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Monique Frize fonds

Media Type: 
Multiple media
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
10-123
STEM Field: 
Biomedical engineering
Description: 

This fonds offers an insight into Monique Frize's education, career development as a biomedical engineer, professional activities as a professor, and on her research fields of interest and expertise. Most of the archival material are in the form of textual records, but it also includes a large number of audio and video tapes that documented interviews with Monique Frize, speeches, conferences and products that she had created. Certificates, award plaques and framed photographs illustrate many awards and distinctions received by Monique Frize during her career. The fonds also contains various versions of manuscripts and resource materials mostly for the publication of the books The Bold and The Brave: A history of women in science and engineering (2009) and Laura Bassi and Science in 18th Century Europe (2013).

Biography/Administrative History: 

Monique Frize, née Aubry (1942 -), is a Canadian researcher and biomedical engineer. She was the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering) from University of Ottawa 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 (UK), a Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Moncton, and a Doctorate from Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. Monique Frize worked as a clinical engineer for 18 years, holding significant chairs at various universities in Canada. She is a founding member of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) and was its president between 2002 and 2008. 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 an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993.

Date(s): 
1965-2016
Extent: 
18.7 m of textual records, 58 photographs, 8 posters, 1 scrapbook, 39 videocassettes, 28 audio cassettes, 26 computer disks, 22 objects
Province: 
ON
Hosting Institution: 
University of Ottawa
Collection Contact: 
arcs@uottawa.ca
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