The Use of Transgenic Plants and the Chloroplasts of Green Algae to Produce Low-cost Oral Therapeutics for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious, common and chronic health problem. In Canada, more than 2 million Canadians are living with diabetes today. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes that accounts for approximately 90% of diabetes cases. The cost of diabetes care is almost 4 times as much as for someone without diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diabetes will continue to escalate and could reach $15.6 billion by 2010 unless dramatic actions are taken.

Computation of Risk Measures via Efficient Least-squares Monte Carlo

The computation of risk profiles for financial products and portfolios is an extremely important problem, both for regulatory and internal management purposes. For complex products whose value depends on a number of underlying risk factors and for which exercise decisions can be made prior to maturity, Monte Carlo simulation techniques are the only viable procedures. This project aims to adopt a simulation method used for pricing products, to computing risk exposures. Various ways of improving the computational speed will be explored.

Novel RF Coil Design for Parallel MRI of the Breast

This project will be focused on the testing of the performance of a new type of parallel RF coil system that allows for significantly higher signal to noise and imaging performance than currently available coil systems (estimated 3 times higher signal to noise and acceleration of imaging times by a factor of 8-16 times). The coil system which will be tested is a breast imaging coil designed for operation with a 3T GE DVMR imaging platform. The coils to be compared are designed with 8 channel, 16 channel and 32 channel coil arrays.

Treatment of the Effluent Wastewater Generated in the Existing TODA Plant in Sarnia

Separation of dissolved solids (sodium sulfate salt) from effluent wastewater of TODA Inc. in Sarnia will be experimentally explored based on the proposed/recommended technology by the Company. In the first term of the internship, several technologies from the State-of-the-arts and Best Available technologies have been reviewed, analyzed and compared according to environmental and economical aspects. Newly innovated technology "Membrane Crystallization" process was selected an approved by TODA for experimental verification. In this technology a hydrophobic membrane is applied.

Electrokinetic Dewatering of Orr Dam Sediment

This project involves a technical evaluation of the use of electrokinetic (EK) technology to dewater sediments that built up behind the Orr Dam in Stratford, to facilitate their removal and the continuation of normal Dam activities. EK dewatering involves the use of an applied electric field to a mass of soil in order to facilitate the removal of water from the soil. When an electric field is applied, the water is moved from the anode (positively charged electrode) to the cathode (negatively charged electrode).

An Oral History of the Hamilton Waterworks

This project aims to understand the relationship between the history of Hamilton’s waterworks and the greater Hamilton community. It will be based on oral interviews with past employees and will be presented to the community using digital technologies to enhance its accessibility. By focusing on themes of water safety, water pollution and water conservation the project will link the past to the present and provide an excellent opportunity for the Hamilton Museum of Steam Technology to become both more visible and active in their community.

Oil Springs Social History Project

In preparation for the 2011 UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation bid, Lambton County’s Oil Museum of Canada is undertaking a new project. The Oil Springs Social History Project will explain what the community of Oil Springs looked like when its population exploded as a result of the discovery of ‘Black Gold’. Described as a site of great national and international significance, the oil fields continue to flow today using much of the technology which made this sleepy town a bustling community in the 1850s and 60s.

Improved Airfoils for Contra-Rotating Wind Turbines

The intern will contribute towards the design and modeling of an improved air foil for a novel wind turbine that employs two sets of contra-rotating blades. An analysis of blade strength will also be performed for a blade design suitable for volume manufacturing, developed in conjunction with company suppliers. The results of the modeling and analysis will be validated in a field trial at the company's test facility, as time permits. The improved air foil will increase power output and reduce manufacturing cost and payback period for the wind turbine.

Don't Try This at Home

The goal of this project is to curate an exhibition of contemporary art with three Canadian artists around the theme of art, culture and technology. The intern has developed a curatorial thesis and will select and install artworks, write didactics and an accompanying catalogue text, and act as the liaison between the artists and the gallery regarding all matters pertaining to the exhibition including list of works, shipping, crating, travel, content, contextualization, installation, publication, and dessemination.

Geochemical and Isotopic Examination of Mineralization of the South Mine Complex, Abitibi Sub-province

The Macassa Mine has historically been a major producer of gold in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Recently, Kirkland Lake Gold Inc. discovered a new South Mine Complex (SMC) which is one of the highest grade gold deposits in Canada. Mineralization in the SMC appears more sulphide rich than in the Main Break of the Macassa Mine, and this project proposes geochemical and isotopic studies on the rocks of the SMC.