Message from the Vice-President (Research and International)

Rafik Goubran, Vice-President (Research and International), Carleton University

I am pleased to present Carleton University’s Research and International Review. This was a particularly remarkable year for Carleton as we looked back to our founding in 1942 as a fledgling college for returning Second World War veterans. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we are proud of the progress we have made, particularly in our ever-growing research programs.

Carleton University Research and International Review 2016/17

Carleton University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary research intensive institution with a creative international approach to research that has led to many significant discoveries and collaborations in science and engineering, business, public policy and the arts. Home to many award-winning researchers, Carleton is uniquely committed to discovery, knowledge, and understanding of the world around us. Carleton University’s location in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, allows unique access for our researchers across many disciplines to such places as Canada’s national labs and museums, Library and Archives Canada, federal government departments, and of course, Parliament Hill.
Through entrepreneurship, the building of sustainable communities, and industry partnerships we foster new ideas to create a more prosperous future for Canada and the world. Click the red band below to read about our highlights from the past year.

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Research Excellence

This year’s Research Review showcases Research Excellence stories about faculty working with Canadian and Indigenous youth, expanding on 5G Wireless capabilities, researching microbial resistance, looking into the engineering of avoiding concussions, and accurately measuring fossil fuel emissions in order to better manage them.


Our outstanding faculty members were recognized last year with Fellowships and Memberships with the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, an Order of Canada, the Partners In Research National Award, the IEEE A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal, and and Governor General’s Award, to name a few.

Community Engagement

This year’s highlights in community engagement include the heritage conservation of architectural elements of the Parliament Buildings, collaborations between Bridgehead Coffee and our Carleton Mass Spectrometry Centre, the success of innovative community programs, and the expansion of Front Door to provide external partners with access to the university’s research expertise and infrastructure.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Carleton has a history of innovation and collaboration with the private and public sectors to promote economic development. Carleton has launched more than 200 startups since 2010. In 2012 alone, R&D projects generated more than $1.8 million in commercial activity. This year’s highlights include the Technology Innovation Management and Lead to Win programs.

Working with Industry

A highlight in this report includes the anatomy of a successful partnership. See the breakdown of the surprising numbers around the partnership between Professors Halim Yanikomeroglu and Minyi Huang and their collaboration with Huawei Canada and TELUS Canada.

Student Research Achievements

Carleton students received Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships, Vanier Awards, IDeA Competition top prizes and a Governor General’s Medal for Neuroscience. They excelled in our Three-Minute Thesis Competition, and won gold at the National Skills Competition.

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International Engagement

Latin America

Laura Macdonald: Canada’s Role in Latin America

Latin America


Kristen Connor: Maternal Mortality



Mike Brklacich: Queen Elizabeth II Programme: Training the next generation in societal transformation and climate change



Onita Basu: Emerging biotechnology for pollution control of River Ganga



Halim Yanikomeroglu: Reliable and sustainable machine-to-machine communication


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Spotlight on the Faculties at Carleton

Faculty of Engineering and Design

Water research and the Internet of Things are covered as highlights from our Faculty Engineering and Design. Read about the work of Onita Basu and her quest to engineer sustainable solutions, and about our Cisco Chair in Sensor Technology and the Internet of Things, Mohamed Ibnkahla.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences highlights three of their faculty members who are all working on the revitalization of endangered languages. Check out what Erik Anonby, Marie-Odile Junker an d Kumiko Murasugi are doing to counter the threat of globalization.

Faculty of Public Affairs

Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs showcases a story about Stephan Schott and his travels to Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut to work with his Northern partners in documenting a way of life, and to improve living conditions for the Indigenous peoples of Canada’s North.

Faculty of Science

Carleton’s Faculty of Science presents a collaboration between computer scientist Frank Dehne and biochemist Ashkan Golshani who have started a company in order to provide a new way of treating complex diseases that no longer respond to conventional treatment.

Sprott School of Business

A great update on a multi-year, interdisciplinary project in Tanzania, Africa called “From Buckets to Rainbarrels”. Read about the work being done by students and faculty around water accessibility, storage and purification in Longido.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs highlights two graduate student stories this year. Reach about one of Richard Yu’s students, Chengchao Liang,  who is working to greatly improve wireless networks and enhance our connected world. Also profiled is Kim Matheson’s student, Ariel Root, who is working with First Nations Communities to promote youth resilience, and strengthen community relationships.