Frize, Monique

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Frize, Monique

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1942-

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Monique Frize, née Aubry (1942 - ), is a Canadian researcher and engineer in the biomedical field. She was the first women to study engineering at the University of Ottawa and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) in 1966. She received an Athlone Fellowship and completed a Master’s in Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (Engineering in Medicine) at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London (United Kingdom), a Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Moncton (New Brunswick), and a doctorate from Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Monique Frize worked as a clinical engineer for 18 years. She started her career at the Hôpital Notre-Dame in Montreal. In 1979, she was appointed Director of the Regional Clinical Engineering Service in Moncton (New Brunswick) and became the first Chair of the Division of Clinical Engineering for the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) in 1985. In 1989, she was appointed the first holder of the national Northern Telecom/NSERC Chair for women in engineering at the University of New Brunswick, and professor in the Electrical department. In 1990, she was named chair of the Canadian Committee for Women in Engineering (CCWE). In 1997, she joined Carleton University, as a Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, and the University of Ottawa, as a Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering. She also held the Ontario NSERC/Nortel Chair for women in science and engineering. She is a founding member of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) and was its president between 2002 and 2008. In 2007, she founded INWES Education and Research Institute (ERI) and has been its president since then.

As a biomedical engineer, Monique Frize is knowledgeable in medical instruments and decision support systems. She developed a software program to predict complications in premature babies and perfected a technique that uses an infrared camera to detect the presence of arthritis. Throughout her career, she has been active in promoting women in leadership roles in science and engineering. As a role model for women engineers, she taught, conducted research, and lead campaigns to encourage young women to pursue careers in engineering. She is the author of more than 200 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and proceedings. She has published several books such as The Bold and the Brave: A history of women in science and engineering (2009), Laura Bassi and Science in 18th Century Europe (2013), Ethics for Bioengineers (2011), and Health Care Engineering Parts I and II (2013). She has received many honours and awards including honorary doctorates from several Canadian Universities. She was inducted as Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.

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