Recent Graduates

Ph.D. Graduates

□   Nima Yousefi developed methods for fault diagnosis on a time-varying mechanism, using an excavator as a case study, including different machine faults, with modeling and experimental aspects.
□   Rezsa Farahani applied structured analysis for system models of maintenance decision-making in a simulation that allows risk evaluation for different scenarios.
□   Reza Sabbagh developed a new parametric method for evaluating the performance of hydrocyclones, and gained insights into how to assess wall interactions, which can lead to phenomenological models of abrasive wear (co-supervised with DS Nobes).
□  Aida Rezaei developed a novel method for gear tooth crack condition monitoring, and verified it with experiments (co-supervised with RJ Anderson at Queen’s University).
□   Ahmed Fotouh characterized hemp composites, and modeled their structural constitutive relationships (co-supervised with Dr John Wolodko).
□   Cesar Poveda developed a new sustainability index for large industrial projects, based on conventions such as LEED, using oil sands as a case study.
□   Christina Seidel developed methods for methods for improving how policy makers make economic and environmental impact decisions based on life cycle assessment, by assessing the value and environmental impacts of materials that can be burned for fuel, converted for other uses (with an energy and emissions impact), or disposed in landfill.
□   Joanne Phillips compared different methods of technology foresighting with an emphasis on methods that can be used by small and medium sized organizations (co-supervised with RJ Hawkins of U Calgary).
□   Rashid Hakkim examined innovation strategies for energy companies.
□   Phil Michailides examined how different groups within an organization become personally engaged with corporate social responsibility.
□   Markus Timusk investigated operating mode classification, novelty detection, and fault classification on machinery operating in non-steady-state conditions (co-supervised at Queen’s University with Prof. C.K. Mechefske). Dr. Timusk is now an Associate Professor at Laurentian University.

M.Sc. Graduates

□  Sally Mattar evaluated risk models for new technology investments, applying real options valuation to the problem of how to assess the value of a new technology using risk-based decision making, with applications to new sensing systems and advanced materials. Sally has now joined Deloitte.
□   Stephen Dwyer developed an agile design project methodology for small teams developing mechatronic systems. Stephen designs embedded and robotic systems with Copperstone Technologies.
□   Cynthia Ying was assessing ultrasonic acoustic monitoring methods for rail car brake faults, as well as slurry pipeline damage detection. Cynthia has left her studies to pursue a career in reliability engineering with an oil & gas company.
□   Roya Vaghar Anzabi developed new methods for detecting geometric faults in deformable bodies, with applications to condition monitoring of haul truck tires, developed a fault detection method, verified it with a finite-element model and expressed it as a reduced-order parametric model. (co-supervised with DS Nobes). Roya then worked as a Research Associate with our group.
□   Azadeh Shadkar modeled the reliability of rail wheel wayside detector systems, and developed methods for determining whether anomalous sensor readings are due to sensor faults or actual faults on a train. She now works as a reliability engineer for Acclaro in Vancouver.
□   Jamie Yuen developed and tested a proof-of-concept unmanned aerial system for detecting leaks in pipelines using georectified hyperspectral measurements.  (NSERC CGS scholarship). Jamie is now Vice-President of Copperstone Technologies, a robotics and embedded systems company in Calgary.
□   Mohammad Hajizadeh applied Kalman filtering and particle filtering techniques to anomaly detection in time-varying systems, with a focus on mobile mining equipment.
□   Azadeh Seif modeled the reliability of open-pit mining equipment, and developed a relationship for assessing the risk of equipment condition affecting emissions. (co-supervised with Amit Kumar)
□   Shaina Mahajan analyzed and streamlined processes for analytical measurement of core samples, with recommendations for automation.
□   Spencer Taubner developed a simple parametric method for predicting the performance of an in-situ steam-assisted gravity drainage process using relationships between in-situ oilsands reservoir characteristics and production performance in a range of operating conditions.
□    Vivek Poddar evaluated a method for detecting leak in rali car air brake systems using ultrasound emissions, and conducted a parametric experimental study under lab conditions.
□    Amanda Kotchon developed a laboratory method for image-based feature extraction for fault detection in deformable bodies (haul truck tires)(Queen Elizabeth II scholarship). (co-supervised with DS Nobes). Amanda works for Lund in Seattle.
□   Marc Evans investigated the rheology of dense multiphase slurries for subterranean oil sand slurry production (co-supervised with DS Nobes).  He works for Med-Eng Vanguard in Ottawa.
□   Ronald Delos Reyes developed a method for evaluating the dynamic performance of novel strain sensors in comparison with conventional electroresistive foil strain gauges. (co-supervised with K Cadien)
□   Waqas Awan applied value-stream mapping and other system performance methods to maintenance modeling and benchmarking in heavy oil and oilsands mobile equipment.
□   Nathan Starchuk developed a discrete-event simulation to model the effects of process changes in a garment manufacturing facility, and the effect that new workers had on productivity. Nathan is a design engineer with FlexCim in Edmonton.
□   Victor Jaimes developed experimental methods for characterizing the relationship between slurry process conditions and wear damage rates in pipelines, using a laboratory-scale slurry flow loop and a novel wet-slurry wear  testing apparatus
□    Derek Loewen conducted characterization studies of the relationship between slurry flow near the wall of a slurry pipe, shear forces, and wear rates. (co-supervised with DS Nobes).
□    Mohamed Ashraf Ismaeil developed a concept for carbon capture and deep-ocean storage in the Antarctic (paper study and technical, economic, and environmental assessment) (co-supervisor Prof. P. Flynn).
□    Vivek Bhushan developed a set of models relating process variability and damage mechanisms of a laboratory-scale mechanical flotation cell. Vivek is now a manager with Enbridge in Calgary.
□    Anthony Lam developed and evaluated system concepts for underground oilsand fragmentation and slurry production methods (co-supervised with Prof. D. Nobes).
□    Suheil El-Sayed characterized the physical relationships between slurry pipeline process variables and pipeline integrity, using simplified parametric modeling of slurry flow related to damage mechanisms.
□    Roberto Gallardo modeled the reliability of a repairable component as a multi-state system and conducted numerical experiments on the sensitivity of PM interval on costs (co-supervised with Prof. M. Zuo). Roberto is now a PhD student with J Doucette.
□    Andrea Scaffo-Migliaro modeled an at-face mining and slurrying method as a discrete-event system with both production and reliability constraints (co-supervised with Prof. M. Zuo.)
□    Wesley Gilbert developed a control method for a gravity settling process to recover from process disturbances (co-supervised by JF Forbes).


Undergraduate researchers and high school students have also worked in our group.

□    Uzair Anjum developed a method for evaluating pipe damage due to abrasive wear in a slurry pipeline using acoustic emissions monitoring.

□    Brendan Calef converted an analogue shaker-table to computer control and made it web accessible. He also developed a prototype UAV-flyable instrument for assessing whether there is hydrocarbon leakage from an industrial machine or a pipeline.

□    Betty Tesfay developed a web-accessible remote condition monitoring testbed that will allow other researchers to collect their own data for a range of fault conditions, for rotating equipment as well as faulty components on a shaker table.

□    Brennan Undseth developed a prototype payload to deploy a vibration sensor from a UAV onto a rotating machine to collect vibration monitoring data.
□    Ryan Boehnke developed a prototype of a soil sampling tool that can be carried by a rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
□    Andrew Jowsey developed a general-purpose wireless sensor and controller suitable for UAV-based sensor payloads.
□    Derek Russell developed a protocol for relating oil sands ore processability to hyperspectral features. He is now a graduate student.
□    Nerissa Wong used image analysis to determine statistical features of slurry particle flow (WISEST student). Nerissa is now an engineering student at University of Waterloo.
□    Julie Diep analyzed particle trajectories to assess how much energy is transferred to a pipe wall during collisions (WISEST student).
□    Todd Van Mechelen characterized the performance of a novel MEMS wireless sensor.

M.Eng. students are not listed.


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