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July 2014

Rodrigo Araujo de Medeiros: Developing pipeline reliability

Rodrigo Araujo de Medeiros has a passion for business. He wants to help manufacturers and builders to make their processes more efficient, more reliable and safer for the community. It’s this enthusiasm that prompted Rodrigo to apply to a Mitacs Globalink Research Internship to conduct oil and gas pipeline safety research this summer under Dr. Sharareh Taghipour at Ryerson University’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Originally from Brazil’s Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Rodrigo is developing risk-based methods to efficiently and strategically predict which sections of the pipeline are most in need of maintenance or repair. These methods would help to ensure the long-term integrity of many of the oil and gas pipelines that cross Canada, preventing environmental damage caused by spills.

When applying to Globalink, Rodrigo was impressed with the ease of completing the paperwork to apply, compared to programs in other countries. Now that he is here, Rodrigo is excited about the experiences he is having. “I never thought about what Canadian universities were like before I came here. Now I see that there are a lot of different cultures and the weather is nice. I think that the culture shock helps us grow, and I am learning so much from this experience. I have all that I want here.”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and  the Government of Ontario for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

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