Six professors at Oshawa’s Ontario Tech University to share more than $230,000 in research grants


Published March 16, 2022 at 12:33 pm

Six Ontario Tech University experts will share new funding for two new research projects as part of a $45 million nationwide investment announced last month by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

The CFI helps ensure Canadian researchers have the labs and equipment they need to carry out world-class research and technology development.

The Ontario Tech University recipients represent the faculties of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS), and Business and Information Technology (FBIT).

Ramona Fayazfar, Ahmad Barari and Sayyed Ali Hosseini (FEAS) received $151,121 in funding for their adaptive hybrid manufacturing of reactive metals project, which will support Canada’s manufacturing sector by developing the adaptive hybrid manufacturing of reactive metals. A Direct Metal Laser Melting machine will fabricate complex parts made of reactive metals including aluminum and titanium alloys.

The results will benefit the biomedical, aerospace, automotive, and power generation industries.

Dr. Ramona Fayazfar

Shahram Shah Heydari, Khalil El-Khatib and Qusay Mahmoud – all FBIT faculty professors – received $78,949 for their work in cybersecurity and resiliency testing infrastructure.

The project will use artificial intelligence and machine/deep learning solutions to identify vulnerabilities early during the product or service development life cycle, focusing on cyber-physical systems (including connected and autonomous vehicles) and traditional networks.

Their work will enhance Ontario Tech’s Institute for Cyber Security and Resilient Systems and extend the capabilities of the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), an internationally recognized R&D climatic facility for the development of transformative automotive technologies.

Dr. Qusay Mahmoud

“Over the last seven years, our government has taken concrete action to restore the role of science and researchers, and we will continue to support this sector by adding action to attract and retain the best and brightest Canadian talent at institutions across the country,” said Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. “(These) investments will ensure that researchers at our colleges and universities have the equipment and spaces they need to flourish and tackle our most pressing challenges, like climate change, health care and economic security. I’m eager to see where these researchers’ bold and visionary ideas will take us in the years to come.”

For 25 years, the Canada Foundation for Innovation has been making financial contributions to Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations to increase their capability to carry out high-quality research. The CFI invests in infrastructure that researchers need to think big, innovate and push the boundaries of knowledge. It helps institutions to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers and to support world-class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians.

“Innovation is built on new ideas and discoveries that can be implemented not only to enable major scientific advances, but to improve the daily lives of every Canadian,” said Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation. “Through the projects supported by the CFI today, and through increased collaboration between the academic and entrepreneurial sectors, society benefits from the tangible improvements that will contribute to makings Canada an even more prosperous nation.”

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