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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Meet the participants

3MT participants

All participants will present at the university's 3MT® virtual heats on Tuesday, March 23. The top six will advance to the virtual finals to be held on Thursday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. The finals will be a live streamed event.

Faculty of Education

  • Joannie Girard

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Education (MA)

    Supervisor

    Lorayne Robertson, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Ready teacher one

    A journey into the future of technology and pedagogy through virtual reality.

    The current global pandemic is forcing us to consider the ways in which we can use new technology to learn and to teach. Yet, virtual reality (VR) offerers a world of possibilities that are not well-known, understood and researched.
    While physical distancing is a necessity under the current circumstances, research demonstrates that this isolation could have serious adverse consequences on health (Liberman & Olfson, 2020).

    More than ever, we need to find ways to create this sense of presence with others, new ways to communicate and collaborate in ways that go beyond the two-dimensional screen. VR allows users to live experiences that would otherwise be inconceivable. Users can interact with others, environments and objects by breaking time and space barriers. For some people, this could help combat feelings of isolation.

    In this research by design, educators will engage in a collective inquiry process to discover different possibilities offered by VR for teacher training, professional development as well as current and future teaching practices.

    This research is particularly interested in the convergence point between the new high-end technology (hardware), the content (software) and the pedagogical design (trainers and educators).

    How understanding the connection between these three areas could lead to unparalleled transformative learning practices.

    ABOUT Joannie

    Joannie is a lifelong learner, teacher and educational consultant. She wants to transform the learning, teaching and training experience by making it more fun and relevant. She is self-proclaimed techno geek, philosopher, comedian and coffee lover. She can’t wait to get to meet you in the VR Metaverse. #TechnoEspresso

  • Katelin Hynes

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Education (MA)

    Supervisors

    Robyn Ruttenberg-Rozen, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Journey Through The Rabbit Hole: An A/r/tographic Inquiry of Be(com)ing in Online Higher Education

    In my thesis I combine narrative and illustration to understand the complex internal and external conditions that impact how I, a budding amateur intellectual, grow and navigate in academic spaces. I use a series of visual and textual fragments - pieces of my experience, to form an a/r/tographic inquiry. I recursively interrogate the self in relation to experience, belonging, and becoming. I unravel my experiences in online graduate studies from a position of profound tension between myself as an artist and academic.

    In my thesis I am both researcher and participant. My thesis is theoretical, grounded in critical pedagogy, curriculum reconceptualization, and poststructuralist philosophy. My narratives and illustrations draw complex connections, questioning rigid structures and norms I have perceived in academia. Structures that I felt were contradictory to the creative, evocative, and provocative characteristics that are central to my identity as an artist.

    In the spirit of my metaphorical way of sense-making, I invite you on a journey through a rabbit hole. A journey that is a means to no end but to create an artifact that provokes meaningful discussion and reflection. A journey of transgression that aims to raise more questions than it answers with an underlying message of hope. Pursuing graduate studies online has led me to a community of rigorous thinkers that transcends geography and ideology. I argue that there is no one mode of being. No ultimate truth, identity, or behaviour in order to achieve belonging. There is only becoming and continuous growth.

    ABOUT Katelin

    Katelin is a freelance illustrator, nature lover, and avid reader. She is consistently inspired by a deep sense of curiosity and passion for learning. Katelin is currently pursuing her MA in Education while working as a research assistant. She strives to find harmony between her academic and artistic endeavours.

  • Keisha Deoraj

    Program

    Education (MA)

    Supervisors

    Robyn Ruttenberg-Rozen, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    "There isn't an old road paved for us; we have to pave it ourselves." Online Identity Development of Coolie Womxn in STEM

    How does online activity support the identity development of Indo-Caribbean womxn in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields of education? Knowledge and information generated from this study may help other researchers understand the role that online communities play in supporting Indo-Caribbean womxn’s pursuits of STEM education, careers and excellence in their personal and professional lives. This is important as the Indo-Caribbean community in Ontario and Canada continues to grow. However, their contributions and struggles are rarely recognized as compared to other racialized communities.

    My study is rooted in qualitative, anti-deficit, narrative, and participatory research methodologies. What this means is that I am interested in the richness of the data I collect, rather than the quantity of data I collect. Also, it means that the participants in my research are not objects of study. Instead, they are empowered to be active participants in the research process. Lastly, because my research is anti-deficit in nature, I am focused on looking at how my research participants have experienced support and success, rather than the ways people and systems have failed them. 

    ABOUT Keisha

    Keisha (she/they) is a plant lover, nap enthusiast, yoga teacher, life-long learner, and the self-proclaimed Wiri Wiri Queen. Keisha's current research derives from her experience being a queer, racialized, first-generation, female-aligned student pursuing her post-secondary STEM education. Her favourite dinosaurs are a tie between Parasaurolophus and Nigersaurus.

  • Lillian Mak

    Program

    Education (MA)

    Supervisors

    Jia Li, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Leveraging Online Collaboration to Develop Expository Writing Competency

    A need exists for research on developing strategies and instructional methods for teaching the skills used in source-based writing—the predominant form of writing in post-secondary education. Many students enter post-secondary studies with inadequate academic reading and writing skills essential to meet the demands of the coursework awaiting them. Difficulties differentiating main ideas from supporting arguments, extracting key ideas while excluding extraneous ones, and analyzing ideas across varied source material are among the challenges that students face. Students with weaknesses in reading often produce writing that includes patchy or verbatim phrases with weak evidence to support their ideas. Online collaboration enables students to pool their knowledge and practise the complex cognitive skills used in expository writing in a supportive, accessible environment. This study explored the effects of online collaboration through the use of OneNote, a digital notebook, on the expository writing performance of first-year community college students.

    ABOUT Lillian

    I'm a dog-lover who enjoys walks in and around the city, a good cup of coffee, and the smell of freshly baked apple pie. My dream day would include a long walk with a dog companion and an afternoon nap.


Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Abdalrahman Elshora

    Program

    Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)

    Supervisors

    Hossam Gaber, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Novel Design of DC-DC Converter for Fast Charging Station

    This research is aiming to design and analyze a multi-input non-isolated DC-DC converter for a high-performance fast-charging system (FCS) to decrease charging time and reduce the high demand effect in the power grid which has Flywheel and with/without battery energy storage structure. The flywheel energy storage platform (FESP) will be designed and integrated with FCS. Besides, the target fast-charging system will support transportation electrification infrastructures, reduced operational costs, and CO2 emissions. The analysis of the FCS system will provide resilient features to ensure minimum operation interruptions. Also, the project will help to increase fast-charging infrastructures for electric vehicles in Canada.

    The design of the converter can use flywheel technology to reduce the adverse effects of the high demand in the power grid. Also, static, and probabilistic energy models for the FCS, energy storage, and associated transportation infrastructures will be developed to represent energy demand and forecasting models. Intelligent control algorithms will be developed with control system architecture for the hybrid energy storage (flywheel-battery) and fast charging systems. The design of the converter will enhance the energy management of the system as it aims to optimize power-flow and minimize the sizing and protect battery life on both (the vehicles and the storage) sides. The proposed converter has the novelty to add more energy storage easily as it has a modular design.

    ABOUT Abdalrahman 

    I am an Egyptian master's student of electrical engineering interested in power electronics, renewable energy and volunteering work. I was a member of the electric team of the Invictus ROV team who got 4th place over the world in the MATE ROV competition. My hobbies are playing soccer and reading.

  • Ahmed Badr

    Program

    Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)

    Supervisors

    Khalid Elgazzar, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Real-time Electrocardiogram Monitoring and Analysis

    A novel platform for building a real-time electrocardiogram monitoring system that uses deep learning to provide detection and classification of common heart diseases. The platform encompasses ECG hardware and software components to enable remote ECG testing and provides ubiquitous access to both patients and their healthcare providers. The platform takes advantage of the new Internet of Things technologies in communications, internet connectivity and smart home integration. The platform provides a two-phase classification structure to reduce time to action and provide precise heart diagnosis through deep analysis. The system demonstrates good performance and can send immediate notifications to patients when anomalous heartbeats are detected. It can also be used to support long-term medical diagnosis for ECG signals in real-time.

    ABOUT Ahmed

    Mr. Badr's research interests lie in the areas of Internet of Things in Healthcare, distributed systems, cloud computing. During his Bachelor and M.Sc. studies, Mr. Badr has conducted research on variety of topics, Intelligent Transportation Systems infrastructure and Smart Grid applications.

  • Bismark Addo-Binney

    Program

    Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

    Supervisors

    Martin Agelin-Chaab, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Cascade heat pump for Cold Climate Application

    The Canadian government aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% in 2050. Buildings produce 17% of greenhouse gas in Canada, while 40 % of electricity generated is used for buildings. Heating and cooling make up about 70% of the total energy required for buildings in cold climates. The primary method of heating homes in these regions comes from furnaces that run by burning fossil fuels or by using electrical resistance elements. The two predominant types of furnaces that account for almost three-quarters of all heating systems use either natural gas or oil as their main source of energy. These fuels are also responsible for over 90% of all residential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To reduce GHG emissions, there is the need to phase out gas and oil furnaces and deploy those that can run on renewable energy. Electric furnaces and heat pumps can use renewable sources of energy, however, the heat pumps are not efficient when the temperature is below 8 degrees. A cascade heat pump uses two cycles operating at different temperatures and pressures. It operates similarly to a regular heat pump except for the second stage of operation. As a result of cascading, it is possible to operate at realistic pressure ratios in the compressor and higher volumetric efficiencies compared to a Heat pump. This makes it three times more efficient than the furnace and it cost less to operate.

    ABOUT Bismark

    Bismark has been with the Canadian military since 2009. He plays and watches soccer during his downtime and still believes Arsenal is the best team in the world.

  • Ghadeer Abdelkader

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)

    Supervisors

    Khalid Elgazzar, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Brains on wheels: leveraging connected mobility to enhance real-time cooperative perception

    Integration of ubiquitous connectivity and automation within the transportation sector are setting new means of innovative services, applications and drastic improvement in both safety and convenience levels. Automotive companies are equipping their vehicles with a wide range of highly sophisticated onboard sensors that can monitor and perceive the surrounding environment. In spite of the significant advancements associated with onboard sensors, they are still prone to many challenges and limitations when it comes to environmental perception. For example, cameras may poorly perform and fail to accurately perceive images in severe weather situations. Other limitations include limited sensors' range, uncertainty, fault/false detection, inability to perceive beyond occluded obstacles/winding road structures and abrupt sensors' failure. These challenges may hinder the full adoption of connected and automated vehicles as accurately perceiving/interpreting/predicting potential hazards or unseen road events are considered a complicated problem.

    Multi-vehicle cooperative perception promises to solve these challenges. Vehicles are able to enhance their perception by cooperatively sharing their sensor data among each other and roadside infrastructure to detect objects such as pedestrians, occluded obstacles beyond their sensing range. A hardware/software design of an optimized real-time cooperative perception system is proposed. The system integrates state of the art wireless communication technologies, Internet of things (IoT), sensor fusion and machine learning algorithms. The system will analyze extracted sensor data in real-time and provide insightful predictions of traffic patterns/hazards and trends. Extended sensors' range, early hazards detection/warnings, reduction in hazards/events response time, safer passengers/drivers, shared road safety services are byproduct of our system.

    ABOUT Ghadeer

    I am an enthusiastic and passionate researcher. I love to read comic books, outdoor activities, play tennis and babyfoot football game. I am a bird lover and I find joy in helping others.

  • Sk Sami Al Jabar

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)

    Supervisors

    Hossam Gaber, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    A methodology of structuring knowledge from texts using Human Experience Semantic Network (HESN)

    Structuring knowledge has always been a challenge for researchers and a lot of work has been done on that topic. If the knowledge is structured with appropriate relationships and properties of different entities and parameters then it is possible to do complex reasoning from it. An organized knowledge structure plays an important role in the case of retaining knowledge and retrieval of knowledge where data are processed and organized in a way that machine can understand. Only storing entities and their relationships always does not work as many relationship or entity may get neglected or missed while reading from challenging sentence structures such as – a) Sentence containing single entity. b) Sentence containing too many entities. As a result, relation extraction is difficult. c) Subject, object and predicate of a sentence is hard to identify for generating triples for preserving entity relationship.

    This research presents a dynamic, adaptive, probabilistic and deterministic knowledge structure called Human Experience Semantic Network (HESN) that captures knowledge and experience from texts or procedures with the help of English grammar, rules, semantics and domain knowledge establishing relationship among entities, action and attribute in a text and update the knowledge structure dynamically. When knowledge is captured and structured, it becomes ready to provide answers to different queries.

    ABOUT Sami

    Originally I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am a technology enthusiast. I have completed BSc. in Computer Science and Engineering in 2018. Soon after my graduation I started my career as a Software Engineer. While working in the industry, I have grown expertise in my field.

  • Yousef Al-Shawesh

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)

    Supervisors

    Hossam Gaber, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Innovative Charging Solution: A Path to Sustainable and Resilient Transportation

    Transportation electrification is revolutionising the mobility industry and transforming the future of how automobiles, public transits, watercraft, and even aircraft and spacecraft are powered to ensure more sustainable and zero tail-pipe modes of transport. As the number of electric vehicles increases, efficient, rapid and reliable charging has become a necessity in recharging their batteries. To overcome the range limitations given through the prolonged charging times that still discourage immediate adaption of electric vehicles, ultra-fast charging service stations are characterised by their high-power consumption from the power grids to mitigate the driving range anxiety and increase the autonomy and flexibility of driving electric vehicles. Existing distribution utility networks have limitations in power capacity, which pose a challenge in accommodating the continuously increasing demands of charging infrastructures.

    This research proposes an innovative ultra-fast charging architecture with a solid state-based power conversion system topology using modular converters to properly integrate electric vehicles and distributed generation systems in a massive scale. This approach allows for incorporating sustainable and high-power density energy storage systems; flywheel technology and even hybrid energy storage and renewable energy systems. This system has to be implemented in the power distribution networks by directly connecting the charging system to the medium voltage AC lines and re-configuring the interconnection links. The overall converter model proves to be capable of high power density conversion for delivering highly efficient ultra-fast charging, coordinated control and bidirectional power flow management. It also features smart protection, disturbance isolation, high reliability, high power quality and flexible modularity.

    ABOUT Yousef

    EV Evangelist & Sustainability Enthusiast. I have had the opportunity to live, study and work with culturally and linguistically diverse people from all walks of life in seven countries across four continents. I have a wide range of interests including Future Technologies, Cosmology, Philosophy and Sports (Volleyball, Football/Futsal, etc.).


Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science

  • Isaac Hassen

    Program

    Nuclear Engineering (MASc)

    Supervisor

    Hossam Gaber, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Design of Industrial RF Plasma Torch

    Inductively coupled plasma torch (ICPT) is a a thermal plasma source which is powered by oscillating electromagnetic field. RF- Inductively-coupled plasma operation is quasi similar to that of the induction heating of metals. With difference being, the load, with plasma, is a conducting plasma gas with considerably lower electric conductivity than most metals. Typically a RF-ICPT consist of three cylindrical dielectric tubes, water cooled solenoid copper coil of n-turns around the outer dielectric tube and three-line gas flow system: carrier gas, central gas and sheath gas.

    ICPT has the capacity to reach very high temperature -temperature level reaching up to 10000 K. For this reason ICP sources, in recent times, are playing a major role in various technological applications; they are used in wide range of fields such as: medical application, chemical spectroscopy, material processing, surface coating, waste treatment and in other numerous high value industries like semiconductors and mineral ore extraction.

    Although ICPTs are applied in many fields, they are expensive - one 15 kW ICPT system costs $ 450000 USD (quotation from Tekna). Their cost limits their application (although they meet the technical requirements). They meet the thermal requirement needed to treat radioactive waste but do to their cost, they are not applied in the industry. In my thesis, my team and I designed and constructed a 1000 W ICPT and applied for waste treatment and waste volume reduction.

    ABOUT Isaac

    I was born in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. I was a semi professional soccer player until 17. I am fluent in Amharic, English and Italian, and understand Spanish very well. I did some stand-up comedy for six months. I am a good chess player and expert in Afro/European geostrategy.

  • Md Ibrahim Adham

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Nuclear Engineering (MASc)

    Supervisor

    Hossam Gaber, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Feasibility of Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy System for Large Ship

    Ocean-going ships are one of the primary sources of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Several actions are being taken to reduce the GHG emissions from maritime vessels, and integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RESs) is one of them. Ocean-going marine ships need a large amount of reliable energy to support the propulsive load. Intermittency is one of the drawbacks of RESs, and penetration of RESs in maritime vessels is limited by the weight carrying capacity and usable area of that ship. Other types of reliable energy sources need to be incorporated in marine ships to overcome these shortcomings of RESs. Some researchers proposed to integrate fossil fuel-based generators like diesel generators and renewable energy in marine vessels to reduce GHG emissions.

    As the penetration of RESs in marine ships is limited, fossil fuel-based generators provide most of the energy. So, renewable and fossil fuel-based hybrid energy systems in maritime vessels can not reduce GHG emissions to the desired level. Fossil fuel-based generators need to be replaced by emissions-free energy sources to make marine ships free from emissions. Nuclear energy is emissions-free energy, and small-scale nuclear reactors like Microreactors (MR) are competent to replace the fossil fuel-based generators. In this paper, the technical and economic competitiveness of Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems (N-R HES) in ocean-going ships is assessed. 

    ABOUT Md Ibrahim

    I like to travel the unfamiliar but beautiful places. I am from Bangladesh. Love to play cricket and football. Like spicy food, and biriyani (Mutton and Rice with lots of secret ingredients) is my favourite. Love the people of Canada for their welcoming nature and try follow their norms.

  • Sharif Abu Darda

    3MT participant headshotProgram

    Nuclear Engineering (PhD)

    Supervisor

    Hossam Gaber, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    Management and optimization solutions of high level radioactive waste

    The problem of disposing and storing an increasing number in the volume of high level radioactive waste from nuclear power plant is highly challenging and costly to maintain. Often a large mass of this storage volume is low or non-radioactive elements. The total liquid high level radioactive waste if divided into amu mass will be 98.9% for bulk elements having 1-65 amu, 0.7% for fission products having 80-160 amu and 0.4% for actinides having 225-250 amu. Of these waste 99.7% radioactivity is coming from the fission products and the largest amount of waste mass, the bulk elements are only the contributor of 0.l% radioactivity. So, clean separation of these elements will reduce the storage volume significantly and also the maintenance cost. Currently a number of liquid chemical separation technique are done for separation of actinides, fission products and other elements from the waste in spent fuel reprocessing .

    The process include PUREX, UREX, TUREX, DIAMEX, SANEX, UNEX etc. These chemical separation process is a multi stage process and they produce higher volume of waste than the feed. One solution to separate the bulk elements and actinides form fission products and optimize the volume reduction for storage is using plasma mass separation technique that incorporates a plasma centrifuge mechanism for separation in atomic level based on atomic mass. The system needs optimization for high throughput and efficiency. My research will focus on the optimization of plasma mass separation system for high level waste volume reduction.

    ABOUT Sharif

    I love to watch tv shows/movies in my spare time. I love playing football, cricket and riding bicycle. I am also interested on global politics and countries foreign policies. I do my own research and do not blindly believe the news media and what they report.


Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Dawn Balsdon

    Program3MT participant headshot

    Health Sciences (MHSc) - Community, Public and Population Health

    Supervisor

    Manon Lemonde, PhD

    3MT® PRESENTATION

    How well is Canada doing in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

    In 1996, Canada made the decision to allow the use of OxyContin for the public as a pain reliever. Since this decision was made, thousands of Canadians have died Opioid related deaths. In 2016, the Government of Canada introduced the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy (CDSS) to address the Opioid crisis. Since, COVID-19, Opioid related deaths have been on a steady incline and there does not seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Canada needs to complete an evaluation of the CDSS and determine the next priorities in the plan to address the Opioid crisis. Through the integration of the RE-AIM framework an evaluation of the CDSS can be completed and timely knowledge translation can inform next steps in Canada's strategy to address the Opioid Crisis in Canada.

    ABOUT Dawn

    I am a busy mom of four. I am a registered nurse. I write YA Paranormal Romance novels. I enjoy being outdoors and hiking with my kids and my dogs. I love to cook and try new recipes, especially because I am gluten free. Everyone thinks I love school too much!

  • Devonte Campbell