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Nine U of T Engineering researchers recognized with Connaught Innovation Awards

March 31, 2022

Nine University of Toronto researchers from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering are receiving Connaught Innovation Awards to help accelerate the development and commercialization of promising technologies.

The winning projects were selected for their strong socio-economic and commercial potential and are expected to make a positive impact on society.

The awards are made possible through support from the Connaught Fund.

.“Congratulations to this year’s recipients – who are all pursuing innovative work that will address some of society’s most significant challenges,” says Leah Cowen, U of T’s vice-president, research and innovation, and strategic initiatives. 

“For example, Gisele Azimi’s work on high-performance, low-cost aluminum-ion batteries will revolutionize the field of sustainable energy storage; Benjamin Hatton’s development of non-adhesive, microfluidic wound dressings will allow radical approaches for skin tissue regeneration, greatly improving a patient’s quality of recovery; and David Lie’s research in cybersecurity will lead to the development of new software technologies that will more effectively protect a user’s valuable personal data.”


The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering recipients are:

  • Gisele Azimi of the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry –High-performance and Cost-effective Aluminum Battery for Electric Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage
  • Sanjeev Chandra of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering – Thermal Spray Fabrication of Liquid Cooled Heat Sinks
  • Mark Chignell of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering – Target Acquisition Games for Measurement and Evaluation (TAG-ME) of Detailed Brain Function
  • Roman Genov of the department of electrical and computer engineering – Low-cost Camera for Motion-tolerant Adaptive High-dynamic-range Imaging
  • Benjamin Hatton of the department of materials science and engineering – Smart Wound Dressings for Active Control of Wounds and Skin Tissue Regeneration
  • David Lie of the department of electrical and computer engineering – Tools and Techniques to Perform Comprehensive Security Assessments
  • Milos Popovic of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering – “Take Home” Neurostimulation for Depression: Prototype Development and Proof of Concept Clinical Trial
  • Craig Simmons of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering – Cell Culture Medium to Improve the Maturity and Utility of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Cardiomyocytes
  • Ding Yuan of the department of electrical and computer engineering – CLP: Efficient and Scalable Search on Compressed Text Logs

There are four additional Connaught Innovation Award recipients across the university – one each from U of T Mississauga, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

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