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The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University is a leading, world-class institution offering expertise, research, and highly qualified personnel across all engineering and computer science disciplines to help industries with their Research and Development (R&D) needs.

Our team

Our professors have a proven track record of working with hundreds of organizations in successful and highly impactful industry R&D projects with businesses of all sizes, from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large corporations.

The Research and Innovation Partnerships team works with researchers, industries and government organizations, building mutually beneficial initiatives to help industries develop their new generation of products and technologies.



Marina Pushkareva, PhD

Research Funding Development Advisor

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Marina Pushkareva develops industry R&D partnerships with professors and industrial partners in Building, Civil and Environmental engineering.

Before joining Concordia University, she was doing research and teaching at several academic institutions in Montreal and worked in industry. She holds a PhD in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing from the University of Ottawa.

Areas of expertise

  • Construction/infrastructure engineering and management
  • Industrialization of construction
  • Water and environment
  • Sustainability
  • Zero-energy buildings
  • Solar energy
  • Structural safety
  • Resilience of buildings and structures

Yingying Zhang

Research Funding Development Advisor

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Yingying Zhang brings industry collaboration opportunities for faculty members in Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

She received her MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia, and has extensive experience in education, business development and marketing with proven expertise in lead generation, relationship building and project management.

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Industry 4.0
  • Process and product optimization
  • Materials and composites
  • Mechatronics
  • Control systems
  • Fluid dynamics and alternative energies
  • Nanosystems and nanomaterials
  • Structures and stress analysis

Amin Zavieh

Research Funding Development Advisor

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Amin Zavieh is a Research Funding Development Advisor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he got his master’s degree.

As a graduate with an entrepreneurial background, he is experienced in developing R&D projects in collaboration between businesses and researchers.

Areas of expertise

  • Applied electromagnetics
  • Communications and photonics
  • Power electronics and signal processing
  • Medical imaging and devices
  • Software engineering and verification
  • Robotics and control

Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez, PhD

Senior Research and Innovation Advisor

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Guillermo Mendoza-Suarez is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience working in academia and industry in several roles. He has been instrumental to the Gina Cody School, growing the industry partnerships portfolio since 2014, and has played a key role in developing strategic industrial partnerships.

He helps develop strong relationships with industry partners and government officials, promoting academia-industry research at Concordia University. He also participates in the Gina Cody School’s innovation initiatives and large-scale strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Areas of expertise

  • Computer science and software engineering
  • Cybersecurity and information systems engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data analytics and machine learning
  • Chemical and materials engineering

Pascal Dubois

Advisor, Innovation and Research Funding Development

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Pascal Dubois is a demonstrated professional with a strong track record of establishing industry-academic partnerships in diverse fields. With prior roles as a Team Lead and Grant Specialist at Mitacs and different roles at the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Pascal's expertise in bridging academia and industry and helping facilitate research projects has been instrumental for various universities.

Before joining Concordia, Pascal honed his skills in project management and relationship building, holding a PMP license. His educational background in Political Science provides a unique perspective, allowing him to connect diverse fields and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations.

Do you have an R&D project in mind or would you like more information on how to partner with us?

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