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Memorial receives $400,000 to further aerospace research

Recent funding from Raytheon Company will advance research in wake detection.

By Jackey Locke

Memorial University recently received $400,000 US in research funding from Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader, to advance research into airborne sensor technology for wake detection – disturbances to the ocean surface generated by a moving vessel.

Dr. Siu O’Young, an engineering professor at Memorial University, is the principal investigator of the project and is thrilled with this new funding to advance basic and applied research in sensor technology for aerial robotic applications.

“This new collaboration with Raytheon is an important milestone in establishing an international partnership, and it will provide valuable opportunities for learning and career development for my research team, and in expanding high-tech employment for the Newfoundland and Labrador aerospace sector,” he said.

Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice-president (academic) at Memorial University, welcomes the partnership with industry and is pleased with the work that Memorial researchers are doing on aerospace research.

“Raytheon’s investment in Dr. O’Young’s lab is an excellent example of how collaborations with industry can lead to strengthened research capability and new knowledge-based products and services,” said Dr. Loomis. “Dr. O’Young’s work on remote sensor technology builds on existing strengths in aerospace research at Memorial and our growing engagement in this sector.”

This funding is a result of Canada’s Industrial and Regional Benefits policy, which requires prime contractors to make investments in the Canadian economy valued at 100 per cent of the contract value as an element of defence and security procurements made by Canada. Raytheon also awarded Dalhousie University $100,000 for research to determine the effect of thermal interface materials and quantify their properties in severe airborne environments.