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Tahereh Malmir

Tahereh Malmir is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on the sustainable management of organic waste: energy generation and integration. She has a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tehran (2009-2012) and has been active in the waste management field, academically and professionally, since then. She has three goals in life: to be a good human, to be happy, and to be successful. Her dream is to live in a fair world.

Shahin Masoumi Verki

Shahin Masoumi-Verki is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). He is specialized in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Turbulence. As a part of the CERC team, Shahin’s focus is on the development of a microscale pollutant dispersion model that accounts for the complexities of an urban area and real-time prediction.

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Naghmeh Shafiee

Naghmeh Shafiee is a Ph.D. student of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and K.N.Toosi University in Iran. She has extensive experience in software development and is now a machine learning researcher. She works in the ICT Lab, and her research concerns graph representation learning. Within this area, her focus is on spatiotemporal forecasting and its applications on traffic. As a member of the CERC Team, she collaborates with the transportation group.

Sanam Dabirian

Sanam Dabirian is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Her doctoral research examines the occupancy modeling for urban building energy modeling. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to her research that encompasses occupant behavior modeling, machine learning techniques, and energy simulations. She also collaborates on a joint project between Concordia University and Natural Resource Canada to extend the urban building energy data. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and she also holds a master’s degree in architecture.


Natalie Voland

Natalie Voland is a Ph.D. student of the Individualized Program in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Natalie has been reinventing the process of real estate development over 25 years - her roots as a social worker allows her to have a unique and purpose driven design centered outlook on development that prioritizes historical protection of civic assets while being forward thinking to use buildings to unite communities and push environmental advocacy.  She is an award winning social driven developer and a leader of the Quebec B Corp. Movement where her companies contribute to the protection of the environment, foster social inclusion, while making market driven profit to further the economic development of Montreal. 

Hadis Montazerinejad

Hadis Montazerinejad is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. She holds a bachelor's and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and was a lecturer of Advanced Exergy course at University of Tehran. She previously worked in the energy industry at Turbotec company. Her role consisted of dispatching to important power plants to collect data, studying, discussing new subjects, and learning a set of functional programming. From 2015 to 2019, she participated in many research projects and passed some important training courses, which resulted in becoming familiar with CHP systems. Her current work is in modeling CHP systems.


Navid Shirzadi

Navid Shirzadi is a Ph.D. student of Civil Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. His research is mainly focused on designing integrated energy systems, load dispatching, and energy storage control strategies. He is skilled in mathematical programming using related tools such as GAMS and proficient in using Python programming language for developing Machine Learning and Deep Learning models. His research aims to design and control a renewable energy system for an urban microgrid with the use of artificial intelligence.


Saeed Ranjbar

Saeed Ranjbar is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and his Master’s in Renewable Energy Engineering. He has completed publications about solar thermal energy systems, thermal energy storage, district energy system planning, and life cycle assessment. Saeed specializes in urban renewable energy systems, thermal energy storage, demand-side management, and district heating and cooling networks. His research is on developing a framework for optimal automatic design and control of urban renewable energy systems with thermal energy storage. 


Jimmy Barco Burgos

Jimmy Barco Burgos is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He has a background in mechanical engineer with a strong practical and academic background in designing, manufacturing, and commissioning thermal, mechanical, and fluid systems. He is passionate about the development and improvement of the Bio-energy sector, integrating bi-fuel systems to the transport sector and using poly-generation concepts to achieve the energy transition required to move towards Next-Generation Cities. 


Jenny Chaverri

Jenny Chaverri is a Ph.D. Candidate of Civil Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Her research is in transportation and sustainable development. She works with transportation demand modeling and economics, gender equality, social and environmental justice, and the SDGs. Jenny holds a Master’s from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, majoring in pavement engineering and road safety. Jenny was the Head of Technical Auditing of the National Road Network of Costa Rica to fight corruption, and a professor at the University of Costa Rica. She has worked as an international consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in several countries.

Mostafa Saad

Mostafa Saad is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He holds two post-secondary degrees specializing in energy-efficient buildings. Mostafa is a Fulbright alumnus, as a visiting scholar at Texas A&M University, USA, which allowed him to work with a myriad of research teams and facilities on multiple topics. Besides this he was a part of the PVT-RESyst project that received the German African Innovation Incentive Award. He has broad experience as an instructor for academic courses and professional workshops in environmental design, parametric modelling and building performance simulation.


Sadam Hussain

Sadam Hussain is a Ph.D. student of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2015. He worked as a Packet Switching Core Specialist in ZongXing Telecommunication Equipment in Pakistan from 2015 to 2018. He received his master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Pusan National University Busan, South Korea, in 2020. His research interests include energy management systems, distribution system analysis, and electric vehicle technology.

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Rushikesh Padsala

Rushikesh Padsala is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences - HfT Stuttgart, Germany. He specializes in Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics with a focus on 3D city modelling. He focuses on developing a data model for food, water and energy nexus simulation using 3D city models. He also works as a scientific researcher in geoinformatics, where he focuses on developing a digital public participation platform using 3D city models and open geo-data standards. His key interest areas are: 3D GIS, Data Modelling and Integration, Enterprise GIS and Urban Energy Simulation. 

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Reiner Braun

Reiner Braun is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He finished his bachelor studies for building physics at HFT Stuttgart focusing on theoretical building physics and acoustics. He holds a M.Sc. in building restoration from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. He is the head of the Smart City Living Lab at Reutlingen University where his research activities are concentrated on the development of energy and mobility concept for regions and cities, IoT networks, data analytics and the development urban data models to characterize the food, energy and water nexus on an urban district level.


Lingshan Li

Lingshan Li is a Ph.D. student of Geography in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. She is studying the effects of vegetation and the built environment on urban microclimate in Montreal, using a combination of remote sensing and field-based approaches. She is most interested in the effect of landscape patterns on the intensity of the ecosystem services (urban heat island mitigation, air quality regulation, etc.) provided by urban greening. Her research contributes to the work of the Next Generation Cities cluster, co-supervised by Concordia colleagues and collaborators Ursula Eicker, Carly Ziter and Angela Kross. 


Kathryn Kaspar

Kathryn Kaspar is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. She obtained her B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from McGill University before working on sustainable earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal from 2015-2016. Upon returning to North America, she obtained her M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire while working in energy planning and policy at the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her research is focused on urban-scale energy management for buildings at the microgrid or neighborhood level, with the principal goal of enhancing energy efficiency and user comfort.


Kayhan Alamatsaz

Kayhan Alamatsaz is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is familiar with Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Transportation, Optimization, Data Science, Stochastic Optimization and interested in mathematical modelling and programming. He received his M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology and his B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at Isfahan University of Technology. His current research topic is EV station location planning, which may be involved in the project of the Next-Generation Cities game simulation. 


Brice Khodja

Brice Khodja is a Ph.D. student of the Individualized Program in the Department of Fine Arts. He is pursuing a thesis jointly supervised by Concordia University and EnsAD, Paris. He holds a Master’s Degree of Graphic Design. His work arises where digital arts, data design, material science, and sensory studies meet, and combines responsive materials, video, and soft robotics. He seeks to experiment with the interactive potential of matter to increase the representations and perceptions of data linked with the public environments' quality to enhance the aesthetic relationships between the citizens and their milieu.

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Negar Rahimi

Negar Rahimi is a Ph.D. student of the Individualized Program in the Department of Fine Arts. She holds a Bachelor’s of interior architecture and Master’s degree of architecture with specialization in architectural technology. Having researched on smart buildings, parametric design, bionic architecture, and responsible façades, she came up with an interdisciplinary approach to propose a new design method for openings in smart façades, which helps the architects not only find the best daylighting provision solution, but also achieve the energy efficiency for any kinds of buildings. 


Abolfazl Rezaei

Abolfazl Rezaei is a Ph.D. student of Building Engineering in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. He specializes in applied mathematics, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. He currently studies the hydraulic and thermal behavior of the distribution network in a district heating system, and contributes to energy system planning. 


Peter Yefi

Peter Yefi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Yefi has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and a Master’s degree in Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Software Engineering and Applied Machine Learning. He worked as the CTO at Complete Farmer Limited where he led the product development team to digitize the agriculture value chain. Yefi seeks to research how to enhance communication between proprietary IoT devices through APIs, and manage these devices and their data.


Soroush Samareh Abolhassani

Soroush Samareh Abolhassani is a Ph.D. student of Information Systems Engineering in the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE). He received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and his Master's in Building Engineering. He worked as an HVAC engineer at Evonergie from 2018-2019. His research includes applying machine and deep learning algorithms on lidar point cloud data for 3D building reconstruction and roof type classification. He is interested in developing interactive approaches in occupancy behavior analysis and human activities recognition in buildings for developing energy-efficiency. 


Mohammad Reza Seyedabadi

Mohammad Reza Seyedabadi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. He studied general civil engineering for his Bachelor’s and environmental engineering for his Master’s in the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. The main focus of his research during his Master’s was the life cycle assessment (LCA) of the building industry, that in his Ph.D. extends to the LCA in Urban Scale considering all city objects ranging from buildings to transportation infrastructure, water distribution systems, and urban greenery.


Fatemeh Izadi

Fatemeh Izadi is a Ph.D. student of the Individualized Program. With a background in Architecture and Urban design, she is integrating knowledge from the fields of urban ecology, engineering, and design to understand how built and green elements of cities can better promote urban "walkability", with a particular focus on thermal comfort. Fatemeh joined the CERC Team to pursue the same goals: enhance the well-being of communities, protection the environment, and investments in future generations. Her research falls within the Next Generation Cities cluster, and her thesis is titled Towards Comfortable, Walkable and Green Streets: Walkability assessment with the focus on street-level greenery and thermal comfort. 

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