Farming Diversity: Women’s Past, Present, and Future in Canadian Egg Farming

In 2011, Statistics Canada reported that women comprised only 25% of total farmer numbers. At the same time, an aging male farmer population is causing concern that if the farming sector does not broaden its appeal among women, there will be significant economic implications for its future development. The Egg Farmers of Canada wants to encourage more women to take up egg farming and support existing female producers in their leadership goals, but more knowledge about the systemic reasons for women’s limited participation in the industry is needed.

Design of an EV Charging Infrastructure: DC Grid for High Density Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging and other DC Loads

West 5 community in London, Ontario, will pursue high penetration of electric vehicles, and is exploring an innovative marketing program of including them with the sale of each new condominium unit. The primary objective of this project is to determine an economical approach to create an acceptable infrastructure for these electric vehicles that will be desired by the community. The study will evaluate how to improve the efficiency of using Solar Energy to charge vehicles’ battery and for other DC loads in the London West 5 community.

Software Defined Security Orchestrator for Content Delivery Networks

Denial of service attacks deny a service, such as visiting a website or access to a network, by deliberately congesting the server or the network resources. In addition to delivering digital contents to end-users, content delivery networks (CDNs) are supposed to protect the content origins, such as Netflix or Amazon Video, against denial of service threats. However, denial of service attacks not only evade a CDN’s protection but also exploit its resources to damage content providers and the CDN itself. As such, traditional security mechanisms are no longer sufficient.

Tumor engineering of biomaterial based cancer models for drug screening

The intern will use the company’s proprietary biomaterials to create tumors using cancer cells. These tumors can be used as an alternative to animal testing for cancer drugs. These cancer models will cost a fraction of the cost of animal models and can be tested using existing pharmaceutical techniques and equipment. The intern will develop a process to create tumors, then test existing drugs on the model to see how it compares to human and animal testing results.

Automated Generation of Software Tools to Support Data Ingestion for Environmental Modelling and Monitoring

Environmental modelling and monitoring software systems, which are very important in assessing the effects of climate change, require open data from a large number of sources including all levels of government, NGOs such as watershed management authorities, consultants and business. This data needs to be brought together into internal databases and to be kept up-to-date to perform the required underlying computations. Collecting this data manually and keeping it current requires an incredible amount of error-prone manual labour.

Chromosome Engineering for Bioproducts from Methanotrophs - Year Two

Currently Metagenom Bio Inc. offers contract research services in environmental microbial species profiling. Applications for this service include the monitoring of biogas operations, greenhouses, and mining processes. Metagenom Bio wishes to offer solutions that use microbes to generate value-added products. Biogas reactors can break down waste products and produce methane, or natural gas. This methane can be burned, or some of it may be used to create materials using bacteria that can consume methane.

Graphene-Oxide Strengthened Separator to Suppress Zinc Dendrites

In this research project, the separator of rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries (REHABs) is mechanically strengthened with graphene oxide derivatives. ReHABs comprise of a lithium intercalation cathode, zinc anode and an aqueous electrolyte. One of the problems with current ReHABs is the zinc dendritic growth and propagation from the anode, which significantly reduces its operating lifetime. After cycles of charge/discharge, these dendrites grow and propagate through the separator and eventually reach the cathode, thus shortening the battery.

Versatile applications of a safe and efficient peptide in gene/drug delivery - Year Two

Gene therapy is one of the most attractive new therapeutic strategies in the treatment of multiple diseases. However, to apply gene therapy in clinic, an efficient and safe delivery system must be developed to transport these therapeutic reagents to target organs. The existing gene carriers suffer from either high cytotoxicity or immunogenicity problems, which will cause severe side effects when used in human. The new peptide based delivery system we developed demonstrated better performance and lower toxicity than the commercialized product on market.

Evaluating the prospective benefits of physical demands description (PDD) data created from job simulations

Every job at Ford Motor Company should have an associated document describing the physical demands (i.e., lifting, climbing, pushing, etc.) required in that job. This information is important to select job candidates with the right blend of capabilities to be able to safely meet these demands. Perhaps more importantly, this information also provides a benchmark to guide health care providers in helping injured workers rehabilitate their capabilities so that they can again return to their job, safely meeting the job’s demands.

RF Resonant Chemical Sensor System for Biomarker Detection and Biomedical Applications

Sober Steering is developing a wearable alcohol sensor system that communicates with a vehicle to prevent drunk driving. The FitBit-style wearable device will communicate wirelessly with a Sober Steering module located behind the dash of the vehicle to provide interlock functionality and instant alerts. The wearable alcohol sensor system will be monitored and controlled by a smart phone app (ideally controlled by parents or fleet vehicle dispatch). The proposed project aims to further develop sensors capable of providing alcohol sensing functionality for the wearable device.

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