Student Speak

Learning about robots at the MARS Lab

Posted by Cristina Mazza on February 26, 2016 at 2:52 PM

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.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Ontario Tech University Bringing You the Fuel of the Future

Posted by Cristina Mazza on December 14, 2015 at 4:40 PM

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?

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Do you have what it takes to run a nuclear reactor?

Posted by Cristina Mazza on December 9, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Red warning lights are lighting up the control panel.

You find it difficult to decipher warnings being flashed on the screens.

Alarms are going off.

You are told that a plane has just crashed into a transmission tower not too far away, with the potential of creating havoc on the electrical grid, and you have less than a minute until the real damage could begin.

Luckily, this isn’t a real emergency, but rather my first experience seeing a nuclear power plant simulatior in action.

With great (nuclear) power comes great responsibility. Can you imagine being responsible for providing electricity to millions of Ontarians? It's certainly not a simple job, so it’s no wonder that great measures go into the training of experts running nuclear power plants.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Radiation Protection in Action

Posted by Cristina Mazza on November 16, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Did you know that if you were inside a nuclear reactor you would receive the same level of radiation as drinking a banana smoothie?

Radiation is prevalent in our everyday lives, so much so that we can use a fruit as a comparison for the doses we could receive from living near a nuclear reactor, flying to Europe or even getting an X-ray or a session of radiotherapy (can you imagine eating 20,000,000 bananas at once for the last one?).

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

Science Q&A: Ontario Tech University sends a weather balloon into space

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on June 25, 2015 at 2:43 PM

Science is really cool, there’s no denying that. What’s even cooler is the innovative science that has been happening right here on campus.

Last month, a team of Ontario Tech University physics students and professors from the Faculty of Science and the Physics Research Group set out to send a weather balloon into space. Think that’s crazy? Well, it’s apparently a thing – and such a big thing that there are teams from all across Canada with the sole intention to explore the edge of space with high altitude balloons. This project, organized for Science Rendezvous at Ontario Tech University on May 9, 2015, is part of a larger, Canada-wide High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABEX).

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Science

Is your phone tough enough to withstand the ACE?

Posted by Shelly Kowalski on May 25, 2015 at 4:03 PM

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!

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

The university's SIM Satellite: a Mini Nursing Lab

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on April 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM

As some of you may know, the university has a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program that is offered collaboratively with Durham College. The main nursing lab is in Durham College, where a large facility replicates real-life situations to challenge nursing students in an environment where no harm will come to real patients. Students have the opportunity to practice as often as they need, to achieve mastery of complex nursing practice. The lab contains a 30 bed mini-hospital! Students must apply all of their nursing knowledge to help tend patients back to health. At the end of the four years, BScN graduates will write the entry to practice exam, the NCLEX.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Health Sciences

Marketing at Ontario Tech University

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Marketing is one of the four majors in Ontario Tech University’s Bachelor of Commerce program along with Finance, Accounting, and Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management. 

If you think that people in the marketing profession are just those annoying salespeople who call when you are eating dinner, hand you flyers you don’t want at the mall, send you junk mail and make those annoying ads you see online and on TV, think again.

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Topics: Academic, Innovation, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Chillin’ with Cornelius and Scary Mary at Ontario Tech University’s Crime Scene House!

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on March 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The story starts on January 13, where a suspected homicide had occurred at Ontario Tech University’s Crime Scene House. For over a month, the Durham Regional Police Service had been looking into the matter. But that’s not all that happened. At 1900 hours on March 2, the DRPS discovered the lifeless body of their bloodstain pattern expert, Dr. D. Morgan, who was investigating the January 13 homicide. She was lying flat on the bed in the master bedroom. The initial examination of the scene concluded no signs of struggle, forced entry or foul play.  What happened here? It’s up to the forensic science students at Ontario Tech University to figure it out!

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty of Science

Drones in Ontario Tech University's ACE

Posted by Dimitri Tsalavoutas on March 3, 2015 at 9:35 AM

“Watch your six, enemy UAV spotted!"

In one of my previous innovation blogs, I went to Ontario Tech University’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) to check out their core research facility. Since that visit, I heard they have been testing drones in the climatic wind tunnel! Who else has facilities fit for drone testing?

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Topics: Innovation