People

Current Members

Amy Bilton, P.Eng

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BASc, University of Toronto
Email: bilton@mie.utoronto.ca

Amy Bilton is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She directs the Water and Energy Research Lab (WERL), which focuses on developing innovative water and energy technologies using computer-based design methods. She is also currently Director of the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN), leading the initiative in addressing issues in healthcare, sanitation, and energy around the world – most notably in developing countries. She completed her PhD and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and her BASc in Engineering Science (Aerospace) from the University of Toronto. Prior to her time at U of T, Amy has also worked as a Systems Engineer at Pratt and Whitney Canada and Honeywell Aerospace.

Nitish Ranjan Sarker

PhD Student
MSc, University of Alberta
BSc, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Email: nitish.sarker@mail.utoronto.ca

Nitish is a PhD student in the WERL at the University of Toronto. His current research focus is characterizing solar photovoltaic reverse osmosis systems through experiments, CFD analyses, and optimization tools. He completed his MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology respectively, and while doing so, he experimentally and numerically evaluated complex multiphase flow systems, i.e. slurry pipeline flows, and erosion mechanisms in those system components.

Pablo Cotera Rivera

PhD Student
MSc, University of Sheffield
BE, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Email: pcotera@mie.utoronto.ca

Pablo is a PhD student in the WERL at the University of Toronto. He completed his MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at the University of Sheffield and his current research focuses on sustainable sanitation technologies for peri-urban environments.

Nikita Dawe

PhD Student
MASc, University of Toronto
BASc, University of Toronto
Email: nikita.dawe@mail.utoronto.ca

Nikita completed BASc and MASc degrees in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is currently a PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering and the Collaborative Specialization in Engineering Education (EngEd). She is investigating the impact of the Engineering Science program on alumni lifelong learning as part of the Realigning Outcomes with Learning Experiences (ROLE) project.

Mina Mahdian

PhD Student
MASc, University of Toronto
BASc, University of Tehran
Email: mmahdian@mie.utoronto.ca

Mina completed her BASc and MASc in chemical engineering at the University of Tehran and University of Toronto, respectively. Her research focuses on modifying the surface chemistry of sponges for bacterial removal from drinking water.

Tarriq Purivatra

MASc Student
BASc, University of Toronto
Email: tarriq.purivatra@mail.utoronto.ca

Tarriq graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mechatronics Systems. He is currently an MASc candidate and is working on developing a lab-scale set up to test the effectiveness of Surface Engineered Sponges (SEnS) as a solution for oil spill clean up.

Galen Leir-Taha

MASc Student
BASc, University of Toronto
Email: g.leir.taha@mail.utoronto.ca

Galen completed his BASc in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto.  He is currently an MASc student whose research is focused on harvesting energy from ocean currents to power ocean sensors. This project is being pursued in collaboration with CSIRO.

John McGroarty

MASc Student
BASc, University of Toronto
Email: john.mcgroarty@mail.utoronto.ca

John graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Sustainable Energy. He is currently an MASc candidate in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on the development of surface coatings to create effective materials for oil spill clean up.

Puwaner Guo

MASc Student
BASc, Case Western Reserve University
Email: puwaner.guo@mail.utoronto.ca

Puwaner graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BASc in Polymer Science Engineering. She is currently an MASc student working on modifying the surface chemistry of sponges for oil spill clean up.

Noshin Saiyara Karim

MASc Student
BASc, University of Calgary
Email: noshin.karim@mail.utoronto.ca

Noshin graduated from the University of Calgary with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mechatronics. She is currently an MASc candidate in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on the development of a solar powered UV-LED/RO system for water disinfection in remote, off-the-grid areas in Bangladesh and Tanzania.

Calvin Rieder

MASc Student
BASc, University of Toronto
Email: calvin.rieder@mail.utoronto.ca

Calvin graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently an MASc candidate whose research focuses on design optimization of wind-powered systems for aerating aquaculture ponds.

Adam Koa

BASc Student
Email: adam.koa@mail.utoronto.ca

Adam is a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Toronto. He is currently an undergraduate thesis student, working on the design and optimization of pico-scale Francis turbines.

Austin McLean

Research Assistant
MEng, University of Toronto

Alumni and Past Members

Marina Freire-Gormaly, PhD
Pavani Cherukupally, PhD
Hossein Hosseinimanesh, PhD
Sami Yamani Douzi Sorkhabi, PhD
Ali Ebrahimi, PhD
Assistant Professor, York University
Post Doctoral Fellow, Imperial College of London
Mechanical Engineer, Arborus Consulting
PhD Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Senior Product Development Engineer, AMD
Lilly Yu, MASc
Justin (Youngmok) Ko, MASc
Francis Cruz, MASc

Sacha Ruzzante, MASc
Kamran Mahmudov, MASc
Rowan Walsh, MASc
Shaka Sur, MASc
Anna Jiang, MASc
Ahmed Mahmoud, MASc
Jr. control and Diagnostic Engineer, General Motors
Data Engineer, Scotiabank
Data Engineer, Biobot Analytics
Junior Wind Specialist, GradientWind Engineering Inc.
Engineer-in-Training, Hatch
System Integration and Testing Engineer, Greenlight Innovation
Research Associate, Centre for Global Engineering, University of Toronto
Civil Engineer-in-Training, Klohn Crippen Berger
Program Manager, Centre for Global Engineering, University of Toronto
Marinus Lurz, MEng
Anthony Nassif, MEng
Jawad Mirza, MEng
Ravier Weekes, MEng
Project Management Engineer, SpinMaster
Engineering Project Officer, Transport Canada
Application Engineer, Dana Incorporated
Engineer-in-Training, Roberts Manufacturing
Rashmi Sathar, BASc
Han Hu, BASc
Rabab Haider, BASc
Danyal Rehman, BASc
Roya Rahnejat, BASc
Caiden Chih, BASc
Daniel Powell, BASc
Mitch Cahill, BASc
Cassandra Rosen, BASc
Maya Zhang, BASc
Maria Luisa Pasini, BASc
Neel Bavishi, BASc
Jane Liu, BASc
Engineer-in-Training, 3M
MASc Student, Autonomous Systems & Biomechatronics Lab, University of Toronto
MS Candidate, MIT
MS Candidate, MIT
Engineer-in-Training, Arup
Operations Engineer, Opener Inc.
Solar Performance Engineer, Recurrent Energy
Nuclear Operator, Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Climate and Energy Analyst, ICF International
Research Assistant, Centre for Global Engineering, University of Toronto
Director, BNV TEC
Building Energy Consultant, Morrison Hershfield
MBD Engineering Lead, Litens Automotive Group
Adriana Díaz Lozano Patiño
Sam Yu
Yong June Seo
Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto
Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto
Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto