Advancing Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education

The current climate crisis poses a threat to humanity in the decades ahead. Education can provide effective strategies and solutions to address this crisis. In K-12 education in British Columbia (B.C.), some progress has been made in the curriculum and policy domain, but the practical implementation of climate change education across the K-12 system is still in its early stages and must be accelerated.

Calibration Transfer for Improved Nutrient Concentration Estimation in Potato Plants from Visible and Near Infrared Reflectance Spectra Acquired with Distinct Spectrometers

The research project aims to improve Picketa Systems’ real-time potato plant analysis technology. The project explores machine learning and calibration transfer methods to make the technology more accurate and reliable in any environment. Picketa Systems will be able to provide their customers with better information, which they can then use to optimize fertilizer applications in their potato crops as a result of the project.

Variable Rate Seeding and Fertility for Improved Profitability and Sustainability in the Potato Industry

The proposed project will aim to improve traditional farming practices where seed and fertilizer are applied uniformly throughout a field without taking soil variability into account. Variable rate applications have shown the potential to help farmers save money while increasing the quality of their crop and minimizing environmental impacts. This research will help the Prince Edward Island Potato Board work with growers to implement sustainable practices on the island by optimizing fertilizer application in fields and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from the soil.

Process-Properties Relationships for Hot Rolled Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS)

Developing new high performance steels for vehicle lightweighting applications is essential for reducing transport emissions and for maintaining Canada’s competitive manufacturing base. Stelco have been collaborating with McMaster University and with the CanmetMATERIALS (CMAT) laboratory to design advanced hot rolled alloys for this purpose. Promising results from pilot scale trials at CMAT have now been duplicated in full scale industrial trials. However, more work is required to better understand and optimise some of the processing parameters.

Digital Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Optimization Phase 2 (DMADO-2)

Siemens Energy develops and maintains a wide range of industrial compressors, as these are key components of many industrial processes. For its range of turbo compressors Siemens Energy has developed an internal compressor engineering system, which is a collection of engineering analysis tools used to assess the thermodynamic performance as well as to check the design against various mechanical criteria.

Measurement and Monitoring Technologies for Blended Natural Gas

This project is to develop novel measurement and monitoring technologies for the blended natural gas (i.e. natural gas injected with hydrogen gas), which is urgently demanded in the natural gas industry in Canada and worldwide. As one important task of achieving the net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals, it is expected that the blended natural gas will be widely implemented by 2050 in Canada.

Vibration serviceability performance of mass timber slabs with glulam beam supports and concrete toppings

This research addresses the vibration performance of mass timber floors, which is crucial for their structural design and maximum allowable span. As mass timber construction is relatively new, there is a lack of specific design
guidance, especially for floors with beam supports and concrete toppings. Our goal is to assess the vibration serviceability of a large-scale mass timber floor with glulam beam supports using vibration testing and subjective
evaluation. The outcomes will provide valuable data for the industry partner to support the design of vibrationresistant mass timber floors.

Nano-absorbents for CO2 Capture Enhancement

Suitable nanomaterials will be selected to be used as nano-absorbents for CO2 capture (CC). The nano-absorbents will be
suspended in a base fluid used for CC to create a nanofluid. The performance of both the pure base fluid and the developed
nanofluid for CC will be evaluated experimentally in the lab and compared. Similarly, the nanomaterials will be mixed with a
base material for manufacturing a nanocomposite membrane and compare the performance for CC experimentally in the lab
with the base material membrane.

Anomaly Detection Models for the Trusted Execution Environment

In this project, Dr. Fung and her students will work with Trustcore Technology to design and develop anomaly detection functions in the trusted execution environment (TEE) of Internet of Things devices. The goal is to provide a robust solution to detect malfunctions and/or intrusions in IoT systems. The project is divided into two parts. Part one is to provide a basic anomaly detection function on the IoT device. Part two is the anomaly detection component built at a remote place. The two components complement each other and provide security and resilience features to IoT devices.

Design process of a single cell braille education and entertainment device

This project aims to develop and design a braille product that will be scalable and ready for mass production. The presented work will optimize the mechanical and electronic aspects of the product to allow manufacturability and easy assembly of the device. It will involve multiple stages of prototyping, testing and validation of the selected electronic components and the materials. The product aims to solve the significant decline of braille literacy among blind people and especially blind kids.