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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The Research Rundown

Telling the story of engineering research innovation at Ontario Tech University.

The Research Rundown is a bi-weekly podcast that offers listeners a fun and accessible way to learn about and reflect on the practical applications of the latest research from The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ontario Tech University. Listeners will hear directly from Engineering Faculty in a conversational space as they discuss their findings and the implications of their work with current Ontario Tech Engineering students. Each interview breaks down one or more studies and will help anyone in the engineering field understand the key details and main takeaways from complex research projects.

 

Episode 01 - Machining Difficult-to-cut Materials

In this episode, Dr. Ali Hosseini discusses his research in machining difficult-to-cut materials. The interview begins with a look at Dr. Hosseini's career path, including his time as a PhD student at Ontario Tech University, and then dives deep into his current research and how it ties into his teaching. We will then take a look at his most recent project, working on the Code Life Ventilator Challenge.

Interviewee:

Dr. Sayyed Ali Hosseini,  Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

 

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Interviewer:

Sandra Mai, 4th year Mechanical Engineering Student

Episode 02 - Exploring Medical Robotics

In this episode with Dr. Carlos Rossa, we will explore the innovative field of medical robotics. Danny and Dr. Rossa discuss his current research on the subjects of: haptic devices for robotic surgery, Instrumented surgical needles for targeted tissue biopsy, and Robotic acousto-electric tomography for malignant tumour localization. Dr. Rossa breaks down these complex research topics and explains their practical applications.

Interviewee:

Dr. Carlos Rossa,  Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

 

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Interviewer:

Daniel Nucci, 4th year Software Engineering Student

Episode 03 - Nature Inspired Computational Intelligence

In this episode, host Daniel Nucci is back with Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan, to examine the complex issues surrounding large-scale software optimization. Danny and Dr. Rahnamayan discuss real-world applications of the effectiveness of optimization, and then look at his current research on the binary tagging of medical images through radon barcodes, and how important software engineers are to the medical industry. They talk about his newest research project, designing an advanced search engine for large pathology archives.

Interviewee:

Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan,  Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering

 

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Interviewer:

Daniel Nucci, 4th year Software Engineering Student

Episode 04 - Transportation Electrification

What is the future of electric transportation? How can we improve the environmental impact of vehicles on the road? How will we charge autonomous vehicles? In this episode, host Pranav is joined by Dr. Sheldon Williamson, where he discusses the exciting world of Transportation Electrification. Learn more about the electrification of mass transit systems, discover how you can wirelessly charge autonomous vehicles, and find out how we can make battery storage systems last longer.

Interviewee:

Dr. Sheldon Williamson,  Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering

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Interviewer:

Pranav Gogia, 4th year Mechatronics Engineering Student

Episode 05 - Real-Time Embedded Systems

In this episode, special guest host Software Engineering Alumnus Chirag Karia is here with Dr. Akramul Azim, discussing the growing field of Real-Time Embedded Systems, and to talk about Dr. Azim's current research surrounding Autonomous Driving, Autonomous Disinfecting Embedded Systems for COVID-19, and Real-time Data Analytics for Mushroom Farms. They also chat about the supervisor/student relationship surrounding Capstone projects and give tips to future students, as Dr. Akramul and Chirag worked together on the winning Active Vents Capstone Project in 2019.

Interviewee:

Dr. Akramul Azim  Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering
https://rtemsoft.com/research-projects/

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Special Guest Interviewer:

Chirag Karia, Software Engineering Alumnus

Episode 06 - Exploring Heavy Vehicle Dynamics

In our final episode of 2020, host Fiona Man, a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering student is joined by Ontario Tech Alumni and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Zeinab El-Sayegh, who discusses her innovative research understanding off-road vehicle performance, taking an in-depth look at Tire-Terrain Interaction, Advanced Multi-Objective Crash Analysis Optimization and the Vehicle Dynamics and Crash Analysis Lab in which she works. Dr. El-Sayegh also gives insight into what it’s like to be a Postdoctoral Fellow, and shares words of advice with Fiona about the Ontario Tech Racing Team.

Interviewee:

Dr. Zeinab El-SayeghPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering

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Interviewer:

Fiona Man, 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Student

Episode 07 - Surveying the STEM Education Pipeline

In this special National Engineering Month episode, Ontario Tech Engineering Outreach Coordinator Vanessa Ironside takes us on a journey exploring her research and some of the critical topics surrounding the STEM education pipeline in Ontario. She will take a look at how gender, socioeconomic status, and race play into the number of youth choosing STEM as an education and career path, and the steps that are being taken to make it more accessible and inclusive.

Interviewee:

Vanessa IronsideEngineering Outreach Coordinator
engineering@ontariotechu.ca/outreach

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Interviewer:

Carly Rogers, 4th year Mechatronics Engineering Student