Hy­dro Québec gives $3.9M to Con­cor­dia

Will fund study of sus­tain­able en­ergy, smart-grid se­cu­rity

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - SU­SAN SCHWARTZ

A $3.9-mil­lion gift from Hy­dro Québec will sup­port re­search in Con­cor­dia Univer­sity’s en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter sci­ence fac­ulty into sus­tain­able en­ergy and smart­grid se­cu­rity, and un­der­write sev­eral dozen merit-based stu­dent awards.

The Nat­u­ral Sci­ences and En­gi­neer­ing Re­search Coun­cil of Canada (NSERC)/Hy­dro- Québec/ Thales Se­nior In­dus­trial Re­search Chair in Smart Grid Se­cu­rity, the first of its kind in Canada, will over­see Con­cor­dia re­searchers at work on pro­tect­ing the prov­ince’s power grid from cy­ber­at­tacks. Mourad Deb­babi, as­so­ci­ate dean of Re­search and Grad­u­ate Stud­ies and pro­fes­sor at the Con­cor­dia In­sti­tute for In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems En­gi­neer­ing, holds the chair.

The gift, an­nounced Thurs­day at the univer­sity, will also sup­port the NSERC/Hy­dro- Québec Se­nior In­dus­trial Re­search Chair in De­sign and Per­for­mance of Small Elec­tri­cal Ma­chines. Pra­gasen Pil­lay, the pro­fes­sor of elec­tri­cal and com­puter en­gi­neer­ing who holds the chair, ex­plained that his re­search fo­cuses on “spe­cial ma­chines for elec­tric ve­hi­cles as well as re­new­able en­ergy tech­nolo­gies, mainly tar­get­ing re­mote com­mu­ni­ties but also for use in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments dur­ing emer­gen­cies when pow­er­ful loads are re­quired.”

An­dreas Athieni­tis, pro­fes­sor of build­ing en­gi­neer­ing, holds the NSERC/Hy­dro-Québec Se­nior In­dus­trial Re­search Chair in Op­ti­mized Op­er­a­tion and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency: To­wards High Per­for­mance Build­ings. “We are de­vel­op­ing cross-dis­ci­plinary re­search to op­ti­mize per­for­mance and the in­te­gra­tion of so­lar sys­tems into both new and ex­ist­ing build­ings,” he said.

One third of the Hy­dro-Québec gift, $1.395 mil­lion, will sup­port 68 schol­ar­ships over the next five years for un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents in Con­cor­dia’s en­gi­neer­ing and com­puter sci­ence fac­ulty, its arts and sci­ence fac­ulty and the John Mol­son School of Busi­ness.

The util­ity has sup­ported Con­cor­dia for more than 30 years, said Réal La­porte, pres­i­dent of Hy­dro Québec In­no­va­tion, équipement et ser­vices partagés, and pres­i­dent and CEO of So­ciété d’én­ergie de la Baie James.

“With this new gift, we deepen our com­mit­ment to ad­vanc­ing sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery through the great work be­ing con­ducted by ex­perts in their field at Con­cor­dia.”

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