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Professor named one of Canada’s most powerful women

December 4, 2014 — 

The Faculty of Engineering is pleased to announce Dr. Zahra Moussavi, P.Eng., (Electrical Engineering) received the 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award from the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN)

The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.

Moussavi joins an elite group of Top 100 Award Winners that includes some of Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers, such as: Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada; and Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada.

Moussavi is known for her research in two major diseases: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Alzheimer’s. Her work has resulted in novel technologies that are directly applied and practiced for both diagnosis and treatment. As a full professor at the University of Manitoba, as well as a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, she has served as a role model, particularly for her female students. Since her time there, she has created the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, now serving as its Director, and started research that has led to the establishment of three major laboratories. Moussavi is a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award in Science and Technology (2014) from the YMCA-YWCA and Manitoba Government. She has also received the title of IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) distinguished lecturer.

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