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

ATOMS Team


Supervisor

Cristina H. Amon, ScD, PEng, FAAAS, FASEE, FASME, FCAE, FCSME, FEIC, FIEEE, NAE, FRSC

Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Email | Website | Biography

Dr. Cristina H. Amon received her Mechanical Engineering diploma degree from Simón Bolívar University in 1981 and after two years of engineering practice and teaching, continued her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned her M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in 1985 and 1988, respectively.

She was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University until 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and the Alumni Chair Professor in Bioengineering of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Research Associates & Postdocs

David A. Romero, PhD

Senior Research Associate

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David is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, University of Toronto. He was an Associate Professor in the Escuela de Ingenieria Mecanica, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, until 2012. David holds M.Sc. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

David's research interests are in the intersection of applied computing, statistics and mathematics in support of engineering design, modeling and optimization, particularly in the thermal/fluid sciences. Current projects involve metamodeling in simulation-based design optimization applications, optimization of wind energy systems, distributed electrical generation for remote communities, and thermal modeling of nano-scale devices with consideration of sub-continuum effects.

Matthew G. Doyle, PhD, PEng

Research Associate

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Matthew is a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the application of mechanical engineering techniques to clinical cardiovascular research problems. Matthew is currently involved in projects on understanding and predicting fenestrated stent graft rotation, designing a novel medical device as a bridge-to-transplant for patients with failing Fontan circulation, and developing a surgical planning tool for tetralogy of Fallot repair. These research projects are being carried out under the co-supervision of Dr. Thomas Forbes, Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto, and in collaboration with researchers at Toronto General Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Utah, Claremont Graduate University, and Ghent University.

Before joining the ATOMS lab, Matthew was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Craig Simmons' Cellular Mechanobiology Laboratory at the University of Toronto from September 2011 to August 2013. Matthew holds an M.A.Sc. (2004) and a Ph.D. (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a B.Eng. (2001) in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Carlos Da Silva, PhD

Research Associate

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Carlos is a Research Associate at ATOMS lab and University of Toronto Electric Vehicle (UTEV) Research Centre. He has broad-ranging expertise in thermal management of energy storage systems, electric vehicle (EV) technologies, multi-scale thermal modelling, electronic cooling, and emerging nanomaterials. He has accumulated extensive experience in directing research projects, supervising undergraduate/graduate students, and teaching core subjects in mechanical engineering.

Carlos holds a Ph.D. (2016) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He obtained his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad de Oriente (Anzoátegui, Venezuela), in 2005. After two years as a technical assistant in the Aluminum Industry in Venezuela, Carlos joined the Center of Numerical Methods in Engineering (CMNI) at the Universidad de Oriente (2008), where he also worked as a lecturer. Carlos has accumulated extensive experience in teaching core subjects in mechanical engineering, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and physics.

Carlos has worked on a variety of research projects, including (1) thermal engineering of multifunctional nanomaterials, structures, and devices for electronic applications using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations; (2) multi-scale, multi-physics thermal modelling, simulation and experimentation of lithium-ion batteries for EVs; (3) design of EV battery thermal management systems; (4) integrated liquid and air cooling solutions for EV electronics; and (5) electrothermal characterization and degradation mechanisms of large-format lithium-ion cells.

Carlos' research interests are multi-scale thermal modelling, thermal management of power electronics and energy storage systems, phonon transport in nanomaterials, nanoscale transport phenomena, fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Enrico G. A. Antonini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Enrico is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His areas of expertise are modeling, control and optimization of fluid flow systems. Over the past five years, he has been conducting research in wind energy, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and optimization algorithms with the goal of advancing the knowledge of wind turbine aerodynamics and creating new design frameworks for the wind turbine industry. In particular, he has developed and improved models for wake effect predictions in wind farms through CFD techniques. Enrico has also developed and tested an innovative CFD-based optimization methodology to maximize the annual energy production from wind farms.

Enrico received his PhD (2018) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor's (2007) and Master's (2010) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy).


Graduate Students

Armin Taheri, MSc

PhD Candidate

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Armin is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. His research interests are modelling and optimization of thermal/fluid flow systems, nanoscale heat transfer and applied mathematics. He is currently working on heat transfer in 2D nanomaterials.

Armin obtained his B.Sc. (2013) and M.Sc. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. His previous research includes the effects of wetting and shape of nanoscale roughness on thermal properties of solid/liquid interfaces. He has also carried out several projects related to optimization of thermal systems, thermal radiation and convective heat transfer during his undergraduate and master programs.

Daniela Galatro, MSc, PEng

PhD Candidate

Email

Daniela is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. Her research interests are modelling and optimization of heat transfer/fluid flow systems. She is currently working on system level optimization and second-life applications of EV batteries.

Daniela obtained her B.Sc. (1999) in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. (2009) in Mechanical Engineering from UNEXPO, Venezuela. Before joining the ATOMS lab, Daniela was a process simulation engineer with extensive experience worldwide in the oil and gas, refining and petrochemical industries. Her previous research included the development of a pseudo-transient model for hydrodynamic slug as well as other applicable simulation models for multiphase, gas and liquid pipelines.

Leslie Louvelle

PhD Candidate

Email

Leslie's project involves the use of computational fluid dynamics to model Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. Prior to joining the ATOMS lab as a graduate student, Leslie interned at an academic research organization reviewing clinical research data and developing trial databases. Her previous design work includes creating a laser plume collection device for surgical applications and improving tools used in endoscopic ear surgery. Leslie graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in the Engineering Science (Biomedical Systems) program.

Patrick Lin

PhD Candidate

Email

Patrick is currently a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics and optimization. Currently, he is working on the Fontan project where he is designing a novel cannula device for use as a bridge to transplant in patients with failing Fontan circulation.

Patrick graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in the Thermo-Fluids specialization from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

Negin Shahbazian

PhD Candidate

Email

Negin is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research involves biomechanics, solid mechanics of vascular tissue and surgical implants, endovascular aortic repair modeling, and improving patient outcomes during surgery. Prior to joining the ATOMS lab, Negin worked in the management consulting industry. She also interned at Honeywell Aerospace working on redesigning components of advanced aircrafts as part of the cost performance engineering team.

Negin obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto specializing in Bioengineering and Mechatronics. She also completed her Master of Applied Science degree in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. Her research was focused on solid mechanics, fatigue and failure analysis, advanced manufacturing engineering, and vibration in lightweight aerospace structures.

Omri Tayyara

PhD Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Omri is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research is focused in using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling methodologies to accurately model and optimize thermal management systems for future electric vehicle technology. This work is a multidisciplinary collaboration effort between several university departments namely; Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies as well as the University of Toronto Electric Vehicle Research Centre.

Omri received his Master’s from the University of Toronto, Canada and his Bachelor’s from Cleveland State University, USA in Mechanical Engineering. His previous research work was conducted with regards to CFD modeling of turbulent downstream wakes propagated by large scale wind turbines; and the development of quadrotor drone system for the application of measuring wind data for on and offshore wind farms.

Ramin Mardani

PhD Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Ramin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. His undergraduate research focused on fluid mechanics and turbo-machinery. In 2015 he started his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology. His thesis focused on the Lattice Boltzmann Method computational simulation of oscillations caused by formation and detachment of drops.

He joined the ATOMS Lab in 2018 as a PhD student. His current research is focused on the fluid flow modeling in bioreactors. He is part of the team working on a second-generation double chamber bioreactor system for tissue-engineered tracheas.

Alba Marin

MASc Candidate

Email

Alba is currently a MASc student in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her previous research focused on oxidative stress, anemia, and kidney transplantation. Currently, she is part of the team working on a second-generation double-chamber bioreactor system for tissue-engineered tracheas, in collaboration with Dr. Tom Waddell's group at the Toronto General Hospital.

Alba is a Venezuelan Medical Doctor since 2005, she earned her specialization degrees in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

Hankyu (Hank) Lee

MASc Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Hank is a recent graduate of the engineering science program at the University of Toronto and is currently a Research Assistant at the ATOMS lab. His work involves designing a second generation trachea bioreactor and thermal management of the Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) Device.

Kshitij (Tij) Gupta

MASc Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Tij is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering form University of Toronto (Mech 1T4+PEY). He is currently working on designing and optimizing a thermal management system for electric car batteries. He has worked in product development in the automotive industry and as a project engineer managing manufacturing projects for the nuclear, power generation and aerospace industries. During his undergraduate studies he was the mechanical lead for Blue Sky Solar Racing and helped design, build and race two solar cars at the World Solar Challenge in Australia (2013 and 2015). He has worked on designing a low cost wind powered water pump for rural Niaragua as part of his capstone, a project that was awarded the Dr. Arthur Herrmann Memorial Award 2015.

Elyar Abbasi Bavil

MASc Candidate

Email

Elyar is currently a fourth year mechanical engineer at University of Toronto specializing in Sustainable energy and mechatronics. He recently finished his Professional Experience Year (PEY) at Cimco refrigeration where he was responsible for designing different types of shell and tube heat exchangers and pressure vessels. His interests are in industrial applications of heat transfer and fluid mechanics as well as modeling biomedical phenomena using CFD. His Current undergraduate thesis at ATOMS involves understanding the impacts of Fontan procedure on liver perfusion using lumped parametric models and real clinical data.

Anthony Podgorsak

MASc Candidate

Email

Anthony is a first year MASc student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is taking over the Fontan project where he will further optimize the previous cannula device to bridge failing Fontan patients to heart transplant via CFD.

Anthony graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Buffalo where he did work in patient-specific vascular flow models and tissue engineering.

Iris Pereira

MEng Candidate

Email

Iris is a Master of Engineering student currently working on a CFD-based assessment of rotor attachments on horizontal axis wind turbines. She is a recent graduate from the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Toronto, whose Capstone project included the CFD simulation of leak propagation in the supersonic conditions of the Hyperloop tube concept.


Research Assistants

Helen Genis

Medical Student

Email

Helen is working on modeling and simulating fenestrated aortic stent graft deployment in order to determine the factors that induce their rotation.

Medha Patki

Research Assistant

Email

Medha is a Data Science Developer in the Business Intelligence team at Bell Canada. She holds a BASc from the University of Waterloo in Management Engineering, with particular interests in optimization, data science/artificial intelligence, modelling, and how they can be used to inform public policy.

She is currently working on extending an existing thesis regarding energy systems modeling and applications for policy under the supervision of Dr. David Romero.

ATOMS Team


Supervisor

Cristina H. Amon, ScD, PEng, FAAAS, FASEE, FASME, FCAE, FCSME, FEIC, FIEEE, NAE, FRSC

Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Email | Website | Biography

Dr. Cristina H. Amon received her Mechanical Engineering diploma degree from Simón Bolívar University in 1981 and after two years of engineering practice and teaching, continued her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned her M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in 1985 and 1988, respectively.

She was the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University until 2006 when she joined the University of Toronto as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, and the Alumni Chair Professor in Bioengineering of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.


Research Associates & Postdocs

David A. Romero, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Email

David is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, University of Toronto. He was an Associate Professor in the Escuela de Ingenieria Mecanica, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, until 2012. David holds M.Sc. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

David's research interests are in the intersection of applied computing, statistics and mathematics in support of engineering design, modeling and optimization, particularly in the thermal/fluid sciences. Current projects involve metamodeling in simulation-based design optimization applications, optimization of wind energy systems, distributed electrical generation for remote communities, and thermal modeling of nano-scale devices with consideration of sub-continuum effects.

Matthew G. Doyle, PhD, PEng

Research Associate

Email | LinkedIn

Matthew is a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the application of mechanical engineering techniques to clinical cardiovascular research problems. Matthew is currently involved in projects on understanding and predicting fenestrated stent graft rotation, designing a novel medical device as a bridge-to-transplant for patients with failing Fontan circulation, and developing a surgical planning tool for tetralogy of Fallot repair. These research projects are being carried out under the co-supervision of Dr. Thomas Forbes, Department of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto, and in collaboration with researchers at Toronto General Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Utah, Claremont Graduate University, and Ghent University.

Before joining the ATOMS lab, Matthew was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Craig Simmons' Cellular Mechanobiology Laboratory at the University of Toronto from September 2011 to August 2013. Matthew holds an M.A.Sc. (2004) and a Ph.D. (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a B.Eng. (2001) in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Carlos Da Silva, PhD

Research Associate

Email | LinkedIn

Carlos is a Research Associate at ATOMS lab and University of Toronto Electric Vehicle (UTEV) Research Centre. He has broad-ranging expertise in thermal management of energy storage systems, electric vehicle (EV) technologies, multi-scale thermal modelling, electronic cooling, and emerging nanomaterials. He has accumulated extensive experience in directing research projects, supervising undergraduate/graduate students, and teaching core subjects in mechanical engineering.

Carlos holds a Ph.D. (2016) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He obtained his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad de Oriente (Anzoátegui, Venezuela), in 2005. After two years as a technical assistant in the Aluminum Industry in Venezuela, Carlos joined the Center of Numerical Methods in Engineering (CMNI) at the Universidad de Oriente (2008), where he also worked as a lecturer. Carlos has accumulated extensive experience in teaching core subjects in mechanical engineering, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and physics.

Carlos has worked on a variety of research projects, including (1) thermal engineering of multifunctional nanomaterials, structures, and devices for electronic applications using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations; (2) multi-scale, multi-physics thermal modelling, simulation and experimentation of lithium-ion batteries for EVs; (3) design of EV battery thermal management systems; (4) integrated liquid and air cooling solutions for EV electronics; and (5) electrothermal characterization and degradation mechanisms of large-format lithium-ion cells.

Carlos' research interests are multi-scale thermal modelling, thermal management of power electronics and energy storage systems, phonon transport in nanomaterials, nanoscale transport phenomena, fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Enrico G. A. Antonini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Email | LinkedIn

Enrico is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His areas of expertise are modeling, control and optimization of fluid flow systems. Over the past five years, he has been conducting research in wind energy, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and optimization algorithms with the goal of advancing the knowledge of wind turbine aerodynamics and creating new design frameworks for the wind turbine industry. In particular, he has developed and improved models for wake effect predictions in wind farms through CFD techniques. Enrico has also developed and tested an innovative CFD-based optimization methodology to maximize the annual energy production from wind farms.

Enrico received his PhD (2018) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor's (2007) and Master's (2010) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy).


Graduate Students

Armin Taheri, MSc

PhD Candidate

Email

Armin is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. His research interests are modelling and optimization of thermal/fluid flow systems, nanoscale heat transfer and applied mathematics. He is currently working on heat transfer in 2D nanomaterials.

Armin obtained his B.Sc. (2013) and M.Sc. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. His previous research includes the effects of wetting and shape of nanoscale roughness on thermal properties of solid/liquid interfaces. He has also carried out several projects related to optimization of thermal systems, thermal radiation and convective heat transfer during his undergraduate and master programs.

Daniela Galatro, MSc, PEng

PhD Candidate

Email

Daniela is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. Her research interests are modelling and optimization of heat transfer/fluid flow systems. She is currently working on system level optimization and second-life applications of EV batteries.

Daniela obtained her B.Sc. (1999) in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. (2009) in Mechanical Engineering from UNEXPO, Venezuela. Before joining the ATOMS lab, Daniela was a process simulation engineer with extensive experience worldwide in the oil and gas, refining and petrochemical industries. Her previous research included the development of a pseudo-transient model for hydrodynamic slug as well as other applicable simulation models for multiphase, gas and liquid pipelines.

Leslie Louvelle

PhD Candidate

Email

Leslie's project involves the use of computational fluid dynamics to model Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. Prior to joining the ATOMS lab as a graduate student, Leslie interned at an academic research organization reviewing clinical research data and developing trial databases. Her previous design work includes creating a laser plume collection device for surgical applications and improving tools used in endoscopic ear surgery. Leslie graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in the Engineering Science (Biomedical Systems) program.

Patrick Lin

PhD Candidate

Email

Patrick is currently a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research interests include computational fluid dynamics and optimization. Currently, he is working on the Fontan project where he is designing a novel cannula device for use as a bridge to transplant in patients with failing Fontan circulation.

Patrick graduated with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in the Thermo-Fluids specialization from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

Negin Shahbazian

PhD Candidate

Email

Negin is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research involves biomechanics, solid mechanics of vascular tissue and surgical implants, endovascular aortic repair modeling, and improving patient outcomes during surgery. Prior to joining the ATOMS lab, Negin worked in the management consulting industry. She also interned at Honeywell Aerospace working on redesigning components of advanced aircrafts as part of the cost performance engineering team.

Negin obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto specializing in Bioengineering and Mechatronics. She also completed her Master of Applied Science degree in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto. Her research was focused on solid mechanics, fatigue and failure analysis, advanced manufacturing engineering, and vibration in lightweight aerospace structures.

Omri Tayyara

PhD Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Omri is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research is focused in using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling methodologies to accurately model and optimize thermal management systems for future electric vehicle technology. This work is a multidisciplinary collaboration effort between several university departments namely; Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies as well as the University of Toronto Electric Vehicle Research Centre.

Omri received his Master’s from the University of Toronto, Canada and his Bachelor’s from Cleveland State University, USA in Mechanical Engineering. His previous research work was conducted with regards to CFD modeling of turbulent downstream wakes propagated by large scale wind turbines; and the development of quadrotor drone system for the application of measuring wind data for on and offshore wind farms.

Ramin Mardani

PhD Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Ramin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. His undergraduate research focused on fluid mechanics and turbo-machinery. In 2015 he started his M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology. His thesis focused on the Lattice Boltzmann Method computational simulation of oscillations caused by formation and detachment of drops.

He joined the ATOMS Lab in 2018 as a PhD student. His current research is focused on the fluid flow modeling in bioreactors. He is part of the team working on a second-generation double chamber bioreactor system for tissue-engineered tracheas.

Alba Marin

MASc Candidate

Email

Alba is currently a MASc student in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her previous research focused on oxidative stress, anemia, and kidney transplantation. Currently, she is part of the team working on a second-generation double-chamber bioreactor system for tissue-engineered tracheas, in collaboration with Dr. Tom Waddell's group at the Toronto General Hospital.

Alba is a Venezuelan Medical Doctor since 2005, she earned her specialization degrees in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

Hankyu (Hank) Lee

MASc Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Hank is a recent graduate of the engineering science program at the University of Toronto and is currently a Research Assistant at the ATOMS lab. His work involves designing a second generation trachea bioreactor and thermal management of the Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) Device.

Kshitij (Tij) Gupta

MASc Candidate

Email | LinkedIn

Tij is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering form University of Toronto (Mech 1T4+PEY). He is currently working on designing and optimizing a thermal management system for electric car batteries. He has worked in product development in the automotive industry and as a project engineer managing manufacturing projects for the nuclear, power generation and aerospace industries. During his undergraduate studies he was the mechanical lead for Blue Sky Solar Racing and helped design, build and race two solar cars at the World Solar Challenge in Australia (2013 and 2015). He has worked on designing a low cost wind powered water pump for rural Niaragua as part of his capstone, a project that was awarded the Dr. Arthur Herrmann Memorial Award 2015.

Elyar Abbasi Bavil

MASc Candidate

Email

Elyar is currently a fourth year mechanical engineer at University of Toronto specializing in Sustainable energy and mechatronics. He recently finished his Professional Experience Year (PEY) at Cimco refrigeration where he was responsible for designing different types of shell and tube heat exchangers and pressure vessels. His interests are in industrial applications of heat transfer and fluid mechanics as well as modeling biomedical phenomena using CFD. His Current undergraduate thesis at ATOMS involves understanding the impacts of Fontan procedure on liver perfusion using lumped parametric models and real clinical data.

Anthony Podgorsak

MASc Candidate

Email

Anthony is a first year MASc student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is taking over the Fontan project where he will further optimize the previous cannula device to bridge failing Fontan patients to heart transplant via CFD.

Anthony graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Buffalo where he did work in patient-specific vascular flow models and tissue engineering.

Iris Pereira

MEng Candidate

Email

Iris is a Master of Engineering student currently working on a CFD-based assessment of rotor attachments on horizontal axis wind turbines. She is a recent graduate from the Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Toronto, whose Capstone project included the CFD simulation of leak propagation in the supersonic conditions of the Hyperloop tube concept.


Undergraduate Students

Helen Genis

Medical Student

Email

Helen is working on modeling and simulating fenestrated aortic stent graft deployment in order to determine the factors that induce their rotation.

Medha Patki

BASc Candidate

Email

Medha is a Data Science Developer in the Business Intelligence team at Bell Canada. She holds a BASc from the University of Waterloo in Management Engineering, with particular interests in optimization, data science/artificial intelligence, modelling, and how they can be used to inform public policy.

She is currently working on extending an existing thesis regarding energy systems modeling and applications for policy under the supervision of Dr. David Romero.