Research & Innovation

Sandy Kirkbride

Education

Chemical Engineering Technologist, Lambton College

Research Expertise

  • Materials Processing
  • Extrusion
  • Health and Safety

Bio & Academic Background

Sandy Kirkbride is a graduate of Lambton College's Chemical Technology program and has spent the past 20 years working in labs as a Laboratory Technologist and researcher on many industrial collaborative projects.

She was hired by Lambton College in 2006 as a technologist to manage and perform research projects in the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Lab (AMER), which was originally part of Lambton College's Process Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. She is now a full-time researcher and research laboratory coordinator at the College. The success of the AMER lab showed the need to expand equipment into the area of Mechanical Testing, and the College purchased a 55Ton Injection Molder Machine, an Instro and various fixtures to go with them.

Kirkbride's knowledge and involvement with research activity has led to many other opportunities, including managing the College's new Bio-Industrial Process Research Lab, where renewable energy products are becoming very important.

Kirkbride acts as the Technical Lead on many research projects, providing expertise in the area of material development. As the lead, Kirkbride manages applied research projects, supervises research teams including students, develops technical reports and supports commercialization activities.

She says she enjoys being a part of the students' initial work experience, taking the theory of what they learn in the classroom and applying it into a real hands-on job. She also enjoys playing a role in helping clients in the development of new products or helping them solve problems with their current products.

Research Areas

Advanced Material Development

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