Innovation paves the road to success in the new global economy. The Synergy Awards for Innovation were launched in 1995 by NSERC to recognize partnerships in natural sciences and engineering research and development (R&D) between universities and Canadian industry. By working together, effective partnerships enrich the academic and research programs within Canadian post-secondary institutions while providing tangible benefits to Canadians. In 2006, CAS and 12 universities received an NSERC Leo Derikx Synergy Award at the awards ceremony in Winnipeg during CASCON. Research students, funded by CAS, worked together during the summer at IBM on their prototypes and the integration of their prototypes which allowed for rapid refinements and validation. Our partnership opened opportunities for faculty members to visit IBM and interact with students, other faculty and IBMers.
The TCSE Distinguished Synergy Award is presented annually to a team for outstanding and/or sustained contributions that stand as a model in the software engineering community of effective partnership between industry and universities. IBM CAS has initiated and sustained software engineering research partnerships for over 25 years. Our steady efforts with the CASCON annual conference fostered a large, diverse, and vibrant research community, leading to collaborative projects, innovative technology, joint publications, and influential consortia. This collaboration model influenced not only the Canadian software research and industrial landscape, but has been adopted in many CAS centers around the world.
HEAD OF CENTER OF ADVANCED STUDIES
As head of CAS, Marcellus' mission is to deliver applied research experiences - for employees, faculty, students and clients - by facilitating the participation of IBM R&D staff in joint academic-industry research.
COMMUNITY STRATEGIST/USER EXPERIENCE MANAGER
Jenn facilitates Enterprise Design Thinking workshops and also supervising the team's interns. Jenn works to connect undergrads to IBM technology so they can learn and use it in projects involving non-for-profit organizations!
CAS SWAT TEAM PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT
Tinny is the team's CAS SWAT Team Principal Architect. Tinny works on things like CASApp, the website, CASCON, and any technical related matter that requires development.
PRINCIPAL R&D STRATEGIST
Vio oversees R&D Projects that CAS has with IBM Product teams and universities. Vio is also the Conference Chair for our annual conference CASCON x EVOKE. He looks after CAS' recognition of top talent involved in our research projects.
Maria assists with collaborators which includes onboarding new students for research projects, administrative agreements, fellowship payments, and access to the internal IBM Network. She also works on CAS Administrative (payments, submit Purchase Orders).
Dennis works on curriculum design and implementation with universities and colleges, as well as faculty training, workshop design and the PTECH initiative. Additionally, Dennis delivers technical learning internally and at Higher Education institutions