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IDEAWORKS Expo celebrates research and student accomplishments

Mohawk College hosted the inaugural IDEAWORKS Research EXPO on May 30, an event to celebrate research successes and to learn, discover and engage with the wide range of research happening across the college.

Hosted in the Joyce Centre for Partnerships and Innovation, the event brought together research teams and industry and community partners to highlight the work happening in subject areas as diverse as student success, drone technology, energy and power, and healthcare. Researchers participated in a poster competition, with project posters displayed throughout the Joyce Centre for attendees to view. The poster competition highlighted all of the projects funded through the 2018-19 round of IDEAWORKS Catalyst Funding, and dozens of other projects led by researchers throughout the college.

The award-winning poster projects were:

  • New Attitude – a project through the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, poster created by Sunny Yim
  • The Impact of Psychologically Attuned Communication Letters on Student Success – a project through the College Student Success Innovation Centre, led by Tim Fricker, Dr. Shannon Brady (Wake Forest University), Nicole Redmond, Megan Waltenbury, Melissa Gallo and Stephen Draper
  • Fermentation Optimization – a project funded through the 2018-19 IDEAWORKS Catalyst Fund, and led by faculty member Dr. Chris McCrory, with students Oleksander Iskat, Jung Woo Suh, Lisa Nyabenda, Charles Lo Guidice, Lauren Richard and John Ryan Principi
  • Counteracting the Canadian Opioid Crisis – a project through the McKeil School of Business Analytics program, by students Matthew Hagopan, Nicholas Rosewarne and Adam Spence.

The evening’s keynote speaker was President, voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Centre Ltd. His talk highlighted the impact that applied research has had on his business and the contributions of Mohawk students to industry innovation. Speaking about the teams he has worked with as part of applied research projects, Martin touted their “courage, curiosity and willingness to leap, often blindfolded. [That is] something I credit to IDEAWORKS concept of being thrown challenges in a practical way.”

The projects and partnerships showcased at Research EXPO are a testament to the power of collaboration to generate innovative solutions for industry and community challenges.