NSERC Awards Strategic Project Grants

Two Carleton University researchers, Jacques Albert and Banu Örmeci, have been awarded Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Albert, a professor in the Department of Electronics, will receive more than $462,000 for his work on glass fibre laser components. Many laser components, including mirrors and crystals, can now be created using silica fibre.  This strategic project grant is aimed at developing a frequency-doubling fibre capable of replacing crystals, and propelling the Canadian industry one step closer to a complete all-fibre laser. Albert will work on this research in collaboration with Christopher Smelser, assistant professor in Carleton’s School of Information Technology, as well as colleagues at Laval University and industrial partner CorActive.

Örmeci, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive $277,000 for her work developing optimization and automation systems for sludge treatment processes. The cost of biosolids treatment is to approximately half of the cost of wastewater treatment. The ultimate goal of this research is to optimize sludge treatment processes, improving their performance while reducing costs and the environmental impacts.

Strategic Project Grants aim to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or the environment within the next 10 years.


“The faculty at Carleton continue to conduct cutting-edge research as they strive for excellence and knowledge and understanding of issues that are important to society. NSERC funding is critical in helping our researchers address present day challenges while anticipating tomorrow’s concerns.”– Kim Matheson, vice-president, Research and International.

About Carleton University:

Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.

About NSERC:

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC 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 post-secondary research projects.

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