Postdoctoral Fellow Supervised

Dr. Saeed Assarzadeh

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.

Since his joining to the IDEA Lab in December 2017, Saeed has been working 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.

Doctoral Students Supervised

Mr. Thakkar Rohankumar Jayeshkumar

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

Doctoral in progress (2015 – Curr) “Multiscale Modeling of Additively Manufactured Materials”
Ms. Minha R. Ha

PhD Mechanical Engineering (2016- Curr) “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

Master Students Supervised

Mr. Mohamed Abdelhamid

Master in process (2015 – Curr), “Architectural Metamaterials using Additive Manufacturing Technology”
Mr. Diego Moraes
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(2016 – Curr), Research title: TBD
Mr. Arian Moghaddam

(Co-supervised with Dr. Andrew Maxwell), 2016, Research title: TBD

Visiting Professor(s)

Dr. E. Bonifaz

In progress (2016 – Curr), Visiting Professor

Undergraduate Members

Sean Polan

Undergraduate – 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Research
Topic: Axial-torsion fatigue testing system for Elastomers
Akash Oommen
Undergraduate – 3rd year Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Kolsky Bar Apparatrus; Compression and Tension testing
Arslan Javed

BSc, 3rd year Mechanical Engineering
Topics: Equibiaxial Tension Machine and Testing Apparatus Interest in: Renewable Energies
Chukwubuikem Johnson Omeziri
Farouk Wahsh
Bsc, 3rd year Mechanical Engineering
“The Effect of High Strain Rate on the Piezo Properties of Elastomers with Carbon Nanotubes”

Visiting Research Trainees


Mr. Muhammad Salman Chaudhry

Masters, MSc. Space Engineering 2014 – 2016
Topic: “The Characterization of Engineered Elastomers at High Strain Rates”
Present: Research Assistant, IDEA-LAB, York University
Dr. Taisiya Sigaeva

February 2015 – April 2016, supervised
Topic: 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

September 2015 – August 2016
Supervised Topic at York: Adaptive Mesh Refinement Approach to Structural Topology Optimization
Present: Postdoctoral Fellow at Polytechnique Montréal
Dr. Sanjay Kumar

In progress (2015 – Curr), supervised

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
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.