IC-IMPACTS Newsletter - Jun 2016
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IC-IMPACTS Launches New Water Program

IC-IMPACTS launched a new program called Water Innovation Lab India (WIL India) in collaboration with Waterlution.  WIL India is a 12-day program that develops future water leaders to think holistically, design innovatively, and communicate effectively across cultures

Applications are currently open to researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs working or studying in the water sector around the world. Only 40 seats are available, apply now for this once in a lifetime experience!

Dr. Sheikh Launches New Demonstration of GFRPs

Dr. Shamim Sheikh at University of Toronto and Dr. Umesh Sharma at IIT Roorkee are launching a new demonstration of their innovative Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) infrastructure material.

The demonstration will take place at a reverse osmosis plant in Gujarat, India and will focus on rehabilitating and extending the life of corroded columns, and monitoring the results over time.

Dr. Serpe's Sensor Research Featured in CBC

Dr. Michael Serpe, Associate Scientific Director and Theme Lead for Integrated Water Management at IC-IMPACTS was recently featured in CBC.

Dr. Serpe is currently working on an innovative water sensor that can detect harmful pathogens that can provide results in as little as 5 minutes.

His research team plans to travel to Poshina, India to field test the technology and test for E. coli.

Research Synergy Collaboration Call

The Research Synergy Collaboration Call is accepting proposals from IC-IMPACTS researchers.  Researchers that  combine outcomes of at least two previously funded research projects can receive up to $100,000 in funding.

All applications will be due September 5, 2016.

Dr. Vecchio Develops Software to Monitor Structures 

Dr. Vecchio and his research team are developing innovative digital tools for better infrastructure assessment.

Their program Cyrus combines the analysis of several popular tools into one package to improve the overall efficiency and accuracy of the structural analysis.  The new software can significantly improve asset management of critical structures on a national level.

Dr. Aitchison Awarded Distinguished Lecturer Award

Dr. Stewart Aitchison, Associate Scientific Director and Theme Lead for Public Health at IC-IMPACTS was awarded an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award for 2016-2017.

The award honours excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial, or entrepreneurial contributions of high quality to the field of lasers and electro-optics.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Aitchison.

HQP Student Leadership Grant

IC-IMPACTS graduate students or post-doctoral fellows wanting to design, manage and lead their own workshop / small conference can apply to the HQP Student Leadership Grant to help fund their event.

All applications will be due September 5, 2016.

SEC seeking new members for 2016-17

If you are a graduate student (masters, doctoral, post-doctoral fellow) AND a current IC-IMPACTS research project HQP (in Canada or India) then you are eligible to be a member of the Student Engagement Committee (SEC).

The SEC’s goal is to better meet evolving student needs and to improve your experience as a member of an international applied research project. It is also intended to serve as a think tank providing IC-IMPACTS with feedback and input on specific issues.

If you are interested in joining, please send an email to the SEC Chair, Fuhar Dixit, by Monday, August 29th to express your intent. (If you have any questions about what’s involved, please contact either Fuhar or Helena (Manager, Training Programs, at

We look forward to having you involved!
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