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Gina Cody School Day: Student Showcase

Exclusive look at six student projects at the Gina Cody School

Date & time
Thursday, March 18, 2021
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Gina Cody, Mourad Debbabi, Tasmia Tus Safa, Kayla Charky


This event is free


Alumni Relations




Join us to celebrate our first-ever Gina Cody School Day with an exclusive student showcase. With more than 10,150 students, the Gina Cody School has a deep talent pool of next-generation innovators and change makers. For this event, you will have the chance to hear about six exciting undergraduate and graduate student projects at the Gina Cody School.

This event will also feature remarks and commentary from Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89, benefactor of the Gina Cody School, Mourad Debbabi, interim dean of the Gina Cody School, Tasmia Tus Safa, president of the Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Association and Kayla Charky, vice-president of Competitions in the Engineering and Computer Science Association.

Student presentations




  • Gloria Anastasopoulos, first year mechanical engineering student.

Summary: Gloria Anastasopoulos was a participant at the 2021 Canadian Engineering Competition — the top university level engineering competition in Canada. In her presentation, she will introduce the process of electropolishing, its broad applications across many areas of manufacturing including aerospace and health and why this technology matters.


CP3: Concordia Precious Plastic Project


  • Sara Ordonselli, fifth year mechanical engineering student.

Summary: Sara Ordonselli is the co-founder of CP3, a multi-disciplinary initiative with the goal of implementing a plastic repurposing program on campus. Based on a circular economy model, discarded plastic on campus will be collected and used to create 3D printing filament or molded into a new object. CP3 also raises awareness about the plastic crisis through social media and workshops.

Robotics competition team


  • Alex Gendron, BEng 20 (electrical engineering).
  • Matthew Padvaiskas, fourth year industrial engineering student with a minor in computer science.
  • Eli Dannenbaum, fourth year mechanical engineering student.
  • Benjamin St-Pierre, fourth year mechanical engineering student.

Summary: Two members of this team won the 2020 Canadian Engineering Competition in the design category. 


Coating and Surface Engineering


  • Morvarid Bajgiran, MASc 20

Summary: Formation and accumulation of ice inside closed piping systems are pervasive phenomena in both residential and industrial sectors where the pipes are exposed to temperatures below the freezing point. The detrimental effects of pipes bursting are perilous and costly, especially in industry due to the significant delays and production loss. This presentation will explore the potential of using thermal spraying techniques to develop multi-layered coating systems for de-icing and anti-icing purposes for carbon steel pipes.


Can a living droplet turn back the clock?

Presenter: Hamid Ebrahimi Orimi, PhD candidate in mechanical engineering and a Concordia Public Scholar.

Summary: 3D bioprinting is a revolutionary technology that will effectively make medical care faster and more customized by building living tissues for drug screening models and transplantation. Currently, the challenge is to develope the ability to print living multiscale constructs such as vascular networks. This could improve the functionality and viability of printed tissues in the long-term. In this presentation, Orimi will discuss the novel laser-assisted (LIST) technology that he created to produce 3D bioprinting of multiscale constructs such as blood capillaries.


Space Concordia

Presenter: Timothée Clochard, external vice president at Space Concordia and a mechanical engineering student at the Gina Cody School.

SummarySpace Concordia is a student society at Concordia that throws its members at challenging space and aerospace projects, yielding great results. Space Concordia wins awards at national and international competitions, showcasing our school and talented students. Perhaps most importantly, Space Concordia teaches and trains excellent young scientists and engineers through hands-on work and an attitude of persistence and collaboration.

In this presentation, Clochard will explore Space Concordia's four major divisions: Spacecraft, Space Health, Rocketry and Robotics.



Gina Cody, MEng 81, PhD 89

Gina Parvaneh Cody was the first woman awarded a PhD in building engineering at Concordia. She has more than 30 years of professional practice as a professional engineer, corporate executive and principal shareholder of an engineering firm. 

In 2018, Cody made an historic $15 million gift to Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. In honour of her professional accomplishments and her generosity, the faculty was renamed the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. It is the first engineering faculty in Canada, and one of the first internationally, named after a woman.

Cody sits on several private boards and is a member of Concordia's Board of Governors and the chair of the Gina Cody School Advisory Board. She is also the co-chair of the Campaign for Concordia, the university’s most ambitious fundraising initiative ever.

She was awarded the Order of Montreal in 2019, named one of 2020's Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada and appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2020.


Mourad Debabbi

Debbabi is the interim dean of the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. He currently holds the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Security and the Honorary Concordia University Research Chair Tier I in Information Systems Security.


Tasmia Tus Safa

In her final year of her master's of electrical and computer engineering, Tus Safa is also the president of the Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Association at Concordia.


Kayla Charky

A third-year software engineering student, Charky also serves as the vice-president of Competitions for the Engineering and Computer Science Association.

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