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Dr. Ferial El-Hawary, P.Eng., IEEE (M'82 - S'86 - F'99,) received the M.Sc. degree from the University of Alberta, in Electrical Engineering (1971) and the Ph.D. degree in Oceans Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1981). She is President of BH Engineering Systems Ltd. specializing in Consulting and Advanced Professional Development.

Dr. El-Hawary served on faculty in the Faculty of Engineering at (TUNS) Dalhousie University, where she established and directed the Modeling & Signal Analysis Research Laboratory till (1997). Ferial has published widely in IEEE refereed Journals in OCEANS Applications. She is Editor-in- Chief of "The OCEANS Engineering Handbook” published by IEEE & CRC Press in 2001. Currently, she is Associate Editor of the IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Journal in Applications of Computational Intelligence, Advanced Underwater Signal Processing, Kalman Filtering Techniques, and Data Fusion.

Dr. El- Hawary has been an active volunteer in IEEE and other organizations in Canada. Her activities include involvement in the establishment of "Engineering Memorial Foundation" to commemorate the December 6, 1991 Ecole Polytechnic Event. She also served the Association of Professional Engineers of N.S. in many capacities including being the Founding Chair of the Women in Engineering Task Force.

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Activities in Standing Committees of IEEE Board:

  • Member of IEEE History Committee (2003-2006)
  • Member the Hearing Panel of the Member Conduct Committee "EMCC” (2003-2006.)
  • Member of the Multi-Lingual Subcommittee of the IEEE Transnational Committee (2001-2004)
  • Member of the Rejuvenation Subcommittee of IEEE/Section-Chapter Support Committee (2004- up to date)

Activities in IEEE-Canada:

  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the upcoming Section Congress'08 to be held in Quebec City, October'2008
  • IEEE/Canada Liaison Section Congress'05, to be held in Tampa, FL.
  • IEEE/Canada Chapters Coordinator, Distinguished Speakers Coordinator (2003 – up to date)
  • Chair of Eastern Canada Council IEEE –Canada (2002-2003)
  • Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee of CCECE’2000 (IEEE-Canada) held in Halifax, N.S. Canada.
  • Member of the IEEE Canadian Foundation Fund Raising Committee (2001-2003)
  • Member of IEEE Canada Foundation Student Affairs Committee for Eastern Canada (2000-2004)
  • Instrumental in establishing the Canadian Atlantic IEEE/OES Chapter and she is current Chair.

Activities in IEEE Societies:
IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society (OES):

  • Member of the IEEE / OES Administrative Committee (AdCom) for a number of terms: (1989-90), (1991-93), (1997-99), (2000-2002), (2003-2005) and (2005-2007).
  • Vice-President (International) IEEE/OES, two terms, (1990-1996)
  • Chair of the IEEE/OES Membership Development Committee (1994-1998).
  • Ferial has been instrumental in establishing IEEE/OES Chapters in (Region -8) one based in France and one in Trondeheim, Norway in addition to IEEE/OES Canadian Atlantic Chapter in Halifax, N.S.
  • Member of the organizing Committees of IEEE/OCEANS'87, IEEE/OCEANS'97 Conferences both held in Halifax, N.S., and IEEE/OCEANS'94 & IEEE/OCEANS'98 both held in France.
  • Conference Organizing Committee Member of the upcoming IEEE/OCEANS'07Conference to be held in Vancouver, B.C. Sept.’07
  • General Co-Chair of the upcoming IEEE/OCEANS'08 Conference to be held in Quebec City, September 2008.

IEEE/Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society & IEEE/PES Society:

  • Active member.
  • Chair of the Organizing Committee of the upcoming IEEE/SMC’07 Conference to be held in Montreal Quebec, October 2007.
  • General Co-Chair of the IEEE/SMC’85 Conference which was held in Halifax, N.S., October’1985.
  • Technical Program Chair, Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Systems (LESCOPE) sponsored by IEEE/PES, and Canadian Atlantic Section (1997-2001)
  • General Chair, Large Engineering Systems Conference on Power Systems (LESCOPE) sponsored by IEEE/PES, and Canadian Atlantic Section (2002-2005)

Indirect IEEE Activities:

  • Council Member of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC.)
  • Council Member of the Marine Technology Society (MTS.)
  • Founding and Current Chair of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Canadian Maritime Section.
  • Life Fellow Member Marine Technology Society (MTS)

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Recipient of the "J.J. Archambault Eastern Canada Council Merit Award, May'2003.
  • Recipient of the Wally Read service Award for Outstanding Service & Contribution to IEEE - Canada, May'2001.
  • Recipient of IEEE Third Millennium Medal Sept.'2000,
  • Recipient of the 1999 RAB ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, May'2000,
  • IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD, Sept.'1997.
  • Fellow of IEEE (1999.)
  • Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) (1997.)
  • Fellow of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) (1985).
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