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Advisory Board

EPIC College of Technology Advisory Board Members

Dr. Adel Sedra (Advisory Board Chair), received his B.Sc. from Cairo University in 1964 and his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, in 1968 and 1969, respectively.

Sedra joined the faculty of the University of Toronto in 1969 and became associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1978. He served as chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1986 to 1993, and was vice president, provost, and chief academic officer from July 1, 1993 to 2002. In his nine years as provost Sedra led the university through two major long-range planning cycles in 1994 and 1998.

On July 1, 2003, Sedra joined the University of Waterloo as dean of its Faculty of Engineering and as professor of electrical and computer engineering.

A specialist in microelectronics, Sedra’s research focuses on applications in communication and instrumentation systems, including theory and design of circuits. Sedra has co-authored three textbooks, including Microelectronic Circuits (with K.C. Smith), now in its sixth edition (2010). The text is published in ten languages, has over one million copies in print, and has one of the most widely used texts on the subject to date.

Sedra has published about 150 scholarly papers, has guided the research of about 65 graduate students, and has also served as a consultant to industry and governments in Canada and the United States.

Sedra was a founding member and a member of the board of directors of the Information Technology Research Centre, a designated centre-of-excellence funded by the Province of Ontario (now the Centre of Excellence for Communications and Information Technology, one of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. From 1990 to 1994, Sedra was a member of the Scientific Assessment Panel for the Industry Research Program of Technology Ontario, and is currently a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.[1] Sedra served as a delegate to Oxford University Press (1995–2008) and is currently editing the Oxford Electrical and Computer Engineering Series. More recently, Sedra chaired a committee that reviewed the Structure of NSERC Grant Selection Committees.

B. John Plant, OMM, CD, NDC, FIEEE, FEIC, FCAE, FCSSE, P. Eng., PhD, D.Eng., Royal Military College of Canada 65 – 99; Head of Electrical Engineering 67 – 70; Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 70 -84; A/ Dean of the Canadian Forces Military College 70 – 71; Honorary Life Member, Royal Military College Club of Canada; Honorary Member of Class of 99; Professor Emeritus; Honorary D Eng. RMC, 2001. Director, RMCC Foundation 02 – 11, President 05 – 08, Past President 08. Education: RMC 53 – 55; Royal Naval Engineering College, Plymouth, England 56 – 58 and 59 -60; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering MIT 1965; and National Defense College 71. Military: Retired naval Captain; Canada Decoration and bar; Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Medal; Order of Military Merit. Served in HMCS St Laurent, HMCS Chaudiere and HMCS Outremont . First Submarine Squadron, Royal Navy, Malta 55 – 56 and Canadian Naval Reserve commanding officer, HMCS Cataraqui 75 – 84. Associations: Professional Engineering Association of Ontario (PEO) Citizenship Award; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Centennial and A.G.L. McNaughton medals; Engineering Institute of Canada ‘s (EIC) John B. Stirling Medal. Fellow IEEE, EIC, CSSE & CAE. Post Retirement: Director, International Association of Continuing Education and Training 96-02; Founding Vice-President of Kingston’s Advanced Technology Education Consortium 97-99, President 99-02; Founding Director REDR Canada; Governor St Lawrence College 03 – 09, Vice Chair, Kingston 04 and Board Chair 07 – 09; President, Kingston Branch of the Navy League of Canada 07 – ; Executive Director, Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) 99 – .

Vikram Sundar, as a co-founder and member of the executive team at Comsteps Technologies, Vikram is both the lead strategist and architect of the consulting offerings and services solutions of the firm, making business development decisions and setting up key partnerships in the enterprise space.

He manages the service offerings which he created and built for Active Directory, Windows Server and Client Platforms, Unified Communications, Business Productivity, and Training for IT Professionals and Information Workers.

Vikram has diverse expertise in crafting consulting service offerings , building solutions, directing programs and process development initiatives, with over 15 years of experience in the areas of IT strategy, consulting, service delivery, enterprise technical support, training, and account management.

Having successfully managed a client portfolio of around $20M, he specializes in building solution offerings and restructuring business processes tied to service initiatives.

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi is currently Professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of Oran, Algeria, in 1986 and received his PhD in Structural Engineering from Sherbrooke University in 1993. He has more than 18 years of comprehensive professional engineering experience as an academic, a researcher and a practicing engineer in Quebec and Ontario.

Dr. Lachemi is an expert in the use of high-performance materials such as self-consolidation concrete and high-performance concrete in construction. He is well recognized for his pioneering work and significant research contributions toward reducing global environmental impacts of the construction industry through the development of high-performance materials and innovative construction technologies. His research has led to several industrial applications, over 100 peer-reviewed technical publications, and the training of dozens of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He has also been involved in numerous collaborative industrial projects, including an international project leading to the construction of the world’s first reactive powder concrete structure.

Dr. Lachemi is currently an associate editor of the bilingual Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, and is an active member of several national and international technical committees. He has been a keynote speaker at several national and international conferences and workshops and was chair of the 2005 Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Conference Technical Program. His work has received several awards and recognitions, including a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Construction.

In June 2011, Dr. Lachemi was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, one of the highest academic honours for Canadian engineers.