Waterloo researchers awarded $15.6 million for strategic research partnerships
NSERC to fund two networks and eight projects in the areas of engineering, math and science.
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NSERC to fund two networks and eight projects in the areas of engineering, math and science.By Rebekah Wiesel Office of Research
Ten researchers from the University of Waterloo received more than $15.6 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to fund two networks and eight projects that will further research efforts through academic and industry collaborations.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced the Strategic Partnerships Grants at Promation in Oakville Ontario; one of the industry partners Waterloo is currently working with to further additive manufacturing. These grants help bring together expertise from academia, Canadian-based companies, government institutions, and international entities to collaborate on innovative research with commercialization potential.
Of these grants, two networks have been funded to explore timely research. These include: professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering Ehsan Toyserkani’s “Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing,” and professor of civil and environmental engineering Monica Emelko’s “Network for Forested Drinking Water Source Protection Technologies.” Both Professor Toyserkani and Emelko have demonstrated leadership by bringing together like-minded organizations to further their research and to consequently enhance Canada’s role on the international scale.
Professor Emelko is leading the “forWater” network in identifying new source water protection technologies for climate change adaptation. To ensure secure community water systems, this network will focus on forested source watersheds, because that is where the drinking water for most urban, rural and Indigenous communities originates. With the delivery of safe drinking water being a national strategic priority, Professor Emelko’s network, co-led by Uldis Silinis from the University of Alberta, is pivotal to climate change adaptation and global water security.