Dr. Hongde Zhou
The Soil Resource Group
University of Guelph
Most operations of horticulture are intensive users of water and nutrients. Growers recognize the importance of water conservation and recycling, and environmental protection and significant research dollars have been invested to develop integrated pest-management systems to reduce pesticide use, to optimize water and nutrient use within the operation, and encourage recirculation. The proposed project seeks to evaluate membrane filtration to treat and re-use irrigation water runoff, leachate, and other nutrient rich wastewaters. This technology has the potential to cost-effectively reduce water and nutrient use on the farm and eliminate or greatly reduce environmental impacts. It will be evaluated for effectiveness, cost/benefit, advantages, disadvantages, and suitability for different production systems. While this project is directed towards small and medium greenhouse operations and container nurseries, other groups producing high nutrient wastewater will benefit from the information derived.
Dr. Juri Jatskevich
Soroush Amini Akbarabadi
Alpha Technologies Ltd.
Engineering, computer and electrical
University of British Columbia
The distributed energy management system that needs to be optimized represents a control and command center for a network of distributed resources, which may operate within an isolated or weakly interconnected micro-grid. The controller’s primary functions are to communicate with each distributed energy resource controller to determine the operating status of each distributed energy resources and to issue energy management control commands to reliably manage the stable integration of the distributed energy resources with the larger scale grid. The distributed energy management controller can manage individual energy resources manually, automatically with preprogrammed control, or based on other additional external input received. The scope of this project covers simulation relative to control of individual energy resources, multiple energy resources as distributed across the application site, and the final integrated operation of multi energy resources as one system.
Dr. Philip Walsh
Volatile organic Compounds (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) belong to the group of anthropogenic chemicals, meaning their effects are a result of human activity. VOCs are commonly found in the manufacturing process of paints, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, and refrigerants. Additionally VOCs can be used as gasoline additives, solvents and dry-cleaning agents. SVOCs are common to indoor environments and are often used in the production of plastics, detergents, furniture, and other household and consumer products. Through their use in industry, both VOCs and SVOCs can be a potential contaminant of ground water and surface water resources and as a result, pose as a potential human health threat as many are toxic and known carcinogens. It is therefore highly important to have accurate and precise methods for their identification and analysis. Throughout the duration of the internship, the intern will undertake the evaluation of solid phase micro extraction for environmental monitoring (SPME). Four individual projects have been selected, two involving the identification and analysis ofVOCs and two involving the identification and analysis ofSVOCs using SPME.
Dr. Robert Schulz
Winsor Global Financial Inc.
Oil and gas
University of Calgary
The intern will implement a comprehensive market validation study for two target markets: currency hedge funds and family offices. The plan will outline the size of the target markets, the competitive environment, the CTS Forex advantage, and the most efficient marketing channels. In addition, the intern will help in the development of two websites: 1. The corporate website to ensure it communicates the CTS Forexʼ’s value proposition effectively to the two target markets, 2. A website that aims to become a credible source on the performance of all trading systems in the market. Furthermore, the intern will be responsible to author and issue press releases, and develop a variety of marketing collateral for various purposes. CTS Forex will also publish a book, and the intern will develop a marketing plan that should help promote the book through social media.The overall goals of these tasks center on preparing CTS Forex to pitch its solution to the target markets, as well as attract investors to invest in the company.
Dr. Thomas Johnson
Nima Moazen Chaharsoughi
University of British Columbia
EnWave is developing custom microwave power sources for their vacuum pressure dehydration microwave drying products. The custom microwave power sources are based on arrays of 1.2 kW magnetrons. The microwave power sources require high voltage power supplies in the range of 4 kV with supporting control circuits to adjust the output voltage. Each 1.2 kW magnetron has an independent power supply and a typical system consists of a bank of high voltage supplies. Important design issues include controlling the relative phase of the current and voltage waveforms at the input of the supply and ensuring reverse current flow into the grid is minimized. These design issues relate to power factor and harmonic control circuits in the power supply. The primary project objective is to analyze, design and implement power factor control circuits for the high voltage supplies. The project work will directly support the design of new microwave drying systems currently being developed at EnWave.
Andrei Balulescu, Mihai Bogdan Caradima & Yunwei Dong
Lowe's Companies Canada Inc.
Geography, geology and Earth science
University of Waterloo
As Lowe’s Companies Incorporated expands their organization across Canada they face tough decisions about where to locate new retail stores. These decisions take place at different scales and require choices to be made about what towns or cities would benefit from a new home improvement center and where within these towns or cities the center should be located. This project extends traditional site-location analysis and develops new approaches and customized tools to assess the best locations for new stores. More broadly, the project establishes a baseline of analysis routines that can be incorporated into models of land-use change to evaluate how drivers of retail site selection change over time.
Dr. Myriam Barbeau
University of New Brunswick
Salt marshes are important coastal ecosystems as they provide many services to surrounding areas. However, due to their highly productive nature, they have a long history of being converted into farmland in the Maritimes and continue to be altered for human development. Salt marsh restoration has become popular recently to mitigate the increasing societal costs associated with rising sea level, as well as to increase amount of suitable habitat for wildlife including waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) initiated a salt marsh restoration project in 2010 near Fort Beauséjour in Aulac, New Brunswick, by breaching the dikes impound two farmland cells. The intern will continue to monitor the succession of the communities (terrestrial and aquatic), from farmland to mudflat to salt marsh, and provide insights on best management strategies for salt marsh restoration. This information is useful to the environmental consulting, agricultural, transport, fishery and hunting industries, and to agencies interested in salt marsh restoration.
Dr. Tom Dean
Mohammad Hassan Nourijelyani
Engineering, computer and electrical
Information and communications technologies
Dr. Kathy Lewis
Spectrum Resource Group Inc.
This project will involve the monitoring and assessment of newly implemented vegetation management processes at Spectrum Resource Group. The efficacy and consistency of herbicide application in forestry and industrially-related environments will be observed, and notes and recommendations will be made on how new procedures compare to traditional methods. Specifically, the intern will: collect information about the consistency and efficacy of herbicides applied in various locations throughout BC and Alberta; monitor and assess biocontrol agents that are used on specific invasive weeds; and make observations concerning the efficacy of the herbicides in various locations, on various species, and how these compare to biocontrol agents in their ability to reduce invasive weed outbreak.
Dr. Elizabeth Nowicki
Jo Ann Iantosca
The proposed research will include an analysis of video content to determine its implicit learning content based on the social and emotional domains. Once the videos are analyzed, a parent profile will be used to determine what videos are most applicable to each individual child, based on their developmental profile. Further activities will be recommended to parents in addition to the video content. This project will aid the organization in becoming more individualized in terms of content and domain development, according to what the profile indicates for the child. This specificity will allow the organization to market their product as developmentally appropriate, and it will also promote the capabilities to foster particular developmental skills.