Meet the people of IDEA-Lab:

The IDEA-Lab team is a diverse group, composed of highly talented individuals. Our team members hail from across the globe, ranging from eager unseasoned undergraduate students to renowned visiting professors. The varied academic and professional experience of those who join us is a testament to the quality of our dedication towards innovation in our field of mechanical engineering.

Postdoctoral Fellow Supervised/Visiting Professors

Dr. Gabriele Barbaraci

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 – Current) “Characterization of the Elastomers in Tension and Compression at Elevated Temperature Conditions”

Gabriele Barbaraci received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with Gold Medal from Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy. He has a specialization in Mechatronics, Active Magnetic Bearings, Magneto-Rheological Damper, Physics of Electromagnetism, Performed experimental validation with Matlab and dSpace hardware. R&D in Mechanical, Aerospace and Control Systems Engineer. Since his joining to the IDEA Lab in September 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gabriele has has been working on a joint research project to modify an equi-biaxial tension machine.

Dr. Volodymyr Zozulya

Visiting Professor (2017 – Current) “Characterization of the Elastomers in Tension and Compression at Elevated Temperature Conditions.”

Dr. Volodymyr Zozulya is a professor and researcher at the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de yucatan in Merida, Mexico. Presently he is fulfilling a cross-appointment as Visiting Professor at PoliTO Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Italy and here at Lassonde with Professor Czekanski. His background involves profound analysis and research into the area of mathematical modeling and computer simulation in engineering mechanics and material science and technology for which he has been recognized and awarded by the International Science Foundations, USA; The German Academy of Sciences, Germany; Community Science and Technology, Mexico; and the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine.

Doctoral Students Supervised

Mr. Thakkar Rohankumar Jayeshkumar

Doctoral in progress (2015 – Curr), “Development of Constitutive Model for Elastomers under Tension-Compression Loading.”

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Madhukar Somireddy

Doctoral in progress (2015 – Curr) “Multiscale Modeling of Additively Manufactured Materials”

PhD Mechanical Engineering

Ms. Minha R. Ha

Doctoral in progress (2016-Curr) PhD Mechanical Engineering “Socio-technical integration in design learning; role of engineer identities and design philosophies in the learning processes”

Awards: Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology
Interest in: student mentorship; sustainability; bioethics

Mr. Roger Carrick

Doctoral in progress (2018 – Curr)

PhD Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Mohamed Abdelhamid

Doctoral in progress (2018 – Curr)

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Master Students Supervised

Mr. Carlos Rojas

Masters in progress (2018 – Curr)

3D Printing Technology (Metal)

Ms Can Zhang

Masters in progress (2019 – Curr)

Research title: Elastomers

Undergraduate Students Supervised

Akash Oommen

Undergraduate in progress (2014-Curr)

Topic: Kolsky Bar Apparatrus; Compression and Tension testing

Farouk Wahsh

Undergraduate in progress (2014-Curr)

“The Effect of High Strain Rate on the Piezo Properties of Elastomers with Carbon Nanotubes”

Zia Ansari

Undergraduate in progress (2015-Curr)

“Characterization of the Elastomers in Tension and Compression at Elevated Temperature Conditions”

Alumni (Graduate & Post-Doctoral)

These individuals are who made up and brought us what we are now known as! The IDEA-LAB! The best lab!

Mr. Diego Augusto de Moraes, Masters

(2016 – 2018), MASc, “Thermal FE Analysis of Powder Bed Fusion Process: Power Input Evaluation and Parameter Sensitivity”

Dr. Saeed Assarzadeh, Post-Doctoral

Saeed Assarzadeh obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology in 2015. His main research interests are mainly focused on modeling, analysis and optimization of manufacturing processes including both traditional and nontraditional ones using statistical, artificial intelligence, finite element and metaheuristic-based approaches. Saeed joined the IDEA Lab in December 2017 to work on a joint research project with a leading manufacturer of different industrial wheels and casters to identify significant design parameters and develop statistical models for improving and optimizing their products’ performances and efficiencies with respect to various criteria.

Mr. Muhammad Salman Chaudhry, Masters

(2014 – 2016), MSc, ”
The Characterization of Engineered Elastomers at High Strain Rates”

Dr. Taisiya Sigaeva, Post-Doctoral

(2015 – 2016), supervised, “Nonlinear Mechanical Behavior of Elastomer Nanocylinders; Multiaxial Fatigue of Elastomers, Arterial Wall Mechanics. Development of a Thermal Energy Storage engineering case study.”

Present: University of Alberta, Alberta

Dr. Andrew Lambe, Post-Doctoral

(2015 – 2016), supervised, “Adaptive Mesh Refinement Approach to Structural Topology Optimization”

Present: Postdoctoral Fellow at Polytechnique Montréal

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Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Post-Doctoral

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Alumni: Undergraduate

Chukwubuikem Johnson Omeziri

BSc, 2018 Mechanical Engineering,
“High Strain-Rate Behavior of Mechanoluminescent Material
Dispersed in a Soft Matrix”

Sean Polan

BSc, 2018 Mechanical Engineering, “Elastomer Specified Bi-axial Fatigue Testing System”

Arslan Javed

BSc, 2018 Mechanical Engineering, “Equibiaxial Tension Machine and Testing Apparatus Interest in: Renewable Energies”

Alumni: International Trainee

Ms. Sara Kapuscinska

AGH University of Science and Technology
Rybnik, Poland
May 2017 – August 2017

“Analysis and Design of Physical Filter in High Strain Rate Experiments”
Sara Kapuścińska is entering her 4th year of Mechatronic Engineering at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland. She is spending the summer at York University as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Alex Czekanski, in the IDEA-Lab. Specifically, Sara will be conducting experiments using Kolsky bar to determine the most optimal specifications for different pulse shaping techniques and by the end of the summer, hopes to have furthered the research to gain the optimized pulse shaper design in order to generate modified profile with constant rate of deformation of the input pulse that influences stress strain data for a particular type of tested material. This is important for better understanding of the characterisation of materials at high-strain rate and to develop dynamic tests with Kolsky bar system.

Mr. Edouard Gaschet

CESI Saint-Nazaire, Ecole d’Ingénieurs
Nantes, France
May 2017 – August 2017

“Aging Effect in Additive Manufactured Composite Materials”Edouard Gaschet is an Industrialization engineering student at the EI.CESI School of Engineering at Saint-Nazaire, in France, now entering his 4th year. He is spending this summer working as a research trainee supervised by Dr. Alex Czekanski in his IDEA-LAB. Edouard is currently working on a research topic in which he is manufacturing and testing the mechanical properties of elastomers with carbon fiber manufactured by fused deposition modelling technique in 3D printing. He is responsible for designing and testing ABS, PLA and TPU materials with 20% of carbon fiber. He is also responsible of different tests: compression (on MTS), immersion, air oven, tribology and hardness. This research is important because it gives the opportunity to discover the field of the research and will offer the related skills.