Welcome to the year 2016, where robots are giving dogs and diamonds a run for their money as humanity’s best friend! Robots are used in a diversity of industries and for countless uses, some of which are explored in UOIT’s Mechatronics and Robotic Systems Laboratory, or the MARS Lab for short. Dr. Scott Nokleby founded the MARS Lab in 2005. Since then, it has seen a wide variety of projects from undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students. UOIT’s MARS lab consists of two separate rooms, one in UA and the other in the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) building, and many of the projects involve autonomous robots.
Climate change is a hot topic right now (no pun intended)! Nations came together at the 21st International Conference on Climate Change in Paris with one goal in mind: figure out how to keep global warming from rising 2°C.
One possible way to reduce pollution and slow down (or even halt) climate change is to use fuel cells for many of our energy needs. Fuel cells, like batteries, produce electricity. The main difference is that batteries use stored energy inside of them to generate electricity while a fuel cell uses electricity from an external fuel tank of hydrogen gas to do so.
What’s so great about fuel cells, besides the fact that they run on what is literally the number one element on the periodic table, is that fuel cells tend to last longer than batteries, which reduces environmental waste. You can also refill a hydrogen tank in much less time than it would take to charge a battery. However, the best thing about fuel cells is that when you put hydrogen and oxygen gas into a fuel cell, you get water! Can you imagine a car that only emits water?
UOIT is a university that prides itself on its innovative programs in science and technology. We have two engineering faculties with a wide range of programs: the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science and the Faculty of Energy Systems & Nuclear Science. While engineering is a popular program at UOIT and many other universities across Canada, there are still many misconceptions of engineers and the profession. To remedy this, I have compiled a list of some interesting facts that you may have previously not known about engineers.
Think your phone is tough enough to withstand a quick dunk in the toilet or a drop in the snow? Marc Saltzman, host of Cineplex Entertainment’s “Gear Guide” upped the tech ante when he visited UOIT's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Climatic Testing Facility to see how the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, Kyocera Duraforce, Sonim XP7 and Cat B50 fared under intense water pressure, icy blasts and dramatic drops.
Check out the video below!
In the words of Ned Stark from Game of Thrones, winter is coming. It’s the time of year again – the roads get more slippery and I get more concerned that my little-car-that-can just won’t make it through another winter. In my attempt to be prepared for the worst, I’ve been researching cars to find out what my options are if good old Blue (what, don’t you name your car?) conks out on me. For someone who knows nothing about cars, and who up until last week didn’t realize that my car had a window lock (I’ve had my car for six years), trying to figure out what to look for in a car is a huge and daunting task.