Minister Ralph Goodale announces more than $1.5 million for research at the U of R

Posted: July 19, 2016 12:00 p.m.

l-r) Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; Dr. Babak Mehran, assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President Research.
l-r) Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; Dr. Babak Mehran, assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President Research. Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

Research excellence was celebrated today at the University of Regina.

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced $1.5 million in funding for 16 research projects.

“Investments in science and innovation drive greater productivity and competitiveness, and lead to a more prosperous future,” says Goodale who is also Member of Parliament for Regina-Wascana. “With these investments in natural sciences and engineering brainpower, the government is demonstrating our commitment to research excellence in Regina.”

The announcement was made on campus at the Research and Innovation Centre.

“Research that has impact is central to the University of Regina’s strategic plan, peyak aski kikawinaw,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. “This most recent federal investment of more than $1.5 million in support of research at our University will help faculty members and students delve deeper into their work to come up with innovations that will have positive effects in Canada and around the world in the years to come.”

The funds are the result of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2016 national competition for its Discovery Grants Program.

The Discovery program which include funds for scholarships, fellowships, research supplements and equipment grants, supports researchers and students who are furthering our understanding of how the world works.

One of the funding recipients is Dr. Babak Mehran, assistant professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

“My research aims to develop reliable and efficient weather responsive traffic management systems to improve traffic safety and operations in winter, something all too necessary in a province like Saskatchewan,” says Mehran. “Receiving the NSERC Discovery Grant is a significant support and helps me to recruit highly qualified graduate students and purchase required research tools and instruments to ensure a successful research project.”
 
Research is a priority at the University of Regina. Over the last decade, the U of R has led all other Canadian medium-sized comprehensive universities in research impact. That means the work of U of R professors was cited more than any other university.

                                                            NSERC Discovery Grants July 2016
•    Garth Huber (Physics) - Studies of hadronic structure using electromagnetic probes.
•    Christopher Yost (Biology) - Characterizing gene networks in cell envelope development in Rhizobium leguminosarum.
•    Aram Teymurazyan (Physics) Nuclear imaging technologies; Imaging from plants to humans.
•    Kathryn Bethune (Geology) - Tectonic evolution of the WSW Rae craton, Athabasca region: Precambrian crustal processes.
•    Malek Mouhoub (Computer Science) - Preference Reasoning in Constraint-based Systems.
•    Bruce Gilligan (Mathematics and Statistics) - Symmetries in Complex Geometry.
•    Chunjiang An (Engineering) - Risk Asst. - Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - Prairie Surface Water under Changing Climate.
•    Babak Mehran (Engineering) - Development of Strategies for Improving Traffic Safety and Operations in Winter.
•    Eman Almehdawe (Bus. Admin.) - Queueing Models and Optimization for Healthcare System Design and Improvement.

                                                           Discovery Development Grants
•    Remus Floricel -  E-semigroups and related structures.
•    Samira Sadaoui - Adaptive and Incremental Auction Fraud Detection and Combinatorial Auction Winner Determination.
•    Christine Chan - Integrating ontology & data analysis.
•    Daoyong Yang - Integrated Reservoir Characterization & Performance Optimization for Enhancing Hydrocarbon Recovery with Nanoagents under Uncertainty.
•    Fanhua Zeng - Fundamental study of solvent-based EOR processes for post-CHOPS reservoirs.
•    Robert Murphy - Photoresponsive lipid-based self-assemblies.
•    Amr Henni - Adsorptive Absorption Studies of Carbon Dioxide Capture Using Novel Functionalized Zeolites & ZIFs in Solutions of Ionic Liquids & Amines.