UBC Engineering research receives more than $1M in NSERC grants

Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Madjid Mohseni strives to bring clean water to rural Canadian and Japanese communities. Photo: Ashley Luk.

Research into clean drinking water and wireless networks at the University of British Columbia have received a $1 million boost in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
The funding comes from NSERC’s Strategic Project Grants, supporting scientific partnerships that will help strengthen Canada’s economy, society and environment. The three-year investment will support four UBC research projects, including projects led by Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Madjid Mohseni and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Vincent Wong.
“The Strategic Project Grants support important partnerships between UBC researchers and industry, government and organizations,” said John Hepburn, vice president, research and international at UBC. “NSERC’s continued support of these projects helps to strengthen science, industry and policy in Canada.”
UBC’s four Strategic Project Grants were among 78 programs to receive funding totalling $38 million, announced today by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) in New Brunswick.
Madjid Mohseni, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
JST – Innovative UV technologies for the removal of emerging contaminants and sustainable water supplies in small communities – $494,500
This project will address issues and challenges facing the delivery of clean drinking water to small and rural communities in Japan and Canada.
Vincent Wong, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Technologies for 5G Wireless Systems: Software-defined Networks, massive MMO, and full Duplexing – $533,500
Wong and his team will work with industry partners to advance the technology for future mobile devices and fifth generation wireless cellular systems to meet the demand for data and other applications.
More information can be found at NSERC’s Strategic Project Grants website