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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor Dan Zhang

Dr. Dan Zhang

A professor at UOIT since 2004 Dr. Dan Zhang's research interests include robotics and mechatronics; advanced manufacturing technologies; advanced engineering design methodology; reconfigurable parallel kinematic machines research and development; high performance manufacturing systems; and design optimization.

In February 2009 he was awarded a $500,000 Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Robotics and Automation, to further develop his parallel robot design, which has the great potential to reinvent manufacturing capabilities, particularly in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

Thanks to additional funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence, Dr. Zhang has worked with industry partners on many research projects. These include an award of $17,496 in 2009 to partner with Matrex on a project entitled Research Emulsion Manufacturing and Process; an award of $17,496 in 2008 to work with ASI Group on Design and Fabrication of a Power Winch and Level Wind for ROV Tether Management and $27,000 for Design Control and Testing of a Novel Heavy-Duty Robot Arm for Medical application, a partnership with Amico Corporation.

Soon after joining UOIT, Dr. Zhang was awarded a research grant from Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO) to investigate the current production development process at Canada Rubber Group (CBG), which is an MMO industry partner, and analyze CBG's current problem-solving practice as it undergoes a new development process.

The significant private and public funding received for Dr. Zhang's projects, and countless others on campus, plays an important role in offering UOIT students outstanding hands-on research opportunities and the university's globally recognized researchers with the means to continue to work on projects that are strongly aligned with federal and provincial research and innovation priorities.