Research projects win $1.6 million in federal support

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering are involved in a dozen projects that were announced today as recipients of more than $1.6 million in federal funding for state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund is part of $64 million awarded country-wide to 251 research projects at 40 universities.

Parsin Haji Reza

Parsin Haji Reza is one of numerous Waterloo Engineering researchers involved in projects awarded federal funding.

“Canada is world-renowned for our state-of-the-art institutions and talented researchers,” François-Philippe Champagne, the minister of innovation, science and industry, said in a media release.

Campus-wide at the University of Waterloo, 23 projects were awarded more than $3.8 million for infrastructure to help attract talented researchers and spur significant advances.

The engineering researchers receiving support, the projects they are involved in and the amounts awarded are:

Monica Emelko and Anh Pham, civil and environmental engineering - Infrastructure to Identify and Mitigate Threats to Drinking Water Source Quality and Treatability in a Changing Climate - $250,000

Parsin Haji Reza, systems design engineering - Developing Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (PARS) for Next Generation Real-time Medical Imaging in-Situ - $209,440

Daniel Lacroix, civil and environmental engineering - Infrastructure for the Experimental Evaluation of Innovative Mass Timber and FRPhybrid Systems - $104,000

Yash Vardhan Pant, electrical and computer engineering - Advancing Safety of Autonomous Systems for Real-world Applications - $80,000

Hamed Shahsavan, chemical engineering - Infrastructure for the Characterization and Manipulation of Soft Robotic Materials - $90,000

James Tung and Katja Mombaur, mechanical and mechatronics engineering - Real-world Assessment of Assistive Robotics for Mobility Impairments and Injury Prevention - $227,500

Boxin Zhao, William Anderson and Tizazu Mekonnen, chemical engineering - Infrared Imaging and Drop Shape Analyzer Systems for Surface Science and Bionanomaterials Development - $80,000

Giovanni Cascante, Hassan Baaj and Maria Anna Polak, civil and environmental engineering - Mitigation of Collapse Risks of Civil Infrastructure by Developing Novel and Reliable Non-destructive Testing Techniques - $109,095

Elizabeth Weckman, mechanical and mechatronics engineering - Next Generation Fire Safety: Grounded in science, embracing population diversity - $125,564

Sushanta Mitra, mechanical and mechatronics engineering - Development of Sustainable Technology Platform for Paper-based Monitoring Devices - $125,200

Mehrdad Pirnia, management sciences - Electric Aviation: Operational testing of low carbon aviation technology - $131,124

Taisiya Sigaeva, systems design engineering - Infrastructure to Launch a Novel Skin Biomechanics Research Program in Canada - $90,000