Awards of Excellence Gala
ÉTS celebrates excellence in teaching and researchTuesday, April 23, 2019
The Awards of Excellence Gala that was held on April 8 also served as an opportunity to recognize a number of professors, researchers and educators who distinguished themselves through their work during the previous year.
Award for Most Promising Invention
This year’s most promising invention is a titanium dioxide ink that can be synthesized in ambient conditions. It boasts controllable properties and can be adapted to processes related to printed electronics, thus allowing for the fabrication of flexible devices at a reasonable cost. Titanium dioxide is used in the manufacture of various devices, including solar cells, biosensors and other sensors.
The Award is given to Professor Sylvain G. Cloutier for his project “Method of Producing an Amorphous Titanium Dioxide Precursor Material”.
Independent Invention with Significant Commercial Potential
An independent invention is a technology that was not associated with a specific industrial partner at the outset. This year, the Independent Invention with Significant Commercial Potential is a technology that has applications in the area of veterinary medicine.
Created in cooperation with researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Université de Montréal and from the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, this technology allows for the design and manufacture of patient-specific endoprostheses for use in reconstructive bone surgery in cases of canine osteosarcoma, which is the most common bone tumor among dogs. The long leg bones are most frequently affected, and larger breeds are most susceptible. Over the long-term, this technology may even be applicable for use in humans!
ÉTS presented the Award for Independent Invention with Significant Commercial Potential to Professors Vladimir Brailovsky and Yvan Petit for “Limb Sparing in Mammals Using Patient-Specific Endoprostheses and Cutting Guides”.
Award for Most Promising Centech Company
Since 1996, Centech has been dedicated to the launch and development of high-tech companies and to transforming start-ups into successful businesses. This year, two companies are equally deserving of the Award for Most Promising Centech Company.
The first company, Lockbird, uses artificial intelligence and related tools, such as lasers, propane cannons and sound scarers, to repel birds away from industrial sites without injuring them. Lockbird’s technology is currently being used at numerous landfill sites across Canada and at its first airport, where the technology has been approved by Transport Canada.
The second company that was honoured is Prevu3D, which provides an innovative service involving the digitization, creation and distribution of immersive 3D content for industry. Among other clients, Prevu3D works closely with the Port of Montréal to improve the planning of infrastructure assets, optimize space and offer augmented-reality tours of the Port’s facilities.
Other Honours and Awards
Seventeen other far-reaching projects headed by ÉTS Professors-Researchers and their teams were also recognized during the course of the evening:
• “Value Chain Optimization of Hydroelectric Power Generation Systems”, headed by Richard Arsenault in collaboration with François Brissette and Michel Baraer, along with researchers from Université de Montréal, Waterloo University and Rio Tinto Aluminium.
• “Configurable Integrated Power Input/Output Systems for Avionic Applications”, headed by Yves Blaquière in collaboration with Frédéric Nabki and Nicolas Constantin, along with Concordia University and Thales.
• “Virtual Research Flight Simulator for Commercial Aircraft New Technologies Development” is an important project headed by Ruxandra Botez. Professor Botez’s team is working with CAE and Bombardier Aerospace to develop a virtual flight simulator for commercial aircraft.
• “Fabrication et réparation par soudage des roues de turbines en alliage 13-Cr-4Ni: simulation et expérimentation” (Manufacture and welding repair of turbine rotors made from 13 Cr 4Ni alloy: Simulation and testing), headed by Henri Champliaud.
• In addition to the project for which he received the Award for Most Promising Invention, Sylvain Cloutier is also heading “Inkjet Printing of Hybrid Optoelectronic Materials and Devices” along with “Ultra-low-cost Printed Flexible Sensors for Disruptive IoT Applications”.
• “Matériaux composites et vernis cellulosiques pour l’industrie du transport et de la construction” (Composite materials and cellulose varnish for the transportation and construction industries), headed by Nicole Demarquette.
• Professor Demarquette is also heading ”Nanofibres and et nanosphères polymériques fonctionnelles obtenues par électrofilage à échelle semi-industrielle” (Functional polymeric nanofibers and nanospheres obtained by electrospinning at a semi-industrial scale) in collaboration with Éric David and Ricardo Zednik.
• Vincent Demers, working with colleagues Philippe Bocher and Ricardo Zednik, for “Contrôle des surfaces à haute température pour la fabrication avancée des pièces métalliques et céramiques” (High-temperature surface control for advanced manufacturing of metallic and ceramic parts).
• “Développement d’une panoplie d’indices de confort pour les bouchons d’oreille afin d’améliorer la protection auditive des travailleurs” (Development of a wide range of comfort indices for earplugs in order to improve hearing protection for workers), headed by Olivier Doutres in collaboration with Franck Sgard.
• Professor Doutres is also heading “New Acoustic Insulation Meta-Material Technology for aerospace” in collaboration with Vladimir Brailovski.
• “Nouveaux circuits de traitement de signal et matériaux pour une électrocardiographie robuste et abordable” (New signal processing circuits and materials for a durable and affordable electrocardiogram), headed by Ghyslain Gagnon in collaboration with Ricardo Zednik.
• “Simulation numérique de la trempe des composants aéronautiques en acier” (Digital simulation of the tempering of steel aircraft components), headed by Mohammad Jahazi.
• Jean-Pierre Kenné is heading a project related to manufacturing production: “Planification des activités de production des chaînes logistiques en boucle fermée soumises aux perturbations aléatoires” (Planning of production activities for closed-loop supply chains subjected to random disruptions).
The Excellence Gala also served as an opportunity to present other awards and honour ÉTS professors and researchers, and to recognize companies that have worked closely with them in connection with certain research activities..
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