Friday, August 21, 2015

Fire & Fish: Carleton and Industry Partners supported by NSERC

Professors Ehab Zalok and Steven Cooke to investigate next generation of fire performance in masonry and effect of hydroelectric power generation on fish

Two Carleton University professors in the research-intensive Faculties of Engineering and Design and Science have partnered with leading Canadian organizations who have contributed 1.4 million towards world-class research. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has matched funds under their Collaborative Research and Development (CRD)program for a total of $2.8 million.

Steven Cooke, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in theDepartment of Biology, will examine the effect of hydroelectric power generation on fish.

Ehab Zalok, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will investigate the next-generation of fire performance in masonry.

At a Glance:

  • Zalok aims to develop the next generation of masonry fire performance standards. Masonry is the building of structures from materials, such as brick and stone, bound together by mortar. His research will determine how masonry can withstand the ravages of fire.
  • Zalok will work with industry partners Canada Masonry Design Centre (CMDC) and Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA).
  • Cooke will consult with BC Hydro during the development of a dam and generating station on the Peace River in British Columbia. His research will inform BC Hydro about the impact on fish and their ecology.
  • NSERC’s CRD Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and educational resources available at Canadian post-secondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry.

“Industry partnerships with Carleton’s researchers enable us to more rapidly deploy solutions that have significant national and international impact. Programs like these allow our faculty to leverage world-class research with the expertise in Canadian industry, and better prepare our students for future work in collaborative teams.” – Sandra Crocker, Associate Vice-President (Strategic Partnerships and Operations)

Associated Links:
NSERC CRD website
Department of Biology website
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering website
BC Hydro website
Canada Masonry Design Centre website
Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association website

Media Inquiries:
Chris Cline
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391

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