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McMaster Engineering announces summer 2019 faculty apppointmentsJuly 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce the following new appointments to the Faculty of Engineering.

New assistant professor faculty appointments

Shelir Ebrahimi.


Shelir Ebrahimi
Chemical Engineering and Engineering I

 Ebrahimi joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Engineering I on July 1, 2019 as an assistant professor. She is a chemical-environmental engineer with several educational backgrounds. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was awarded two TA awards and was named the 2016-Rising Star of UBC for her contributions to teaching and engineering education. After a year of teaching experience at UBC, she joined the Drinking Water Research Group at the University of Toronto to pursue research as an NSERC post-doctoral fellow while being active in engineering education research. Before joining McMaster in July 2019, Ebrahimi was a full-time instructor at the University of Guelph. In addition to teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses, she conducts research in the field of Environmental Engineering, especially water treatment processes.

Hao Yang.

Hao Yang
Civil Engineering

Hao Yang joined the Department of Civil Engineering on July 1, 2019 as an assistant professor focusing in transportation engineering. Yang completed his MS and PhD at the University of California, Irvine, where he also received a second Master’s degree in Statistics. He completed his BS at the University of Science and Technology of China. Yang's research focuses on the design and evaluation of connected and autonomous vehicle implementations to improve vehicle mobility and energy efficiency for the rapid development of smart cities. His major research interests include modeling and managing the behaviours of connected and autonomous vehicles to mitigate road congestions, reduce vehicle energy consumption and emissions, and improve the performance of road transportation services. He is also working on investigating vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications to manage transportation systems from micro- to macro-level urban networks. In addition, he is interested in exploring new mobility services in the era of connected and autonomous vehicles. Yang believes that connected and autonomous vehicles will not only bring new mobility mode to the existing transportation system, but also reshape the entire society. 

Mohamed Ezzeldin.

Mohamed Ezzeldin
Civil Engineering

Mohamed Ezzeldin joined the Department of Civil Engineering on July 1, 2019 as an assistant professor focusing in Structural Engineering. Ezzeldin completed his PhD at McMaster University, and both his MSc and BSc at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Ezzeldin’s research focuses on two main areas: the first area deals with quantifying the system-level performance of structures under extreme events induced by natural or anthropogenic hazards. The second area focuses on simulating the complex interdependence within large civil infrastructure systems to enhance their overall resilience. He is interested in testing systems and integrating the resulting performance data with numerical simulation and analytical modeling approaches to develop system-level risk assessment and resilience quantification tools. His research in these two areas capitalizes on different emerging technologies such as data mining, machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques to develop system performance predictive models.

Berker Bilgin.

Berker Bilgin
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Berker Bilgin (IEEE S’09-M’11-SM’16) received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He also has an MBA degree from McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University. Before joining McMaster, he was the research program manager in the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Program in McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO). Bilgin was the general chair of the 2016 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo. He is also an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification.

Mohamed Ezzeldin.

Mohamed Hassan
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mohamed Hassan was an assistant professor at University of Guelph. Before Joining the University of Guelph, he worked as a system-on-chip (SoC) R&D lead engineer at Intel. He obtained his PhD from University of Waterloo in 2017, where he was a member of the Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems Research (CAESR) lab. He has co-authored more than 20 research articles in top-tier conferences and journals. Hassan won multiple awards including the PhD Thesis Award and the Faculty of Engineering (FOE) Award from University of Waterloo, the Best Paper Award in ACM/IEEE Embedded Systems Week and the Best Paper Award from the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium. His current research interests include real-time embedded systems, multi-core architectures, hardware validation and security.

Marjan Alavi.


Marjan Alavi

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Alavi received her BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (Control and Instrumentations) from the K.N. Toosi University of Technology and her MSc in Electrical Engineering (Micro- and Nano- Electronic Devices) from the Sharif University of Technology. She earned her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and was a recipient of the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) 2010. In 2015, Alavi joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow.  Her research interests include model-based and data driven approaches for diagnosis and prognosis. She has taught several courses in Electrical Engineering at the college and university levels, including Digital Electronics and Embedded Systems. She is a professional engineer in the province of Ontario and has several years of industrial experience as an electrical engineer. She is the founder of Intelligent Diagnosis Corporations, a start-up company in Canada with the focus of research and innovation. Alavi is a member of IEEE Toronto Executive committee since 2016. She has served as Vice Chair of the IEEE Industrial Applications Society since 2015 and as a reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics since 2012.

Michael Justason.


Michael Justason

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Justason was the successful candidate for the position of assistant professor, teaching-track in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. He has previously held the role of lecturer in the Bachelor of Technology Program and has been a sessional instructor with the School since 2006. In September, 2013 he assumed the role of program chair for Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology. He teaches courses in Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Engineering Economics, Numerical Methods, Communications for Engineers, and the Senior Design Project course. Justason teaches in both the four-year and degree completion programs in BTech, as well as in the Department of Civil Engineering. He worked for Bermingham Foundation Solutions for 18 years prior to joining McMaster. His main areas of expertise include pile driving and deep foundations, foundation load testing (including Bermingham’s patented ‘Statnamic’ Technology), as well as the use of ‘Energy Piles’ for heating and cooling buildings and bridges. Justason is active on committees of many industry organizations such as the ASTM, the ASCE Geo-Institute and the Deep Foundations Institute. He served as the 2014/15 President of the Pile Driving Contractors Association. In his work with Bermingham, Justason travelled to more than 40 countries and has worked on major civil engineering projects on 6 continents. He was recently nominated for the 2019 President's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

New Adjunct Faculty Appointments

Roozbeh Mafi has been appointed as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a five-year term. Mafi is currently a project development specialist with Canadian General Tower (CGT), a company in Cambridge, Ontario. He has established close research collaborations with Dr. Li Xi and Dr. David Latulippe.

Shayne Love has been appointed as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Love is the senior engineering in the Vibration and Damping Group at RWDI Inc. He designs, implements, and monitors energy dissipating systems in structures worldwide. His research is focused on vibration absorbers and the numerical modelling and experimental testing of Tuned Liquid Dampers (TLD) having unique geometries. He works closely with Michael Tait.    

Peter Vilks has been appointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering Physics effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Vilks is an expert on geochemistry at CNL/AECL, especially on sorption, diffusion and transport of actinides, fission products and contaminants and the influence of colloids and organics on their transport in radioactive waste repositories, the geosphere and biosphere. He is collaborating with Shinya Nagasaki on the development of nuclear fuel repositories.

Alessandro Petruzzi has been appointed as an industry professor in the Department of Engineering Physics effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Petruzzi is a globally-recognized expert in safety analysis of nuclear power plants and a highly regarded entrepreneur. He will be providing unique data from a multi-physics nuclear safety experiment conducted in the European Union, as part of the McMaster-Italy OECD project.

Ken Coley has been appointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Coley is the new dean of engineering at Western University. He will continue to supervise graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Brian Langelier has been appointed as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Langelier is the leading Canadian expert in the area of atom probe tomography and is presently a researcher at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy. He collaborates with Botton, Grandfield, McDermid and Zurob.

Glenn Byczynski has been appointed as an industry professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Byczynski is an engineering and R&D manager for Nemak Corporation in Windsor, Ontario. He is an expert in shaped casting, in all of sand, permanent mold and high pressure die casting processes and has expertise in various aspects of manufacturing aluminum alloys. He is collaborating with Sumanth Shankar.

Ahmed Zaghlol has been appointed as an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Zaghlol is currently the VP Research & Development Global Cooling Products for MERSEN, a multinational company with 64 locations worldwide. He is responsible for the worldwide thermal management division of MERSEN that provides solutions for high power electrical systems, with customers that include Bombardier, Siemens, Toshiba and Eaton.

Brandon Corbett has been appointed as an industry professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Corbett is an expert in applications of multivariate statistical methods to monitor operation of various types of industrial processes. In addition to his ongoing research collaborations with Mhaskar and Swartz and Corbett will be working with Mahalec on projects which involve machine vision.

Yanina Shevchenko has been appointed as an industry professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Shevchenko is an expert in Big Data. She will be supervising MEng projects and collaborating with faculty in the School on research projects dealing with applications of Big Data in cyber security.   

André Simoneau has been appointed as an adjunct associate professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Simoneau has extensive academic, research and industrial experience around advanced manufacturing and the use of networking tools in manufacturing. He working previously working in the injection molding and automotive industry prior to joining the University of New Brunswick where he is Director of the Advanced Machining Lab and helps lead the Ballistic Impact Testing Lab.

Hassan Teimoori has been appointed as an industry professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term. Teimoori has worked on various projects across different industries such as banks, insurance, health care, telecommunications and consulting firms. 

New associate member appointments

Jamal Deen in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has an associate member appointment in the Department of Computing and Software effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term.

David Ogborn in the Department of Communications Studies and Multimedia has an associate member appointment in the Department of Computing and Software effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term.

Kourosh Sabri in the Department of Surgery has an associate member appointment in the Department of Computing and Software effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term.

Joe Hayward in the Department of Radiology has an associate member appointment in the Department of Engineering Physics effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term.

Janie Wilson in the Department of Surgery has an associate member appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering effective July 1, 2019 for a five-year term.

New assistant visiting professor appointment

Jianyu Chen will be a visiting assistant professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology effective July 29, 2019 until August 1, 2020.