Reconciliation Through Engineering Initiative (RTEI)

Indigenous Peoples in Canada disproportionately face challenges around access to clean drinking water, food security, reliable energy, suitable housing, healthcare, transportation and communications infrastructures. Currently, there are 81 long-term drinking water advisories affecting more than 50 Indigenous communities across the country, 40 of which have been in effect for more than a decade. Food insecurity… Read more »

Public Health Diagnostics Initiative (PHDi)

The objective of the Public Health Diagnostics Initiative (PHDi) is to build a multi-disciplinary and cross-Faculty network of investigators to address a range of pressing global public health challenges with novel solutions that are both affordable and scalable. Our projects look at air quality, food and water safety, soil quality, and mycotoxin detection. Particulate matter… Read more »

Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa (EESC-A)

Rapid and large-scale urbanization, together with a drive towards environmental and financial sustainability, creates considerable challenges and opportunities for engineers and engineering education in Africa. The Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa (EESC-A) initiative is multi-faceted across multiple dimensions urban issues, sustainability, climate change, Global South & Global North, and existing versus new forms of… Read more »

Initiative for Global Urban Shelter (IGUS)

The objective of the Initiative for Global Urban Shelter (IGUS) has been to catalyze research to develop sustainable and resilient residential dwellings that can be scaled up in low-resource urban settings. Over the course of the past 4 years, this initiative was comprised of two projects, looking at cost-effective methods of improving thermal comfort and … Read more »

Food and Nutritional Security Engineering Initiative (FaNSEI)

Good nutrition is essential for physical and cognitive development and general well being. Nutritional challenges are particularly acute in low-resource settings of the developing world, which are often challenged by growing populations, inadequate infrastructure, limited education, poverty and little access to energy and appropriate productivity, preservation and transport technologies. The result is that millions suffer… Read more »

Water & Energy Projects

Brackish water desalination for remote communities Providing reliable, clean water to all is one of the greatest engineering challenges of our time. Potable water scarcity disproportionately effects economically impoverished populations around the world. Currently, many remote communities rely on drawing water from sources that are often contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, or dissolved salts. Hence water… Read more »


Reinventing The Toilet

  This project is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge initiated in 2011. This initiative stemmed from the realization that traditional toilets, which rely on running water, an extensive sewer network, and an expensive processing system, do not meet needs of approximately 2.5 billion people around the world. The… Read more »

instruments used in food fortification

Food Fortification

  Anemia is a major contributing factor to the 200,000 annual maternal deaths and more than one million annual infant and neonatal deaths. While the primary cause of anemia is iron deficiency, the lack of iron in the diet is acerbated by folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency. Additionally, folic acid deficiency leads to serious… Read more »

A toy ambulance being held in front of a map of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ambulance Emergency Response Optimization (AERO)

  Time sensitive medical emergencies, including many maternal and child health issues, are responsible for one third of deaths in low and middle-income countries. Many of these deaths can be avoided with faster ambulance response. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh and the tenth largest city in the world, does not currently have a centralized… Read more »

Improving Access to Medical Oxygen for Children in Low Income Countries

  Oxygen is essential for the treatment of childhood pneumonia, the leading cause of death in children under 5 globally, as well as severe malaria, sepsis, and maternal and newborn emergencies. Yet, many health facilities in the developing world do not have a reliable supply of oxygen due to cost, maintenance, poor transportation infrastructure, and… Read more »