falou, Shaima Abid, Rajjeet Phull (FLC: Dr. K. Umapathy)
  • Haptic Surgical Training System: Sahar Feroz, Angela Ip, Na Li (FLC: Dr. J. Smith)
  • Online Speech Recognition and Training For Language Learning: Ashraf Mehrazar, Samira Moharramzadeh, and Thi Minh Thu Vu (FLC: Dr. K. McConville)
  • Smart Robotic Arm: Hoang Dang, Kenny Foo-Kune, Sarmilan Sooriyaganthan (FLC: Dr. K. Raahemifar)
  • Integrated Circuit Layout- The Physical Layout of an SRAM-Based FPGA: Robert Chin and Elizabeth Golowenko (FLC: Dr. A. Ye)
  • Design of a Tracking System for Solar Cells: Gaurav Prasher, Morton Nedd, and Senthuran Uthayakumar (FLC: Dr. M. Jaseemuddin)
  • Second Sight: Saidurga Kalluri, Prachi Raibagi (FLC: Dr. B. Venkatesh and K. Raahemifar)
  • Hybrid/Electric Vehicle & Home Monitoring and Security System: Evgheni Crujcov, Dmitry Ogorodnikov, and Laura Thomas (FLC: Dr. V. Geurkov)
  • Miniaturized Brushless DC Motor Controller: Edwin Bishun, Carlos Chavarria, Jan Co Chiong (FLC: Dr. F. Yuan)

Second Prize for Student Paper

May 9, 2013

The paper co-authored by Reza Razani and Xavier Fernando, "Collaborative Robots for Rescue Missions in Underground Mines" won the second prize at the Humanitarian Initiatives Committee Student Paper Competition at the Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) 2013.

IEEE Exemplary Editor Award

Apr 26, 2013

IEEE ComSoc recognizes Alagan Anpalagan with 2012 Exemplary Editor Award for his outstanding contributions to IEEE Communications: Surveys and Tutorials.

3 Minute Thesis Competition Runner-up

Apr 15, 2013

Jamil Jivraj, a PhD student co-supervised by James Andrew Smith and Victor Yang, took the Runner-Up spot at the Yeates School of Graduate Studies Three Minute Thesis Competition. Jamil spoke about his research on legged robots.

Goodluck to Jamil as he represents Ryerson at the Ontario 3MT competition on April 18!

2012 Graduate Research Excellence Awards

Mar 21, 2013

Graduate Research Excellence Awards (GREAs) promote scholarly research publications of graduate students (Ma.Sc. and Ph.D) in peer-reviewed, main-stream scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral

Mar 21, 2013

Yushi Zhou, a PhD student of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Ryerson University has been awarded a prestigious "Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGSD2)" by NSERC ($35,000/year for two years). This is a highly competitive award and only 26 were awarded in Ontario in 2012.

NSERC/Hydro One CRD Award

Feb 14, 2013

Dr. Xavier Fernando's team was awarded $129,560 in funding from NSERC and $129,560 from Hydro One for their Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) project titled, "Wireless Performance monitoring of Plug in Electric Vehicles' in January 2013.


Jan 18, 2013

Dr. Alagan Anpalagan's Technical Problem Solving (TPS) application to the Ontario Centers of Excellence was approved for the project titled "Integrated Water Leakage Detection and Security Wireless System" in collaboration with industry partner Penguin Engineering Systems.

2013 Engage Grant Awards

Jan 7, 2013

Dr. Alagan Anpalagan has been awarded an NSERC Engage Grant to collaborate with ANAI Global for the project "Design and Development of Smartphone Probing System".