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YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award: 2017 recipients

Deb FelsDeborah Fels
Master of Business Administration Program, School of Information Technology Management

Dr. Fels contributes extensively to graduate education through research, teaching and academic leadership at the Ted Rogers School of Management and Ryerson University. She has taught research methods in the both MBA and Master of Science in Management programs and served as Chair of the inaugural TRSM Graduate Program Council for two years. More than 40 graduate students have completed major research papers, theses, and dissertations under her supervision. Through the Inclusive Media Design Centre and her considerable research funding, graduate students have been financially supported and given significant opportunities to learn research skills across technical, qualitative and quantitative boundaries.

Wendy FreemanWendy Freeman
Master of Professional Communication Program, School of Professional Communication

The MPC program has benefited tremendously from Wendy's strong commitment to inclusiveness and transparency in decision-making, her passion for innovative and career-oriented graduate teaching and learning, her encouragement and support for rigorous graduate student research, and her conscientious stewardship of the program's human and financial resources. Wendy's vision, dedication and leadership have been vital to the strengthening and expansion of the MPC program through experiential learning and professional development opportunities, networking events and industry connections, new curricular options, collaborations with other graduate programs, alumni events and activities, awards to recognize student achievements, and student participation in professional associations and networks.

Mehrab MehrvarMehrab Mehrvar
Environmental Applied Science and Management Graduate Program, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Mehrvar’s main research is on the wastewater treatment using advanced technologies. Well-trained graduate students are the centre of his research activities in graduate programs. He encourages his graduate students to think beyond the problem, about the critical outcomes and hypothesis, and how they could be implemented. He tries to cultivate their curiosity about critical points in their research outcomes. He has significant contributions to the environmental health and engineering. He has published more than 86 journal papers, four book chapters and 150 conference proceedings/presentations. He has supervised/co-supervised more than 40 graduate students including nine PhDs.

Ali MiriAli Miri
Computer Science Graduate Program, Department of Computer Science

Dr. Ali Miri is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and the research director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute. He has been a dedicated and compassionate graduate student mentor. He has overseen supervision of 60 students, currently supervising an additional 13 students. He has also served on the research advisory committees of close to 100 students in Ryerson and other universities. He has offered over a dozen graduate courses and is currently serving on all of the departmental Graduate committees. He has co-authored and published over 200 manuscripts, books and patents with his students.

Candice MonsonCandice Monson
Psychology Graduate Program, Department of Psychology

Dr. Monson is professor of Psychology and was director of Clinical Training for six years. She is a renowned expert in trauma and PTSD whose exceptional contributions to graduate education have profoundly influenced the careers of psychology students. Dr. Monson was instrumental in launching Ryerson's Psychology Training Clinic and seeing the graduate program through to accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. Monson's students have made cutting edge contributions to the science of trauma and PTSD through their research. Dr. Monson received mentoring awards from the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs in 2015.

Pamela RobinsonPamela Robinson
Urban Development, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Dr. Robinson exemplifies engaging and innovative teaching, mentorship of the highest quality and an ever present collaborative spirit. She is an exceptional teacher, influential mentor, authentic leader and valued colleague. Her leadership is collaborative, nimble and responsive.Graduate students and alumni alike describe Pamela's mentorship as having a tremendous impact on their growth as individuals, scholars and impassioned planners. Pamela's impactful mentorship as associate dean also fosters a milieu that encourages a sense of community in which FCS graduate program directors share best practices with the shared goal of ensuring that graduates are positioned for success in their chosen profession.

Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Krishnan has been working on fundamental and applied research in the area of pulsed laser nano material processing and its applications for more than 15 years. His research work during these years has resulted in over 120 high impact factor journal publications, over 1200 citations, H-index of 20 and eight US/worldwide-granted patents. He is a recipient of the Early Researcher Award and twice recipient of the Research Excellency Award. He has served in several Canadian and international agencies for review of program and funding applications. He has supervised or is supervising over 30 graduate students. Two of his PhD students are faculty in Canadian universities.

Past recipients