Research in Action: Research helping to improve the efficiency of motors

As the negative climate effects of fossil fuel-based energy sources become more apparent, governments, scientists and industries around the globe are putting more resources into developing sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives.

Locally, Dr. Mohammad Nasir Uddin is contributing to the effort with his research, funded through Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grants, on optimizing the efficiency of wind energy and electric motor drives.

A professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lakehead University, Uddin and his graduate students are working on wind energy conversion systems to achieve maximum power extraction from the wind and maximum output from wind generators. They do this by creating intelligent algorithms that mimic the human brain by telling the system what to do in any given circumstance.

To illustrate what an algorithm is, Uddin gives the example of a commuter on the way to work in Toronto. “As she heads down the highway, her brain has planned out the shortest and fastest route. That’s an algorithm. Then she hears on the radio that there is an accident up ahead. Her brain takes that new information and creates an alternate route. That’s another algorithm.”

Uddin’s team has also developed control algorithms that improve the power quality and dynamic performance of wind generators by responding appropriately and quickly to unpredictable abnormal variations of wind speeds or power system fault conditions. Thanks to this kind of research the creation of a cost effective and sustainable wind energy system can be achieved.

Another area of Uddin’s research involves loss minimization in electric motors. “Fifty-five per cent of the total electric energy produced in the world is consumed by electric motors,” says Uddin. “If we use the algorithms to force the motor to follow certain conditions so that voltage and current give the minimum loss, then we can improve the overall efficiency of the system and achieve the best motor performance.”

Uddin has shared his findings in 228 papers that have published or accepted in refereed journals and conferences including 53 papers in IEEE Transactions which is considered the top ranking journal in his area of research. In 2010 he won the Lakehead University’s Distinguished Researcher Award.

Uddin’s impact in the field of Electrical Engineering goes beyond his own research. After more than 25 years of teaching and research experience at various universities in Canada, the United States, Bangladesh, Japan and Malaysia he has mentored and inspired many students. They include 50 highly qualified engineers (nine Ph.D., 24 Master’s, 14 Research Associates and three Postdoctoral fellows) and 82 undergraduate students. Most have gone on to work for companies like General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Rockwell Automation, AMEC, Caterpillar and Schneider Electric where they continue to develop optimization algorithms that improve efficiencies in motor drives used in transportation, robotics, automotive and oil industries.

Dr. Mohammed Nasir Uddin is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Lakehead University; Coordinator of the Electrical Engineering program under the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership; and the Director of the Renewable Energy, Power Systems and Drive Research Lab located in Barrie.

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Research in Action: Community-led study aims to reduce childhood stress, boost learning

How do you come back to calm? This question is the powerful message driving a new community-based project by Lakehead University professors Drs. Sonia Mastrangelo and Meridith Lovell-Johnston.

Based in the Faculty of Education at the University’s Orillia campus, Mastrangelo and Lovell-Johnston use the concept of self-regulation to engage young children in learning and literacy. Over the next three years, they’re working in partnership with six First Nations community schools in northern Ontario, focusing specifically on self-regulation in kids Kindergarten-age to grade three.

“As the foundation of healthy social development, self-regulation can be learned and is vital to helping us become resilient and cope with the stressors of daily life,” says Mastrangelo, a specialist in child exceptionality and self-regulation. “When our coping mechanisms are derailed, so is our ability to learn new skills, like reading and writing.”

“We always stress that self-regulation in the classroom is as important for teachers as it is for students,” adds Lovell-Johnston, whose expertise spans literacy, language learning and teaching methods. “Offering local teacher workshops and professional development is a key way we’ll support the development of self-regulation and practices that foster literacy and learning.”

Through classroom observation, interviews, focus groups, sharing circles and storytelling, the project will explore how to identify and reduce sources of stress and provide different strategies that help kids return to calm. Anything from dimming lights, using lavender scents and offering safe spaces to regroup can all create stable, homeostatic classrooms says Mastrangelo, adding that what works for one child may not necessarily be effective for another.

While the current work is based in northern Ontario, Mastrangelo notes that the principles of self-regulation apply to any classroom, and any child. “It’s trial and error to find what works for each student, but they eventually learn to communicate and regulate their feelings independently, so that they can get back on track for learning.”

The children will also lend a hand in making videos, pictures and stories in English and their community language, Oji-Cree, that capture their experiences including “what makes them feel happy and safe and want to learn,” says Lovell-Johnston. At the end of the project, each child will have helped create their own e-book; a documentary-style film will also be produced and shared with the public and other education scholars.

Mastrangelo and Lovell-Johnston’s project launched in January of 2020 with the first of several planned spaghetti-dinner and information nights for parents, underscoring their community-led and partnership approach to setting research objectives and sharing knowledge.

“We work together to address challenges and offer supports in the places the communities themselves have told us they need it most,” says Mastrangelo. “This partnership work is essential to empower northern educators and communities to support their children with culturally relevant practices for lifelong learning, resiliency and achievement.”

Faculty of Education professors Drs. Mastrangelo and Lovell-Johnston work in partnership with the Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre in Northwestern Ontario community schools. Their three-year Partnership Development Grant is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Research in Action: Bringing new life to 17th century choral music

If you haven’t heard of Henry Aldrich, the famous 17th century composer, architect and Oxford dean, you’re likely not alone.

But Lakehead University music professor and Orillia campus principal Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans wants to convince you to tune in.

“I was immediately drawn to his work as it’s the music I love to hear and perform myself,” says Jobin-Bevans, who came across Aldrich’s archived manuscripts in 2013 during a sabbatical researching in the Christ Church Library, Oxford. “There is also a modern appeal to his music – it’s still accessible and relevant all these centuries later.”

Aldrich’s music, most of which are anthems composed for the cathedral at Christ Church, was written for both unaccompanied choirs or those singing with an organ accompaniment. Typically thought of as an English style of church music, choral anthems have a long history of performance in the Anglican tradition and are almost exclusively sung in English.

Henry Aldrich collected, transcribed and composed as many as 8,000 scores of choral music for cathedral performances during his career at the University of Oxford’s Christ Church college, as a way to inspire his own creative work and religious musical expression. A prolific 17th century English writer, theologian, philosopher, composer, and architect, he also served as Dean of Christ Church and as the University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor.

Intrigued by Aldrich’s unique approach to choral music, Jobin-Bevans set out to transcribe select pieces from the 300-year old collection, editing and creating musical scores for contemporary church choirs, instrumentalists, and music scholars. Working his way through original leather-bound, handwritten manuscripts, Jobin-Bevans spent six years editing and digitizing 20 different scores, updating elements such as time signatures and adding musical bars and vocal clefs.

A CD of the new editions was released in November of 2019 and some of Aldrich’s original manuscripts are also captured on the project website. Jobin-Bevans says that hearing the music performed for the first time by the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, who also recorded the music for the CD, was hugely rewarding and speaks to the lasting quality of Aldrich’s work.

Viewing history through the late composer’s musical lens is another takeaway of the project, says Jobin-Bevans. “Aldrich grew up, was educated and appointed Dean during the period of the English Restoration, a time of great upheaval, politically and socially. His work reflects that history and tells us a lot about what his creative mind was thinking concerning the role and function of Restoration church music and liturgy.”

Jobin-Bevans also agrees a parallel can be drawn between himself and Aldrich that goes beyond the music.

“He was passionate about connecting architecture, logic, and math through music to both teach and inspire,” reflects Jobin-Bevans. “His work has been an inspiration to me and has kept me engaged in new ways to teach, lead as a principal, and continue building this lasting digital archive of his legacy.”

Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans’ research is a partnership with the Christ Church Library, Oxford. Samples of the music are available at: The full album, Henry Aldrich: Sacred Choral Music, can be purchased on iTunes or borrowed from the NAXOS Music Library through your local library.

Students win big at Annual Juried Exhibition

Artwork created by Lakehead University visual arts students displayed in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Department of Visual Arts is happy to announce the winners of the annual student Juried Exhibition held at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery! These are the winners of awards sponsored by individuals at Lakehead University:

Lakehead University Alumni Association Award
Winner: Hanyu Zhang, Be Water My Friend 

Lakehead University Student Union Award
Winner: Hanna Marion, Dependent and Greedy

Lakehead University Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities Award

  • Painting: Gary Ho, I Won’t Suicide, Call My Parents
  • Drawing: Bethany Potter, Poppy’s Trap
  • Ceramics: Julia Mills, Deflated 
  • Print: Hanna Marion, Sauna Bucket
  • Sculpture: Nathan Cross, Does It Matter 

President of Lakehead University Award
Winner: Katie Untinen, Fort McMurray May 3rd 2016

Visual Arts Network Award

  • Kevin Niemi, Bundled
  • Bethany Potter, Poppy’s Trap
  • Yue Xin, Ryder’s House 
  • Faith Cordeiro, Time Flies 

Department of Visual Arts Award
(for Promising First Year Student)
Winner: Kevin Niemi, Bundled 

As the gallery had to close to the public a virtual tour of the exhibition can be accessed on the Thunder Bay Art Gallery website beginning on Thursday, March 26.

Thank you to our Lakehead University donors for your support!

Lakehead University students artwork displayed in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Athletic Awards update

Dear Thunderwolves,

I would like to extend my greetings and best wishes to all of you at this strange and difficult time. Because of the new restrictions, we have decided to cancel our annual Athletics Awards event.

Instead of a face to face celebration of your accomplishments this season, we have posted the information on our website. I know this isn’t the way we thought the season would end, but I still think it’s important that we celebrate the accomplishments of our athletes and rejoice in your success. I would like to thank all of you for your incredible spirit, and the passion you have shown for your sport, your education and our  university,

Good Luck! and a special thanks to our graduating athletes.

Please see the list of winners here. Congratulations to everyone, and in particular to our award winners.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer. We will talk soon.

With best wishes and affection.

Your Athletic Director,

Tom Warden

Lakehead professor hosting free webinar series: Surviving and Thriving at Home with Your Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. David Tranter, Associate Professor with the School of Social Work, will be offering free live and on-demand webinars for parents and caregivers. The series entitled, Surviving and Thriving at Home with Your Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic, provides expert advice in the areas of parenting, learning at home, and managing anxiety. Dr. Tranter is providing three webinars:

Session One: The March Break is Over, Now What?
Wednesday, March 25, 1 PM
This first session of the series covers the top ten ways you and your children can successfully settle in to staying at home. Topics will include: establishing realistic expectations, creating a daily routine, and dealing with stress and worry

Session Two: Learning at Home is Not like Learning at School
Wednesday, April 1, 1 PM
This session will examine how you can support your child’s learning and development without turning your dining room into a classroom. Topics will include: what matters most when it comes to learning, capitalizing on curiosity, and dealing with opposition without detention or suspension

Session Three: Are We Having Fun Yet? Saying Positive Over the Long Haul
Wednesday, April 8, 1 PM
This session will focus on maintaining your own well-being so you can support the well-being of your children. Topics will include: staying motivated and positive, managing boredom and anxiety, and supporting your own well-being

For more information, or to register, go to

Research in Action: Uncovering the importance of human capital

Before he became a university professor and author, Dr. Kunle Akingbola had a successful career as a Human Resources (HR) professional. He was the HR manager for the Canadian Red Cross in Toronto while working on the second of his three Master’s degrees. As he grappled with choosing a thesis topic, his research advisor made a suggestion that would change the course of Akingbola’s work and his life.

At the time, the Red Cross had just taken over managing a homeless shelter over the winter for the City of Toronto, which was downsizing services to the non-profit sector. On top of their regular programs, Red Cross employees had to create and staff a completely new program that they would give up in six months time, only to bring back another six months after that.

Akingbola took his advisor’s advice and used the Red Cross case study as the basis for his Master’s thesis on non-profit HR management. That line of study eventually led to his Ph.D. dissertation, which examined the entire strategy of non-profit organizations across Canada and the impact of government funding and the environment.

Akingbola’s growing expertise led to part-time university teaching. He eventually left his HR career to become a full-time professor. Today he is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus.

With numerous publications including books, chapters in edited books, and articles in leading journals, research continues to be a large part of Akingbola’s work, which looks at ways to optimize the effectiveness of non-profit organizations while increasing employee satisfaction and improving outcomes for the communities they serve. He encourages his students to get research experience by helping him do surveys and data sorting.

“Prior to my study, no one had ever looked at HR management in non-profit organizations, says Akingbola. “There had been research on volunteers, but not employees of non-profit organizations that make up a major part of the Canadian social sector and account for about nine per cent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

His vast personal experience in HR in non-profit and healthcare sectors combined with his extensive ground-breaking research give Akingbola rare insight and expertise into social purpose enterprises. He understands the fine line organizations are forced to walk to secure the funding that is essential to support their services. It’s especially frustrating in the face of what Akingbola calls “mission drift.”

“How do you manage people who joined your organization because they believe in your mission, but now you have to go in a different direction because that’s where the funding is dictating you go?” says Akingbola.

One thing he is certain of is the importance of the human component in non-profit activities.

“The nature of service is emotional and it is human based,” says Akingbola. “You can install an ATM on Jarvis Street in Toronto that gives out blankets and coffee to the homeless on a cold winter’s night. But it can’t dispense compassion. In that regard you can’t replace human capital.”

Dr. Kunle Akingbola is the lead author of the book "Change Management in Nonprofit Organizations: Theory and Practice" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and the author of "Managing Human Resources for Nonprofits" (Routledge, 2015).

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Lakehead University celebrated exceptional researchers at R and I Awards of Excellence

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Dr. Antony Puddephatt

March 5, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University held its Research and Innovation Awards of Excellence reception on Thursday, March 5 to celebrate the exceptional achievements of professors and students.

Lakehead named Dr. Alla Reznik and Dr. Antony Puddephatt the 2020 Distinguished Researchers for their work in science and social science, respectively.

Dr. Reznik, a Physics professor and the Canada Research Chair in Physics of Radiation Medical Imaging, joined Lakehead in 2008, specializing in novel materials and technologies used for radiation medical imaging detectors.

The major focus of her work is on solid-state technology for molecular breast imaging with Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The goal is to improve resolution and sensitivity over commercially available PET imagers.

When Dr. Reznik joined Lakehead University, no one paid much attention to molecular breast imaging technology.

“At that time it was believed that the only necessary technology to fight breast cancer was conventional mammography, although it was already clear that mammography works well for only half of all women,” Dr. Reznik said.

With Dr. Reznik starting her research at that time, it gave her a chance to work on the science and develop the technology with her students.

“And these young and talented students started to ask me questions: ‘What is the point of working on health technology if the only place it is going to work is your lab?’” she said.

“These so-called troublemakers are confident in the high potential of their research and push you to deploy the results of their work in clinics.”

Dr. Reznik has received more than $11 million in research funding as a primary investigator or a co-applicant. She used her grants to establish a state-of-the-art material science lab for fabricating and testing new semiconductor materials and technologies for medical imaging devices and to supervise a large number of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Her crowning achievement is the development of a new Positron Emission Mammography, an advanced imaging device that can detect early breast cancer. Clinical trials are currently underway at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Dr. Puddephatt, a Sociology professor who is the department’s chair, also started at Lakehead 12 years ago.

His research contributions are wide ranging, and his work contributes both to ongoing theoretical debates in the discipline as well as to innovative research strategies.

Most centrally, he has studied the work of George Herbert Mead, a central Sociological theorist, and has applied his pragmatist philosophy to deal with a range of problems in contemporary theory.

Such topics include the nature of knowledge, science and technology studies, language, meaning and social action, the nature of power and domination, and environmental sociology.

He has done qualitative research on topics that have ranged from the social organization of amateur chess, to open-access publishing, to the culture of higher education. He has also weighed in on disciplinary debates about the future of Sociology in Canada.

He is currently working with Dr. Chris Sanders on a SSHRC-funded project about post-diagnostic identity issues among adults with high functioning autism.

Dr. Puddephatt has generously shared his research insights and advice with junior faculty to help further their projects.

He has also been able to publish with a number of Lakehead’s graduate students in the past few years, including Lisa Alaimo, Rebecca Collins-Nelsen, Taylor Price, and Bailey Tuffin. This has given students the opportunity for professional development, while affording Dr. Puddephatt a chance to learn about new research areas and topics.

“I am really delighted and humbled to win this prestigious award,” he said.

“The faculty, staff, and students at Lakehead have provided so many great opportunities over the years to foster my research, and I couldn't have done this without them.

“Lakehead continues to be a small university that punches over its weight in terms of internationally recognized research, and I am a small part of a really great group of bright scholars here.”

The Distinguished Researcher Award is the highest honour conferred by Lakehead for research and scholarly activity. 

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, said the University’s researchers make him proud.

“Congratulations to both of our Distinguished Researchers and to all Lakehead University researchers,” Dr. Dean said. “Whether they are students or professors, everyone in attendance should be proud of their work and this pride should fuel them to excellence and even greater achievements.” 


Award Recipients

Three-Minute Thesis

People’s Choice Award:

Michaela Bohunicky – Master of Health Sciences
Confronting Settler Colonialism in Food Systems: Exploring Food Movement Organizations in Canada and Australia
Supervisor: Dr. Charles Levkoe

Second Place:
Jade Ross – MSc Archaeological Science
Identifying Origins of Individuals Through Isotopic Analysis: Royal Naval Hospital Cemetery, Antigua
Supervisor: Dr. Tamara Varney

First Place:
Jessica Allingham – PhD Chemistry and Materials Science
Design, Synthesis and Characterization of a PET Diagnostic Agent for Neuronal Trauma
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Campbell

Graduate Studies Research Excellence Awards

Natural Sciences and Engineering Category

Chen Chen, PhD Forest Sciences, Supervisor: Dr. Han Chen, Faculty of Natural Resources Management


Graduate Student Conference Poster Winners

Winner Engineering Category:

Meljin Madvana Paul
MSc Environmental Engineering
Supervisor: Dr. Leila Pakzad

Winner NSERC/Science Category:

Amber Fredenburg

MSc Natural Resources Management

Supervisor: Dr. Don Henne

Winner SSHRC Category:

Beverly Bannon

Masters of Education

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Berger

Winner CIHR Category:

Sadman Sakib
MSc Computer Science
Supervisor: Dr. Zubair Fadlullah


Postdoctoral Fellows Poster Awards

Health Category:

Dr. Guillem Dayer
Department of Biology
Supervisor: Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe


Natural Sciences and Engineering (two winners):

Dr. Ayyoub Salaghi

Department of Chemical Engineering

Supervisor: Dr. Pedram Fatehi


Dr. Bartosz Gajderowicz

Department of Computer Science

Supervisor: Dr. Vijay Mago


Indigenous Partnership Research Award

Dr. Vicki Kristman, Department Health Sciences, and Audrey Gilbeau, Executive Director, Nokiiwin Tribal Council.  The award recognizes their numerous collaborative projects, which include key roles for Indigenous peoples, mutually beneficial outcomes for the researchers and Indigenous partners, contributing to the education of Indigenous students and unique dissemination of research results that takes into account individual/community needs.


Innovation Awards

Student Innovation Award Winner (two winners)

Niloofar Alipoormazandarani
Chemical Engineering Program

Supervisor: Dr. Pedram Fatehi

Yurii Shepelytskyi
Chemistry and Material Science Program

Supervisor: Dr. Mitchell Albert


 Faculty Innovation Award

  • Dr. Mitchell Albert and Tao Li, Chemistry Department

Community-Engaged Research Award

“The First Nations and Métis Math Voices Project.”
Faculty: Dr. Ruth Beatty, Faculty of Education, Orillia Campus
Partner: Colinda Clyne, Upper Grand District School Board


Building Research Capacity Award

  • Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Faculty of Education and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies

Canada Research Chair (CRC) Awards

  • Dr. Alla Reznik, Canada Research Chair in Physics of Radiation Medical Imaging
  • Dr. Maryam Ebrahimi, Canada Research Chair in Low-dimensional Nanomaterials

Senate Research Committee Awards

Contributions to Research Award

  • Dr. Sandra Jeppesen, Interdisciplinary Studies, Orillia Campus
  • Dr. Thomas (Chris) Sanders, Sociology Department
  • Dr. Lori Chambers, Women’s Studies Department

  Distinguished Researcher Award

  • Dr. Alla Reznik, Physics
  • Dr. Antony Puddephatt – Sociology






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The theme of this year’s Research and Innovation Week is Our Creative Mind

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Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro reads the proclamation at this year's opening ceremony.

February 26, 2020 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lakehead University Thunder Bay is hosting its annual Research and Innovation Week from Feb. 26 to March 5, with a theme of Our Creative Mind.

The various talks and activities will interest you and your family and friends, no matter how old (or young) they are, especially Saturday, Feb. 29 when researchers will be at the Intercity Shopping Centre.

Lakehead University researchers and students will host interactive booths at the mall from 10 am to 6 pm for the Festival of Ideas. When you stop by the mall, you will learn more about drones, virtual reality, science experiments, green energy, music, doggy DNA, artificial intelligence, and you can also attend an Indigenous Fashion Show. Participate in the Passport Draw for a chance to win prizes.

Also on Saturday, visit the Brodie St. Public Library from 2 to 4 pm for a discussion called Has the internet changed the way we think about creativity?, hosted by Lakehead English Professor Scott Pound as well as other creative individuals from Lakehead University and Thunder Bay.

Then on Monday, March 2, from 2 to 3:30 pm a Research Outside the Box panel discussion will be held in the Faculty Lounge at Lakehead University, featuring Lakehead University researchers and moderated by Professor Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Alberta.

At 7 pm on Monday, Professor Caulfield, host of “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death” on Netflix, will discuss Battling the Bunk Machines: Health in the Era of Celebrity, Social Media and Twisted Facts, in ATAC 1003. Unless you have already registered you may not be able to attend because registration is at capacity.

On Tuesday, March 3, Dr. Nancy Langston will discuss Climate Change, Policy Choices, and the Future of Woodland Caribou in ATAC 1003 at 7:30 pm. Dr. Langston is Lakehead’s new Fulbright Canada Research Chair  in Interdisciplinary Sustainability Solutions and a Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University.

Then on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 am, attend a free Northern Ignite breakfast to discover pathways between industry and Lakehead University researchers, students and faculty. This breakfast is by registration only and while spaces are available.

Visit to register for Northern Ignite and for more information about all R and I Week events.


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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, describes her experiences as an astronaut during the opening ceremony.