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Media Release

Government of Ontario Invests $210,000 in 21 New Applied Research Projects at Mohawk College

HAMILTON, ONTARIO (Feb. 6, 2018) – Students at Mohawk College will work with industry partners on 21 new applied research projects funded [RA1] by the Government of Ontario’s Colleges Applied Research & Development Fund (CARDF) which is administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Teams of students, supervised by Mohawk faculty, will work with industry partners from across Ontario on six-week to semester-long projects focused on testing and adopting new technologies in engineering, business, energy and digital media.

CARDF is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and in partnership with OCE and Colleges Ontario. More than $13 million is being provided to 22 colleges for applied research.

At Mohawk, industry partners will each receive $10,000 through the College Voucher for Technology Adoption Program and will make matching contributions to cover student salaries, equipment and material costs.

Students and faculty have already begun working with companies in Hamilton, Dundas, Burlington, Mississauga and Etobicoke on a number of applied research projects, including:

  • Designing a reconfigured control system for smart wheelchairs.
  • Using drones to survey building exteriors and conduct heat signature analysis.
  • Designing an active virtual reality / mixed reality capture and broadcast system.
  • Testing new wind turbine technology to determine its value as an alternative power source.
  • Using virtual reality for construction design and review processes.


“Applied research projects give real-world experience to our students and competitive advantages to our industry partners. Thanks to the Ontario Centres for Excellence, we’re launching 21 new applied research projects that will bring together even more of our students and industry partners.”
Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie
“Our province needs talent to continue to sustain its growing innovation eco-system. Investing in applied research and development is a step towards a brighter and more prosperous future for our province. By bringing together colleges and the R&D sector, we’re creating opportunities for our students and ensuring they are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.”
The Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science


Jay Robb, Mohawk College Director of Communications,
jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca, 905.979.8893

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.