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(April 12, 2001, Gazette)

Researchers receive
Petro-Canada awards

Dr. Serpil KocabiyikDr. Serpil Kocabiyik

Dr. Serpil Kocabiyik, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Len Zedel, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, have been named as recipients of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award.

Dr. Kocabiyik’s research project is in fluid dynamics and focuses on the impact of the unsteady flow of fluids around a cylindrical body. This project is of significant importance in the field of ocean engineering and is used to accurately predict the design life of cylindrical offshore structures and to help refine offshore designs.

Dr. Len Zedel
Dr. Len Zedel

Dr. Zedel is undertaking a research project to field test Doppler sonar systems optimized to measure the speed of swimming fish. Doppler sonar systems are routinely used to measure ocean currents but these existing systems actually eliminate the acoustic signature of fish. In the long term, it is hoped that this application of Doppler sonar technology will provide fisheries managers with a better view of changing fish populations and distributions.

Petro-Canada created this national awards program to help support Canada’s “brain gain” by attracting, recognizing, promoting and supporting outstanding and innovative young faculty researchers. With $4.3 million invested to date in 22 learning institutes across the country the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards Program is fast building a strong and talented alumni of some of Canada’s brightest young minds.

Commenting on the awards, Dr. Christopher Loomis, acting vice-president (research and international relations), extended his congratulations on behalf of the university.

“We are very pleased that both Drs. Kocabiyik and Zedel have received this award and commend them for their dedication and hard work,” Dr. Loomis said. “It is heartening to see companies like Petro-Canada making serious contributions to basic and applied research at Memorial.”

Gary Bruce, Petro-Canada’s vice-president of Offshore Development and Operations, said Memorial has a reputation as one of Canada’s best universities in the areas of marine and ocean research.

“We are enormously proud of our affiliation with them and of the opportunity to make an impact through our funding of faculty research. The contribution of both Dr. Kocabiyik and Dr. Zedel is an example of the high calibre of innovation and initiative found at Memorial. We congratulate both award recipients and wish them success in their research projects.”

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