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TISED will involve many stakeholders in its governance - in consultative and advisory roles as well as management, governance, and direction-setting. More information on our committees, working groups, and volunteer opportunities is forthcoming so keep checking back in with us.

Subhasis Ghoshal
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TISED's Director, Subhasis Ghoshal

Subhasis Ghoshal, Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics Professor, is the Director of the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED). A William Dawson Scholar and respected authority on the fate and transport of pollutants in aqueous and soil environments, Professor Ghoshal joined McGill after completing his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He served as McGill's Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2012, and in 2010 was appointed by the federal Minister for the Environment to the advisory panel to evaluate the environmental impacts of oil sands operations in Alberta. Ghoshal has also served as an Editorial Board member and Associate Editor of the American Society of Civil Engineering Journal of Energy Engineering. The major applications of his work lie in assessing the impacts of legacy pollutants, such as petroleum oils, organic solvents and bacterial pathogens, and emerging pollutants, such as engineered nanoparticles on water quality, as well as the development of groundwater remediation technologies and technological solutions for carbon capture and storage. Ghoshal commenced his three-year mandate as Director of TISED in June 2013. subhasis [dot] ghoshal [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email Subhasis).

Dr. Jeffrey Bergthorson (photo credit: Michael Johnson)
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TISED's Associate Director, Jeffrey Bergthorson

Jeffrey Bergthorson is the Associate Director of TISED and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, where he leads the Alternative Fuels Laboratory.  Professor Bergthorson received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology in the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories. Prof. Bergthorson is a member of the editorial board of Progress in Energy & Combustion Science and a member of the Alternative Fuels technical committee of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute.  As the Panda Faculty Scholar in Sustainable Engineering and a William Dawson Scholar, he leads a team conducting research on the combustion and emissions properties of alternative and sustainable fuels and the impact of these properties on their performance in current and future engine technologies. His current research focuses on developing improved combustion and NOx emissions models for gaseous and liquid biofuels through experimental and modeling studies, investigation of combustion in small channels for the design of advanced burners, plasma-assisted combustion and fuel reformation for low-NOx gas turbine engines, and the use of metal powders as zero-carbon recyclable fuels for the global trade of renewable energy, power generation, and transportation. jeffrey [dot] bergthorson [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email Jeffrey).

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TISED's Manager, Lauren Penney

After obtaining her Master’s degree from Concordia University in Public Policy and Public Administration in 2004, Lauren moved to Toronto and worked as a Senior Analyst in Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), a provincial agency dedicated to best practices in energy planning and management. From 2008-2013, Lauren worked with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University, as the Recruitment Strategist, Enrolment Manager, and finally as the Associate Director. In 2013, Lauren became the Manager for TISED, coupling her experience in designing and executing various small- and large-scale projects and policy initiatives with skills and knowledge of applied strategic communications and marketing. lauren [dot] penney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email Lauren).


Robin Devine
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TISED's Administrative Coordinator, Robin Devine

Robin worked for over 25 years as an Advertising Consultant in the newspaper industry. Since joining McGill in 2009 she has enjoyed working in various administrative support positions employing her customer service, time management and inter-personal skills.  Robin has assisted administratively within the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering as well as on several affiliated research network outreach committees, and currently as Administrative Coordinator for the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED).tised [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email Robin).