EngSci alumnus receives Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross

Dec. 12, 2017

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette (ECE MASc 9T0, at right) presents the Meritorious Service Cross to Professor Tom Chau (IBBME), Pierre Duez (EngSci 0T0, MASc IndE 0T3), Andrea Lamont, and Eric Wan (CompE 1T0, ECE MASc 1T3) on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. (Credit: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall, OSGG)

EngSci alumnus Professor Tom Chau (EngSci 9T2, ECE MASc 9T4) and his team received one of Canada’s highest civilian honours at a ceremony today.  Chau and his team , which includes alumnus Pierre Duez (EngSci 0T0, MASC IndE 0T3), were awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) for developing the Virtual Music Instrument (VMI).  This assistive device lets individuals with limited physical abilities express themselves through music.  The tool is improving the lives of children and their families in several countries.

“Professor Chau and his team’s pioneering research in pediatric rehabilitation is world renowned,” says EngSci Chair Deepa Kundur. “We are very proud to count among our graduates researchers who use their engineering skills to have such a lasting positive impact on the lives of others.”

Read more about Chau’s work and this award.