Barrie prof receives $210K grant for wind-energy research

Barrie prof receives $210K grant for wind-energy research

Dr. Mohammad Uddin works in the department of electrical engineering with the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership

A professor who works out of the Barrie campus as part of the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership has received a five-year grant worth $210,000 for wind-energy research. 

Professors at Lakehead University are receiving more than $1 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for “exceptional, ground-breaking research that will make a difference.”

Dr. Mohammad Uddin, who works in Barrie in the department of electrical engineering, will receive $210,000 for power conversion, fault protection and power management schemes for wind-energy conversion systems.

Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and more than 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay.

Lakehead has nine faculties, including business administration, education, engineering, graduate studies, health and behavioural sciences, law, natural resources management, science and environmental studies, and social sciences and humanities. 

Other faculty members receiving funding include Dr. Taryn Klarner with a five-year discovery grant for $177,500 to explore the specific way the human body’s nervous system coordinates the arms and legs during rhythmic movement tasks such as walking and examine the dynamics of coordination at the behavioural level. 

Dr. Kang Kang, a research assistant professor in Lakehead University’s biorefining research institute, is receiving a five-year grant for $172,500 for research to enhance Canada’s waste management and sustainable development strategies by promoting community energy access while contributing to a healthy environment.

Dr. Abdelhamid Tayebi, a professor in electrical engineering, is receiving a one-year $121,708 research tools and instruments grant to establish a state-of-the-art research facility for the design and performance evaluation of advanced autonomous navigation systems.

“Congratulations to each researcher on their success and thank you to NSERC for continued funding,” Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s vice-president of research and innovation, said in a news release.

“NSERC discovery grants are the basis for helping our scientists and engineers to develop fundamental science ideas. This funding will enable Lakehead University to continue to be a leading research-intensive, comprehensive university,” he added. 

In 2021-22, Lakehead University received nearly $2 million in assistance from the Research Support Fund to support the indirect costs of research, which includes costs for supporting the management of intellectual property, research and administration, ethics and regulatory compliance, research resources, and research facilities.

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