Concrete Slab-On-Grade Analysis for Slab-Mounted Jib Cranes

Various industries and warehouse operations often need free-standing jib cranes to be installed on the floor. Industrial floors typically consist of unreinforced or very lightly reinforced concrete slabs poured directly on the ground which may not have sufficient strength to support the crane. Improper design may result in severe cracking which raises concrete durability issues or catastrophic collapse which could endanger lives.

Nature Based Outdoor Recreation ROI Framework

The project will develop a conceptual framework to quantify the value of nature based recreation. The tool will focus on improvements in physical health, improvements in mental health and health benefits associated with improved ecosystem protection. The tool will provide provincial, municipal and community organizations a mechanism to support informed program, policy and planning decisions and will help users better understand and communicate the value of investments in nature based outdoor recreation.

Driver motion prediction using behaviour classifications of vehicles

A significant portion of decision making, path planning and navigation algorithms for Autonomous Vehicles (AV) rely heavily on accurate estimation of the current location as well as future trajectories of the surrounding road users. There are different kinds of drivers in urban environments, and an expert human driver will identify dangerous drivers and avoid them accordingly.

Private Equity and Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)

Financial institutions are under increased scrutiny for their role in environmental, social, governance (ESG) risks and impact. In November 2019, the European Parliament introduced the first ever legislation on ‘Sustainability Disclosure’ for financial institutions. Within financial institutions, the private equity industry stands out as an asset class which could have a significant impact on ESG factors. Private Equity is the single largest in the private capital markets with 4,000 institutions worldwide, representing around 15,000 companies and close to $3TN in assets under management.

Bioprocessing strategies for enhanced production of heme in Escherichia coli

Ardra Inc. has sustainably produced many high-purity chemicals that are used for various flavor, perfume, and cosmetic applications. Combining industrial/business expertise provided by Ardra with academic/research skills provided by Dr. C. Perry Chou’s lab, we are aiming to effectively produce high-value heme compound using engineered E. coli host organism. Major efforts will be dedicated toward engineering of this bacterium by adopting synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and bioprocessing strategies to facilitate large-scale bio-based production of heme.

Investigating the performance of ultra-thin graphene oxide films for natural gas dehydration

The main goal of this project is to identify the key performance parameters of the membrane and collect some data on the membrane performance. To achieve this goal the intern needs to first develop a testing system to evaluate the dehydration performance of the membrane. After building the test system the intern will utilize the system to check the performance of a wide range of membranes and select which ones work best as well as factors that would impact the membrane performance. Then the test system will be brought to natural gas plant to verify the performance.

Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Modular Indoor Micro-farms

Current agricultural production practices place enormous burdens on the earth’s ecosystems and are creating challenges to meet future food security goals given growing populations and mounting pressure to limit resource use and environmental impacts. In Canada especially, the short growing season and cold climate limit vegetable production and create reliance on indoor food production or imports.

Navigating the COVID crisis: reimaging business models and reporting mechanisms to enhance the resiliency and sustainability of small and medium sized enterprises

The COVID-19 crisis has caused severe disruption in the supply chain, reduced demand for goods and services, prompted a dramatic decline in GDP, caused high levels of unemployment, and undermined consumer confidence. The calamity has exposed vulnerabilities in the current paradigm of management thinking and business operational structures. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are among the most vulnerable especially when compared to larger corporations. SMEs require novel strategies to help them respond, pivot and survive the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

Engineering a new biosynthetic pathway for the production of minor cannabinoids

As one of the first countries to legalize cannabis, Canada is at the forefront of the cannabis research and technology. While there are a number of medical applications for Cannabis that have been used for a number of years, these treatments require patients to either smoke dried cannabis, or use cannabis extracts that can include a number of plant impurities and are mixtures of various cannabinoids compounds. Over 120 minor cannabinoids are produced by the cannabis plant, C. sativa.

Design and prototype of a robotic system to avoid food security risk inCOVID-19 like situations

In the new reality of COVID-19 pandemic, contactless cooking and serving in food industry becomes a new
essential prospect to reduce virus transmission by reducing human labor and human-food interaction. The goal
of this project is to develop an intelligent robot system to manipulate tools and food items in a restaurant counter
and kitchen environment to automate preparation of some basic dishes to serve.