Researchers awarded $3 million in federal funding

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Three projects involving researchers at Waterloo Engineering received a combined total of almost $3 million in federal funding this week.

The largest amount, just over $2.6 million, went to professors Ehsan Toyserkani and Mihaela Vlasea of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab.

Mihaela Vlasea is associate director of the MSAM lab.

Mihaela Vlasea is associate research director of the MSAM lab.

The money is earmarked for the purchase of equipment to develop and characterize metal additive manufacturing powders and parts.

The investment is meant to improve the quality and reduce the costs of feedstock materials used for additive manufacturing, resulting in the production of better products for Canadians.

Andrea Scott, a professor of systems design engineering, is in line for almost $214,000 for a project to forecast the presence of medium-range sea ice using artificial intelligence.

Yimin Wu, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor, received just over $160,000 for research on solar fuels for carbon-neutral transportation.

The funding comes through the National Research Council to support research collaborations involving academia, industry and federal scientists.

In all, Navdeep Bains, the minister of innovation, science and industry, announced $44.5 million in funding for 201 projects across the country.