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Sheridan Awarded 1 Million for New NSERC Industrial Research Chair

May 08, 2012

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced today that Sheridan is the recipient of $1 million in funding

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2012
Oakville, ON

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced today that Sheridan is the recipient of $1 million in funding to support a new NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Mobile Computing under the College and Community Innovation Program. Minister Goodyear made the announcement during the Polytechnics Canada annual conference, hosted by Sheridan at its Oakville campus.

Sheridan’s Research Chair will be held jointly by Dr. Ed Sykes and Dr. Khaled Mahmud, who will focus on delivering innovative mobile computing solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) throughout Ontario. The Chair will also be supported by industrial partners Research in Motion Limited, Cisco Systems Canada, TELUS Corporation, and Xtreme Labs Inc.

“The rapid growth of mobile computing has been unlocked by exciting new devices from smartphones to tablets, and by new generations of wireless networks,” said Darren Lawless, Sheridan’s Dean of Applied Research. “Our Chairholder will be focused on context-aware mobile computing, and cloud integrated mobile computing, both of which have the potential to directly improve the competitive position of SMEs in the GTA and Ontario.”

Sheridan’s Faculty of Science and Technology is thoroughly engaged in shaping the field of higher education in mobile computing. In 2009 the college made a strategic decision to focus on mobile computing as the foundation of Applied Computing. The curriculum now includes 13 wireless and mobile computing courses across all programs, including a wireless specialization “stream” in Computer Systems Technology.

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions dedicated to the provision of outstanding academic programs and the support of student and graduate success. We deliver an exceptional educational experience in an environment renowned for innovation and creativity. Program options range from one-year certificates to four-year degrees in the arts, business, community service and technology fields. Sheridan serves 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing education students at our campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga.

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