Lakehead University announces Dr. Vijay Mago as the first SES Faculty-Based Research Chair

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January 11, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont. 

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Vijay Mago, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named as the inaugural SES Faculty-Based Research Chair for his planned program of research in “Computational Ethics in Natural Language Processing.”

This is a three-year appointment that started on January 1.

A committee of Lakehead University Research Chairs unanimously and enthusiastically recommended Dr. Mago for this position, commending him on his hard work to grow the graduate program in Computer Science during his time as the graduate coordinator and most recently as department chair.

They also noted Dr. Mago has a very good record and a history of collaboration with researchers in other Canadian and international institutions (including India, the United States, Greece, and the United Kingdom). His research partnerships and collaborations also include industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Dr. Mago joined Lakehead University in August 2015. Since then, he has attracted over $2.1 million in external funding from a wide number of sources, including tri-council granting agencies (both NSERC and SSHRC), government, the public sector, and non-profit organizations.

He also has published research findings in a variety of high-quality international journals and conferences, and he has an extensive supervisory record. To date, 14 graduate students have completed their degree under his mentorship, and he is currently supervising seven MSc students, two PhD students, and one Postdoctoral Fellow.

The appointment committee members noted that Dr. Mago “has received an NSERC PromoScience grant for Niijii Indigenous Mentorship, which indicates his motivation and commitment for mentoring students with underrepresented backgrounds,” and that as Research Chair, he “will be able to fulfill his full potential as a supervisor and mentor.”

Dr. Todd Randall, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, congratulated Dr. Mago on this significant achievement.

“Dr. Mago has demonstrated an excellent capacity for high-quality and impactful research in our Faculty and has made considerable contributions to post-graduate training to improve both the reputation of the Department of Computer Science as well as the University more broadly.”



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