QUEBEC CITY, May 29, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Steven MacLean, president of
the Canadian Space Agency from 2008 to 2013, received an honorary
doctorate from Université du Québec under the aegis of INRS, in
recognition of his brilliant career as a physicist, astronaut, and
manager for scientific and technological advancement in space and his
commitment to support the dissemination of scientific culture among
youth. Tribute was paid to Mr. MacLean at the convocation ceremony,
which took place in Montreal on May 25, 2013.
"You don't have to go to outer space to be proud of your contribution.
Just be an analytical observer and hold your head up high. Be proud of
your Quebec university. Have confidence in your training and above all
else, be proud of what you have just accomplished here today. Don't be
afraid. Keep looking up in the sky and never stop marveling at the
amazing phenomena of your own rainbow!" This was just one of the
messages in the speech Mr. MacLean delivered to the new graduates.
A leading figure in the Canadian space adventure, Mr. MacLean is
currently part of a quantum physics research team at the University of
Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing. As visiting professor at the
INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre, he plays a
key role in the collaboration between these two universities under a
femtosecond laser applications program.
From Earth to outer space
A physicist by training known for his science and management skills, Mr.
MacLean has contributed to Canada's leadership in space and the
promotion of space innovation by focusing on university research.
Selected to be on the Canadian Space Agency's first team of astronauts
under the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983, he was the Program
Manager for the Advanced Space Vision System associated with the
Canadarm and Canadarm2 robotic arms and oversaw the development of a
laser camera system. Both of these systems are still in operation at
the International Space Station. He then assumed the role of Astronaut
Advisor to the Strategic Technologies in Automation and Robotics
Program and was appointed Director General of the Canadian Astronaut
Program and Chief Astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency.
He has also held various positions at NASA, notably Chief Science
Advisor for the International Space Station.
Steven MacLean is the second Canadian to walk in space and the first to
operate the Canadarm2. He took part in two space missions: one in 1992
aboard Space Shuttle Colombia and the other in 2006 aboard Space
Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. During these two
voyages into space, he conducted a number of scientific experiments in
space technology, space science, materials processing, and life
sciences with terrestrial applications in widely divergent areas. He
also captured digital images of Canada's geographical features, which
were used to study global warming and deforestation.
The author of twenty-odd scientific and technical articles, Steven
MacLean is highly respected in academia and industry both here and
abroad. Three NASA medals and three honorary doctorates are among the
national and international distinctions that have marked his
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Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) is a graduate-level
research and training university and ranks first in Canada for research
intensity (average grant funding per faculty member). INRS brings
together some 150 professors and close to 700 students and postdoctoral
fellows at its four centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and
Varennes. Its applied and fundamental research is essential to the
advancement of science in Quebec and internationally even as it plays a
key role in the development of concrete solutions to the problems faced
by our society.
SOURCE: Institut National de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
For further information:
Gisèle Bolduc, Communications Advisor
INRS Communications and Public Affairs Department