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ALAA ALBORNO

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Jit Sharma
Award: LURA

Bio:
Alaa Alborno is a 3rd year Civil Engineering student at Lassonde school of Engineering at York University. Having specialized in Civil Engineering, Alaa is spending the summer exploring the usage of rubber tire crumbs for sustainable engineering practices in Dr. Sharma’s laboratory. Specifically, Alaa will be conducting tests and simulations in the geotechnical lab. By the end of the summer, Alaa is hoping to have furthered his research to gain a better picture of the physical and mechanical properties of tire rubbers as they have several advantages to being used in fills and construction of earth structures leading to more sustainable engineering practices.

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ARIEL YERUSHALMI

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: John Gales
Award: NSERC USRA

Bio:
Ariel is a Civil Engineering student at York University. While completing her second year in the program, Ariel found an interest in Transportation Engineering. In such, Ariel will be investigating fire evacuation models in communities surrounded by forests, otherwise known as Wildland Urban Interfaces (WUI). A Northern and remote WUI community was located as the first case-study of its kind. Ariel will investigate this community via distributing and analyzing catered surveys which will provide insight on various factors impacting human behaviour in fire. With the assistance and guidance of Professor Gales, Ariel will be conducting field experiments, analysis and modelling procedures in order to create a risk-based framework which will accurately estimate the time required by a community to escape a life-threatening fire. This information will later be relayed to authorities responsible for fire-evacuation policies.

AUSTIN MARTINS-ROBALINO

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Dan Palermo
Award: NSERC USRA

Bio:
Austin Martins-Robalino is a 4th-year student in the Department of Civil Engineering at York University. Austin is spending the summer exploring the effects of emerging speciality concrete composites reinforced with smooth reinforcement on structural behaviour in Dr. Dan Palermo’s laboratory. Austin will be performing 4-point bending tests on beams consisting of normal concrete, Ultra High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC), and Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) reinforced with deformed or smooth steel. Experiments will be modelled in VecTor 2, a finite element analysis program, with results being compared to experimental data. By summer’s end, Austin is hoping to have furthered the research to gain a better understanding of the overall improvement of bond strength of smooth bars utilizing UHPFRC and ECC. This is important due to increased use of smooth reinforcement, in the form of shape memory alloys, in critical structures to increase resilience to seismic events.

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CHENDUR MALAVIKAA THINAGARAN

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Ahmed Eldyasti
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Chendur Malavikaa Thinagaran is currently pursuing her under-graduation in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. Interested in resource recovery from waste water, she will be spending her summer in studying the various parameter variations and their effects on the usage of ANAMMOX bacteria in the mainstream wastewater treatment in the iWater laboratory. However, ANAMMOX being a bacterium with a greater doubling period this experiment has a lot of challenges. By the end of summer, she is trying to figure out the extent and the type of effect each parameter has on the usage of ANAMMOX bacteria.

DIANA GALINDO

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Dan Palermo
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Diana Galindo is a Mexican 4th grade Civil Engineering student at Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, in Mexico. She is spending the summer at York University working with Professor Dan Palermo, in the project: “Self- Centering and Damage Resilient Concrete Structures”. The objective of this research is to investigate and develop new self-centering technologies for concrete structures by exploiting the salient features of superelastic Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) as the principal reinforcement and Engineered Cementitious Concrete (EMC) as replacement for traditional Portland Cement Concrete.

By the end of the summer, Diana is expecting to gain experience and knowledge in reinforced concrete structures seismic analysis and design, as well as living a cultural and life-changing experience. This project is very important in order to make structures serviceable after a major earthquake so hospitals, schools, companies and homes won’t present significant damage.

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JINXING LI

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Jit Sharma
Award: LURA

Bio:
Jinxing Li is a 2nd year Computer Science student at the Lassonde School of Engineering. Having specialized in Web application development, he is spending the summer exploring Front-End Web development with Dr. Jit Sharma and Dr. Chris Szalwinski. Specifically, Jinxing Li will develop Web user interface using HTML5, CSS3, NodeJS, React and Redux. By the end of the summer, Jinxing Li is hoping to have furthered the research to gain a better picture of user interface by using React. This is important because user interface is the page which communicate with users on the website and will affect the users experience.

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JULIA FERRI

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: John Gales
Award: LURA

Bio:
Julia Ferri is a 3rd year student from Carleton University, continuing her research experience at Lassonde School of Engineering. As a part of Dr. John Gales’ team, Julia has previously contributed to studies that analyzed crowd behaviour and mass movement through stadia. Julia’s aim for the summer, is to extend the existing study to incorporate a more accurate understanding of accessibility needs. The intent is to analyse movement patterns of persons with mobility-related restraints through stadia to develop respective modeling profiles and average walking speeds. The concluding results will provide a gateway to developing strategies that accommodate all persons on a daily basis, as well as in extreme situations that require immediate evacuations of large crowds. To safely and ethically design fully accessible environments, this research will aid in structuring accessibility standards and requirements for public venues that ensure inclusivity of all persons.

KAREN ABOGADIL

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Usman Khan
Award: LURA

Bio:
Karen is a 3rd year Civil Engineering student. She comes from the University of Toronto with a degree in neuroscience. This summer, she’s working with Professor Khan to investigate the benefits of low impact developments (LID), a subtype of green infrastructure. Urbanization has increased the number of impervious surfaces leading to a higher risk of flooding which will inevitably affect those from a lower socio-economic level. Permeable pavements (PP) mimic the natural infiltration of stormwater into the ground without sacrificing a hard surface, to allow foot and vehicle traffic. Karen will specifically study the infiltration rates of different types of permeable pavements, comparing field and laboratory results. The values collected will contribute to a database that will enable the evaluation of infiltration rates of PP through a photograph taken from a mobile phone. This will allow easy identification of clogged areas on permeable surfaces, making maintenance more efficient.

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NADJA COURATTE-ARNAUDE

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Usman T Khan
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Nadja Couratte-Arnaude is student at SciencesPo Paris, France, school of political sciences. During the summer 2019, she will be working as a civil engineer under the supervision of Pr. Usman T Khan about the SUDS, this green infrastructures in cities. SUDS have numerous benefits, as the reduction of flood risk. Their strategic placement could also rectifiy social disparities, as the most disadvantaged populations are often the most exposed and vulnerable to flood risks. Her work about on social issues will challenge the relation between political sciences and civil engineering.

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PAUSALI PRADHAN

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: RASHID BASHIR
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Pausali Pradhan is a pre-final year undergrad student pursuing Civil Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. Having successfully bagged the MITACS Summer Research Internship 2019, she got the scope to work at York University under Professor Rashid Bashir. Enhancing her research work in the field of Geo-technical engineering, Pausali’s project mainly revolves around ‘measurement of thermal properties of Geo-materials: micro-structure and saturation effect.’ With the aid of thorough literature reviews and scrutinized experimental results she aims to hold this internship as a strong research experience to build her professional career in this specialization.

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PRANAV MENON

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Ahmed ElDyasti
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Pranav Menon is a third year student at the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal India. Currently pursuing an engineering degree in Biotechnology, Pranav is spending the summer interning under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed ElDyasti and is working on environmental engineering project. More specifically, his research deals with using methanotrophic bacteria to develop waste water treatment protocols. Sludge is one of the products produced at the end of the anaerobic digestion process, which is often used to degrade organic material in waste water. The digestability of the sludge produced at the various steps in the waste water treatment process by bacteria, is going to be investigated by his research.

RAHMAH KHALID

Dept. Of Civil Engineering
Supervisor: Magdalena Krol
Award: LURA

Bio:
Rahmah Khalid is studying Civil Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. This summer she is conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Magdalena Krol, where she will be investigating the diffusion rate of sulphide across bentonite samples. Her research aims to establish a safety case for the use of copper coated used fuel cannisters enclosed by bentonite in a deep geological repository.