Valuable Opportunities to Inspire Change thru Empowerment (VOICE) Program

This Mitacs project will support the VOICE program in building evaluation capacity and supporting evaluation of their program curriculum and mentor-mentee relationships as a result of completing the program. The Mitacs intern will work collaboratively with the VOICE project leaders in developing and carrying out an evaluation framework, and will work to ensure that the evaluative results inform meaningful change to the varying components of the program.

Reliability evaluation of strain-based design for pipelines using probabilistic demand/capacity models. - Year two

Ground movement can impose excessive deformation violating pertinent pipeline limit states. Currently, the integrity assessment of pipelines subjected to soil movement is generally performed by analyzing the stresses and/or strains in pipelines using various engineering techniques, including finite element analysis (FEA). However, given the wide variability of the pipe and soil engineering properties, using deterministic approaches alone may be inadequate.

Advancing Bio-materials Production Services

Bio-materials can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a rapid transition to a bio-basedleconomy. Thus, developing novel and innovative technologies and products related to bio-materials sectors is crucial. This has!resulted in extensive research into the development of biomaterials. Most research efforts have focused on materials selection,\'fabrication, and optimization of bio-materials\' performance through experimentation, trial-and-error, and microstructural analysis.

Development of novel oromucosal formulation based on a filmstrip technology for the delivery of psychedelic medications

New evidence about psychedelic remedies has increased the number of patients who potentially can benefit from therapies using these drugs. In clinical trials worldwide, the findings are reported on psychedelic medications for treating illnesses such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If psychedelic drugs are orally administered, the bioavailability can significantly decrease due to the first-pass metabolism of the liver.

Development of a Diclofenac Sodium Quick Kit for FoamaDerm™

The new regulations for pharmacies had catastrophic consequences for the ability of normal pharmacies to compound prescribed preparations for patients using drug powders. Most pharmacies have stopped to offer compounding services at all. This leaves a gap in the ability to provide timely access to needed medicines. The proposed research work will develop an individually packed drug solution which can be filled into compounding bases.

Sensor development for in-situ microplastics monitoring in water bodies

Plastics are all around us, and unfortunately, they either do not go through decomposition or take decades to decompose. Consequently, tiny plastic particles, called microplastics, are found in oceans, rivers, and even in drinking water. Living species in the oceans consume them, and these microplastics enter to our food chain and pose significant health concerns as they can be toxic to humans and animals. Currently, the detection of microplastics takes too much time and effort, and it requires laboratory equipment.

AI Empowered Transaction Interpretation for Ledger Reconciliation

Recent improvements in Cloud Accounting software have reduced the demand for data entry and challenging analysis. However, industry has not totally adopted these new resources and many still use traditional accounting and bookkeeping methods, which require a lot of manual efforts. Paperless system has seen improved accuracy and speed of delivery. With the advance of AI technologies, we are confident that machines will exceed human procedural performance with accounting and bookkeeping tasks.

Development of Next Generation High Entropy Alloy Coatings for Extreme Environments

The integrity and performance of hydraulic components in the maritime sector may be altered due to extreme environmental conditions that result in wear and corrosion. The industry in Canada spends around $0.92B per annum for maintenance (around 69% of GDP) to improve component service life. Therefore, materials that can sustain high life during extreme operating conditions are in demand. Next-generation advanced materials, known as high entropy alloys (HEAs), have gained attention of the scientific community by breaking the bottleneck of conventional alloy design strategy.

An Alberta-based VAR Structural Model

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for loss allowances are changing, and financial institutions are proactively adapting existing methodologies and developing new ones to remain compliant. The main ingredient in the myriad of evaluations that banks are required to perform for compliance is risk assessment. The first goal of this research project is to review best practice risk models, with a special focus on modeling the evolution of changes in creditworthiness for industry sectors.

Fabrication of strong and transparent Janus wound dressings by electrospinning

Wound dressings are indispensable in medical operation as they protect the wound from contamination by foreign matter, absorb wound exudate and control the humidity of the wound to promote healing. Mitigating technology can be integrated in modern wound dressings to expedite the healing process and reduce scarring. In this proposal, we will develop an innovative Janus wound dressing that is water repellent on one side and water absorbing on the other.

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