Material design for flexible non-enzymatic sensors to monitor analytes for detection of anastomotic leaks post-surgery

Development of leaks in abdominal cavity following surgery cause acute complications that have a high mortality rate and lead to expensive corrective procedures. These leaks are mostly detected a few days following the development of complications. Currently, there is no method for early detection. Hence, timely intervention, which can save lives, is not possible. In this aspect, the sensor development of crucial biomarkers for the detection of such leaks prior to the development of a full breach through real-time monitoring will lead to early detection and intervention for preventive care.

Developing a Tool to Minimize Information Asymmetry Between Car Owner and Expert Mechanic

This project is an analysis of needs of car owners to overcome the information asymmetry between expert
mechanic and car owners in the automotive repair industry. It focuses on the understanding the specific barriers
faced by groups using a gendered lens approach and examining the expectations of a solution as informed by the
target end-user.

Responsible roadmap: Informing road disturbance development decision-making in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region through process-based knowledge - Year two

In the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) of Alberta, boreal peatland ecosystems are becoming increasingly fractionated by linear disturbances associated with resource exploration and subsequent extraction. Roads, for example, have the potential to alter peatlands through changes to flow regimes, runoff generation to downstream aquatic systems, and carbon sequestration. The heterogeneous geology in the AOSR causes a wide range of hydrological conditions and peatland types, and therefore peatlands may respond very differently to road development.

Deep Decarbonization in Cities

The goal of this research project is to determine the most effective way to design the collaborative strategic management needed to achieve meaningful local climate mitigation, while ensuring equity, and inclusion of diverse community members, and an approach aligned with science-based targets and international reporting and disclosure standards.
The project can be broken into five main objectives: 1) determine the current state of GHG emission reduction targets, measurement, monitoring and planning in Canadian municipalities; 2) advance standardized measurement systems and tools that can also

Laser welding process development and optimization for thin Al and stainless-steel foils

In the fabrication of a battery-free water leak detector, packaging process requires to expose the sensor to water in a specific way, while protecting some electronics components on the inside from water. This research is to develop a high-speed and high precision laser microwelding process to fabricate an aluminum or stainless steel foil water-proof housing for the electronics of AquaSensing’s battery-free water leak detector.

Development of Cooling System for Small Scale Medical Device for Women’s Gynecological Health

One in three women, including up to 58% of pregnant women and 48% of new mothers, experience a pelvic floor disorder (PFD) in their lifetime. PFD affects the everyday lives of women from urinary continence, fecal continence, painful sex and their shame in discussing these symptoms. The lack of comprehensive medical devices to provide for women who suffer from gynecological and pelvic health complications is a serious issue that still has not been resolved. The existing single-functional devices are either outdated and painful or extremely inconvenient to use.

The use of IoT and big data by public and global health agencies to quantify the outcomes and adverse health impacts of air pollution

Air pollution is a global public health concern. It is responsible for a cascade of adverse health outcomes. However, quantifying the outcomes and impacts of air pollution is difficult. The advancement of IoT and big data technologies can now allow public health officials and researchers to monitor air pollution levels and take appropriate and rapid actions to mitigate the harms. We propose the development of an agnostic ecosystem that collects big data and from various sensors, analyzes and provides alerts and recommendations to public health officials.

Restoring Salmon Habitat through Spawning Gravel Placement at a Lake Outlet

Impacts to the Nootka Sound watershed from historical logging activities and climate change have led to declining habitat for fish species such as the West Coast Vancouver Island (WCVI) Chinook Salmon. Placing gravel-sized rocks in a stream is a strategy used to restore spawning habitat for fish. In particular, lake outlets are considered to be ideal locations for gravel placements due to the relatively stable flows and the limited upstream sediment input. Although fairly common in practice, there is little scientific evidence supporting the preference for lake outlets.

Scaling up a national program to improve hospital nutrition care in line with the new Canadian malnutrition standard

The Canadian Nutrition Society is Canada’s leading society for nutrition professionals. As a Fellow, I will work with the Canadian Malnutrition Taskforce—CNS’ flagship initiative—to support integration of a new malnutrition care standard in Canadian hospitals. Advancing Malnutrition Care (AMC) was designed to bring best practices from this standard to hospitals across the country. The aim of my project is to lead the spreading and scaling of the AMC program with focus on capacity-building within the Canadian health system.

Spatial atomic layer deposition of copper for flexible electronics

The development of next-generation, flexible electronics requires complementary development of manufacturing processes. Nissin Inc.¬ develops advanced plasma-processing equipment for manufacturing a range of electronic devices and is seeking better thin-film-deposition techniques. Traditional vacuum-chamber-based techniques (e.g., sputtering) have limitations in terms of scalability, throughput, and cost; and the sputtered films can have issues with adhesion in some applications.