Professor honoured for helping improve emergency response

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 30, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Yasser Morgan (centre) receives the Public Sector Leadership award from Dr. Micheál Kelly, (l) Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and John Reid (r), President and CEO of CATAAlliance.
Dr. Yasser Morgan (centre) receives the Public Sector Leadership award from Dr. Micheál Kelly, (l) Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and John Reid (r), President and CEO of CATAAlliance. Photo courtesy of CATAAlliance

Dr. Yasser Morgan, of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has received a national honour for his research into advanced communication, leading to improved public safety and emergency response.

Morgan is the recipient of the Public Sector Leadership Award in Advanced Technology, awarded by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), the largest high-tech association in Canada.
 
The award is presented to a leading individual from the public sector who, according to CATAAlliance, has “demonstrated creativity and leadership in the design and implementation of policies and programs to support the development and application of advanced technology.”

Morgan was presented with the award in Ottawa on May 26 by Dr. Micheál Kelly, Dean of the Lazarides School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
 
Morgan and his team have received federal funding of $2.3 million to develop the largest and most advanced public safety broadband and test-bed in Canada.

“Of course I am honoured to receive this award and that industry recognizes that we are on the right track with our research,” says Morgan. “Most important, however, is the comfort we take knowing that the eventual outcome of our work will be improving safety for Canadians and first responders.”

Morgan has established BRIC, a national test-bed used to study and research public safety communications and informatics.

"The award will empower us to promote BRIC research throughout North America" added Morgan.

The Public Safety Interoperability Platform is being established at the Bridging Research and Interoperability Collaboration (BRIC) operated at the U of R’s Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety. The Centre was created to meet numerous challenges and issues facing first responders and the public safety sector.

“A test-bed will improve the flow of information between emergency responders and will facilitate the development of novel safety and communication technologies that will ultimately lead to improved communications, safer communities, and safer responders,” says Kelly who presented the award to Morgan.

The 31st Annual Gala event was held at Carleton University in Ottawa to celebrate the best-of-the-best award winners across the spectrum of advanced technology areas.

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