FREDERICTON, NB, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - The University of New
Brunswick announced today the establishment of a Chair in Nanotechnology
honoring UNB Chancellor and BCE Chairman, Dr. Richard J. Currie, O.C. This
interdisciplinary Chair in Nanotechnology will involve both research and
teaching of graduate level courses.
Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) and Lucent Technologies have joined forces
to establish this new Chair at UNB. The Chair will strengthen and solidify
UNB's ongoing research in nanotechnology, which has the opportunity for
applications in biotechnology, biomedicine, engineering and more.
"Nanotechnology is the wave of the future. With our highly-respected
Faculty of Engineering - one of best-ranked programs in North America - UNB is
well positioned to lead the field in nanotechnology research. What we need are
partners, like BCE and Lucent Technologies, who have the vision and commitment
to making tomorrow's technology available today. We welcome their support in
making this project become a reality," said Dr. John McLaughlin, UNB President
The establishment of this Chair, the first chair in nanotechnology in
Canada, positions the University as a leader in the emerging field of
nanotechnology and will create economic benefits for the province of New
BCE will contribute $1.5 million to the new Richard J. Currie Chair in
Nanotechnology at the Faculty of Engineering. Lucent Technologies - Canada has
"This Chair will support and encourage research at the forefront of
technological innovation," said Michael Sabia, President and CEO, BCE.
"Nanotechnology will have a positive impact on our economy and society as a
whole over the coming years, and BCE is proud to be playing a part in its
"Lucent, along with Bell Labs - our research and development arm - are
pleased to join BCE in helping academic research institutions like UNB unleash
the potential of nanotechnology," said Pat Russo, chairman and CEO of Lucent
Technologies. "As a world leader in nanotechnology, we are honoured to support
advanced applied research in Canada."
Dr. Currie has been UNB's Chancellor since 2003 and Chairman of BCE since
2002. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. Currie has received numerous
awards for his professional and charitable work, including an honourary degree
from UNB in 1987. He studied chemical engineering at UNB in the mid-1950s
before turning to business.
"The creation of this prestigious Chair, honouring BCE's Chairman and
UNB's Chancellor, distinguishes BCE and Lucent Technologies as forerunners in
leading-edge research, launches UNB on the path to becoming a leader in this
field, and serves as a fitting tribute to Dr. Currie's outstanding
intellectual and professional achievements," said David J. Coleman, Dean of
BCE is Canada's largest communications company. Through its 27 million
customer connections, BCE provides the most comprehensive and innovative suite
of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada.
Under the Bell brand, the company's services include local, long distance and
wireless phone services, high-speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband
services, value-added business solutions and direct-to-home satellite and VDSL
television services. Other BCE businesses include Canada's premier media
company, Bell Globemedia, and Telesat Canada, a pioneer and world leader in
satellite operations and systems management. BCE shares are listed in Canada,
the United States and Europe.
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and
software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell
Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical,
software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to
create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling
them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer
base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises
worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters
in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit www.lucent.com .
About Forging our Futures
Forging Our Futures is the most important development campaign in UNB's
more-than-200-year history. It will make strategic investments in students,
faculty, facilities and programs. The campaign will strengthen UNB's position
as a national university that is fundamentally important to the economic,
social and cultural well-being of the province, the region and the country.
Forging Our Futures was launched in June. More information on the campaign can
be found online at www.unbfutures.ca .
SOURCE BCE INC.