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2nd Annual Geoff Parker Memorial Award

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Geoff (LCol, RCR, KIA Afghanistan) and I were post-grad students together in 1993-1994, both studying microwave engineering. He was a great guy, and an unusual infantry officer…who ultimately completed a Master’s in Electrical Engineering (I asked him once if he ever took heat for that at the Regiment…he told me they used to say, ‘lets see what the college boy thinks’).

The award was instituted to recognize Geoff’s life, and this is the second year of presentation.

The second recipient of the Colonel Geoff Parker Memorial Award is Air Force Officer Captain Paul Murdoch. The award was presented to Captain Murdoch on 16 Nov 2012 at the RMCC Fall Convocation.

The Colonel Geoff Parker Memorial Award is an academic award instituted in the memory of Colonel Parker that recognizes the unique characteristics and enduring leadership traits embodied by the late Colonel Parker who was killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan in May 2010. This award serves to inspire the same traits in other military members.

Captain Murdoch displayed outstanding leadership, character, professionalism and perseverance in the pursuit of academic excellence, while completing his sponsored post-graduate studies in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Royal Military College of Canada. His MASc thesis (INVESTIGATION AND DESIGN OF A VERY COMPACT CIRCULARLY POLARIZED MICROSTRIP ANTENNA FOR USE ON MICROSATELLITES) presented the investigation and design of a circularly polarized folded shorted patch antenna using multilayer printed circuit board technology. A possible application for this antenna is for use in microsatellite communication. This is the same field of study as Colonel Parker.
Captain Murdoch is currently posted to CFB Trenton as an avionics design engineer. In this position he has been able to directly apply his knowledge of electromagnetics while leading the avionics design team assigned to a tactical satellite communication project.
Congratulations to Captain Murdoch.


Written by sameo416

November 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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