Col­lege ranks third for col­lege ap­plied re­search

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Col­lege of the North At­lantic ranks third in Canada among pub­lic col­leges for ap­plied re­search in­come, ac­cord­ing to Canada’s Top 50 Re­search Col­leges, an in­au­gu­ral re­port is­sued by Re­search In­fos­ource Inc.

The rank­ing is based on a col­lege’s abil­ity to at­tract fund­ing in­vest­ments for ap­plied re­search and de­vel­op­ment. In the 2012 fis­cal year, Col­lege of the North At­lantic at­tained $6,026,000 in re­search in­come with 25 fac­ulty mem­bers in­volved in ap­plied re­search projects.

“One of the strengths of Col­lege of the North At­lantic is the ex­ten­sive knowl­edge base and the pro­fes­sional qual­i­ties that our fac­ulty mem­bers bring to the class­room, to com­mu­ni­ties, and in sup­port of in­dus­try,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, the col­lege’s pres­i­dent and CEO.

“En­gag­ing in ap­plied re­search is cen­tral to the com­mu­nity con­nec­tion and rel­e­vance that comes from Col­lege of the North At­lantic. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties en­hance the class­room ex­pe­ri­ence for our stu­dents as our fac­ulty mem­bers are con­tin­u­ously en­gaged in the sec­tors for which they pro­vide train­ing.”

Ac­tive projects that in­volve mul­ti­ple fund­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing part­ners in­clude dis­ci­plines such as: min­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy, agri­foods, petroleum, and wave pow­ered pump­ing for aqua­cul­ture.

“We are ex­tremely proud of this recog­ni­tion and ac­knowl­edge the sig­nif­i­cance of our stand­ing amongst our peers,” said Mo­hammed Iqbal, the col­lege’s chair of ap­plied re­search.

“The col­lege has been ac­tively pur­su­ing small and medium sized busi­nesses to work with so we can as­sist in mod­i­fy­ing and en­hanc­ing their busi­ness ap­ti­tudes. We also have some sig­nif­i­cant projects un­der­way that are not only unique to their re­spec­tive in­dus­tries, but are also in­tro­duc­ing new method­olo­gies to those in­dus­tries.”

As an ex­am­ple, in 2012, Dr. Gary Thomp­son, a geo­chemist at the col­lege’s Burin cam­pus and an as­so­ci­ate of the Of­fice of Ap­plied Re­search, was se­lected by the Nat­u­ral Sciences and Engineering Re­search Coun­cil as the only At­lantic Cana­dian col­lege rep­re­sen­ta­tive to re­ceive a new In­dus­trial Re­search Chairs for Col­lege’s grant.

The grant supports an on­go­ing re­search part­ner­ship with min­ing gi­ant Vale for an ad­di­tional five years. Dr. Thomp­son’s work fo­cuses on new process de­vel­op­ment and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions and ap­plied min­er­al­ogy, and link­ing ge­ol­ogy and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of ore de­posits with re­cov­ery pro­cesses.

A num­ber of the col­lege’s ini­tia­tives have also been sup­ported by Spring­board At­lantic, a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion to At­lantic Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges which helps trans­fer knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy to the re­gion’s pri­vate sec­tor.

Col­lege of the North At­lantic is New­found­land and Labrador’s pub­lic col­lege. The Of­fice of Ap­plied Re­search ex­plores ways to ap­ply new knowl­edge to pro­mote sus­tain­able eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity. With re­searchers and fa­cil­i­ties lo­cated at sev­eral cam­puses, and con­nected by a mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work, CNA re­sponds to in­dus­try and com­mu­nity needs across the prov­ince.

To learn more about CNA’s the Of­fice of Ap­plied Re­search visit or email

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