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SUBJECT: Engineering researchers lead the way in the latest round of ACOA funding
DATE: April 4, 2006

Four of the five projects announced on March 31 under the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) involve researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University.
Peter MacKay, minister of Foreign Affairs and minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced that five research and development projects in Newfoundland and Labrador will receive up to $13.1 million under ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund. Loyola Hearn, minister of Fisheries and Oceans, released details of the projects in St. John’s on behalf of Minister MacKay.
The four projects are:
  • Dr. Vlasta Masek is the principal investigator for a project titled Ocean Network Seafloor Instrumentation which received $2.5 million.
  • Dr. Phil Bording (joint appointment with Earth Sciences) is the principal investigator of the project Purpose Built Computers for Seismic Modelling and Inversion which received funding of $3 million. 
  • The Faculty of Engineering’s Computer Engineering Research Laboratories is partnering with Consilient Technologies on a project titled Development of Advanced Wireless Middleware for Future Mobile Computing, which will see $150,000 in graduate student support invested, in addition to the previous commitment to the Aliant/Consilient Chair in Wireless and Mobile Computing for which a search is underway.
  • Dr. Shawn Kenny (cross-appointed with C-CORE) is the principal investigator for a project titled Risk Mitigation Strategies for Subsea Infrastructure, which received $3 million.
ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund is a Government of Canada initiative designed to build the economy of Atlantic Canada by increasing the region’s capacity to carry out leading-edge R&D that contributes directly to the development of new technology-based economic activity. The objective of the fund is to increase R&D carried out in Atlantic Canadian research facilities, which will lead to the launch of new ideas, products, processes and services.
 
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial
At the centre of ground-breaking research for Newfoundland and Labrador is Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Vital research is underway in offshore basin evolution, reservoir engineering, characterization and management, offshore environmental risk assessment, environmental monitoring with autonomous underwater vehicles, and safety, health and risk related to oil and gas activities in harsh environments. The local oil and gas industry, with this strong link to Faculty of Engineering research, also employs many engineering graduates; graduates who are being taught at one of the best engineering schools in the country.
 
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers engineering education at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as an active program in continuing engineering education with a range of short-courses, certificates and diplomas for the professional engineering community. At the undergraduate level there are several program options including civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, and ocean and naval architectural engineering, and all programs are co-op which gives students a mix of academic and professional education. Students can also take offshore oil and gas engineering options in the last three terms of study in any of the undergraduate programs. The Faculty also offers master’s (M.Eng.) and doctoral (PhD) level degrees, as well as a master of applied science (M.A.Sc.) degree programs in computer engineering and environmental engineering and applied science and an Industrial Internship Option in the M.Eng. program, which allows students to undertake work internships within industry.

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