Investigating the challenges of designing and implementing human resource management systems in the context of a Quebec SME.

This research project will focus primarily on the analysis of information systems technology adoption in order to improve the design of information systems and the process used for their implementation. More preciously, the main objective will be to investigate the adoption of information systems designed for human resource management in order to identify improvement opportunities for the partner’s software solution and implementation process.

A decision support framework for optimizing tube utilization in laboratory tests

In this project, the intern will design a decision support framework for optimizing tube utilization in laboratory tests. Given a prescription, the framework automates the tube selection process and outputs low cost tube configurations. The framework is designed to be easily adapted to different lab configurations. It consists of three processes, namely data profile configuration, tube optimization and solution prioritization. Data profile configuration process will formulate code and machine configuration files as the inputs to the tube optimization process.

Fugitive Emissions in Liquefied Natural Gas Transmission, Storage, and Distribution: Canadian Solutions for Transportation and Remote Power

The proposed research will be focused on eliminating fugitive emissions from liquefied natural gas (LNG) transmission, storage, and distribution operations. LNG can be used as fuel for transportation, and for combined heat and power generation in remote locations. We will study transmission, storage, and distribution operations by developing quasi-steady-state and time-dependent thermodynamic models. These models will be validated using data from instrumented equipment at our industrial partners’ sites (a small consortium has been created specifically to support the proposed research).

Performance Evaluation of Timber I-Joists with Web Holes and Flange Notches – Experimental and Numerical Study

I-joists are composite timber beams mainly used in roof and flooring systems. They consist of oriented strand board (OSB) webs and timber flanges. For post-construction purposes, these beams are often drilled in the web or notched through the flange in order to pass the electrical/mechanical facilities through the openings. This can result in a significantly lower load-carrying capacity for these important elements. This study investigates the performance of I-joists with web holes and flange notches through experimental and numerical approaches.

Managing Microbial Corrosion in Canadian Offshore Oil and Gas Production – Focus on chemistry and genomics

This MITACS proposal focuses on the chemical processes occurring that may enhance or inhibit microbial growth, identify and detect key microbial chemical precursors to MIC, and development of models to predict/mitigate MIC. It is part of a much larger Genome Canada project where the information and models developed in the proposal will be used in a genomic analyses and this information will in turn be used by this group to optimize models and detection systems.

Improved Plastic to Oil Pyrolysis Process Technology with Advanced Plasma Technology

The field of plastic waste management is essential for sustainable society that utilizes plastic waste for energy production. Land filing and incineration of plastic waste has large environmental impacts due to GHG emissions. Thus, pyrolysis is considered a low environmental impact process with high value end products. RF thermal plasma technology will help reduce operating cost, cleaner thermal source, shorten reaction time and provide high quality hydrocarbon gasoline and diesel.

Experimental investigation of regular and composite glulam columns under flexural and axial compression load

Structurlam products Ltd is a renowned Canadian company for its quality mass timber products and ability to fabricate complex design. The company developed a new generation hybrid composite glulam structural element while the performance is still unknown. The proposed research here will investigate the performance of this element under bending and compression. Both the regular glulam element and the hybrid composite glulam elements will be experimentally tested, and their performances will be mutually compared in terms of their loading capacity, deformation capacity, and failure modes.

Predicting Canadian Credit Union Financial Performance and Its Effect on IT Investment Decisions

The aim of this project is to develop an understanding of Canadian credit union financial performance and its effects on IT investment. The outcomes of this research will enable the partner organization, a fintech firm, to better serve its credit union clients, and to anticipate changes in their business environment. The desired outcome of this project is to help credit unions and the partner organization be better positioned to make strategic business decisions.

Investigating nanostructured local data storage and off-grid powering for the adaptive corrosion protection system

During the proposed internships, smart-grid integrated adaptive corrosion protection system (ACPS) will be developed as a stand-alone unit to provide optimum corrosion protection along with the nanostructured local data storage and off-grid powering. This will allow the continuous monitoring of the corrosion status of the metal infrastructures (e.g. transmission towers) along with the power-grid monitoring data. The proposed system can be directly monitored from the centralized control-room.

An Engaged Community for Shared Learning: Internships Contribute to Capacity Building in Northern Saskatchewan

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) was created to help focus attention on opportunities for building capacity in northern Saskatchewan. An overarching goal was to establish local to global relationships with the Circumpolar North in support of education, research and economic prosperity. The university, industry and northern communities work together to help students learn in an environment that is context based, relevant education and research in support of the north.

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