By Kenneth R. Foster (Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania) and Lorne Trottier (Co-founder, Matrox Group)
Dr. Foster's research interests relate to biomedical applications of nonionizing radiation from audio through microwave frequency ranges, and health and safety aspects of electromagnetic fields as they interact with the body. For example, he examines the prospects of workers in electrical occupations and the possibility (or lack of) cancer risk. Another and somewhat broader topic of interest is technological risk, and impact of technology (principally, electrotechnologies) on humans. His goal in this area is to examine technology, putting into perspective its relative risks and benefits to society. What he hopes to impart is a better perception of the social use of science.
Lorne Trottier is a co-founder of Matrox, a privately held company known for its innovative products in the domains of computer graphics, video, and imaging. Trottier holds a B. Eng. and M. Eng. degree from McGill University. Trottier was awarded a doctorate degree honoris causa by McGill in 2006, and by l'Université de Montréal on the recommendation of l'École Polytechnique in 2011. He was awarded the Prix Lionel Boulet by the Gouvernement de Quebec in 2003, and was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. He is President of the Board of the Montreal Science Center Foundation (Centre iSCi). Mr. Trottier is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Faculties of Science and Engineering of McGill University as well as a Governor Emeritus of the same university.