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 toward innovation in our field of mechanical engineering.

Postdoctoral Fellow Supervised/Visiting Professors

Ms. Elli Gkouti

(2019 – Curr), Post-Doctoral Fellow,

Mr. Burak Yenigun

(2019 – Curr), Post-Doctoral Fellow,

Doctoral Students Supervised

Mr. Muhammad Salman Chaudhry

(2019 – Curr), Doctoral in progress,

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

Ms. Daphene Solis

(2019 – Curr), Doctoral in progress,
“4D Bioprintable Thermo-Responsible Hydrogel for Tissue Engineering”

Mr. Roger Carrick

(2018 – Curr), Doctoral in progress,
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Mr. Mohamed Abdelhamid

(2018 – Curr), Doctoral in progress,

(2014 – 2016), MASc,
“Effective Mechanical Properties of 3D Structural Metamaterials”

Ms. Minha R. Ha

(2016 – Curr), Doctoral in progress,
“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

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

Master Students Supervised

Kateryna Zakharova

(2022 – Curr), Masters in progress, Topic TBD

Ahmed Alaa

(2022 – Curr), Masters in progress,
“Topology Optimization of 3D Printing Paths using Machine Learning”

Victoria Horvath

(2021 – Curr), Masters in progress,
“FRESH Printing of Multilayer Composite Cardiac Wall”

Usman Ali

(2020 – Curr), Masters in progress,
“Aligned Nanofibers Masks for Improved Filter Efficiency and Pressure Drop”

(2017 – 2020), Undergraduate,
“Mechanical Testing of Elastomers and 3D Printed Products”

Undergraduate Students Supervised

Mhd Youssef Demashkieh

(2022 – Curr), Undergraduate in progress,
“Characterization of BioInks for 3D Printing and Bioengineering Applications”

Roozbeh Alishahian

(2022 – Curr), Undergraduate in progress,
“Development of Software Tools for Image Analysis for 3D Bioprinting Tracks and High-Speed Tension Tests”

Alumni (Graduate & Post-Doctoral)

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

Mr. Ahmed Al-Attar

(2020 – 2021), MASc,
“Manufacturing, Characterization and Modeling of Helical Electrospun Fibers for Cardiac Tissue Engineering”

Mr. Ahmed Bayoumy

(2019 – 2021), MASc,

“Topology and Printing Orientation Optimization of Orthotropic Material for Additive Manufacturing”

Ms. Can Zhang

(2019 – 2021), MASc,
“Experimental Investigation of the Fatigue Behaviour of Natural Rubber Under Different Loading and Environment Conditions”

Mr. Carlos Rojas

(2018 – 2020), MASc,
“Characterization and Impact of Thermal Conductivity of Stainless Steel 316L Employed in Additive Manufacturing”

Mr. Madhukar Somireddy

(2019 – 2020), Post-Doctoral Fellow,
“Multiscale Material Modelling of Additively Manufactured Laminates”
(2015 – 2019), PhD,
“Computational Modelling of Additively Manufactured Composite Parts”

Dr. Volodymyr Zozulya, Visiting Professor

(2017 – 2018), Visiting Professor,
“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.

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

Alumni: Undergraduate

Sofia Graci

(2022), Undergraduate in progress,
“Development and Preparation of BioInks for 3D Bioprinting”

Zia Ansari

BEng, 2022 Mechanical Engineering,

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

Rayen Alseekh

(2019), Undergraduate in progress,

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

Farouk Wahsh

BEng, 2019 Mechanical Engineering,

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

Akash Oommen

BEng, 2019 Mechanical Engineering,

“Kolsky Bar Tension Compression Apparatus and Testing Methodology”

Chukwubuikem Johnson Omeziri

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

Sean Polan

BEng, 2018 Mechanical Engineering,

“Elastomer Specified Bi-axial Fatigue Testing System”

Arslan Javed

BEng, 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 entered her 4th year of Mechatronic Engineering at AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland. She spent the summer at York University as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Alex Czekanski, in the IDEA-Lab. Specifically, Sara conducted experiments using Kolsky bar to determine the most optimal specifications for different pulse shaping techniques and by the end of the summer, hoped 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 was 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 was an Industrialization Engineering student at the EI.CESI School of Engineering at Saint-Nazaire, in France. He spent the summer working as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Alex Czekanski in the IDEA-Lab. Edouard was working on a research topic in which he manufactured and tested the mechanical properties of elastomers with carbon fiber manufactured by fused deposition modeling 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 for 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 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 was a Heat Engineering student at the AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland. He spent that summer working as a research trainee supervised by Dr. Alex Czekanski in his IDEA-LAB. Cezary conducted experiments on boiler grade steel containing a high amount of chromium, nickel and molybdenum which was 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 aimed to characterize several boiler steel materials that can be used in energy sector industry applications. Which was important in the ever-growing energy field!