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

Mr. Madhukar Somireddy

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2019 – Current)
“Computational Modelling of Additively Manufactured Composite Parts”

Ms. Elli Gkouti

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2019 – Current)
“Elastomers”

Mr. Burak Yenigun

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2019 – Current)
“Elastomers”


Doctoral Students Supervised

Mr. Muhammad Salman Chaudhry

Doctoral in progress (2019 – Curr)


Ms. Daphene Solis

Doctoral in progress (2019 – Curr)


Mr. Roger Carrick

Doctoral in progress (2018 – Curr)


Mr. Mohamed Abdelhamid

Doctoral in progress (2018 – Curr)


Ms. Minha R. Ha

Doctoral in progress (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


Mr. Thakkar Rohankumar Jayeshkumar

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


Master Students Supervised

Mr. Ahmed Al-Attar

Masters in progress (2020 – Curr)

TBD


Mr. Ahmed Bayoumy

Masters in progress (2019 – Curr)

TBD


Ms. Can Zhang

Masters in progress (2019 – Curr)

Research title: Elastomers


Mr. Carlos Rojas

Masters in progress (2018 – Curr)

3D Printing Technology (Metal)


Undergraduate Students Supervised

Usman Ali

Undergraduate in progress (2014-Curr)

Mechanical Testing & Material Properties


Rayen Alseekh

Undergraduate in progress (2017-Curr)

Advanced Mechanical Testing & Material Properties


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. Madhukar Somireddy, Doctoral

(2015 – 2019), PhD, “Multiscale Material Modelling of Additively Manufactured Laminates”

Dr. Gabriele Barbaraci, Post-Doctoral

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2018 – 2019) “Characterization of the Elastomers in Tension and Compression at Elevated Temperature Conditions”


Dr. Volodymyr Zozulya, Post-Doctoral

Visiting Professor (2017 – 2018) “Characterization of the Elastomers in Tension and Compression at Elevated Temperature Conditions.”


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

(2015 – 2017), supervised, “…”


Alumni: Undergraduate

Zia Ansari

Undergraduate in progress (2015-Curr)

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


Farouk Wahsh

BSc, 2019 Mechanical Engineering,

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


Akash Oommen

BSc, 2019 Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Kolsky Bar Apparatus; Compression and Tension testing


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”


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.

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 assistant under the supervision of Dr. Alex Czekanski, in the 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.


Mr. Cezary Kirczuk

AGH University of Science and Technology
Krakow, Poland
June 2019 – September 2019

“Mechanical and Structure Properties of Boiler Grade Steel”
Cezary Kirczuk is a Heat Engineering student at the AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland. He is spending this summer working as a research trainee supervised by Dr. Alex Czekanski in his IDEA-LAB. Cezary will be conducting experiments on boiler grade steel containing a high amount of chromium, nickel and molybdenum which is proposed to be a material with good mechanical properties combining high-temperature strength, creep resistance, good thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance. The mechanical properties tested were studied to determine the effect of exposure to high temperature. With this study, Cezary aims to characterize several boiler steel materials that can be used in energy sector industry applications. Which is important in the ever-growing energy field!