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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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Research areas

Specific faculty research includes:

  • Dr. Kirk Atkinson conducts research in applied radiation and physics, dosimetry, radiation detector development, radiation imaging and computational methods, integrated methods development, multiscale modeling and simulation, radiation shielding and
    transport, environmental impact assessment, SMR design, nuclear propulsion, control and instrumentation.
  • Dr. George Bereznai conducts research in the nuclear simulation lab which contains a state of the art computer and display system for simulation of nuclear power plants, such as the Pickering and Darlington nuclearelectric generating units, and the School has the capability to develop software for advanced reactor designs.
  • Mr. John Froats' interests are in nuclear plant design, commercial plant CANDU engineering, operations, maintenance, safety practices and regulatory compliance.
  • Dr. Hossam Gaber's main focus is to investigate methods and technologies for safety and control engineering and their applications on energy and nuclear facilities, as well as the development of intelligent modeling and simulation tools to support the design and operation of smart grid. This includes: risk-based energy conservation and supply management, safety design & verification, intelligent control system design, fault diagnosis and real-time fault simulation, risk-based maintenance optimization, and disaster management and planning support. Potential industries are nuclear, and emerging and renewable energy technologies, including hydrogen, oil and gas, nuclear, wind, solar, etc.
  • Dr. Filippo Genco conducts research in nuclear fusion, plasma material interactions, advanced numerical methods, nanofluids & nanopatterning applications, alternative technologies and hybridization of nuclear energy systems, sustainability of renewable energy systems, use of decision making tools for energy policy.
  • Dr. Brian Ikeda's primary area of research is the study of corrosion and corrosion-assisted failure of metals. The focus of the research has been materials related to the nuclear industry, and in particular, materials under consideration for the construction of nuclear fuel waste containers;
  • Dr. Glenn Harvel's primary mission in the Nuclear Design Laboratory is to study multidisciplinary interfaces and integrated designs related to nuclear technology for developing new nuclear plant concepts, design modifications to existing designs, and design modifications for improved decommissioning activities.
  • Dr. Daniel Hoornweg conducts research in energy and material flows of cities, urban systems sustainability, smart cities, renewable energy, waste management, integrated energy and transportation systems.
  • Dr. Matthew Kaye's Nuclear Materials Laboratory investigates and characterizes metals, alloys, and aqueous systems that are important in nuclear reactor systems and other energy production facilities. The lab houses an X-ray Diffractometer capable of characterizing samples at both room temperature and elevated temperatures. Custom built vessels allow for exploration of aqueous systems up to 250 °C. The experimental work can provide fundamental thermochemical data that supports applied thermodynamicmodelling work also performed in this laboratory.
  • Dr. Lixuan Lu's research focuses on reliability and safety assessment for safety-critical systems, maintenance strategy determination, networked control systems, decentralized control, sensor networks and embedded systems.
  • Dr. Rachid Machrafi conducts research in the Nuclear Instruments and Applied Radiation Laboratory. The Nuclear Instruments and Applied Radiation Laboratory is a multidisciplinary laboratory for the development of integrated radiation detection systems radiation measurement methods and modeling complex radiation fields such as space radiation fields and terrestrial radiation mixed fields. The laboratory is equipped with a computing system with different modelling and simulation codes such as MCNPX, PHITS, OLTARIS and different detection systems for testing and measuring.
  • Dr. Jennifer McKellar's research focuses on techno-economic and environmental assessments of energy systems, conventional and unconventional fuels, options for improving the sustainability of energy systems and tools in support of decision making.
  • Dr. Eleodor Nichita is engaged in exciting research in reactor physics, neutron and radiation transport and mathematical modelling and numerical methods. For the computationally inclined, work is ongoing on developing computational methods for the neutron transport problems stemming from the neutronic design of new-generation nuclear reactors. And, for the experimentally inclined, another project under way is the developing of a platform to allow students to perform laboratory experiments remotely by using a simple browser interface; 
  • Mr. Sharman Perera's area's of interest include; computational fluid dynamics, aerosol mechanics, integrated engineering design and undergraduate laboratory design.
  • Dr. Igor Pioro's areas of research include; nuclear engineering (thermal hydraulics of nuclear reactors and Generation IV nuclear reactor concepts), thermal sciences (boiling, forced convection including Supercritical pressures, etc.) and heat engineering (two-phase thermosyphons, heat exchangers, heat-recovery systems, etc.)
  • Dr. Markus Piro conducts research in the Applied Thermodynamics Laboratory. Nuclear Science and Technology have many
    positive effects on the daily lives of Canadians ranging from reliable, safe and clean electricity generation to the production of medical isotopes for diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. Through advanced computational experimental techniques, the goal of our research is to enhance performance, safety and environmental stewardship of nuclear fuels and related materials. The benefit to Canada will be a better understanding of in reactor nuclear fuel behavior, long term storage of spent nuclear fuel, and greater support for emerging nuclear technologies.
  • Dr. Akira Tokuhiro's research interests include; small to large nuclear reactor design, thermal hydraulics, safety and accident analyses, experimental and computational methods and data analyses, instrumentation in heat transfer.
  • Dr. Ed Waller currently operates a unique, state-of-the-art aerosol research laboratory to investigate potential hazards from terrorist use of radiological dispersal devices (RDDs). These facilities include a medium-scale aerosol test cell and portable instrumentation such as a portable particle sizer, hotwire anemometer, and thermo-hygrometer. The research is widely applicable to determination of hazard from airborne contaminants. Research is also being conducted on radiation-based methods for looking through walls. The technology, called coded aperture imaging, will be used to generate high-quality images through visually opaque structures, such as walls or pipes;
  • Dr. Anthony Waker and Dr. Ed Waller are in the process of establishing two industrial research chairs in health physics and environmental safety as part of the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE). The main thrusts of this research will be the design, construction and evaluation of innovative devices for the real-time measurement of complex radiation fields encountered in nuclear power plants and advancement of the computer simulation and modelling of the interaction of humans and non-human biota with these fields. The long-term objective of this work will be the provision of an advanced operational health physics tool through the integration of the research methods and results into an online health physics and environmental protection information management system;