The research at the college of engineering, University of Saskatchewan is organized around five research themes:
- Bio-science, Bio-engineering and Bio-processing
- Environment, Infrastructure and Sustainable Development
- Energy: Production and Processing, Transport, Electrical Energy and Utilization
- Information and Communication Technologies and Intelligent Systems
- Material Science
2. Environment, Infrastructure and Sustainable Development
1. Bio-sciences, Bio-engineering and Bio-processing
This theme includes a very broad set of research topics that do overlap into some of the other theme areas, however, it is characterized by involving living organisms. Current topics of research for this theme are: value-added products, bio-processing, bio-fluids, nano-technology materials, tissue engineering, biodiversity of agriculture products, sustainable agricultural production, food quality and safety, functional foods by fermentation or enzymatic processes, bio-chemical processing, computational technique for analyzing bio-mechanical behaviour of soft tissue, FEM simulation of bony structure, applications to MEMS & Nano devices, tribology, and bio-diesel and bio-ethanol for renewable energy sources.
The two primary areas of focus within this research theme are those of the
Environment and Infrastructure. The environmental work deals primarily with
the natural environment with research focussed on the impact of industrial or
municipal activity on the health of the natural environment and the development
of methods of minimizing, monitoring and remediating these impacts. Infrastructure
focuses on the built environment, dealing primarily with the health of the transportation
and municipal systems on which societies rely.
The environmental theme involves faculty from the Departments of Civil and Geological Engineering, Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics and the Environmental Engineering Division. Research projects encompass studies on river pollution studies, irrigation, water quality, wastewater treatment, waste management and waste containment in the agricultural, municipal, industrial and resource sectors, mine reclamation, watershed management in the boreal plain, and environmental regulation. A particular strength is a large body of work targeting the problems of the agriculture, forestry, mining and petroleum industries so vital to the economy of Saskatchewan and western Canada.
Infrastructure research focuses on the ‘built environment’ upon which healthy, prosperous and safe communities are built. There is a particular need for renewal of highways, road systems, water supply facilities, and water treatment systems. Given Saskatchewan’s unique dependence on highway systems, research that targets the management, renewal and maintenance of this system has been a particular focus of the Transportation Group within this theme area.
Energy research in the College of Engineering is quite interdisciplinary and involves faculty members from Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, Chemical, Civil and Geological, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics and Engineering Physics. In addition, there have been academia and industry personnel participating in this research theme from several Provincial, National and International agencies. The energy research in the College in the past year (2003-04) included four broad categories such as 1) energy production (bio-energy from animal and agricultural wastes, clean coal technology, alternative energy, solar, wind, etc.), 2) energy processing (bio-ethanol, bio-diesel, biomass conversion, biotechnology applications, improved oil and gas processing etc.), 3) energy transport and distributions (multi-phase flow transport systems, oil and gas transport, power grid and power reliability, development of efficient transmission and distribution systems, etc.), and 4) energy utilization and conservation (building science, heat recovery systems, moisture control, high efficiency high voltage AC and DC systems, northern plain applications, etc.). The research being multidisciplinary in nature involved chemistry and thermodynamics, chemical reactor engineering, fluid dynamics related to multiphase flow, heat and mass transfer, combustion science, electrical power generation and transmission technology, plasma science, and process optimization and economics.4. Information and Communication Technologies and Intelligent Systems
This theme focuses on the use of in-depth specialization in the fields of advanced information and communication systems, intelligent integrated mechatronic systems, and intelligent sensing within large-scale structures. The advancement of integrated information systems for communication, control, decision-making, and intelligent structures involves development of new hardware, algorithms and software as well as a consideration of application domains. University of Saskatchewan researchers have established niche areas of research excellence that support this field. In particular, research clusters have been formed in:
- Communication over wireless, optical and wired channels;
- Electronic materials and devices;
- Embedded computing systems and sensory hardware;
- Intelligent control and fault detection systems;
- Actuation systems, fluid power, and mechatronics; and
- Structural health monitoring and damage detection.
Materials science research in the College of Engineering is interdisciplinary, intensive and extensive. It involves faculty and researchers from Agricultural and Bioresource, Chemical, Civil and Geological, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering and Physics and Engineering Physics. A strong collaboration has been and is still being developed between materials researchers in the College and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC) on the campus and other educational institutions, research centers, and industrial organizations within and outside the province. A wide range of materials research is being pursued at the present time. The research activities are aimed at addressing national needs in terms of both the provision of technological solutions to industries and governments and the development of highly skilled graduates. The focus is on synthesis, characterization, performance evaluation, and application of materials. This encompasses both applied and fundamental work on a variety of materials including structural and multifunctional, advanced, plasma-derived, electronic and photonic, functional organic and hybrid, catalytic, bio-derived and bio-inspired materials and is concerned with the improvement in the performance of materials used in engineering systems.
Faculty in the College of Engineering are actively involved in research, which is carried out in the five constituent departments, two interdisciplinary divisions, and in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics.
Agricultural & Bioresource Engineering
Civil & Geological Engineering
Division of Biomedical Engineering
Division of Environmental Engineering
Physics and Engineering Physics