University of New Brunswick establishes Richard J. Currie Chair in Nanotechnology

BCE and Lucent Technologies collaborate to support new Chair

Oct 20, 2005, 01:00 ET from BCE INC.

    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
 and Vice-Chancellor.
     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
 pledged $500,000.
     "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
 early development."
     "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
     About BCE
     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
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 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.
     About Lucent
     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 .
     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 .