SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 08, 2016 10:30 ET

Changing the future of energy and the environment

NSERC-industry partnerships fund vital Schulich School of Engineering research

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 08, 2016) -  A sustainable energy sector, cleaner air and water, and more renewable power are the driving forces behind a team of world-class researchers at the Schulich School of Engineering.

They are working to transform the economy and improve lives.

Their research couldn't happen without the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada and dozens of industry and government partners who continue to invest in research that makes a difference.

"Through its Industrial Research Chairs, the Schulich School of Engineering is demonstrating the importance of partnerships with the private sector. These prestigious Chairs enable long-term, productive relationships between forward looking businesses and strong centres of expertise in universities. They will not only benefit the companies, but also enrich the training of students and inform the future research of faculty," said Bert van den Berg, Director, Colleges Community & Portfolio Planning, Research Partnerships Directorate at NSERC.

On Friday, the Schulich School of Engineering is celebrating its eight Industrial Research Chairs and highlighting how their work is making the world safer and greener for generations to come.

"Our scholars in the Schulich School of Engineering are addressing some of the biggest energy challenges of our time," says University of Calgary Vice-President (Research) Ed McCauley. "The vital support from NSERC and dozens of program partners is instrumental in our endeavor to find lasting solutions to benefit Canadians."

Five of the prestigious engineering researchers are investigating new methods to extract Alberta's oil in more efficient, more affordable and more sustainable ways.

Three more researchers are working to improve the performance and lower the costs of Alberta's wind and solar energy, to capture more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to improve wastewater treatment processes that filter out chemicals.

"Our researchers are making a powerful impact on people's lives and the economy," said Dr. Bill Rosehart, Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. "Innovation is critical to the long-term success of our energy sector and to protecting our environment."

The NSERC Industrial Research Chairs program is one of Canada's key innovation instruments. NSERC and industry each provide matching funding to support a major research endeavour into an area of critical importance for the entire country. Results from this research are then shared publically through peer-reviewed sources and help drive innovation from coast to coast.

Through ongoing collaboration with industry and government partners, discoveries made in Schulich laboratories are being put into practice to drive the economy and environment forward.

NSERC invests over $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries -- valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges, and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology.

NSERC also provides scholarships and hands-on training experience for more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows. These young researchers will be the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada.

About the University of Calgary
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    Schulich School of Engineering
    University of Calgary
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