Join Active Research Programs and Projects

ARIC has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 10 years – a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team. We have not only helped small to medium-sized businesses develop new technology, but we have provided Centennial students an opportunity to acquire invaluable training in applied research. We now boast two major NSERC-funded programs in Health Technology and Sustainable Energy. We are also currently developing an advanced Aerospace Program. Each program supports small and medium-sized companies in our community while providing relevant experience to our faculty members and the right skill sets for students to be job ready.

Health Technology Program
Our unparalleled Health Technology program, headed by Purnima Tyagi, Ph.D., creates connections and promotes knowledge-sharing with companies working in Health IT, Digital Health Care and Health and Wellness apps. The program started with a NSERC-CCI entry level grant in 2011. It was further strengthened by a NSERC-CCI five-year grant in Digital Technologies in Healthcare Management and Health Promotion. Our Health Technology Program joined forces with such industry partners as Interdev Technologies Inc., Spongelab Interactive, DMTI Spatial, BiteBank Websites Inc. and Podotech – Podo Pal Inc.

For more information on this program, please contact Purnima Tyagi, Innovation Program Manager (Health) at (416) 289-5128 x8290 or by email at

Sustainable Energy Program
Our remarkable Sustainable Energy Program, headed by Hassan Haji-Esmaeili, was created in 2006 by Centennial College’s School of Engineering Technology & Applied Sciences (SETAS). Its vision is that Ontario will become a North American leader in the transition to a low carbon, distributed energy economy. It supports this vision with a mandate to develop capacity in the areas of energy conservation, energy efficiency and sustainable energy generation. Projects range from demonstration, testing and analyses of hybrid-powered (wind and solar) grid-tied (and off-grid) municipal streetlighting; to testing/validating two methods for producing electricity from bio-hydrogen; to maximizing energy output, minimizing cost of solar thermal technologies to heat water and to heat and cool spaces. We have collaborated with such industry leaders as Clear Blue Technologies, Efston Science and NIM Energy.

For more information on this program, please contact Hassan Haji-Esmaeili Innovation Program Manager (Energy) at (416) 289-5128 x3353 or by email at

Aerospace Program
ARIC’s exhilarating new Aerospace Program is headed by Eric Blaise, Ph.D. Once we have acquired the same NSERC funding our Health Technology and Sustainable Energy programs, we will develop a landing gear research program for the next 5 years. We have already collaborated with Nexas Network, a company that specializes in designing advanced manufacturing systems for the aerospace industry. The team of students and faculty assembled by ARIC worked with Nexas to reverse engineer, prototype, test and validate a memory card to upgrade older Computer Numerical Code (CNC) machines used in the aerospace industry. This collaboration demanded the advancement of new technology – in doing so, faculty and students learned a new, valuable skill set, and employed a methodology applicable to future projects.

For more information on this program, please contact Eric Blaise, Aerospace Program Manager (Aerospace) at (416) 289-5128 x3347 or by email at