Montreal, QC – McGill University has created a new executive post that will be charged with the task of developing international research connections for the university. Professor Denis Thrien, director of the university’s school of computer science since 1997, has been named to the position as vice-principal (research and international relations).
He will be responsible for facilitating collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects of the highest distinction. As such, he will play an active role in shaping Quebec’s and Canada’s research agenda, at home and abroad, and in securing greater levels of support for all research activities at the university. He will also lead the efforts of the university’s office of technology transfer to commercialize research.
“Professor Thrien has a strong understanding of the importance of university research to social and economic development in the global context, and will help McGill continue to further enhance its reputation as one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world,” says Dr Heather Munroe-Blum, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor.