Dr. Shen-En Qian FCAE, Senior Scientist at the Canadian Space Agency, received the prestigious Canadian government national award Public Service Award of Excellence from David Johnston, His Excellency the Governor General of Canada, on October 20, 2016 in Ottawa. (https://www.gg.ca/gallery.aspx?id=11545). Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau also sent warm message and congratulations to the recipients (https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/psm-fpfm/modernizing-modernisation/arp/aepe16-eng.asp). Dr. Qian is the only one individual recipient in the category Scientific Contribution, out of a total 33 awards in 14 categories.
Citation Announced by the Office of Governor General:
An eminent scientist in spacecraft optical payloads and satellite signal processing, Dr. Shen-En Qian has nine inventions to his name, which have led to 26 patents worldwide. These technology solutions have helped overcome the challenges encountered in developing Canadian optical space missions and have contributed to lowering the cost of space missions. Dr. Qian has been widely published, and his more than 100 publications are internationally recognized. Together with NASA experts and the European space sector, he has developed three international standards for spacecraft data systems. These standards have benefited over 50 space missions to date.
Photo: CAE fellow Dr. Shen-En Qian (centre), David Johnston – Governor General of Canada (right) and Michael Wernick – Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet (left)