Lambton College has received one of the 14 first ever NSERC Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges in Canada.
The NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges grants are based on partnerships with businesses to conduct research projects in areas such as information and communications technologies, environmental technologies, natural resources and energy.
Lambton College has been pledged nearly $200,000 of NSERC funding per year for five years bringing the total public funding to just under $1,000,000. The NSERC funding is matched by cash and in-kind contributions from current and future industrial partners.
Sarnia-Lambton MP Pat Davidson made the announcement.
Maike Luiken, dean of Applied Research and Sustainable Development at Lambton College, was also part of the announcement, explaining the significance of the funding and announcing the appointment of Dr. Mehdi Sheikhzadeh holder of the chair.
Dr. Sheikhzadeh also spoke to the gathering.
NSERC is a federal agency that supports some 30,000 postsecondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. It promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging about 2,000 Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.