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StFX professor Dr. Laurence T. Yang one of 52 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering

July 5th, 2017
StFX computer science professor Dr. Laurence T. Yang (right) with CAE president Dr. Douglas Ruth

StFX computer science professor Dr. Laurence T. Yang is one of 52 new Fellows inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) during a ceremony held in Ottawa on June 26, 2017.

The CAE is the national institution through which Canada's most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of importance to Canada. The CAE is an independent, self-governing and non-profit organization established in 1987. Members of the CAE are nominated and elected by their peers to honorary fellowships, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

The Canadian Academy of Engineering works in close cooperation with other senior academies in Canada and internationally. It is a founding member of the Council of Canadian Academies, along with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The CAE is also a member of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which includes some 26 similar national bodies around the world.

“We welcome the new Fellows, who are all engineers of outstanding abilities. While they have widely varying backgrounds, what they all have in common is the demonstrated ability to go beyond the normal practice of engineering and contribute in exemplary ways towards their fields and to their communities,” says CAE president Dr. Douglas Ruth.

“We expect great achievements through their participation in the academy’s activities. In our past, Fellows of the academy have produced major studies in the fields of education, energy and innovation; we look forward as to how these new Fellows will explore new and exciting areas of engineering and their impact on public policy.”

Dr. Yang’s citation from the event reads:

Dr. Yang is a visionary leader in the area of parallel and distributed (cloud) computing, embedded and ubiquitous systems, and big data. His pioneering research on cyber-physical-social system design and data analytic has opened up a new research direction, inspired the work of many researchers and made significant impact on society. He is a very active and valued mentor to many students and international colleagues. He has spent tireless volunteer effort on IEEE technical committees and societies and many IEEE conferences as a steering chair. His visionary leadership on bi-lateral relations between Canada and China in post-secondary education and research has created significant collaborative opportunities for researchers and students of both countries. Finally, his 2010 book “Mobile Intelligence” (Wiley) received an Honorable Mention from the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.

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