GRAND NCE/Sustainable Behavior Research in Ontario Presentations

Date & Time:  Monday, July 14, 2014, 1-5pm

Location: Mechanical Engineering Building, Room MC331
To attend:  Please RSVP to Prof. Li Shu

AGENDA (draft)

David Sinton (Toronto) Welcome, Overview of Institute for Sustainable Energy, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto.

Murray Thomson (Toronto) Insights on recent successful NSERC CREATE on Clean Combustion Engines

14:00-14:15 Break

14:15-15:15 Overview presentations by sustainable behavior PIs

1.            Liam Obrien (Carleton) An engineering approach to positively influencing occupant behaviour in buildings

2.            Stacey Scott (Waterloo) Research goals including project HEAP (Hydrocarbon Energy Analysis Project)

3.            Ed Lank (Waterloo)

4.            Li Shu (Toronto) Lead users and physical affordances in enabling environmentally conscious behaviors.

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-17:00 Student presentations

5.            Sara Gilani (Carleton) “Feasibility of natural ventilation in North America under future climate change scenarios”

6.            Isis Bennet (Carleton) “Occupant behaviour and comfort in highly-glazed condominiums”

7.            Valerie Sugarman (Waterloo) “Using Persuasive Technology to Address Critical Peak Consumption:  A Case Study of Demand Management in Ontario.”

8.            Jayesh Srivastava (Toronto), “Physical affordances and discretization of continuous resources for conservation of water/electricity.”

9.            Song-Liang Lai (Toronto) “DIYer’s as lead users in Environmentally Conscious Behavior: Extension of useful life of furniture”

10.          Mayukh Chakraborty (Toronto) “Use of Design-with-Intent/Persuasive Display to Reduce Paper Towel Consumption”

Mercedes-Benz Canada Graduate Fellowship in Fuel Cell Research

The Institute for Sustainable Energy in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto was pleased to welcome JoAnne Caza, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Mercedes-Benz Canada on campus on Tuesday May 27. JoAnne joined in our recognition of Jongmin Lee, the inaugural recipient of the Mercedes-Benz Canada Graduate Fellowship in Fuel Cell Research. Jongmin was recognized for his outstanding achievements in PEM fuel design, modelling, and materials analysis in the Thermofluids for Energy and Advanced Materials (TEAM) Laboratory, run by Professor Aimy Bazylak.


Supermileage is super!


The University of Toronto Supermileage team has just returned from an incredible showing at the annual Shell Eco-marathon in Houston, Texas.  The Supermileage team is a student-run design group dedicated to the building of a highly fuel efficient vehicle to bring about eco-awareness toward a greener future in energy.
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The 2014 team is comprised of co-presidents Jonathan Hamway and Mengqi Wang, together with Kristine Confalone, Mayukh ChakrabortyPooya Tolideh, Prashanth Murali, Ryan Pan, Ashmith Raju, and Marcus Tan.

In only its second year the Supermileage team has seemingly done the impossible, designing, machining and building an entirely new engine and posting an official best of 2712 miles per gallon (1152.98 km/l), roughly equivalent to driving from Toronto to Vancouver on a single gallon of gas.

The group is taking home numerous awards for their innovative engine – lightweight, with low rpm and a high torque – including the Wallace G. Chalmers Engineering Design Award in the U of T Capstone Design program, and the Shell Technical Innovation Award and Pennzoil Tribology Award at the Shell Eco-marathon.  The Supermileage team in fact spent most of the Eco-marathon leading the competition – a field of 43 – narrowly edged out by a team at Universite Laval in the final round.

The Institute for Sustainable Energy is proud to be a sponsor of this important student group, who receive academic supervision from ISE Director, Professor David Sinton.

University of Toronto Supermileage website