One giant leap for Ryerson

Ryerson University is taking the lead on space.

Ryerson’s president Mohamed Lachemi, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Guy Levesque announced that the university will receive $128,000 in funding for the development of spacecraft dynamics testing.

The winner of the grant was Anton de Ruiter, as associate professor with Ryerson’s aerospace engineering department.

“Funds like this help us attract talented people to this country and retain them. (De Ruiter) is actually from New Zealand,” said Lachemi.

The investment was made by the Canadian government through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The fund allows universities to attract and retain researchers from around the world by funding the tools needed for their research.

De Ruiter’s research will address spacecraft dynamics and controls needed to carry out future space missions.

He described his project as a very large and very flat “table that could float replica space crafts on it” to co-ordinate.

“(It is) similar to how a spacecraft would co-ordinate in space, so it’s a frictionless environment that will co-ordinate what to do once (the spacecraft is) in space,” said de Ruiter.

Morneau said investments in science are important throughout the country, and Ryerson isn’t the only university receiving funding.

The University of Toronto is receiving $4.9 million for various projects relating to stem cells and robotic radiology. In addition, York University is receiving over $400,000 in funding for its women’s reproductive health centre to study cell carcinomas and build a lab for thermo-magnetics.

Funding is allocated based on “the scope of the project. It’s not (just) U of T’s bigger so they get more money. It’s just the project,” says de Ruiter.

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