Sarah R. Nicholson

MASc., 

BEng. in Mechanical Engineering

I am the co-founder and CEO of Umny Inc., developing software, research, and marketing for renewable energy technology.

I have my MASc in mechanical engineering. Using computational fluid dynamics I developed sustainable energy systems.

I have worked as a technical consultant, researcher, and designer. My thesis research continues to grow into multi-organization projects, which I have supported through my previous work as the CTO and Marketing Director at Innovia GEO Corp.

My goal is to work in a field that focuses on “regenerative environmental engineering”,  taking sustainability one step further by supporting regenerative practices.  I believe my field can be greatly improved by focusing on emotional intelligence, interdisciplinary design, and by developing genuinely inclusive and compassionate workplace cultures.

I am passionate about art, education, gardening, writing, science, nature, photography, architecture, and basketball.  I am also an author.

Using Climate Change As A Thermal Energy Source in Northern & Remote Regions

My master’s research focused on developing a new in-ground heat exchanger from existing structural equipment.

GOAL:

To develop sustainable energy for remote communities which currently rely on expensive diesel generation and carbon emitting sources.

METHOD:

Using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), I simulated the potential to provide heating and cooling to buildings with these piles.

This research is expected to improve the feasibility of Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) technology across Canada, while also addressing the energy and environmental needs of remote communities. 

Soil details and ground source heat pump potential with piles. Created with Leya Kober.

These piles were shown to delay the expected thawing of permafrost (due to rising air temperatures) by 50-75 years, while providing sustainable heating to buildings.

Follow this project as it continues to develop through Innovia GEO Corp, and Umny Inc.

Regenerative Farming Project

In 2020 I started a goat farm with my family. We put regenerative farming methods into practice and focused on providing sustainable, ethical meat. 

Publications

I am published in several sets of slides, documents, and papers that I have created from my work as a TA, RA, and masters student. 

CNC Beyond | Omni-directional Robotic Machining

An award-winning undergraduate thesis project to deliver a working prototype of a cheap, lightweight CNC machine for makers and hobbyists. 

NSERC Graduate Scholarship

The second to win this scholarship in the history of the department, this award funded my master’s research project.

Toronto Hydro Student Award

With this award, I became a member of the Clean Energy Zone Learning. Promoting my research project as a sustainable energy system.

RBC Student's Leading Change Scholarship Recipient

I was thrilled to be chosen for RBC’s scholarship, and to bring light to my aim to include more women in the exciting field that I am studying.

Latest Blog Post:

Building environments can contribute to safety by reducing vulnerability to crime and by reducing aggression within occupants. This review identifies elements of lighting, noise, temperature, layout, and building quality which have been shown to provoke aggressive behaviour, and which reduce the incidences of crime or violence. Additionally, a discussion on demographic differences in perceptions of safety suggest the importance of a diverse approach to building interventions.

Sarah R. Nicholson

MASc., BEng. in Mechanical Engineering

I am the co-founder and CEO of Umny Inc., developing software, research, and marketing for renewable energy technology.

I have my MASc in mechanical engineering. Using computational fluid dynamics I developed sustainable energy systems.

I have worked as a technical consultant, researcher, and designer. My thesis research continues to grow into multi-organization projects, which I have supported through my previous work as the CTO and Marketing Director at Innovia GEO Corp.

I am also an author and an artist.

My goal is to work in a field that focuses on “regenerative environmental engineering”,  taking sustainability one step further by supporting regenerative practices.  I believe my field can be greatly improved by focusing on emotional intelligence, interdisciplinary design, and by actively engaging in equity, diversity and inclusion. I am passionate about art, learning, teaching, gardening, writing, science, and philosophy.

Using Climate Change As A Thermal Energy Source in Northern & Remote Regions

My master’s research focused on developing a new in-ground heat exchanger from existing structural equipment.

How to Design with Women

I have published several documents on how to design with women in engineering, as well as giving guest lectures.

Regenerative Farming Project

In the summer of 2020 I started a goat farm with my family. We put regenerative farming methods into practice and focused on providing sustainable, ethical meat. 

Latest Blog Post:

Building environments can contribute to safety by reducing vulnerability to crime and by reducing aggression within occupants. This review identifies elements of lighting, noise, temperature, layout, and building quality which have been shown to provoke aggressive behaviour, and which reduce the incidences of crime or violence. Additionally, a discussion on demographic differences in perceptions of safety suggest the importance of a diverse approach to building interventions.

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