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NSCC receives funding to expand applied research and educational capacity

November 08, 2018 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has received an investment of $184,578 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Program and College and Community Social Innovation Fund. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced these two investments as part of a total of 94 national projects.

Project Descriptions:

  1. Design & Innovation Centre Equipment ($65,453)

    Located within Ivany Campus's Centre for the Built Environment, the Design & Innovation Centre is a learning space where students, faculty, business partners and industry collaborate to generate solutions to real-world problems using the power of technology, creativity, imagination and innovation.

    This investment supports the purchase of two unique pieces of equipment for the centre. They will allow the College to expand educational opportunities for staff and students, while also increasing opportunities for research teams to address local industry challenges.
    • Robotic arm: Designed for collaborative work with a human operator. It is an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, mobile and multipurpose manipulator that is programmable in six axes. It allows very high-precision, controlled and repeated movements.
    • Ultrasonic peening unit for underwater welding: Peening is a process that improves the strength of metals. This equipment will support underwater treatment of welds and welded structures in a range of applications (including shipbuilding). It will enable research on high precision and automated welding and can be used for the inspection and repair of welds.
  2. Water Quality Pilot Study Launch ($119,125)

    NSCC's Engineered Technologies Applied Research Team is exploring the use of ultrafiltration technology to improve water quality within African Nova Scotia communities in Shelburne County.

    The two-year pilot project aims to provide insights into sustainable drinking water treatment and protection to help address water quality issues in the area caused, in part, by the close proximity of houses in the area, dependence on wells and saltwater intrusion. The project will focus on identifying drinking water challenges that could be addressed by water ultrafiltration technology.

    While still in the early stages, the project work involves gathering data, as well as significant community outreach, consultation and training.

    The pilot builds on significant research from local community groups which include: South End Environmental Injustice Society (SEED), Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health (ENRICH) Project and Rural Water Watch (RWW).

Both projects are being led by Dr. Etienne Mfoumou and NSCC's Engineered Technologies Applied Research Team. Current and incoming students in a number of programs will also be trained to use the equipment in each project.

For more information about the Government of Canada's investments: The Government of Canada invests in local innovation.

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 93% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For more information

Niki Toomey, NSCC
Communications Advisor