Professors win federal funding for high-risk research

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Projects led by three professors at Waterloo Engineering were awarded a total of almost $750,000 in funding this week through a federal program designed to encourage high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary research.

Giovanni Cascante, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, won $250,000 in backing for a project described as: optimized use of mechanical waves in a novel vibratory drainage stimulation device, from lungs to water filter applications.

Elizabeth English is an architecture professor at the University of Waterloo.

Elizabeth English is an architecture professor at the University of Waterloo.

Elizabeth English, a professor at the Waterloo School of Architecture, will use $250,000 in funding to continue the development of flood-resilient and climate-adaptive amphibious housing for Indigenous communities in Canada.

Beth Weckman, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, and Paolo Dominelli, a professor of kinesiology and health sciences, were awarded almost $246,000 for a project called A Next Generation Fire Safety Companion: Grounded in Science, Embracing Population Diversity.

In all, the federal government announced more than $45 million for research projects across the country through the New Frontiers in Research Fund.

“In a time when relying on scientific evidence has never been more important, our government recognizes the need to invest in Canadian scientists,” Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of health, said in a media release.

Go to Waterloo researchers awarded New Frontiers in Research funding for a story on all six campus-wide projects awarded funding at the University of Waterloo.