A look into my Co-op work term with Eosense!

image1 My name is Victoria Boily and I will be employed with Eosense for the next 8 months on a Co-op work term. I am currently in my 4th year of Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University. I have completed two previous Co-op work terms, both as a research assistant under Dr. Mark Gibson at the Atmospheric Forensic Research Group (AFRG) located at Dalhousie University. I have an interest in research and hope to work in research and development upon completion of my degree. I joined the Eosense team in order to expand my R&D experience and my knowledge of environmental gas sensing.

Throughout the course of my two previous Co-op work terms at the AFRG, I was involved in several projects. One project that I contributed to was titled “Quantifying the temporal and spatial variations of PM1.0 in Kejimkujik National Park”. img_3562The purpose of this study was to determine the concentration of biogenic sources with particulate matter smaller than 1.0 μm and volatile organic compounds. In order to achieve a true reading of only biogenic sources, the study was set up at Kejimkujik National Park which is a remote location free of any exposure to major sources of air contamination. The end results will aid in the determination of the total concentration and source appointment of air pollution by eliminating the biogenic concentrations from the total count. During this project, I was tasked to instrument maintenance, sample collection/preparation, as well as analyzing and compiling the raw data.

Another project I was involved with was titled “Source apportionment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and size-resolved particulate matter on Sable Island”. This study focuses on the natural and anthropogenic factors that affect air quality. Specifically focusing on source effects from climate change, oil and gas extraction activity, and shipping emissions. The objective is to quantify the contribution from each of these sources to the total amount of particulate matter and VOC’s measured on the island. Sable Island was chosen as the location for this study as the atmosphere is exposed to terrestrial/marine air masses and man-made pollution from the North American continent, as well as emissions from shipping and nearby petrochemical production activity. For this study I was responsible for compiling the raw data into graphs and figures which were then used to identify trends and patterns in the results.

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I am really excited to be part of the Eosense team and I am looking forward to working with everyone and learning more about the company!