June 08, 2009 08:00 ET

NTI Newmerical Inc.'s President Awarded the Prestigious Killam Prize in Engineering

Attention Business/Financial Editors

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - The Board of Directors of NTI Newmerical Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CFD) ("NTI") is pleased and proud to announce that Dr. Wagdi Habashi, President and CEO of NTI, has been recently awarded the very prestigious Killam Prize for Engineering.

The Killam prizes, worth $100,000 each, honor outstanding career achievements in health sciences, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. "This year's winners epitomize the broad spectrum of arts and scholarly research," Joseph Rotman, chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, which administers the prize, said in a statement. "Their accomplishments are remarkable in their diversity and their impact on Canadians."

In their citation to Dr. Habashi, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Killam Foundation state: "Working at the interface of academia and industry and at the juncture of applied mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering, Dr. Wagdi Habashi has devoted his career to tackling, in novel ways, major computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation problems.

Dr. Habashi's revolutionary work in CFD (the science of solving, via high performance computers, the complex equations that govern the flow physics of gases and fluids has allowed him to develop novel simulation techniques for application in industrial settings - first within the Canadian jet engine and aerospace communities, and now worldwide. His defining work in engine design permitted accurate predictions of engine performance, reducing the need to build prototypes and testing. His pioneering mathematical research into in-flight ice formation, with its potential for simulated, real-time responses during icing encounters, is a technological paradigm change that will increase air passenger safety globally. The author of some 260 scientific papers, Dr. Habashi serves as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics.

In addition to his role as professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill and his post as NSERC - Bombardier - Bell Helicopter - CAE Industrial Research Chair for Multidisciplinary CFD, Dr. Habashi has established and directs the McGill CFD Laboratory and created and was till 2007 first Director of the CLUMEQ Supercomputer Center funded twice by the CFI for a total of 45.5 million$. He serves as Research Fellow of Pratt & Whitney Canada, consults for many companies, and heads up Newmerical Technologies International, a company he established to develop software and provide services for multidisciplinary applications of CFD.

A Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Dr. Habashi has received many illustrious awards, including the Steacie Fellowship, the Cray Gigaflop Award and the British Association Medal for Great Distinction in Mechanical Engineering.

The Directors, Management and Employees of NTI present their heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Habashi on this unique recognition of his scientific talents and on his dedication and determination to bring novel scientific ideas to the field of aerospace. They are proud to be part of his team and to be contributing through NTI to global aerospace safety and efficiency.

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