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Name Laura Sievewright-Johnston
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Registered 2023
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Academic Background[edit | edit source]

Laura Sievewright-Johnston is an undergraduate student at Western University pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. She is currently participating in the Western Undergraduate Summer Research Program under Dr. Joshua M. Pearce and as a member of the Free Appropriate Sustainable Technology (FAST) Research Group.

Through a STEM and business focused summer program, hosted by SHAD Canada, Laura was given the opportunity to design a solution to help those impacted by natural disasters. With a group of fellow students, Laura created an app that could be used during disasters to connect people who have resources to those in need. The free app would also include additional features such as educational articles and videos on topics such as basic first aid and how to behave during an evacuation.

NGO Experience[edit | edit source]

For many years Laura has been involved with a number of charities and Not-For-Profit organizations through fundraising campaigns and volunteering. In the summer of 2022, she had the opportunity to work in the fundraising department of The Daily Bread Food Bank as a development assistant. Through this position, Laura was able to lead the Thanksgiving food drive by generating and contacting new fundraising leads to generate 50 thousand pounds of food donations that could be distributed to Daily Breads member agencies.

Current Research[edit | edit source]

In the FAST group, Laura is currently working on developing and testing an open source heat pump with the goal of use in a model house and greenhouse.

Literature Reviews[edit | edit source]

Literature Review: Small-Scale Heat Pumps

Methods[edit | edit source]

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