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SUBJECT: MemorialUniversityto host Graduate Student — Industry Knowledge Exchange
DATE: March 11, 2005

Note to editors:

Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and the School of Graduate Studies, along with Industry Canada, will host a science and technology-related Graduate Student – Industry Knowledge Exchange on March 18, 2005. The knowledge exchange consists of a series of eight presentations from Memorial University graduate students. The focus of the presentations will be on research related to science and technology which holds potential for practical applications in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The knowledge exchange will provide a forum for graduate students to present to sector employers and research partners, and to network on opportunities to share, access support and apply their research. The exchange will also enable students to connect with suitable industry partners for programs such as NSERC IPSand the MITACS internships. Success in the new economy requires research applied to all sectors of our economy and society. The knowledge exchange provides a forum to connect researchers with opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The knowledge exchange will be held at Hampton Hall, Marine Institute. Media agencies are encouraged send representatives. A list of presentation descriptions is attached.

Science and Technology

Graduate Student - Industry Knowledge Exchange

Presentation Descriptions

  1. Seismic Inversion for Earth Parameters

Ram P. Sapkota

Real Seismic data are processed to develop accurate subsurface images using time and depth migration, and tomography is used to compute accurate parameters for a better imaging of the subsurface. These geological images are used to explore and exploit hydrocarbon resources. My research will focus on extracting subtle variations in these earth parameters.

  1. Experimental Analysis and Evaluation of a Dynamic Positioning Thruster in Heavy Loading Conditions

Said Lababidy

The present research is thought to constitute the first known published attempt to perform an in-depth experimental and analytical evaluation of a Dynamic Positioning (DP) thruster performance and wake hydrodynamic characteristics under a variety of working conditions using Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) and Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (SPIV). It is contributed at increasing the reliability and safety of applying DP systems in offshore and marine industry applications.

  1. Adaptive Hybrid Spatial-Multiplexed / Space-Time Block Coded MIMO for Broadband Wireless Access

Jason R. Lee

Adaptive Hybrid Spatial-Multiplexed/Space-Time Block Coded MIMO for Broadband Wireless Access: An adaptive balancing of spatial-multiplexing and diversity coding methods for optimal wireless link performance.

  1. Protecting Privacy in a Distributed Health care Domain: Anonymization Techniques

Rhonda Chaytor

The imminent introduction of an electronic health record system in Newfoundland and Labrador will provide many benefits for the province and its medical patients; however, how do we ensure confidential patient information remain private? We approach this privacy protection problem by making any individual patient anonymous with respect to the entire set of records in a systematic and efficient manner.

  1. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for Environmental Monitoring in Newfoundland and Labrador

Sara Adams

Limited data on the composition of seafood processing plant effluent and dispersion properties of its components yields difficulties in assessing the resultant impact on the coastal zone. We propose to use Memorial’s newly acquired autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in coastal communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to characterize the effluent plume as it develops while providing an accurate depiction of the receiving environment adjacent the plant outfall. The presentation will describe the AUV, potential missions around fish plants, and some results from a previous study of an outfall using a surface vessel as the instrument carrier.

  1. Biodegradation of PCBs and PAHs by Locally Isolated Bacterial Consortia

Debbie Squires-Parsons

Bacterial consortia capable of degrading PCBs and PAHs have been isolated from PCB-contaminated soils in Newfoundland. These consortia were enriched by growth on biphenyl medium, then used in soil slurry experiments to demonstrate their ability to degrade PCBs under laboratory conditions. Results show that PCB concentrations were reduced by up to fifty percent in 32 days. This technology may be applicable for in situ treatment of PCB contaminated sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  1. Development of an Analytical Methodology for Rapid Analysis of Harmful Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water Using Mass Spectrometry

Samuel M. Mugo

The use of a tailor-made hydrazine compound with mass spectrometry will be demonstrated as a high throughput and sensitive analytical method to monitor trace levels of potentially hazardous disinfection by-products in drinking water. The potential application in water purification in Newfoundland will be discussed.

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