MUN projects awarded research money

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Amy Hsiao researches amphibious aircraft, and on Monday, some funding helped her work take flight.

At a news conference announcing the innovation money, the Memorial engineering prof received $600,000 to study how amphibious aircraft respond to rough North Atlantic climates.

She and her team will evaluate the challenges to be overcome in improving the lifespans of materials.

Hsiao, who has received $300,000 from both Bombardier and the province’s Research and Development Corp. of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) said she was “very honoured and very excited to be taking part in this research.”

Her work is one of 34 academic-led projects at Memorial University campuses sharing $3.7 million in funding from the RDC.

The projects also secured investments amounting to $6.3 million from the federal government, the private sector and other sources.

The provincial funding was presented at MUN’s Bruneau Centre by Innovation Minister Keith Hutchings.

“I am always impressed by the expansion in infrastructure and the best known research and development that is carried out here each and every day,” he said.

In addition, the minister announced investments in health care research to battle cancer, prevent high blood pressure and heart disease and an improved quality of life for seniors.

“Improved health care, improved health for Newfoundland and Labradorians is also critical for our future as a province,” he added.

Other projects announced are expected to improve forestry and farms along with ocean, mineral and energy resources.

Glenn Janes, RDC’s CEO, said he’s confident these investments will eventually improve the standards of living in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He recognized Salim Ahmed of the faculty of engineering and applied sciences for his project which is trying to reduce the number of false alarms at power plants, mining operations, refineries, gas pipelines and nuclear reactors.

These projects have secured additional investments totalling $6.3 million through federal funding, private-sector investment and other sources.

Organizations: Bombardier, Research and Development Corp. of Newfoundland and Labrador, Bruneau Centre

Geographic location: North Atlantic, Newfoundland

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