Fleming College Partners With Ontario Tech University And Horizon Aircraft For Three-Year Aviation Research Project

Peterborough ON – (May 17, 2022) – Fleming College and Ontario Tech University have been awarded funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to collaborate on a three-year research project with Horizon Aircraft.

With this funding, researchers from both institutions will assist the local aerospace engineering company with the design and prototyping of innovative mechanisms for the company’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Based in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Horizon Aircraft has developed the prototype Cavorite X5, a hybrid electric eVTOL aircraft capable of potential speeds of up to 450 km/h, a 500-kilometre range, and five- passenger capacity. Like others in the aviation and aerospace industries, Horizon is searching for ways to make their vehicles more efficient, lightweight, and able to withstand high vibrations, stresses, and large loads.

Photo courtesy of Horizon Aircraft

“We are looking to our academic research partners to assist us with their expertise in additive manufacturing, topology optimization, modelling, and prototyping,” says E. Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft. “Advanced manufacturing processes and technologies such as these are proving to be an efficient and highly effective way to prototype innovative new aerospace parts. This is pivotal to the success of our eVTOL system.”

Fleming College and Ontario Tech University were jointly awarded $750,000 over three years from NSERC’s Innovation Link program, under the Tri-Agency College and Community Innovation Program.

Leading the project is Fleming College’s Dr. Fereydoon Diba, lead Research Scientist at Fleming’s Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things (CAMIIT). The CAMIIT research team’s strengths and expertise include mechatronics system design, product development, Industrial Internet of Things, advanced manufacturing, and rapid prototyping.

Ontario Tech University’s research lead is Dr. Sayyed Ali Hosseini, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Director of Ontario Tech’s Machining Research Laboratory (MRL). He is accompanied in this research by Dr. Ahmad Barari, Associate Professor and Director of Advanced Digital Design and Manufacturing and Advanced Digital Metrology Laboratories (AD2M Labs), and Dr. Hossam Kishawy, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The research teams at MRL and AD2M Labs are contributing their expertise in design, optimization, additive and subtractive manufacturing, modelling and simulation, and materials behaviour to the project.

“The complementary advanced manufacturing expertise of Fleming College’s Centre for Advancement in Mechatronics and Industrial Internet of Things and Ontario Tech University’s Machining Research Laboratory brings many advantages and benefits to innovative companies like Horizon Aircraft,” says Dr. Brett Goodwin, Fleming College Vice-President of Applied Research and Innovation. “Working shoulder-to-shoulder with the aerospace engineers at Horizon, the research teams will transform how a novel aircraft will be designed, tested, and manufactured in Canada and beyond.”

This is the second collaborative research project undertaken by the two institutions and Horizon Aircraft.

“We are excited to again work with Fleming College’s CAMIIT and Horizon Aircraft on this innovative project. Hybrid electric aircraft are the future for the aerospace industry. This is a great opportunity for students from both institutions to be learning from a company leading in this field.,” says Dr. Les Jacobs, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Ontario Tech University. “In addition to adding to our understanding of using advanced manufacturing technologies for the creation of a greener aerospace industry, this project will accelerate the design and development activities needed to get Horizon’s innovative new eVOTL aircraft on the market.”

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Deeth

Communications Officer

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca

705-749-5530 ext. 1161

Call for Applied Projects

Peterborough ON (May 10, 2022) – Take on that project!    

Do you or your organization have an innovative opportunity or project you want to take on, but just don’t have the resources to do it? Through Applied Projects, your friends and colleagues at Fleming College can help.  

This is a call for applied projects sponsors. We’re looking for organizations in all areas of the private and public sector. These projects should engage senior business and technology students with creative problem-solving skills to develop and implement innovative solutions.  

Students are guided by seasoned faculty and mentors who are ready to partner with your organization. Working in groups of three or four as an autonomous project team, students will develop a business or technology solution that meets the sponsor’s requirements. Sponsoring a student team can add value to your products and service​s and provides an excellent learning experience for Fleming students.  

Past applied projects ​include business strategy, marketing, social media, process improvement, apps linked to various mechanical/electrical devices, sensory networks, inventory RFID and VOIP systems, virtualization and cloud solutions, and web presence and optimization. 

Sponsor opportunities are available in the following programs: Business Administration, Global Business Management and Wireless Information Networking, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Security & Investigations (CSI) and Mechatronics.   

You can register as an applied projects sponsor and specify the scope of work by filling out this application.     

Projects submitted by June 10, 2022, will be considered first. If selected, your project will be assigned to a team of students as their capstone Applied Project.   

There is no monetary cost to the sponsor, however there is a time commitment between student groups and the sponsor to ensure clarity of project deliverables.    

For more information, please contact AppliedProjects@flemingcollege.ca or tiffany.mcdavid@flemingcollege.ca.

Fleming College’s experiential learning platforms provide a rich learning experience for our students and concrete benefits to our business and community partners across a wide range of disciplines. Please feel free to forward this email to other business contacts who may benefit from this opportunity.  

About Fleming College

Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni. 

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Deeth 

Communications Officer                

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca 

705-749-5530 ext. 1161 

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530 
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144 
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680 

Web: flemingcollege.ca 

Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege

Twitter & Instagram: @FlemingCollege

Winners awarded in 2022 Innovation and Technology Showcase in Partnership with Bell

Peterborough ON – (May 9, 2022) – After months of hard work, research, presentations and evaluations, seven student teams were announced as this year’s winners of the Innovation and Technology Showcase in partnership with Bell.  

Out of a total of 44 business and technology applied research projects, the competition was narrowed down to 12 finalists. On April 14, 2022, the top teams made their final pitches to the judges. Teams were evaluated on the ability to articulate project objectives, problems and opportunities, innovative thinking, project results and outcomes, and lessons learned throughout the process. 

The first place teams in each category received an award of $2,000, second place finishers received $1,500 and third place $1,000; the amount is divided equally amongst all team members. 

Business winners  

First place (co-winner):  Identifying Opportunities for Graduates
Presented to: Gibson Ashokan, Avanthika Nakkeeran, Satnam Singh and Supriya Sorout  

First place (co-winner): Café Serenity 
Presented to: Vaishnavi Bharat Ahluwalia, Kaynath Affan Shaikh and Pratik Ullal Vivek 

Second place: Social Media Strategy
Presented to: Nidhi Parmar, Anjali Patel, Harshal Nandrajog and Sri Sharan 

Third place: Precision AgTech for Insect Farms
Presented to: Andrew Bernard, Shivam Bhimra and Jeet Sutariya 

Technology winners  

First place: Omemee Medical Centre
Presented to: Ajay Bhardwaj, Ayana Davis, Haninder Singh and Akhila Yalla  

Second place: Fleming College SENRS Hatchery Monitoring
Presented to: Gautam Mattu, Damodhar Palreddy, Harshil Patel and Nishant Reahal 

Third place:  ITS Showcase Judging Platform
Presented to: Ayush Gupta, Adarsh Paidi, Rahul Aggarwal and SaiKrishna Gattu  

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 ITS Showcase and to all students who participated. A special thanks to Bell and all our sponsors and judges for their ongoing support of this annual event which highlights the talents and entrepreneurial spirit of innovation at Fleming College.  

Learn more about Innovation and Technology Showcase here.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni. 

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Deeth 

Communications Officer 

sarah.deeth@flemingcollege.ca 

705-749-5530 ext. 1161 

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530 
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144 
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680 

Web: flemingcollege.ca 

Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter & Instagram: @FlemingCollege