Randy Bignell, Vice President of Sales, GKO Advanced Technologies Dr. Ivan Ourdov, Chief Technical Officer, GKO Advanced Tecnologies
Dr. Peter Carr, Associate Director for the Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University
Faye West, Director of Information Systems, Alberta Research Council, and National Past President, Canadian Information Processing Society
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ITEM:1TITLE: Randy Bignell, Vice President of Sales, GKO Advanced Technologies and Dr. Ivan Ourdov, Chief Technical Officer, GKO Advanced Tecnologies
SUBJECT: #27 GKO's Real Plant Simulation Breakthrough
SYNOPSIS: Necessity truly is the mother of invention! Faced with a client's problem that seemed impossible to solve on an ordinary desktop computer, but there were no supercomputers at hand, Dr. Ivan Ourdov of GKO AT started thinking "outside the box". The result was a breakthrough in how process simulations can be done in the virtual world of computer programming. And this led to the development of the OE2 program. "Open Equation" programming leaves seqential equation simulations in the dust. In simulations, OE2 allows for flexibility and manipulation of the virtual environment. As Randy Bignell explains, this opens the door to a whole new approach to engineering and design of new products and processes. Presently GKO AT is marketing OE2 to cement producers and oil and gas companies. But it has tremendous potential for scientific research applications and has even been used in forensic investigations.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dr. Peter Carr, Associate Director for the Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University
SUBJECT: #27 Athabasca University Supply Chain Research Project
SYNOPSIS: There's more the world of supply chain management can do to embrace the age of information technology. And that's where the research project headed by Dr. Peter Carr comes in. Funded by IBM, SAP, the provincial and federal governments, a group of researchers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States will look at a variety of issues from the beginning to the end of the supply chain. Some of these include differences in culture and economic power in a global marketplace. The goal of this innovative research program is to develop a model that will give companies more effective use of information and tools to improve their production and processes. And in keeping with the context of the project, this international groups of researchers will be doing their work on-line through the Athabasca Universitys Centre for Innovative Management!
ITEM:3TITLE: Faye West, Director of Information Systems, Alberta Research Council, and National Past President, Canadian Information Processing Society
SUBJECT: #27 ARC's Faye West, IT Guru and YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner
SYNOPSIS: Honoured as one of this year's YWCA Women of Distinction, Faye West has devoted a great deal of effort and time towards developing programs that will encourage young women to go into the field of Information Technology. One project through CIPS which took place on International Women's Day brought grade nine and ten girls together with women who have been working in IT careers to discuss the successes and obstacles they've faced. Over the last decade, the number of women entering IT programs at the post secondary level has dropped by half from 35 percent to 17 percent. Research indicates the reason for this staggering drop stems from gender bias against women. From an early age, girls get the message computers are not for them. Action oriented and violent computer games are aimed at boys, not girls. And computer advertising is directed to males, with females depicted as decorative objects, not users of computers. Faye's work is dedicated to changing this attitude.