University of Calgary


Researchers get NSERC boost

Four NSERC strategic project grants were recently awarded to researchers at the University of Calgary—three in the Schulich School of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Science.

Dr. Frank Cheng is leading a research team that will aim to improve the prediction and effective prevention of stress corrosion cracking that has caused failures in oil and gas pipelines in Canada in the past. Dr. William Shaw and Dr. Oleg Vinogradov are co-researchers.

A team led by Dr. Jim Haslett is seeking to create a smart bandage—a biomedical device that can measure and securely transmit patient body temperature data to a medical monitoring network.

Dr. Susan Skone and Dr. Gérard Lachapelle are looking to improve satellite signal availability, which can be degraded through environmental factors in space.

Science’s Dr. Jeffrey Boyd is leading a team, with co-researcher Dr. Alejandro Ramirez-Serrano in mechanical and manufacturing engineering, on how to develop improved technology for harbour defence to meet modern threats, including the terrorism.

— Kirk Thurbide

EVDS prof authors book

Should the objects we produce “endure” if they are soon to be discarded? Is it possible to create “temporary” objects that have lasting emotional and cultural value?

Dr. Stewart Walker, a professor in the U of C’s Faculty of Environmental Design, poses these interrelated quandaries in his new book, Sustainable by Design.

With his historical perspectives, eco-design methods and arguments, Walker makes a strong case that sustainability should be every designer’s goal.

Walker is not shy about airing his views on the current role of industrial designers and design educators. He decries the preoccupation with superficial aesthetics and “a relinquishment of creativity, and a replacement of originality with bland, market-led, ‘safe’ solutions.”

He expands the sustainability debate to encompass issues of social and economic importance.

— Reprinted from e-journal Value Created Review