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Advances in sustainable development highlight Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s 2024 Research Day

Event brought academia, industry and students together to promote innovative research activities at the university


Advancing environmental sustainability and building pathways toward net-zero emissions are key research priorities at Ontario Tech University. At its second-annual Research Day on February 20, Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) explored some of the latest innovative sustainability solutions and practices, and their role in building a greener future for Canadians.

FEAS Research Day brings undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, representatives from government and funding agencies, and industry professionals together in an event that showcases the innovative research activities conducted by FEAS experts.

Research Day featured academia, industry and government experts discussing key challenges and opportunities in:

  • Industry 4.0 and sustainability
  • Energy supply and electrification
  • Artificial intelligence and mobility systems
  • Pathways toward net-zero emissions

This year’s Research Day included a keynote address from Indrani Butany, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elexicon Energy Inc. A strategic leader in the energy sector, Butany shared insights on clean energy transformation, the transition to a net-zero economy, regulatory innovation, and equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Organizing Committee chaired by Dr. Atef Mohany, Professor and Research Excellence Chair, included the faculty’s Department Chairs, Dr. Martin Agelin-Chaab, Dr. Mohamed El-Darieby, Dr. Jennifer McKellar, and Dr. Greg Rohrauer.

Speakers from Ontario Tech included Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Research Services, and Dr. Hossam Kishawy, Dean, FEAS.

A poster session highlighted student research, and there were networking opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


“Ontario Tech University continues to lead the way in addressing global challenges and shaping the future of engineering. Research Day serves as a beacon of collaboration, providing a platform for the university to strengthen its existing partnerships and explore new avenues for collaboration and growth within the ever-expanding Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. In a world grappling with the urgent need for environmental stewardship, the university’s commitment to exploring innovative solutions and sustainable practices is more crucial than ever.
- Dr. Hossam Kishawy, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Ontario Tech University

“I’m very interested in energy, so when I saw this event, it was an easy decision to sign up. My favourite part was the keynote speaker, Idrani Butany. It was a great introduction to the day, and I learned a lot. I also enjoyed networking with professors and industry professionals.”
- Anojan Parameswaran, third-year Mechanical Engineering student, Ontario Tech University