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ABDALLAH ALSHANTAF

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Paul O'Brien
Award: LURA

Bio:
Abdallah AlShantaf is a 3rd year student at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at York University. With a huge interest in sustainability in infrastructure, Abdallah is spending the summer simulating heat transfer in buildings in Dr. O’Brien’s laboratory. The simulation is used to build and validate the experiment to be conducted. Specifically, Abdallah will be conducting an experiment that uses a solar light simulator on thermal energy storage (TES) materials to test their effectiveness in storing and dissipating heat. By the end of the summer, Abdallah is hoping to have an efficient model that uses solar energy to effectively heat a specified volume. Adapting TES materials in passive solar design for buildings improves HVAC efficiency and decrease energy consumption per household.

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AFFAN BEHZAD

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Ronald Hanson
Award: LURA

Bio:
Affan Behzad is a recent graduate from Mechanical Engineering at York University. This is his third time conducting summer research. He is working on an industry project under Professor Ronald Hanson to investigate the effects of different fabrics and seam locations on the aerodynamics for a cyclist.

When he is not researching, he likes to build Human Powered Vehicles to improve his carbon fibre layup and welding skills. Ask him about the Human Powered Competition at Michigan State University.

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AMANDA CAPACCHIONE

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Ronald Hanson
Award: RAY

Bio:
Amanda Capacchione is a 4th year undergraduate student at Lassonde school of Engineering at York University, specializing in Mechanical Engineering. Amanda is spending the summer exploring time-resolved particle image velocimetry (t-PIV) in Dr. Hanson’s laboratory. Specifically, Amanda will be constructing a towing tank to conduct experiments with the use of a dual-pulse laser beam, which is expanded into a thin light sheet where flow can then seeded by tiny reflective particles and a high-speed camera captures the pulses. By the end of the summer, Amanda intends to have furthered the research to gain a better understanding of flow separation, vortex dynamics, and drag reduction techniques. The analysis of particle motion of a fluid around an object can help better predict the behaviour of a fluid around objects. It’s also important because it characterizes the understanding of complex flow fields in speed-based sports such as cycling.

CONSTANTINOS KANDIAS

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Ronald Hanson
Award: LURA

Bio:
Constantinos is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at Lassonde, working under Dr. Ronald Hanson, in the Fluid Mechanics and Flow Control Laboratory. He will be continuing his previous research with Dr. Hanson, aiming to improve the design of closed loop wind tunnels. By the end of the summer, Constantinos will have completed parametric studies on the performance of various wind tunnel components using CFD simulations. These results will augment the existing literature, which often does not account for viscous effects. He will then design and begin constructing a closed loop, subsonic wind tunnel to be built in Dr. Hanson’s laboratory. Constantinos’ work aims to expand the current state of knowledge on the design of wind tunnels, allowing them to be built smaller, without compromising their performance and efficiency. An on campus wind tunnel facility will expand Lassonde’s research capability, paving the way for the next generation of experimental fluid dynamics.

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DAPHNE-ELENI ARCHONTA

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Prof. Pouya Rezai
Award: NSERC USRA

Bio:
Daphne-Eleni Archonta is a 2nd-year student of Mechanical Engineering at York University. This summer, Daphne will continue exploring microfluidic devices in the field of medical research in Prof. Rezai’s laboratory. Specifically, she will be conducting experiments and analysis of the electrotactic behaviour of the Parkinson’s Disease model organism, C. elegans, using microscopy and microdevices. Through this opportunity, Daphne is hoping to further the research on C. elegans’ natural responses and the knowledge of the effect of specific neuronal interactions in the system that governs the egg-laying behaviour of the animal. This would be achieved by analyzing multiple parameters of healthy and mutant nematodes, with defected phenotypes, using electric current to induce birth. This is a novel technique that utilizes the natural behaviour of the animals for egg extraction and could be used to further the widespread use of C. elegans in Parkinson’s Disease research.

DHRUVIKUMARI DESAI

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Garrett Melenka
Award: LURA

Bio:
Dhruvi Desai is a 2nd-year Mechanical Engineering Student at Lassonde School of Engineering. Having specialized in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Desai is spending the summer exploring Braided Composites in Dr. Garrett Melenka’s laboratory. Specifically, Desai will be working on the completion of a Small-scale Maypole Braiding Machine using low-cost digital fabrication techniques like desktop 3D printing and laser-cutting, and the automation of the machine using Python and Raspberry Pi. By the end of the summer, Desai is hoping to complete the design and manufacture of the braiding machine and start with the testing of the braided samples made from the machine. This will help to understand the nature of braided composites better. Understanding braided composites is important because these materials tend to be stronger, lighter, resistant to cracks and damages and flexible which enables them to have various industry applications like aircrafts automotive, sports and many more.

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JIEFENG QIU

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Gerd Grau
Award: RAY

Bio:
Jiefeng (James) Qiu is a 3nd year student at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at York University. Having specialized in machine element design and instrumentation measurement, Jiefeng is spending the summer continuing Structural Health Monitoring and Electroluminescence with Professor Garrett Melenka and Gerd Grau. Specifically, Jiefeng will be working toward finalizing the strain induced electroluminescence mechanical tests and collecting characterization data for journal publication purposes. By the end of the summer, Jiefeng is hoping to perform oral presentation at composite conference and publish results for scientific journal. This is important because this research is able to push forward the applicability and possibility for visualizing structural health monitoring into braided composite.

KOUROSH TOGHROL

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Thomas Cooper
Award: Research Contract with Cooper Lab

Bio:
Kourosh Toghrol is a 2nd year student in the Mechanical Engineering Program offered by the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Kourosh is spending his summer working on the utilization of solar energy for the purposes of water desalination and purification within the Cooper Lab. Kourosh's role focuses on the research, design and ultimate manufacturing of a full-size prototype of this desalination system. Through his previous education and knowledge in business, Kourosh will also be focusing on the economic viability of the project as it is of significant value to the solar and clean water industry. Kourosh is hoping through his research to gain a solid grasp of Solar collection and manipulation and its importance on building a sustainable future. By the end of summer, he is confident that the model will provide valuable data on further prototypes and presenting a demonstrable product to both the Lab and Dr. Cooper.

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MATTEO TIMPANO

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Sunny Leung
Award: NSERC USRA

Bio:
Matteo Timpano is a fourth year student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University. Having worked with Dr. Sunny Leung during the summer of 2018, Matteo has decided to return and finish his research in the design and fabrication of triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) for green energy generation. This summer, Matteo will be researching the effects of electrospinning to enhance the effect of triboelectrification in the polymer friction layers. He will be performing tests such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) on the electrospun samples to analyze the degree of crystallinity as well as the electroactive phase content within the polymer matrices. Furthermore, Matteo will be simulating real world applications such as harvesting energy from wind, rain, and mechanical motion as well as demonstrating the capability of TENGs for being used as self-powered sensors.

MOHAMED KARAM

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Roger Kempers
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Mohamed Karam is a Research Intern at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Mohamed is spending the summer working with Dr.Roger Kempers on continuous wire polymer composites (CWPC) for improved effective thermal conductivity and strength over conventional discontinuous fiber polymer composites.
By the end of the summer, Mohamed will design and configure an open-source printer for high-temperature use to facilitate printing continuous fibers (metal or high conductivity carbon fibers) embedded in thermoplastics such as polyetherimide (PEI) and polyether ether ketone (PEEK). Here challenges will include the design of high-temperature printing components and processes to allow for the reliable printing of high-end composites, and will author a final paper which for submission to a conference or a journal at the
end of their project.

NILOTPAL CHAKRABORTY

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Ronald Hansin
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Hi, I am Nilotpal and I am a 3rd year student pursuing Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from NIT TRICHY, India. As part of my summer project, I will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Ronald Hanson on Particle Image Velocimetry(PIV). PIV is a recent entrant in the area of flow visualization techniques. We will be conducting the experiments at the water tunnel facility at the Institute of Aerospace Studies, UoT. Using a laser and a high speed camera, I will take images of particles seeded in the flow. The displacement of particles that I derive from post processing of the images will be used to get the velocity field of the flow. More specifically I will then work on the effect of yaw on drag experienced by an aircraft using PIV. The results of PIV can then be compared to results from simulations.

SHEJIN SYMON

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Roger Kempers
Award: Mitacs

Bio:
Shejin Thomas Symon is a 3rd year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering at National institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. Shejin is spending the summer exploring ‘Additive Manufacturing using thermally conductive composites’ in Dr. Roger Kemper’s laboratory. Specifically, Shejin will be conducting experiments using 3-D printers. By the end of the summer, Shejin is hoping to have furthered the research to gain a better picture of additive manufacturing using thermally conductive composites and it applications. This is important because there is a never-ending requirement for a stronger, lighter and more conductive material.

SINAN OLCUN

SINAN OLCUN
Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Roger Kempers
Award: LURA

Bio:
Sinan Olcun is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at York University who is spending the summer working with Dr. Roger Kempers in the Thermofluids Laboratory. Sinan will use the 16 weeks to improve on the novel method of Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM 3D Printing) of Carbon fiber composites with high thermal conductivity via dual extrusion. Sinan will be designing and manufacturing parts required to improve the accuracy and printing capabilities found in the current model. Sinan will be creating samples to test the effectiveness of 3D printing these composites compared to conventional materials and manufacturing methods. Sinan will also be creating the code and printing thermally conductive surfaces for other labs to use in their experiments. The outcome of this project is to be able to print fully functioning heat exchangers and other complex thermally conductive objects with high repeatability by the end of the summer.

SULTAN HUMIDAN

Dept. Of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Thomas Cooper
Award: RAY

Bio:
Sultan Humidan is a fourth year mechanical engineering student at York University. He has had a long-time interest in renewable energy technologies, especially solar. He will be spending his summer in Dr. Cooper’s lab, where he will be working on a project that is in collaboration with Switzerland Company Synhelion SA. Sultan will be helping design equipment for experimental purposes that will be used at the DLR Synlight facility in Germany. Synlight, also known as the “World’s largest artificial sun” is a state-of-the-art experimental facility for testing concentrating solar power technologies. This research is important because these experiments done will help develop better solar production energy and improve solar power technologies.