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Sprott alumni named to Canadian Chartered Accountants honour roll

Two alumni from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business were named to the Institute of Chartered Accountants 2007 Uniform Evaluation (UFE) Ontario Honour Roll on December 10, 2007. Only 17 individuals from across Ontario achieved honour roll status and Carleton was the only Ottawa-area postsecondary institution represented. The UFE is a three-day evaluation that all chartered accountants (CA) must successfully complete to earn the CA designation, and is widely considered to be one of the most challenging professional examinations in the world. Curtis Gagne and Emily Gray graduated with Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Carleton University in 2006. Gagne is now employed with the Ottawa office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Gray is working for the Ottawa accounting firm Scott, Rankin & Gardiner LLP. Carleton had 30 first-time UFE writers in 2007 and scored an impressive 80 per cent pass rate.

Electronics grad students win Award for cancer medical device for cancer patients

Atif Shamim and Muhammad Arsalan, doctoral students in the Carleton University Department of Electronics, have created a new wireless device that will help cancer patients. For their work, Shamim and Arsalan were awarded the ITAC Strategic Microelectronics Council Industrial Collaboration Award which is presented to an innovative project that has the greatest potential for commercialization. It was awarded at the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation TEXPO on December 18, 2007. With the increasing demand for radiation sensors in the health care industry, the requirements of these radiation sensor devices, called dosimeters, are becoming more stringent. Dosimeters are either limited by their large sizes, low sensitivity to radiation, or short transmission range. Shamim and Arsalan have invented a small wireless device that requires a tiny battery for its operation and is disposable. It is more sensitive and accurate than its competitors and is capable of continuous radiation dose monitoring.

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