After having come to Canada for a summer English language camp in 2010, Barbara Paes of Universidade de Brasília was always looking for opportunities to return to Canada. So when her friend told her about the Mitacs Globalink program one week before the application deadline, she hurried to apply before it was too late. Now studying at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, Barbara has fallen in love with Canada all over again.
Sreeta Gorripaty, Sisir Yalamanchili and Chaitali Joshi recently returned to India, having completed Mitacs Globalink internships in Canada, with a newfound enthusiasm for bridging the borders between India and Canada through research and education. These high-achieving students are the future leaders of India, and therefore their connection to Canada through the Globalink program and the Minister’s visit has the potential to make a real difference for the relations between the two countries.
Together, the students and their professor developed a system to visualize the evolution of a software program from its first inception to the latest edition. The system provides useful information to software engineers and designers as they continually advance computer software packages to be faster and more user-friendly for new computer operating systems.
Vicky comes to Canada from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China, where she is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Computing Science. She chose to apply to the Globalink program over others because it engages students from different countries, which has allowed her to network globally during her exchange: “You can really feel the collision of cultures here through Globalink – I think that is really unique.”
After finishing a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from Sheridan College, Gurpreet was keen to put his skills and education to use. However, with limited job experience, landing a full-time position proved difficult. After learning about Mitacs Enterprise, Gurpreet partnered with Mississauga-based Avnan Electro, a global supplier of electrical components. The six-month internship was instrumental in providing him with the industry connections and experience he was looking for.
As property values in surrounding neighbourhoods have increased, not-for-profit organizations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, which provide services to some of Canada’s most vulnerable people, have felt tremendous pressure to secure spaces where they are needed most. For Watari, an organization which provides counseling and support to at-risk citizens of Vancouver, this meant exploring the idea of purchasing a single-resident occupancy (SRO) hotel to be its new permanent home.
The company is working with tight industry deadlines, hoping to commercialize their fuel cells for use in consumer vehicles within a few years’ time whilst competing against the likes of Hyundai and Toyota. As part of its bid to be on the cutting-edge of the technology, AFCC engaged in a Mitacs Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Ehsan Sadeghi of Simon Fraser University to develop accurate models of platinum alloy catalyst deployment used in the operation of a vehicle fuel cell.
The third-year electronics and communications engineering student from the Indian School of Mines will be contributing to more energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems in commercial buildings. The goal of this Mitacs Globalink project will be to implement a wireless sensor network of devices which will communicate with each other to monitor environment conditions such as temperature and pressure, turning on or going to sleep on-command.