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I'm a second year MES student at Queen's University with a background in mechanical engineering and science, technology and society. While studying at Queen's I hope to indulge my passion for sustainability as it relates to both engineering and the social sciences. I am particularly interested in the policy surrounding environmental and green design as well as Canadian Northern issues, including energy, sovereignty and aboriginal issues.
I am currently completing a research project that focuses on reducing diesel dependency in Nunavut, Canada by exploring the introduction of renewable energy technologies (RETs).
Here is a link to my project: Renewable energy policy in the north
Thesis Literature Review
Government PV Manufacturing Policy Lit Review (MECH 836 Project)
Publications and Conference Abstracts
McDonald, N.C., Pearce, J.M., Overcoming Barriers for Reduction of Diesel Dependency with Renewable Energy Technologies in Nunavut, ArcticNet 7th Annual Scientific Meeting, Ottawa,
14‐17 December 2010.
McDonald, N.C., Pearce, J.M., [http://qspace.library.queensu.ca/bitstream/1974/6122/1/PV%20Recycling%20QShare.pdf Producer responsibility and recycling solar photovoltaic
modules], Energy Policy 38(11), pp. 7041–7047, 2010.
Scitopics page: http://www.scitopics.com/Producer_responsibility_and_recycling_solar_photovoltaic_modules.html
Dirk V. P. McLaughlin, Nicole C. McDonald, Ha T. Nguyen and J.M. Pearce, Leveraging Photovoltaic Technology for Sustainable Development in Ontario's First Nations Communities, Journal of Sustainable Development 3(3), pp. 3‐13, 2010.