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University Advancement | January 2019  


Ryerson professors David Gauntlett and Sharareh Taghipour named new Canada Research Chairs

Ryerson Canada Research Chairs, Ali Mazalek, Sharareh Taghipour and David Gauntlett.

The Canada Research Chair program renewed professor Ali Mazalek’s term and announced two new chairs for Ryerson that were awarded to Sharareh Taghipour and David Gauntlett. Photo credit: Alia Youssef.


Ryerson University is home to two new Canada Research Chairs, and has received funding to renew a third research chair term.


What is a Canada Research Chair?

The Canada Research Chair program is a prestigious grant that provides funding to post-secondary institutions to retain or attract thought-leaders in social sciences, humanities, health sciences, engineering and natural sciences by supporting their research.


Who are the chairholders?


David Gauntlett, Creative Industries

Canada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Learning

Professor Gauntlett’s research explores platforms for creativity, creative identities, leadership and public understanding of creative practice. His work will inform business, media, educational organizations and cultural institutions in how they create content and technologies.


Sharareh Taghipour, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Canada Research Chair in Physical Asset Management

Professor Taghipour's work tackles reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in industries, such as transportation, commercial building and heavy manufacturing, by developing improved energy efficiency. By using state-of-the-art methods, she designs ways to optimize turbines, transformers and dams, and works to improve the carbon footprint of industries such as mining, iron and steel.


Ali Mazalek, RTA School of Media

Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation

Professor Mazalek’s work explores the integration of the digital and physical world. She uses tools such as interactive tables and multi-touch walls to create better understanding in areas such as scientific modeling, computer engineering and inclusive technologies for children with special needs.


A full list of Canada Research Chairs can be found on the Recipient List page. To learn more about Ryerson’s Canada Research Chairs, check out our Researchers page.

This story originally appeared in Ryerson University’s Research News on Nov. 14.