Applied Research Highlights

Applied research

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s expanded focus on applied research in 2014–15 helped attract external funding and forge beneficial partnerships.

Highlights included

  • Habitat for Humanity database

    Computer Systems Technology students developed a database for Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert, a non-profit that builds affordable homes for low-income families. The database tracks volunteer hours, donations of building materials and project details with speed, accuracy and consistency. Learn more about the Computer Systems Technology program. >>
  • Hockey puck for the blind

    Faculty and staff in the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program are developing an improved hockey puck for visually impaired players. A prototype of the audible puck was demonstrated at Courage Canada’s National Blind Hockey Tournament in Toronto. Learn more about the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program. >>
  • “Talking head” mobile app

    Development began on a mobile application that could potentially show students who are learning a new language how to form sounds.
  • Funding for nursing research

    Nursing research teams competed for and received more than $810,000 in peer-reviewed funding for six projects. Projects include updating competency assessment tools for internationally educated nurses, examining factors that impact surgical patient outcomes, and a study of older adults’ experiences with Home First project teams. Learn more about the School of Nursing. >>
  • Mining safety study

    Faculty collaborated with the University of Saskatchewan and six of Saskatchewan’s largest mining companies on this inquiry aimed at advancing safety at work, at home and in the community. Learn more about the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing.
  • Memorandum of Understanding

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), ensuring that Saskatchewan Polytechnic, for the first time, will be eligible for SHRF grants and award funds.
  • Hannin Creek Educational Facility

    Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation acquired this site and substantially improved its infrastructure. Plans include setting up a biological field station at the facility, which serves as a field camp for students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s natural resources programs. Learn more about the School of Natural Resources and Built Environment. >>

SPECIAL FEATURE: Applied Research

Unlike basic or pure research that’s carried out at universities, applied research focuses on delivering practical solutions to everyday problems. It often involves testing new products before they’re brought to market, proving a concept or assessing a need. It seeks to enrich and improve.

In 2014–15, faculty, staff and students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic participated in a number of applied research projects that promised to do just that. One team, for instance, developed a database for Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert that will help the non-profit to organize its volunteers and housing projects. Another began the design of a “talking head” mobile app that could potentially show students who are learning a new language how to form sounds. And about 50 Sask Polytech faculty and student research assistants have partnered with the University of Saskatchewan and six of the province’s biggest mining companies in an extensive enquiry that aims to improve safety practices in the minerals industry.

“Applied research projects not only support the community and economic development,” says Cristina Holguin-Pando, director of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation, “but they also foster innovation literacy among students and present great opportunities for faculty to flex their research muscles.”