Two research networks led by Waterloo Engineering experts were front and centre as more than $78 million in federal funding was announced today for collaborations between academia and businesses across the country.
Ehsan Toyserkani, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, will receive $5.5 million over five years for the Network for Holistic Innovations in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM).
Monica Emelko, a civil and environmental engineering professor, was awarded $5.5 million over five years for the Network for Forested Drinking Water Source Protection Technologies (for Water).
Their innovative initiatives are among six networks and 80 projects country-wide to receive financial backing to address challenges in areas including the environment and agriculture, information and communications technologies, natural resources and energy, and advanced manufacturing.
Both networks led by Waterloo Engineering researchers bring together dozens of partners from academia, Canadian-based companies, government institutions and international entities, while also providing training opportunities for students.
Provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects programs, the funding was announced by Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan at Promation, an Oakville company involved in the additive manufacturing (AM)network.
“I commend today’s recipients for the important work they are doing to contribute to Canada’s competitiveness,” Duncan said in a media release. “We are investing in you today because we know that when we invest in science and research we are investing in Canada.”