2011-2012 Scholarship Competition Award Winners

CTRF wishes to thank once again the  sponsors for the current scholarship program, namely Canadian Pacific Railway, CN, Government of Quebec, Transport Canada and many other individuals.

  • Pierre-Luc Fecteau – Université Laval
  • Kristian Larsen – University of Toronto
  • Julie Malenfant Lepage – Université Laval
  • ShiXu Liu – University of New Brunswick
  • Kyrylo Cyril Rewa – University of Waterloo
  • Timothy Shah – University of British Columbia (unable to accept)
  • Hans Zhao – University of New Brunswick

Canadian Pacific Railway Scholarship $6,000

Kyrylo Cyril Rewa – University of Waterloo

Kyrylo Cyril Rewa is currently a Transportation Engineering master’s candidate within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Kyrylo also completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning.

The focus of Kyrylo’s graduate research is a joint study with The Regional Municipality of Waterloo in which the demographic profiles of cyclists are gathered through surveys and are matched with cyclists’ revealed travel preferences which are gathered by GPS units. The two data sources are used to understand who the regional cyclists are and how to better plan and design bicycle facilities as well as predict travel demands. The objective of Kyrylo’s research is to translate results of his work in the continued development of Regional policies, programs and designs for cycling activity.

CN Scholarship $6,000

Julie Malenfant Lepage – Université Laval

Julie is currently a M.Sc. student at Laval University. Her research aims at experimenting mitigation techniques to reduce the effects of permafrost degradation on transportation infrastructures on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon Territory. This research project has a great importance in the domain of natural sciences and engineering. In the Canadian Far North, permafrost is now melting at an important rate and bearing capacity decreases are observed because its dynamic is directly related to climate change. This is creating major risks of instabilities as well as important costs of maintenance for the existing civil infrastructures. Her master is also an interdisciplinary project because it requires a close collaboration between specialists of physic of permafrost and transportation infrastructures engineering.

Julie completed her bachelor degree in Geological engineering at Laval University in 2009. She did a northern internship for the first 8 months of her master project in Whitehorse at the Yukon Cold Climate Innovative Center in collaboration with Yukon Highways and Public Works. She has been a teachers’ assistant in Soils Mechanics at Laval University and for the Advance seminar on permafrost engineering applied to transportation infrastructure at the Yukon College. She also has been a speaker in three national conferences and wrote a scientific paper for the 63rd Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 6th Canadian Permafrost Conference. Her career objective is to apply northern research and technologies to transportation engineering in order to contribute to the future development of the Canadian north.

Ministère des Transports du Québec Scholarship $6,000

Shixu Liu, University of New Brunswick

ShiXu is currently taking PhD programme in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. ShiXu also completed his Master (2010) and Bachelor (2008) Degrees at the University of New Brunswick.

ShiXu’s current research project is related to road safety and driver fatigue. Among various drivers’ states, fatigue is a major contributing factor causing traffic accidents, especially for those long duration drivers, such as taxi drivers and truck drivers. This research project will provide methods of monitoring drivers’ fatigue levels, effective fatigue countermeasures and proposing an intelligent driver assistance system to monitor drivers’ states and assist drivers in making wise decisions and appropriate controlling actions during driving. Such a system will help drivers prevent accidents. ShiXu designed and conducted experiments in which a driving simulator was used to collect data from subjects; then the data was used to develop a fatigue indicator that can accurately quantify drivers’ fatigue levels. Results of this research project will be useful for development of the intelligent driver assistance system described above.

ShiXu obtained his M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in 2010. His research was focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and its application to Aluminum Casting process. While studying for his master degree, he was also a teaching assistant of several undergraduate courses. ShiXu hopes to become a professional engineer in Canada and continue research related to the manufacturing industry.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security in Memory of Frank Collins $6,000

Hans Zhao, University of New Brunswick

Hans Zhao is currently an M.ScE student at The Laboratory for Threat-Material Detection (LTMD) of The University of New Brunswick. His research aims at designing an airport scanner, which can reconstruct a 3D geometric shape of a concealed suspicious article within a suitcase by two X-ray projections. This 3D image should provide inspectors directly with information on the shape, location and material of hidden articles. It can also improve the reliability of inspection by providing computer-aided detection. This scanner could be widely used in airports, seaports, post offices and other public security fields in the near future.

Hans’ previous job was at Techlink Entertainment Ltd. as a mechanical engineer to design ‘video lottery terminals’ (VLT). He also worked respectively at G.N Plastic Company Ltd as a tooling designer to design thermoforming plastic moulds since 2005, and at Tesma International Inc. as a support engineer to set up new tooling on CNC lathes and solve day-to-day problems (chatter, vibration etc.) on a transmission product line from 2003 to 2004.

Hans immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada from China in 2001. He started as a CNC machining technician threading oil pipes at R.F Iron Works Ltd in 2002. Since Jan. 2010, Hans Zhao went to UNB to update his knowledge. His future career will be focus on industrial applications of NDT (Non-destructive test) technologies.

Hans received his Bachelor and Master degree respectively from ChengDu University of Science & Technology (1987) and SiChuna University (1996) in China. His works in China were designing plastic injection moulds, metal dies and machines, such as the barrier of toll station on highway and the on-line metal sheet thickness measuring device on rolling mills of steel plants.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Sustainable Transportation in Memory of William Waters $6,000

Pierre-Luc Fecteau, Université Laval
Pierre-Luc is currently completing his M.Sc at Université Laval. His research aims at producing a damage evaluation protocol for Alkali-Aggregate-Reaction (AAR) affected concrete. Considering the amount of transport infrastructures affected by AAR (mostly ASR) in concrete, it is of great interest to produce a protocol capable of determining the current condition but also the potential for future expansion. It is crucial in selecting efficient mitigation measures to attempt to extend the already reduced service life or to ensure public’s safety in using the affected transport structures.

Pierre-Luc obtained his bachelor degree in Geological engineering at Université Laval in 2009. He then worked for a full summer in a quality control laboratory as a civil engineering technician before starting his M.Sc in fall 2009. He accepted several teaching assistantships over the duration of his masters and also collected numerous awards (especially from the local American Concrete Institute (ACI) chapter). He has been a speaker in two conferences and wrote a scientific paper at the 2010 local ACI annual conference. His future career will be focused on applying the acquired knowledge to deteriorated (multi-origin) concrete structures in a quality control laboratory.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security/Sustainable Transportation in Memory of John Heads $6,000

Kristian Larsen, University of Toronto
Kristian is currently a PhD student in Planning at the University of Toronto.

Kristian’s research interests relate to examining how the built environment influences one’s health. His first research project examined access to healthy and affordable food. More recently, his research has focused on how to encourage active transportation within an urban setting. One research project assessed how features of the built environment influence a child’s mode of travel between home and school; while another project looked at adult walking behaviours, and how to design more walkable neighbourhoods. His current research expands on what he’s learned in his previous degrees.

Kristian’s PhD dissertation aims to explore how motor vehicle exposure influences mode of travel to and from elementary school. This will explore two important elements of the active transportation literature, how to increase rates of active school travel, and how to improve pedestrian safety.

Following the completion of his degree, Kristian hopes to become a professor at a Canadian University and continue to explore the connection between the built environment, active travel and one’s health.