The Faculty of Engineering and Design is delighted to acknowledge the winners of Carleton University’s 2019 Achievement Awards, which are bestowed annually in recognition of the distinction of our faculty, instructors and librarians. All Achievement Award recipients will be honoured at a special celebration on Tuesday, April 16.


Research Achievement Awards

The Carleton University Research Achievement Awards are administered by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) to recognize outstanding research achievements. The awards were established in 1989 to enhance the quality of research and to recognize research excellence. The recipients’ terms run from May to April.

Onita Basu

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project: Investigating Novel Biofiltration Media to Improve Drinking Water Quality
Climate change had led to increasingly unpredictable high rainfall patterns in Canada which lead to an increased release of pollutants in our rivers and lakes. Research into new treatment technologies to remove these pollutant spikes is of paramount importance. Dr. Basu and her research team will develop and investigate the capacity of a novel filtration media to produce safe drinking water in a resilient, sustainable manner to mitigate and adapt to the challenges of climate change in drinking water.

Burak Gunay

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project: Remote Auditing of Building Energy Systems Through Inverse Modelling
Poorly maintained, degraded, and improperly controlled building equipment wastes about 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings. These operational faults are traditionally detected through labour-intensive and invasive energy audits whereby an expert conducts walk-through surveys and collects and analyzes the energy use data. The proposed research will develop a remote energy auditing framework with algorithms to continuously detect and interpret a building’s energy use anomalies. The outcomes include a suite of algorithms for remote energy auditing in buildings and demonstration of these algorithms through a case study.


Teaching Achievement Awards

The Carleton University Teaching Achievement Awards are intended to enhance the teaching of their recipients and the quality of instruction at Carleton.

Andy Adler

Canada Research Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering

Instrumentation for Human Performance – Instructional Modules for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Student-Centred Learning
Instrumentation for measuring and improving human performance is becoming ubiquitous, whether for sport, rehabilitation or lifestyle. Effectively using and interpreting data from these devices, however, is inherently a multi-disciplinary challenge requiring knowledge spanning several disciplines. This award will realize a suite of student-centred modules that bring biology and engineering students together to work collaboratively on student-generated, authentic, research questions. The modules will facilitate new (or enhance current) courses by giving students real-world, practical, skills.


Contract Instructor Teaching Awards

The Carleton University Contract Instructor Teaching Awards recognize teaching excellence by Contract Instructors.

Gerry Kanter

Contract Instructor, School of Industrial Design

“My teaching philosophy falls in line with that of professor Henry Mintzberg’s approach, allowing students to learn at their own pace, reflecting on the course material to develop their own theories about the world. In other words, I want them not just to pick up a useful set of software skills, but also encourage them to ask questions and evaluate the what is behind the design and evolution of emerging technologies.”


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