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Dean's Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award Recipients

The Dean's Scholarly, Research and Creativity Activity Award recognizes individual faculty members on an annual basis for outstanding scholarly, research and creative activities (SRC) achievements and impact on their disciplines during the previous academic year.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $2,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Scholarly, research and creative activity

2021 recipients

Sameh Al Natour

School of Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management

Dr. Al Natour’s research empirically investigates the factors surrounding the use of emerging technologies. Over the past year, his research has focused on timely and highly relevant issues, such as privacy in the context of mobile apps and AI-powered virtual advisors, and the factors that enhance students’ satisfaction with online presentations. This research has been published in leading Information Systems journals, such as Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Information and Management, and Internet Research. For this research, he has received four TRSM Research Recognition Fund awards, and the 2020-21 TRSM Research Recognition Award.    

Martin Antony

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Antony is Professor in the Department of Psychology. His research is on the nature and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Last year, he served as coprincipal investigator on one large CIHR-funded project and co-investigator on two additional CIHR-funded projects. He also published 2 books, 12 peer-reviewed articles, and 2 chapters. In addition, he had 8 articles and chapters accepted for publication, and 6 research articles under review. Dr. Antony’s work is widely cited; he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest honour that a Canadian scholar can receive in the Arts, Humanities, or Sciences.    

Anthony Bonato

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science

Dr. Anthony Bonato is a leading researcher in graph theory, whose work focuses on pursuit-evasion games on graphs and modelling real-world networks. He made ground-breaking advances on graph burning and the localization game, introduced new models for how social influence spreads in networks, and discovered efficient ways to detect adversarial activity in a network. Dr. Bonato published four books and 130 papers, and delivered over 30 invited addresses at international conferences. He is highly regarded for the quality and impact of his research, and his role in supervising the next generation of researchers in graph theory and network science.    

Elsayed Elbeshbishy

Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Dr. Elbeshbishy is an outstanding and exceptional scholar who made significant contributions to advance the field of waste into energy and thereby reducing the carbon footprint. He is attracting significant funding from industry and government with 24 individual grants and totaling over $4.0M including Early Researcher Award of $150k from Ontario Government. He has an impressive publication record with 57 refereed journal publications, 12 of which are in 2020/2021. He also served as a keynote and invited speaker for many conferences both national and international. On the other hand, His commitment to HQPs training is remarkable.

Kathleen Hammond 

Lincoln Alexander School of Law

Professor Katie Hammond is an exemplary candidate for the Dean’s SRC Activity Award. In the Lincoln Alexander School of Law’s inaugural year, she has managed to maintain an impressive and inspiring research and scholarly output, in addition to her demonstrated teaching excellence and significant contributions to service. Notably, Professor Hammond has secured numerous grants, supervised multiple students, and initiated the development of a new Health Law and Innovation Group at the law school, a research network of which she is the Director—truly remarkable accomplishments for a faculty member of her vintage.

Stefania Impellizzeri

Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science

Dr Impellizzeri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology and an expert in contemporary physical organic and materials chemistry. She has been internationally recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) as a rising star in her field by being awarded the prestigious 2021 PCCP (Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics) Emerging Investigator Lectureship. She is a member of the RSC, the Chemical Institute of Canada, the American Chemical Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the Board of Directors of Nano Ontario. Dr. Impellizzeri has over 30 publications and has trained more than 20 HQP.

Yoontae Jeon

School of Accounting and Finance, Department of Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management

Dr. Yoontae Jeon has demonstrated excellence in Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity beyond the level of a pre-tenure faculty member. The quality and quantity of his research output proves deserving of this award nomination. His past work demonstrates the extent of his research potential, and that the richness of his future research agenda demonstrates that he truly is a researcher at heart. Dr. Jeon’s FT-50 ranked research publications in the competitive field of Finance covering Information in Financial Markets, as well as Cryptocurrencies and Decentralized Finance, is of great importance and relevance to the finance literature and exemplary research.    

Raktim Mitra

School of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Community Services

Raktim Mitra’s knowledge production and policy making in the fields of transportation planning and health behavior have had global impact.  Dr. Mitra published eight scholarly publications and garnered over 400 citations this year alone.  Dr. Mitra secured two new SSHRC grants as Principal Investigator (>$300,00) and he was co-applicant on two external grants (>$550,000), leading him to train 10 PhD and Master’s students.  Dr. Mitra led two major international conferences as track / paper review chair.  Moreover, his leadership as SURP Associate Director (UG) and in teaching make him an example of excellence.    

Farrokh Sharifi

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

Dr. Janabi-Sharifi, fellow of CSME, EIC, and CAE, is a world leading expert in the field of Opto-Mechatronics with the focus on Robotics and Control. He has an outstanding publication record with 2 books, 5 proceedings, and over 250 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings. His publications have been cited more than 3452 times in just the last five years, with many making it to Top Ranking Lists of prestigious journals. His work has led to filing of 4 US/PCT patent applications, and been recognised internationally through fellowships, best paper awards/certificates, and visiting professorship awards from several world-class organizations.    

Hossein Zolfagharinia

School of Business Management, Department of Global Management Studies, Ted Rogers School of Management 

Dr. Hossein Zolfagharinia is an outstanding scholar who has made significant contributions to the logistics and supply chain management field. He has successfully published 18 papers in A* and A-rated journals from the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List. Additionally, the high quality of his work has been recognized on several occasions by Ryerson and the broader research community (e.g., receiving best paper awards). Among other research achievements, he has secured over $450,000 in research grants in collaboration with industry partners at the provincial and federal levels, and trained 23 students at different levels.

Past recipients

  • Deborah De Lange
    School of Business Management, Department of Global Management Studies, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Eric de Noronha Vaz
    Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Leila Farah
    Department of Architectural Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Niushan Gao
    Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • Carolyn Kane
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Naimul Mefraz Khan
    Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Eric Liberda
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan
    School of Information Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Mehrab Mehrvar
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Alireza Sadeghian
    Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
  • Lixia Yang
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Linda Zhang
    School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Natalie Alvarez
    School of Performance, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Alagan Anpalagan
    Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Stephanie Cassin
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Farhad Ein-Mozaffari
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Konstantinos Georgiou
    Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • Anne Harris
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Janet Koprivnikar
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Ali Miri
    Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
  • Tor Oiamo
    Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Fei Song
    Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Brett Story
    School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Emily van der Meulen
    Department of Criminology, Faculty of Arts
  • Lu Zhang
    School of Accounting and Finance, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Saman Hassanzadeh Amin
    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Costin Antonescu
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Martin Antony
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Jennifer Burwell
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Jonathan Farrar
    Accounting, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi
    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Dimitrios Latsis
    School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Stephanie Melles
    Department of Chemistry and Biology, Faculty of Science
  • Pawel Pralat
    Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • Thomas Tenkate
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Sandra Tullio-Pow
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Ian Young
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Morteza Zihayat Kermani
    Information and Technology Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Harald Bauder
    Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Anthony Bonato
    Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science
  • Eric Hehman
    Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts
  • Chun-Yip Hon
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Seung Hwan (Mark) Lee
    School of Retail Management, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Bruno Lessard
    School of Image Arts, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Mehrab Mehrvar
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Jamin Pelkey
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
  • Janet Yamada
    Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Faculty of Community 
  • Hossein Zolfagharinia
    Global Management Studies, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Alagan Anpalagan
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Rupa Banerjee
    Human Resources Management and Organizational Behaviour, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Ben Barry
    School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Nick Bellissimo
    School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services
  • Colleen Derkatch
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Farhad Ein-Mozaffari
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Carolyn Kane
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Richard Meldrum
    School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services
  • Andriy Miranskyy
    Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
  • Ali Miri
    Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science
  • Horatio Morgan
    Global Management Studies, Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Nima Naghibi
    Department of English, Faculty of Arts
  • Robert Teigrob
    Department of History, Faculty of Arts