Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Alumni


Gabrielle

Gabrielle Sebaldt

Undergraduate Student (2016 - 2017)

Gabrielle was a graduate student and research assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research and professional interests included the design and development of medical devices. She worked on the design and construction of a mock circulatory flow loop to test a novel bridge-to-transplant cannula device for patients with Fontan circulation.

Current position: Doctoral Student, Stanford University, California

Danyal

Danyal Rehman

Undergraduate Student (2016 - 2017)

Danyal was a fourth year mechanical engineering student specializing in mechatronics and sustainable energy. His research interests were in the application of control theory to solve problems related to sustainable energy. His research at ATOMS entailed wind farm layout optimization in complex terrain via computational fluid dynamics, numerical modelling, and nonlinear optimization methods.

Current position: Research Assistant, Water and Energy Research Lab, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto

Harmit

Harmit Komal

MEng Candidate (2015 - 2016)

Harmit was a MEng student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering with the University of Toronto. Her research focused on computational mechanics paired with energy and sustainability studies: in particular, she focused on the modelling of wind turbine wakes on complex terrain using CFD techniques. Harmit completed her bachelor degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in biomedical applications from Carleton University.

Current position: EIT, Jr. Project Engineering, Environment & Climate Change Canada, Ottawa

Jim

Jim Kuo

PhD Candidate (2012 - 2016)

Jim was a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering since 2012. His main research focus was the optimization of wind farm layouts.

Current position: Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles

Andrei

Andrei Saikouski

Undergraduate Student (2016)

Andrei was in his fourth year upon returning from a Professional Experience Year (PEY). He was in the Engineering Science program majoring in Nano-Engineering at the University of Toronto. His PEY was focused on developing a nanomaterial coating in UV applications. The thesis project, supervised by Carlos Da Silva of the ATOMS group, was based on predicting phonon thermal transport using molecular dynamics simulation techniques.

Current position: QA Analyst, Tata Consultancy Services, Toronto

Aditya

Aditya Dhoot

MASc Candidate (2014 - 2016)

Aditya was a MASc student at the University of Toronto. His research focus was in the areas of wind farm layout optimization, operations research, and machine learning. He received his bachelors degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2013. In the past, he worked at a software start-up.

Current position: Entrepreneur & Founder of Engineering and Product Snapy Inc.

David

David Guirguis

MASc Candidate (2014 - 2016)

David joined the ATOMS Lab as a research assistant in September, 2014. Before that he was working as a research and teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo, where he started his research work. His research involved thermal management of power electronics and wind farm layout optimization. Previously, he worked in non-gradient topology optimization, multi-objective evolutionary optimization, and optimization of multi-component sheet metal structures.

Current position: Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan

Ping

Ping Gu

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Ping was a fourth year Engineering Science student major in Energy System Engineering. His thesis project focused on turbine wake simulation supervised by Jim Kuo of the ATOMS group. Previous research experiences including robotic cat design and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle function development.

Current position: Masters Student, Engineering Management, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Wendy

Wendy Xiang

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Wendy was in her fourth year studying in the Engineering Science program majoring in Energy Systems Engineering at the University of Toronto. For her fourth year thesis project, she worked on energy systems modeling and optimization under uncertainty under the supervision of Dr. David Romero.

Current position: Masters Student, Stanford University, California

Sami

Sami Yamani Douzi Sorkhabi

MASc Candidate (2013 - 2015)

Sami was a Master of Applied Science candidate at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada. His specific research interest was modelling and optimization of thermal/fluid flow systems. Sami worked on the wind farm layout optimization project.

Current position: Doctoral Student, MIT, Massachusetts

Fernan

Fernan Saiz

Postdoctoral Fellow (2014 - 2015)

Fernan Saiz was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Fernan holds a Ph.D. (2013) and a M.Sc. (2011) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California Irvine, Irvine, USA and a B.Sc. (2006) in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

Current position: Research Associate, Dept. of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, UK

Fabian

Fabian Alvarado

MEng Candidate (2015)

Fabian was a M.Eng in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Fabian's M.Eng project was focused on modelling the hemodynamics of healthy and failing Fontan circulations for the design of a novel cannula-pump system to treat juvenile patients with failing Fontan circulation. This project was being carried out in collaboration with the Department of Vascular Surgery at Toronto General Hospital, and other researchers at Toronto General Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children.

Current position: EIT, Project Engineer, Edmonton, Alberta

Michael

Michael Lancaster

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Michael was a mechanical engineering student at the University of Toronto. His research was focused on determining the coefficient of friction between stent grafts and their deployment sheaths used in fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR). With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Michael was working primarily under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Doyle and Dr. Leonard Tse.

Current position: UI Web Engineer, Chicago, Illinois

Wanyu

Wanyu Zhang

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Wanyu was a Engineering Science student studying Biomedical Engineering. Her thesis project focused on computational fluid dynamics model of a novel cannula for failing Fontan circulation. Wanyu worked in collaboration with Dr. Doyle and cardiovascular surgeons from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to determine optimal design of the cannula through simulation.

Current position: Masters Student, CSE, Georgia Tech

Francisco

Francisco Contreras

MASc Candidate (2013 - 2015)

Francisco was a MASc student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. His research focused on the optimization of Hybrid Power Systems for distributed electricity generation in remote communities. He obtained his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), in 2011.

Current position: EIT-Mechanical Research Engineer, H.H. Angus & Associates Ltd., Toronto

Carlos

Carlos A. Morillo Guzmán

Visiting Scholar (2014)

Carlos was an exchange Ph.D. student at the Departament de Resistència de Materials i Estructures a l'Enginyeria, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, and the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Spain. His research interests are in the area of computational mechanics specifically in the modeling of composite materials, and the application of optimization techniques in the design of complex structures.

Current position: Research Associate, Universitat Politecnica de Catalanya, Barcelona, Spain

Masha

Masha Itkina

Undergraduate Student (2014)

Masha was in her fourth year in the Engineering Science program majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lied in surgical device design which allows for minimally invasive surgical procedures. She was investigating the effect of vessel tortuosity on fenestrated stent graft rotation. Masha was working under the instruction of Dr. Leonard Tse from the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital and Professor Cristina H. Amon.

Current position: Masters Student, Stanford University, California

Julia

Julia Sborz

Undergraduate Student (2014)

As exchange student of Engineering Science with Option in Energy Systems at the University of Toronto, her research was based on computational simulations to reproduce heat transfer in nano scale, using methods such as Green Kubo and Direct Method. She studied Energy Engineering in the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) for two years before joining the Science without Borders program, which funded her studies in Toronto.

Current position: Undergraduate Intern, CNPEM (Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materials)

Weiguan

Weiguan Huang

PhD Candidate (2011)

Weiguan became a member of the ATOMS lab in September, 2011. He worked on two-phase flow simulation in fuel cells using LBM.

Amy

Amy Wong

MEng Candidate (2013)

In her M.Eng. Project, Amy worked on the wind farm optimization project, focusing on CFD simulations and the analysis of wake models. She graduated from Engineering Science (Aerospace Option) at the University of Toronto in 2010. She then worked in the software industry before returning to University of Toronto for her master's degree in 2013.

Current position: Jr. Control Systems Analyst, Aviya Technologies Inc. (Aviation & Aero), Toronto

Michelle

Michelle (Dao) Gu

Undergraduate Student (2013)

Michelle was a third year Engineering Science student studying Energy System Engineering. She worked with Dr. Romero during the summer of 2013 on wind turbine optimization project, while holding a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).

Current position: Graduate Student, University of California, Davis

Aditi

Aditi Joshi

MEng Candidate (2013)

Aditi was a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto since 2012. In her M.Eng project, she investigated techniques to improve the accuracy of wind turbine wake modelling using CFD numerical analysis. Her research contributed towards establishing a framework for optimization of wind farm layouts. She obtained her bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in energy studies and control systems from the University of Toronto in 2012.

Current position: Research Engineer, Hatch and Energy Specialist, CLEAResult

Inderraj

Inderraj Singh Grewal

Undergraduate Student (2013)

Inderraj was a Fourth Year Engineering Science Student studying Aerospace Engineering. He worked on a project related to AAAs to determine the fixation strength of stent grafts in different configurations. Inderraj worked with Dr. Leonard Tse of Toronto General Hospital.

Current position: MDA Space Missions

Lucy

Huizhe (Lucy) Zhao

Undergraduate Student (2013)

Lucy was an Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto. She worked with Dr. Aydin Nabovati on anisotropic porous media to identify a relationship between porosity and permeability at high Reynolds numbers.

Current position: Masters of Engineering Student, University of California, Berkeley

Zimu

Zimu Zhu

Undergraduate Student (2013)

Zimu worked with Dr. Aydin Nabovati and Dan Sellan to better predict bulk phonon properties using a combination of lattice dynamics and theoretical calculations.

Current position: Doctoral Student, Cornell University, New York

Peter

Peter Yun Zhang

MASc Candidate (2013)

Peter was a MASc student at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 2011 to 2013. His main research focused was the optimization of wind farm layouts.

Current position: Doctoral Student, MIT, Massachusetts

Samuel

Samuel Huberman

MASc Candidate (2013)

Sam was a MASc student in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto from 2011 to 2013. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2011. His research interest lied in applying computational methods to modeling energy transfer in semiconductors and nanomaterials.

Current position: Doctoral Student, MIT, Massachusetts

Aydin

Aydin Nabovati

Research Associate (2012), Post-Doctoral Fellow (2009 - 2012)

Aydin was a Research Associate and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the ATOMS lab. During his tenure, Aydin's research focused on computational modelling of transport phenomena in complex engineering systems using conventional and novel physics-based methodologies. He managed multiple projects with our industrial partners, including collaborative projects with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Inc., Ballard Power Systems, and the Toronto General Hospital.

Current position: Thermal Design Engineer, AMD Inc. (Advanced Micro Devices)

Dan

Dan Sellan

PhD Candidate (2012)

His research interest was in numerical modeling of sub-continuum thermal transport in semiconductor materials using a combination of lattice dynamics calculations and the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE).

Current position: Associate, McKinsey & Company, Toronto

Elham

Elham Pakseresht

MASc Candidate (2012)

Elham joined the ATOMS lab to pursue her studies and research on thermal conductivity of thin films, and modeling heat transfer in micro and nano-scale devices. Her research focused on thermal transport through CMOS MOSFETs and FinFETs.

Current position: Design Engineer, Precision Resource Company

Penelope

Penelope (Wing Yin) Kwong

Undergraduate Student (2012)

Penelope studied in the Engineering Science-Aerospace Option at the University of Toronto. She worked with Dr. David Romero on the optimization of wind farms.

Current position: Doctoral Student, Institute for Aerospace Studies (UofT)

Gary

Gary Yan

Undergraduate Student (2012)

Gary worked on his undergraduate thesis under the direction of Dr. David Romero on multi-objective optimization of wind farms with constraints using a parallel computing approach.

Current position: Doctoral Student, University of British Columbia

Joe

Joe Turney

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2010)

Joe earned his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 and continued conducting post-doctoral research in 2010. He earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Youngstown State University in 2005.

Current position: Research Associate, United Technical Research Center

Leonard

Leonard Tse

MASc Candidate (2010)

Leonard obtained his M.A.Sc. under the supervision of Professor Cristina Amon through the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Leonard joined the ATOMS lab when he decided to complement his clinical practice with more robust training in engineering methodology in order to continue his research in advanced endovascular techniques.

Current position: Clinical Researcher, Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI) and Faculty, Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health, UHN

Tina

Lok Ting (Tina) Shek

MHSc Candidate (2011)

Tina joined the ATOMS lab shortly after obtaining her BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Summer 2009. While pursuing her Master's degree at University of Toronto's Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), Tina studied the impact of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) stent graft configurations using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with Dr. Leonard Tse, Dr. Aydin Nabovati, and Dr. Cristina Amon.

Current position: Research Associate, Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health, RMP-UHN

Vivek

Vivek Mishra

Visiting Scholar (2011)

Vivek was pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He was here in University of Toronto as a summer research intern through the Mitacs Globalink Program. He developed models for temperature jumps in nanoscale domains with Dr. Aydin Nabovati and Dan Sellan.

Current position: Doctoral Student, University of California, Berkeley

Ankit

Ankit Jain

Visiting Scholar (2010)

Ankit completed his fourth-year undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at India Institute of Technology (Kanpur). He worked with Dr. Aydin Nabovati and Dan Sellan under the MITACS Globalink Program in 2010. His project improved prediction of thermal transport in integrated circuits using a combination of continuum and sub-contiuum theory.

Current position: Post-doctoral Fellow, Stanford University, California

Alanna

Alanna Yontef

MEng Candidate (2011), Undergraduate Student (2010)

Alanna graduated with a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2010.

Current position: MBA Student, Ivey Business School, Western University, London, Ontario

Elyad

Elyad Zahedi

Undergraduate Student (2010)

Elyad graduated with a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2010.

Current position: Engineer, Bombardier Aerospace