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New faculty and postdoctoral fellows join McMaster Engineering October 16, 2020

This fall, one new faculty member has joined the Faculty of Engineering along with seven adjunct faculty members, five associate members and 26 post-doctoral fellows.

New Faculty 

Maryam Aramesh, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, tenure-track
Before starting her new appointment as an Assistant Professor, Maryam Aramesh worked at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) as a postdoctoral fellow and Professional Education Development Manager. During her postdoc, she was involved in several research and industrial projects and mentored a large group of graduate students. Her research has resulted in the development of a patented dual-functioning lubricant and a novel post treatment technique for cutting tools. Aramesh received her PhD from Polytechnique Montreal in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Concurrently with her PhD, she was also a visiting researcher at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Adjunct Faculty Appointments

Sahar Kokaly, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software
Kokaly is a Software Safety Engineer with General Motors.  She is involved with the McSCert/GM NSERC CRD on Safety & Model Management, where she is an expert.  She will help supervise Master’s and doctoral students and deliver seminars on GM’s safety and software engineering research.

Vera Pantelic, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Computing and Software
Pantelic has been a Principal Research Engineer in the McMaster Centre for Software Certification, leading several large industrial projects, conducting research, supervising students, and providing technical leadership and project management.  Her main research interests include development and certification of safety-critical software systems, model-based development, and supervisory control of discrete event systems. She will be actively planning new projects, seeking funding opportunities from industry and government and writing grant proposals. 

Reza Samavi
, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Computing and Software
Samavi was an Assistant Professor (CLA) in the Department from 2014 until 2020.  With an adjunct appointment, he will continue to supervise his graduate students through to completion and collaborate with members of the department on security, privacy and machine learning.

Paul Galpin, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Galpin is currently a CFD consultant at ISimQ Ltd., and one of the main developers and development managers of the TASCflow and ANSYS CFX software. He is also a renowned expert in the development of commercial CFD software for over 30 years. In addition, he is a lecturer for graduate studies at the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. 

Ahmed Sadek, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sadek is Team Leader, Advanced Machining, Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Center (AMTC), National Research Council Canada (NRC). He is managing a research team of 15 members with a research and facility budget of $3M. His mandate includes creating new collaborations, and project consortia that involve Canadian and International academic and industrial partners.  His current research focus is in smart machining, hybrid additive manufacturing, and control of advanced machining processes. 

Rakesh Sahu, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Biomedical Engineering 
Sahu is a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and has developed collaborations in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  His research interests are in application of developing advanced functional nanomaterials for biosensing, energy storage devices, cell patterning and bioprinting.  

Dinesh Kumbhare, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering 
Kumbhare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He will be collaborating with members of the School and may participate in workshops, symposiums or lectures.

Associate Member Appointments

Ian Bruce, Associate Member, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bruce has also been appointed as an Associate Member in the School of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include auditory modeling, hearing aids, cochlear implants, tinnitus, neural coding of speech, digital speech processing, and stochastic processes.

Nabil Bassim
, Associate Member, Department of Engineering Physics
Bassim is also an Associate Member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research is focused on the development of novel electron microscopy techniques and ion microscopy and lithography techniques.

Christoph Fusch, Associate Member, School of Biomedical Engineering
Fusch also works in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology. His research focuses on neonatal growth, nutrition and metabolism and he is working on the development of an artificial placenta. 

Jeremy Hirota, Associate Member, School of Biomedical Engineering 
Hirota is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster. He is also a Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology (Tier 2). His research areas include respiratory mucosal immunology, environmental exposures, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, airway epithelial cells, ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) Transporters commercialization of research and science communication.

Ravi Selvaganapathy, Associate Member, School of Biomedical Engineering
Selvaganapathy joined the Faculty in 2005 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the Acting Co-Director (Engineering) in the School of Biomedical Engineering and a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. He is also the Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics. Recently, Selvaganapathy helped to establish the Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials, a network of engineers, clinicians, manufacturers and companies dedicated to improving personal protective equipment products and supply chains in Canada.

Postdoctoral Fellow Appointments

Chemical Engineering

  • Natalie Schmitt, Supervisor: Carlos Filipe, effective July 2020
  • Fei Xu, Supervisor: Todd Hoare, effective September 2020
  • Meng Xu, Supervisor: Charles de Lannoy, effective September 2020
  • Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, Supervisor: Li Xi, effective September 2020
  • Jinlei Li, Supervisor: Michael Thompson, effective October 2020 

Civil Engineering

  • Hojat Mohammadi, Supervisor: SeonHong Na, effective August 2020
  • Maysara Ghaith, Supervisor: Wael El-Dakhakhni, effective September, 2020
  • Bouaima Kouanda, Supervisor: Paulin Coulibaly, effective September, 2020 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Mohammad Akbari Chubar, Supervisor: Natalia Nikolova, effective July 2020
  • Michael Taylor, Supervisor: Steve Hranilovic, effective July 2020
  • Negar Noroozi, Supervisor: Mehdi Narimani, effective August 2020
  • Arif Ul Alam, Supervisor: Jamal Deen and Shiva Kumar, effective September, 2020
  • Tongyu Ge, Supervisor: Thia Kirubarajan, effective September 2020
  • Mehrnoosh Heidarpour, Supervisors: Thia Kirubarajan and Thamas Tharmarasa, effective September, 2020
  • Mahdi Naghshvarianjahromi, Supervisors: Jamal Deen and Shiva Kumar, effective September, 2020
  • Sadaf Salehkalaibar, Supervisor: Jun Chen, effective September, 2020 

Engineering Physics

  • David Hagan, Supervisor: Andy Knights, effective July 2020
  • Anju Trivedi, Supervisor: David Novog, effective September 2020

Mechanical Engineering

  • Dalia Mahmoud, Supervisor: Mo-Elbestawi and Eu-Gene Ng, effective August 2020
  • Marin Vratonjic, Supervisor: James Cotton, effective August 2020
  • Mohammad Heidari, Supervisor: James Cotton, effective September 2020
  • Alireza Shahin-Shamsabadi, Supervisors: Ravi Selvaganapathy, effective September 2020
  • Carlos Vidal, Supervisor: Ali Emadi, effective September 2020

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Isobel Bicket, Supervisors: Gianluigi Botton and Maureen Joel Lagos, effective July 2020
  • Darren Feenstra, Supervisors: Hatem Zurob and Joey Kish, effective September 2020

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

  • Saeed Mohammadi, Supervisor: Fei Geng, effective August 2020