Council honours SFU scientists

Oct 17, 2002, vol. 25, no. 4

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Two Simon Fraser University scientists, whose applied research has advanced innovative procedures and products, are among the eight recipients of the 2002 Science Council of British Columbia (SCBC) awards.

Hal Weinberg, the director of the office of research ethics and the president of Applied Brain Behaviour Systems at SFU, is receiving the Chairman's Award for Career Achievement.

The award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to B.C. science and technology throughout their careers.

During his 30-year career as a brain behaviour specialist, Weinberg has helped develop techniques for predicting performance in high stress jobs in the transportation industry based on measurements of brain activity.
His work has increased scientific understanding of brain systems responsible for complex information processing.

Keith Promislow's Young Innovator Award recognizes an individual under the age of 40 who has had a significant impact on B.C. science and technology either in a business, academic or collaborative environment.
The SFU industrial and computational mathematician's contribution to research at Ballard Power Systems' meets all three criteria.

Promislow (above) helped develop mathematical models that quickly predict the performance of Ballard fuel cells under a variety of operating conditions. Previously, Ballard relied on lengthy trial and error experiments to make such predictions.

Burnaby-based Ballard is the world leader in the design of fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity for automotive and stationary power applications.

Weinberg and Promislow will be presented with their SCBC awards at the provincial government agency's 2002 awards dinner at Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, Monday, October 28. For more information contact Cindy Lum: 1-800-665-7222,

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