MEDIA ADVISORY: $1.3M awarded to new Chair for Women in Science and Engineering

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OTTAWA, January 17, 2012 — The University of Ottawa invite the media to the official launch of the NSERC / Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Ontario Region, where you will meet the chairholder, Catherine Mavriplis, professor at the Faculty of Engineering.

WHAT: Launch of the NSERC / Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Ontario Region

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 3 p.m.

WHERE: SITE, Room 5084 (800 King Edward, University of Ottawa)

“The work done through the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program’s (CWSE) helps remove barriers and encourages women to bring their unique perspectives and talents to bear on today’s challenging problems,” noted Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). “Our selection committee was impressed with Dr. Mavriplis’s experience, passion and commitment to helping retain women who choose careers in science and engineering.” Thanks to the program, professor Mavriplis will be receiving more than $1.3 million in funding over the course of five years from NSERC, uOttawa and Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Over the next five years, Dr. Mavriplis will work with a team of researchers, professionals and program administrators at the University of Ottawa, Pratt & Whitney Canada, University of Toronto and Queen’s University to reach scientifically-minded women students and professionals across the province. An interdisciplinary research group under the Chair program will examine the history and status of women in scientific and engineering sectors, such as aerospace, and the effect of globalization on women’s participation.

For More Information

Karine Proulx
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
613-562-5800, ext. 3149
613-219-3058 (cell)

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