Study of new structural insulated panels from the structural and building envelope performance

To evaluate the overall performance of the newly developed Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in flexure, including deflections, stiffness and ultimate capacity, an experimental program has recently been launched. The program includes transverse bending tests of a total of 18 full-sized SIPs with various configurations using a vacuum chamber. Pressure and deflections are measured during the tests and are used to determine the flexural responses of the panels. For the comprehensive test matrix, the experimental results will be analysed systematically.

Equitable DCFC Infrastructure Deployment for MURB Neighborhoods

The City of Victoria is working to implement infrastructure to support the adoptions of EVs. A key challenge are ‘garage orphans’, residents that live with multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) without dedicated parking stalls per residence. Strata-governed residences also face various challenges in provisioning EV charging infrastructure. In order to support residents’ EV adoption, this project will help the City to develop planning methods and specific locations to incrementally install DC-fast chargers (DCFC).

Life skills training and the effect of predator conditioning on the post-release survival and return-to- spawn rates of hatchery-reared Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)

One important strategy that is helping to prevent collapse of salmon stocks is the use of hatcheries. Hatchery raised salmon are released into streams to help supplement the wild population. An impediment to hatchery efforts is that for the first two weeks after their release, hatchery-reared salmon often show high rates of mortality due to predators. This is because hatchery-raised fish are naïve to predators, and it takes time to learn about the risk that they pose. This project seeks to identify ways to increase the post-release survival of hatchery-reared Coho salmon.

We Are Here: Healthcare Experiences of LGBTQ* Individuals Assigned Female at Birth with Chronic Health Conditions

Members of the LGBTQ+ community assigned female at birth are at a disproportionate risk of developing CHC, such as mental health disorders, addiction, obesity, heart conditions, and asthma (Dearing & Hequemboug, 2014; Eliason, 2014). The proposed mixed methods study will explore the experiences of members of the 2SLGBTQQIA community assigned female at birth with chronic health conditions in Canadian healthcare systems.

Determining Biomarkers of Addiction Disorders and Mental Health using Electroencephalography

There is a health crisis in Canada where substance abuse and addiction disorders have been growing out of control, resulting in the death of 19,355 Canadians from 2016 to 2020. Researchers describe the crisis to be getting worse in that opioid-related deaths tripled from 2000 to 2015 in Ontario, Canada and increased by 120% since the onset of COVID-19. Consequently, therapies are struggling to keep up.

Type 2 Diabetes Management using mobile health technology among South Asian Communities: A Feasibility Study

Gini Health has designed a personalized mHealth and eCounseling intervention for the management of Type 2 diabetes in the South Asian community. For this project, the intern will analyze and interpret secondary, anonymized data that have been collected by the Gini Health team in the implementation of their T2DM management program. Gini Health will benefit by having an experienced post-doctoral fellow leading and overseeing the evaluation team to ensure the research is following best standards.

Hybrid Quantum-Classical Algorithms for Fuel Cell Optimization

Hydrogen fuel cells represent one of the most exciting technologies available for producing clean energy for onsite combined heat and power delivery, portable electronics, and electric vehicles. In the transportation sector specifically, several commercial vehicles powered by hydrogen have hit the market in the last several years, on top of a growing number of city buses and cargo trucks running on fuel cells. However, high cost due to the use of the precious metal platinum remains a barrier to their widespread adoption.

E-commerce and Digital Place-making: The Craft Chocolate Industry

This proposed research seeks to better understand how people make decisions on purchasing consumer goods online. Due to COVID-19, we have seen a massive acceleration of online shopping, especially for essential items such as food. As such, consumers are increasingly relying on digital information to connect to food (and the places it grows). By studying single-origin chocolate, a packaged consumer good product deeply tied to land, we aim to better understand how ‘moral markets’ are using place-based cacao origins to market chocolate in digital spaces.

Static loading tests and numerical analyses of movement of helical piles in soft clays

A helical pile is a screw steel pile comprising a small diameter hollow shaft welded with one or multiple helices. It has been widely used to retrofit structures or provide foundation support for infrastructure. The current research and design practice of helical piles have heavily focused on the “capacity”. In contrast, little attention has been paid to the performance of these piles, i.e., the movement of piles. This research project aims to understand the load-movement response through static loading tests of helical piles with and without post-grouting in soft clays.

ESG Integration, Measurement and Reporting for SMEs: A pilot for Cleantech companies in BC

The interns will assist with surveying the literature and prior work as it concerns reporting frameworks that capture the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of small, medium enterprise (SME) policies and performance in Canada. This review will inform an interview process with a pilot cluster of businesses to determine the challenges and constraints they face, specifically related to the implementation of non-financial reporting.

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