The Engineer's Impact


Your inside look at faculty’s research and its effect on society

In this Q&A series, we’ll feature Western Engineering faculty members to gain a succinct overview of their research, understand its impact on society, and discover intriguing little-known facts.

Assistant Professor Pooja Viswanathan aims to improve the safety and independence of individuals with physical disabilities.

Associate Professor Tim Newson studies the response of soils and rocks to various loads and deformations related to civil engineering structures.

Associate Professor Min Xia optimizes complex systems like mechatronics, advanced manufacturing, and clean energy production.

Assistant Professor Taylor Liu applies AI to solve complex problems in chemical & biochemical engineering.

Assistant Professor Elvis Chen is improving healthcare for patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery.

Professor Elizabeth Gillies is focused on developing new degradable polymers.

Assistant Professor Michael Boutilier is developing energy-efficient membranes for cleaner separations.

Assistant Professor Shaimaa Ali is working on research related to Software Engineering pedagogy.

Associate Professor Arghya Paul aims to develop materials for regenerative medicine & biomedical applications.

Assistant Professor Apurva Narayan is developing tools and techniques that ensure the trust and explainability of AI systems.

Associate Professor Abouzar Sadrekarimi aims to enhance the strength of various geomaterials to withstand structural loads.

Professor Hassan Gomaa is applying advanced membrane separation in the environmental and process industries.

Associate Professor M.R.Najafi studies the effects of climate change on extreme weather for risk mitigation.

Assistant Professor C.T. DeGroot is creating value from waste to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

Assistant Professor Mohamed Zaki is advancing sustainable mobility & improving smart transportation infrastructure.

Assistant Professor Yimin Yang's research is focused on improving machine intelligence.

Assistant Professor Ana Luisa Trejos is focused on the design, integration & evaluation of medical care robotic devices.

Assistant Professor Soodeh Nikan develops AI for autonomous vehicles, mimicking human brain perception reasoning.

Assistant Professor Harvey Shi is developing an advanced additive manufacturing platform for future energy storage materials.

Assistant Professor Fang Fang is focused on intelligent wireless communication and edge computing networks.

Associate Professor Ayan Sadhu is developing smart monitoring technologies with AI for safer & efficient structural inspections.

Assistant Professor Naomi Klinghoffer innovates ways to make renewable fuels & chemicals from biomass, waste, and CO2.

Assistant Professor Yang Zhao’s research on the development of next-generation batteries could be a strong sustainable energy solution.

Assistant Professor Firouz Ajaei is focused on systems that aid the integration of renewable energy resources and storage systems in the power grid.

Assistant Professor Emily Lalone is researching joint movement in the hand and upper limbs to help develop new strategies for regaining function after injury.

Professor Maged Youssef is aiming to understand the behaviour of structures exposed to extreme events to help ensure public safety.

Assistant Professor Bing Li's research monitors and characterises geological energy applications such as volcanoes and mining.

Associate Professor Remus Tutunea-Fatan's research focuses on the design and manufacturing of functional surfaces.

Assistant Professor Katarina Grolinger aims to make better use of IoT data by devising machine learning solutions for a variety of domains.

Professor Wenxing Zhou develops methodologies and tools to ensure the structural integrity of oil and gas pipelines under different threats.

Assistant Professor Ryan Willing has been involved in biomechanical engineering research for more than 10 years.

Kelly Ogden joined Western Engineering in 2019, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

Our inaugural faculty member is software engineering associate professor Aleks Essex, who specializes in cybersecurity.