S.E.R.A.

NSERC CREATE:

Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas

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NSERC CREATE SERA: Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas

NSERC CREATE SERA is a unique training program focusing on sustainable engineering in remote areas that offers a one-of-a-kind experience through training, research and industry internships.

For more details or to join our mailing list, contact sera@queensu.ca.

2017 Annual SERA Workshop - Sept 20-23 2017.

Call for Applications- Winter 2017

The NSERC CREATE Training Program on Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) is targeted at graduate students and undergraduate Aboriginal students with an interest in renewable energy systems or sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Graduate students must be enrolled at one of the four participating institutions (Queen’s University, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa and the Royal Military College of Canada) at the time of taking up the award. Undergraduate students from any institution may apply but they must hold their awards at one of the four institutions. Graduates of the SERA program will be well‐equipped to become leaders in their fields as a result of the unique training they will receive through seminars and workshops, high‐level research projects, industry internships and first hand visits to remote Indigenous communities. All applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm EST on March 3rd 2017.

 

Call for Applications – Non-Science and Engineering Graduate Students

The NSERC CREATE Training Program on Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) is targeted at graduate students and undergraduate Aboriginal students  with an interest in renewable energy systems or sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Graduate students must be enrolled at one of the four participating institutions (Queen’s University, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa and the Royal Military College of Canada) at the time of taking up the award. Undergraduate students from any institution may apply but they must hold their awards at one of the four institutions. Applications are currently being accepted for graduate and undergraduate level awards for students outside of science and engineering disciplines, such as environmental studies, geography and education. All applicants whose research interests are directly or indirectly related to one of the two research themes of SERA: 1) renewable energy; 2) sustainable and energy efficient buildings are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm EST on March 3rd 2017

2016 Annual SERA Workshop - Sept 21-24 2016.

We are currently accepting applications for undergraduate level awards.  The next call for graduate student applications is expected to be in February 2017.  All students enrolled in or applying to a relevant program at a participating institution with research interests related to the SERA program are encouraged to apply.  Non-engineering and science students are also encouraged to apply.  Undergraduate awards are for summer research internship positions or part-time employment during the academic year.  For more details and to receive an application form please email sera@queensu.ca

VIDEO: Mark Green, SERA program leader, talks about Aboriginal Access to Engineering and working with Aboriginal Communities in convocation speech.
 
  • MASc Candidate Manoah Gutknecht with a a timber beam in the Queen's University Structures Lab.

  • Undergraduate students Oke Maracle and Haven Moses working with a materials testing machine at Queen's University.

  • Straw Bale Construction

    Using wall panels constructed from straw bales and plaster is one way to make buildings more sustainable.  (Photo courtesy of Dr. Colin MacDougall, Queen's University).

  • PhD Candidate Mehdi Mirzazadeh checks for cracks in a reinforced concrete beam subjected to cold temperatures and instrumented with Fibre Optic Sensors.

  • Duncan Cree

    Dr. Duncan Cree in the structures lab at Queen's University investigating the behaviour of alternative building materials under high temperature.

  • Dao Xiang

    SERA trainee Dao Xiang (University of Ottawa) is investigating advanced sensor technology for efficient monitoring of buildings.

  • Andrew Pollard

    Dr. Andrew Pollard (Queen's University) is investigating alternative energy sources like biomass for a more sustainable future.

  • Wind turbines are one form of renewable energy being studied by SERA researchers.

  • Solar

    How does snow cover affect the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels?  This is one of many research studies of the Applied Sustainability group at Queen's University.

  • Md Anamul Hasan, MSc. candidate at the University of Manitoba, is researching dielectric sensing technology to monitor the hydration criteria of cement-based building materials for cold regions.