News in brief
Professor wins electronics award
Praveen Jain, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, was named the 2011 recipient of the William E. Newell Power Electronics Award.
The award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of power and electronics. It’s given out by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest engineering association.
Jain is Canada Research Chair in Power Electronics at Queen’s as well as Director of the Queen’s University Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER).
He was also the founder of CHiL Semiconductor, which was recently sold to International Rectifier for $75 million, and has worked with industries like Canadian Aeronautics, Intel and Nortel Networks.
— Rosie Hales
Bargaining units to begin this fall
Four new bargaining units will soon begin contract talks with the University.
Post-doctoral fellows, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, will begin bargaining with the University in the fall.
Two bargaining units of the United Steelworkers of Canada will begin the first round of contract talks with the University administration. The first unit includes academic assistants and tutors while the second is made up of Queen’s general staff.
Negotiations with the Allied Health Care professionals in the Queen’s Family Health Team will also start.
So far this year, six contracts between the University and employee groups were negotiated.
— Rosie Hales