Finding “green” pastures in Canada

About to enter his fourth year of study at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Surojit had been considering a research internship in Germany. However, when accepted into the  Mitacs Globalink program to undertake an internship with Dr. Amit Kumar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering  at the University of Alberta, , he says “I knew that the Mitacs program would give me the best experience overall.”

Product Modularity Enhancement and Engineering Analysis for CPP Dredges

Canada Pump and Power (CPP) Corporation has approached University of Alberta (UofA) to conduct a joint research program by leveraging MITACS Accelerate Internship Cluster Program on “product modularity enhancement and mechanical engineering analysis” for CPP’s existing dredges with its uniquely selected pumps for different user requirements. The methodology adopted includes parametric feature-based design and system simulation-based engineering analysis.

Feasibility of a long-line flax fiber processing facility for Saskatchewan


This study will develop a business model for long-line flax production in Saskatchewan.The business model under investigation will necessarily rely on European technology. A scutching facility in Saskatchewan would probably consist of an imported scutching line from Van Dommele Engineering in Belgium, or equivalent. Seeding and harvesting equipment, such as Noudet Gougis seeders and Dehondt pullers, turners, and balers, will also be imported.

Net ecosystem exchange of carbon dioxide over agricultural fields near Lacombe, Alberta

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Campbell Scientific Canada Corp. (CSC) have been operating an “eddy covariance” meteorological tower near Lacombe, Alberta that measures the flux of carbon dioxide (CO2) between agricultural fields and the atmosphere. This tower provides high frequency data that is used to assess plant growth and decomposition across large fields which is critical for understanding local crop viability and the role of Canadian agriculture in the global carbon cycle.

Alberta experience climbs to the top

Ankita was one of 200 top international students that undertook 3 month research projects over the summer at universities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Restoring native grassland function in urban environment; implications for soil-plant relations

Fescue prairie has reduced in Western Canada, because of human activities including housing development and land clearing. Urban development can impact natural ecosystems by eliminating the majority of native species, thus changing the richness and composition of the species. Strategic restoration efforts may reduce the effects of urban expansion on native ecosystem by protecting natural habitat and re-establishing modified habitat.

Optimal Design of Interface Geometry of Pocelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) Dental Crown - an Experimental Study

In conventional crown structure, the crowns are bonded to the bottom layer with a cement layer. The major clinical failure mode is the subsurface radial crack at the interface between the crown and cement. This failure is caused largely by the tensile stress concentration/singularity in the dental ceramic at that interface. A sharp change in the structure geometry or/and mismatch in material properties at interfacial boundary is the source for such stress concentration/singularity.