April 3, 2013

The Second Annual Student Research and Innovation Day (SRID) resulted in four winners in the fields of building materials, electronics, wastewater treatment and horticulture.

Dr. Ben Cecil, Fanshawe's new Associate Vice-President Academic, praised the quality of all 23 projects on display at this year's SRID. These included projects in digital media, e-marketing, health, human services, design and technology. About 250 people attended the event, which was held April 3, 2013, in the Colvin Atrium at Fanshawe's London campus.

2013 Winners

The first prize of $1,000 went to Concrete: Alternate Aggregates, a project with TRY Recycling Inc. that looks at the use of recycled glass and roofing shingles as a means of reducing the amount of gravel needed to make concrete.  Team members: Jason King, Lukas Grabowski and Ricardo Mariano. Supporters: faculty member Amneh Kalloush and Dr. Solomon Asantey, School of Building Technology; and TRY Recycling Inc. staff.

A system that can safely disable vehicles involved in high speed chases using an electromagnetic pulse took second prize. Chris Talbot, a student in the School of Applied Science & Technology (AST), took home $500 for his Yellow Jacket System: Safe Vehicle Disabling project. Supporters:  faculty members Bob Langford and Rob Langlois, and Brad Young, AST.

Third prize of $250 went to a team of General Arts and Science students from the School of Language and Liberal Studies (SLLS). Researchers Sarah Williams, Allan Humphrey, Justin Maddalena, Katelynn Rawson and Jesse Mitchell were recognized for their project on Anaerobic Reactors: A Sustainable Approach for Industrial Wastewater Treatment. The project, supported by SLLS faculty member Navneet Rai, examined cost-effective ways of treating wastewater from the food processing industry at the source, rather than at municipal water treatment plants.

Finally, the first $250 SRID People's Choice Award went to a multidisciplinary team of biotechnology (AST) and horticulture (School of Design) students who collaborated on an Assessment of Soluble and Slow-Release Fertilizer Regimes on Geranium Growth. Biotechnology students Samar Almadhoun, Joseph Klapak,  Lacey LaRose and Danielle Schnekenburger, and horticulture students Caitlin Harding, Sijia Du and Miranda Reichstein conducted the research with the support of faculty members Carol Hannam (AST), and Jack Parker and Michael Pascoe (Design).