Professor Ray Poirier of the Department of Chemistry has been awarded one of two University Research Professorships for 2012, along with Dr. Proton Rahman, Discipline of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
University Research Professor (URP) is a designation above the rank of professor. The title is the most prestigious award the university gives for research, and goes to a faculty member who has demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is of a truly international stature. The designation carries with it a $4,000 research grant (each year for five years) and a reduced teaching schedule.
Dr. Poirier is a leading international authority in computational chemistry and fundamental studies of reaction mechanisms. His work is centered on the development of his own software package, MUNgauss, one of the very few internationally-used quantum chemistry program systems.
Throughout his career, Dr. Poirier has been intimately involved in furthering the understanding of chemistry through the development of theory and computational chemistry software.
Dr. Poirier has a very strong publication record, including 114 original research papers in peer-reviewed journals, a book, two book chapters and numerous conference presentations. His publications have been cited more than 1,800 times.
The Department of Chemistry congratulate Ray on recieving this prestigious award.