Elaine Varela is a visiting professor from Universidade Federal da Bahia and a researcher of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. She is a civil engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the UPC (2012), and is currently the director of BAKÒ. With experience in planning, fundraising, implementing and coordinating research projects, both in Brazil and Spain, she leads projects in the area of circular economy, management and recycling of construction/demolition waste, blockchain technology, among others themes. The main goal of her work is to develop tools and to identify good practices to promote sustainability, social responsibility and innovation in the urban environment.
Former academic visitors
Davide Quaggiotto is a Ph.D. student of Energy Engineering at University of Padova (UNIPD, Italy). He previously obtained is Master’s degree in Energy Engineering from UNIPD. He joined a research study at Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), in collaboration with the European project Cheap-GSHPs (Horizon 2020), to perform specific tests on experimental borehole heat exchangers. In 2018 he started his research activity as a PhD student in the Department of Industrial Engineering of UNIPD. The activity is focused on the modelling and the integrated management of district heating networks and building-plant systems. His main goal is to maximize the energy efficiency of the district heating networks. To achieve this, energy simulations and optimization methods are used.
Florian Schirle was a Master’s student of Advanced Systems Design with a focus on second life battery storage systems at Aalen University, Germany. He previously received his B.Eng in electrical engineering with a focus on energy systems and renewable energy. For his Master’s degree, he collaborated with the CERC team at Concordia University, and he developed algorithms for the optimal selection and implementation of battery systems in specific applications using multi-criteria decision algorithms and computer-aided simulations. Currently, he is working at Aalen University on second-life storage projects and their integration into smart grids.
Elise Lecomte is an intern of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Elise is currently a student in an engineering school in France (EPF) and is starting his master's degree in architecture and sustainable cities. She plans to continue her studies in Liège with a double degree in architecture. Her work consists of doing research on different subjects such as the life cycle of buildings, zero carbon cities, the impact of waste from buildings at the end of their life or even the renovation of buildings. She also participates in the collection of data on construction materials available in Canada.
Solène Martin is an engineering intern in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. She began her first year of a master's degree in January 2022 in France, in the field of building and sustainable architecture. She has a bachelor's degree in general engineering with a mechanics specialisation from the EPF (Feminine Polytechnic School, 2018-2021). Her research at Concordia focuses on deep retrofit strategies for office or large apartment buildings, including life cycle analysis of materials used, energy savings and costs.