Martin Aubé wins FRQNT’s 2014 Award of Excellence

A photo of the SAND instrument, the very first spectrometer for estimating nocturnal aerosols based on light pollution measurements, tested at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory. (Credit: M. Aubé)

At the FRQNT Annual Research Day, Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT), announced the two recipients of the 2014 Prix d’excellence. The prize is awarded jointly to Martin Aubé, from Cégep de Sherbrooke, and Olivier Vermeersch, from Groupe CTT-Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe.

Martin Aubé. (Credit: Courtesy image)

After studying aerosol modeling and remote sensing, Martin Aubé obtained his doctorate from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2003. He has taught physics at the Cégep de Sherbrooke since 2001, and has been an associate professor in the Department of Applied Geomatics at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2006, as well as a member of the Centre de recherche en astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ). Martin Aubé integrates light pollution research projects into his courses. He founded the Groupe de recherche et d’applications en physique du Cégep de Sherbrooke, which led to the design of the SAND instrument, the very first spectrometer for estimating nocturnal aerosols based on light pollution measurements, tested at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory.

For Maryse Lassonde, the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering benefit greatly from the scientific work of Martin Aubé and Olivier Vermeersch. “These college researchers are at the cutting edge of their field, thanks to years of meticulous, in-depth work on highly strategic research themes, both for the environment and for industry. The profiles of the two Prix d’excellence winners eloquently demonstrate the quality of the talent being developed in Quebec’s colleges.”

Valued at $10,000, this year’s award recognizes a college researcher’s outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as their achievements and their benefits for Quebec. The prize is awarded annually, alternating between university and college researchers. Entries submitted for this competition were evaluated by a jury of national and international experts in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

The mission of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies is to financially support and promote university and college research, the training of highly qualified personnel and the mobilization of knowledge in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Through its mission, it contributes to scientific development, innovation and sustainable development in Quebec.

The CRAQ and the OMM warmly congratulate Martin Aubé on this award.

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