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TISED Members and Associate Members

Welcome to an overview of our Members and Associate Members. TISED members are tenured or tenure-track professors in McGill's Faculty of Engineering who share TISED’s vision of the crucial role of engineering and design in integrated approaches towards achieving greater sustainability in our environment, economy and society. TISED Associate Members are a diverse group of researchers, industry, and government representatives contribuing to our community and also sharing this vision.

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Badami, Madhav

Prof. Badami's teaching and research interests are in the areas of environmental policy and planning; urban infrastructure and services; urban transport; alternative transport fuels; and environment and development.

Barthelat, Francois Dr. Barthelat's research focuses on the mechanical performance of hard biological materials and on the development of novel “bio-inspired” composites.

Bergthorson, Jeffrey Dr. Bergthorson's group studies the combustion and chemical conversion of alternative fuels in order to develop detailed models of combustion processes.

Bevan, Kirk The Bevan research group explores nanoscale electronic materials and devices, to develop next-generation energy, computing, and sensing technologies. The ultimate goal of this research is to drive the design and discovery of new technologies through “electronic design automation” (EDA).

Bhatt, Vikram

Focusing on the human settlement problems of the poor, Bhatt's research has been carried out on construction materials, small building components, low-cost sanitation and servicing systems, human settlements planning and urban agriculture.

Bornstein, Lisa

Dr. Bornstein's professional and research interests are: international planning, economic development, environmental policy and planning, and institutions and governance.

Bouffard, Francois Dr. Bouffard's research and teaching activities are in the general area of electric power systems operations and planning. More specifically, he works at formulating the theoretical background behind the operation and planning principles of low carbon grids.

Boyd, Andrew

Dr. Boyd's research and teaching interests include durability, physical and mechanical properties, nondestructive testing and evaluation, standards and specifications, repair & rehabilitation, recycling, hazardous waste reduction & mitigation, sustainability and service life prediction. 

Chromik, Richard Dr. Chromik's current research projects include: electrospark deposition of amorphous, nanostructured materials and composites to enhance wear resistance; In situ tribology of hard and protective coatings.

Cortelezzi, Luca Dr. Cortelezzi's research is interdisciplinary in nature, it combines fluid mechanics and control theory.

Coulombe, Sylvain

Coulombe's main research areas include plasma-assisted synthesis of nanocatalysts H2 production and CO2/CH4 conversion; plasma-catalytic conversion of CO2/CH4. Resource recovery with electric arc furnace.


Demopoulos, George

Dr. Demopoulos's main research areas include aqueous processing of inorganic materials; unit operations in hydrometallurgy; clean environmental technologies; cells for solar energy conversion (DSCs) and storage (LIB-Li-ion batteries).

Ehrlicher, Allen

Dr. Ehrlicher investigates the specific molecular details of forces in biology that allow our bodies to function or cause them to fail, while directing strategies for new kinds of active materials.

El-Geneidy, Ahmed

Dr. El-Geneidy's research interests include: measurements of accessibility; land-use and transportation planning; applications of GIS in land-use and transportation planning; public transit planning and operations; intelligent transportation systems; nonmotorized travel modes and behaviour (bicycle and pedestrian); effects of transportation infrastructure on travel behaviour and land value.

Fischler, Raphaël Dr. Fischler's professional and research interests include metropolitan development and governance; physical planning and project development; neighbourhood planning and university-community partnerships; planning history and planning theory.

Friedman, Avi Dr. Friedman’s research interests focus on factors which influence the design and implementation of affordable and sustainable building practices at the unit and community levels, including market acceptance, construction, and resource efficiency. 

Frigon, Dominic Professor Frigon’s research interests encompass several aspects of environmental biotechnology with a focus on microbial community engineering. His research aims at constructing mathematical models describing the dynamics and activity of microbial populations present in wastewater treatment systems. 

Gaskin, Susan Dr. Gaskin's research is in the general area of environmental fluid mechanics and water resources management. Specifically looking at topics in experimental fluid mechanics: modeling of jets and plumes, river engineering, sediment transport in surface waters, and in water resources management: sustainable water supply management and basin wide hydrologic modeling.

Ghoshal, Subhasis

Dr. Ghoshal's research includes the remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, and the fate and transport of organic compounds, pathogens and engineered nanomaterials in the water and soil environments. Research activities include laboratory studies and mathematical modelling of physiochemical and biological processes.

Gostick, Jeff Dr. Gostick's group focuses on developing experimental tools and modeling techniques suitable for non-conventional, atypical and engineered porous materials. A main focus of the lab is on the porous electrodes found in many electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, redox flow cells and other battery technologies.

Jemtrud, Michael Prof. Jemtrud's research focuses on redefining the contemporary understanding of techniques relative to the models and productive metaphors by which we imaginatively reconfigure the world from the computational and fabricative to the emergent and environmental.

Joos, Geza The research program addresses critical issues associated with the integration of distributed generation, including generation based on renewable energy sources, into the electric distribution grid, taking into account technical requirements imposed by distribution utilities, operational issues and economic considerations.

Kopyscinski, Jan Dr. Kopyscinski's research group is engaged in the development and understanding of catalyzed processes and reactor engineering concepts dedicated to sustainable energy conversion technologies.

Kietzig, Anne Dr. Kietzig's research strives to contribute to this goal by using novel laser processing techniques to create distinct roughness structures and surfaces with specific functionalities on various materials, such as metals and polymers.

Labeau, Fabrice Prof. Labeau's research interests include information infrastructure for the power grid; multirate systems and filter banks; data transmission and compression; joint source-channel coding, error-correcting codes and multicarrier transmission, and image processing.

Lignos, Dimitrios Dr. Lignos's work focuses on the development of performance-based assessment techniques and use of integrated experimental and analytical methods for the seismic design and evaluation of steel structures.

Liu, Jinxia

Dr. Liu's research goal is to provide industry, policy- and decision-makers with information to make sound decisions on manufacture, assessment and management of organic chemicals.

Liu, Xinyu Dr. Liu's research interests are in robotics, MEMS/NEMS (Micro- or Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems), and applied microfluidics (also referred to as Lab-on-a-Chip technologies), with a strong focus on bio-oriented applications. 

Luka, Nik

Prof. Luka's main interest is in urban design as an interdisciplinary approach to better understanding the form, processes, uses, and meanings of space in everyday settings and how this can enable us to develop sustainable yet strategic design and policy interventions. 

Mahajan, Aditya Prof. Mahajan's research aims to understand optimal decision making in multi-stage dynamic systems under uncertainty.

Meguid, Mohamed Dr. Meguid's research encompases both experimental and numerical investigations of geotechnical engineering systems. The laboratory facilities at McGill allow us to conduct both reduced and full scale experiments and measure the response of a subsurface structure to both static and cyclic loading.

Meyer, Brett Dr. Meyer's research explores system- and microarchitecture-level reliability techniques, how they interact, and how they are best combined to achieve cost-effective fault coverage.

Mi, Zetian Dr. Mi's research group is focused on the investigation of compound semiconductor nanostructures and their applications in nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices and systems.

Miranda-Moreno, Luis

Dr. Miranda-Moreno's research interests include the development of crash-risk analysis methods, the integration of emergency technologies for traffic monitoring, the impact of climate on transportation systems, the analysis of short and long-term changes in travel demand, the impact of transport on the environment, the evaluation of energy efficiency measures and non-motorized transportation.

Mucciardi, Frank Dr. Mucciardi's research interests include heat pipe technology; lances, cooling elements, sensors; heat and mass transfer, and fluid flow; boiling heat transfer and two phase flow; thermal management in metal processing, computer modeling of heat, mass and fluid flow; thermal analysis of light metals; controlled solidification of light metals.

Nguyen, V.T.V. Prof. Nguyen's research interest lies in water management, hydrology, climate change, statistical modeling and simulation and systems analysis.

Nicell, Jim The main focus of Dr. Nicell's research is on the development of enzymatic processes for the treatment of recalcitrant pollutants including industrial contaminants, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals. Another facet of his research concerns the study of the fate and biodegradation of xenobiotic chemicals and their degradation products in the environment. 

Nicolau, Dan Dr. Nicolau's research interests include: design and fabricate dynamic hybrid nanodevices comprising linear protein molecular motors working on semiconductor manufactured electro-mechanical devices; design and fabricate ‘smart’ micro/nano-profiled and electrically-active surfaces that combinatorially probe the response of biomolecules for micro/nano-array applications; study effective, non-denaturating technologies for immobilization of biomolecules in static (e.g. biosensors) and dynamic (e.g. microfluidics) biodevices; and study intelligent-like behaviour and algorithms used by microorganisms in their survival and search strategies, probed in microfabricated structures.

Omanovic, Sasha Dr. Omanovic's research projects include: Electrochemical reduction of CO2 to low-molecular-weight organic fuels; electrodes for photo and electrochemical water splitting (hydrogen production); electrochemical hydrogentation of (bio)organic molecules; development of electrodes for electrochemical wastewater treatment, etc.

Plant, David The Plant group research portfolio is a mix of experimental and theoretical investigations in optical devices and systems. The group is interested in fiber optic systems and subsystems, optoelectronic devices, and microwave engineering.

Quitoriano, Nathaniel Prof. Nate Quitoriano heads the Semiconductor Nanostructures Lab (SNL) at McGill University which researches device applications of metal-catalyzed semiconductor growth, including semiconductor nanowires. Applications of particular interest include: solar cells, lasers, photo-diodes, and sensors.

Sasmito, Agus Dr. Sasmito's group focuses on the experimental and computational modeling studies of heat, mass and momentum transport problems of industrial interest, especially in mining and minerals processing sectors.

Selvadurai, Patrick Dr. Selvadurai's research interests include: multi-phase transport in porous media; thermally induced flows in fractured geological media; mechanics of soil-pipeline interaction; Mechanics of ice-structure interaction; thermo-hydro-mechanical processes.

Tufenkji, Nathalie

Dr. Tufenkji's research program is at the interface of several disciplines including nanotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, and colloid chemistry. Research in her laboratory focuses on the fundamental aspects of cell, microbe, and biomolecule attachment to surfaces of environmental or biomedical interest.

Wachsmuth, David Dr. Wachsmuth's research areas include: urban sustainability, local economic development, regionalism, critical urban theory, urban political economy. 

Waters, Kristian Dr. Water's research interests include: mineral processing;  physico-chemical properties of minerals; and fine particle separations.

Yargeau, Viviane Prof. Yargeau's research program is multi-disciplinary, including chemical and environmental engineering, analytical chemistry, microbiology and ecotoxicology. The main research activities of the group, developed with the long-term objective of protecing our water resources, span three main research areas: treating wastewaters; assessing effects; and assessing exposure.

Zhao, Yaoyao Fiona Dr. Zhao's research interests lie predominantly in manufacturing information technologies for the integration of design, manufacturing processes, and sustainability assessment. More specifically, Dr. Zhao is interested in developing theory and technology to integrate classical CAD/CAM/CNC/CMM with new internet-based manufacturing (e-manufacturing) and additive manufacturing technologies.


Associate Members


RESEARCH and/or AREAS OF INTEREST (sources are members' respective webpageS)



Adamowski, Jan

Dr. Adamowski's research interest lie in development of new methods to investigate and predict urban heat island effects on water resources using remote sensing and GIS and novel approaches in statistical analysis and coupled social-physical systems  modeling for integrated and adaptive water resources management in the face of increasing uncertainty

Clark, Grant

Ecological engineering is the creation of a community of plants, animals, microbes, and possibly technological components, so that they provide some service. An example of such an engineered ecosystem is an in-vessel composter, in which a community of microbes breaks down organic waste into a soil-like product and the vessel controls the microbes’ environment to keep them happy.

Danon-Schaffer, Monica

Dr. Danon-Schaffer’s research focused on Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), including Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), largely their concentrations in the environment and their adverse effects on human health.  This thesis explores how these compounds reach the environment, how they are transferred from waste streams to water and soil, and how they are transported to distant locations like Northern Canada.  

Krayer von Krauss, Martin

Dr. Krayer von Krauss is a consultant at World Health Organization and hos research interests lies in education, research, operations, connectivity, governance and  administration. Dr. Krayer von Krauss's project focuses on incertitude and its implications for the environmental field



Lightfoot, Steven

Mr. Lightfoot is the founder and Principal of Durabilité Lightfoot Sustainability which Specialized in sustainability in the energy, power, aviation and transportation sectors, providing independent unbiased techno-economic advice to investors and policymakers.

Pogharian, Sevag

Mr. Pogharian is the founder and president of  Montreal ZERO Inc. Mr. Pogharian's research focuses on Renewable energy and energy efficiency, net zero and autonomous buildings and neighborhoods.


Lefsrud, Mark

The Biomass Production Laboratory focus is developing methods to improve monitoring and production of living organisms. This laboratory's primary goal is the improvement of plants for human consumption (food security), and energy (biofuels). Within this focus of food security we are investigating methods for Urban Agriculture including: greenhouse heating using wood pellets (with direct combustion and gasification), light emitting diodes for increased production, and using community proteomics to provide a novel method to monitor plant development.