Two major provincial research funding agencies are working
together to boost the appeal of Alberta's universities to
informatics students. Under an award agreement taking effect
this month, compensation from Alberta Ingenuity and the Alberta
Informatics Circle of Research Excellence will be worth up
Until now, iCORE awards have gone only to students receiving
prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
awards. But the new program is linked to Alberta Ingenuity
Students of computer science, and electrical and computer
engineering who enter or transfer to an Alberta university
with an Alberta Ingenuity award will also receive an iCORE
award. Compensation will total up to $30,000 for master's
degree students and $35,000 for doctoral students.
"At this point in Alberta's development, the creation
of strong research teams in information science and engineering
warrants special attention," says Dr. Brian Unger, iCORE
president. "By working with Alberta Ingenuity, we can
make Alberta universities a very attractive option for the
top students in informatics from across the country."
Adds Dr. Bill Bridger, president of Alberta Ingenuity: "The
competition is tough for the top students in any area. By
pooling our efforts, we can make Alberta that much more compelling
in the highly competitive area of computer science and engineering."
The Alberta Ingenuity Fund is an endowment supporting science
and engineering research teams. The Alberta Informatics Circle
of Research Excellence is a government-funded organization
that focuses on informatics research teams. Informatics, as
defined by iCORE, is computer science, electrical and computer
engineering, physics, math and any other discipline, as they
relate to information and communications technology.
Four APEGGA members are on the Alberta Ingenuity board of
trustees. Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., of Calgary, an Alberta director
on the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, represents
the association. Two APEGGA councillors, Ron Triffo, P.Eng.,
of Edmonton, and Dr. John Moldon, P.Eng., of Red Cliff, sit
on the board, as does the University of Calgary's Dr. Elizabeth
iCORE's board of directors has two APEGGA members - Dan Bader,
P.Eng., Alberta's deputy minister of innovation and science,
and Dr. Peter Flynn, P.Eng., Poole Chair in Management for
Engineers, with the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering.