Past Scholars in Residence

Each of these experts are past Scholars in Residence who participated and collaborated on policy-oriented, interdisciplinary research and teaching with TISED Members, others at McGill University, and beyond.

Dr. Pedro Alvarez

George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
Director of the NSF ERC on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)


In residence: May - October 2017

Over his career thus far, Dr. Alvarez has produced over 200 publications and books with close to twenty thousand citations. He has earned numerous prestigious recognitions for research excellence (e.g. the 2012 Clarke Prize, commonly known as the American 'Nobel Prize for Water). Dr. Alvarez will be working with TISED on two inter-related areas: (i) safe and sustainable nanotechnology and (ii) resilience of water systems for safe and sustainable water supplies.

Dr. Stefan Grimberg

Professor, Clarkson University

In residence: January - June 2017

Anaerobic digestion researcher, Dr. Stefan Grimberg, will collaborate with TISED and others to study the environmental, economic and associated policy implications of diverting source-separated organic waste from landfills to wastewater treatment plants. Additionally Dr. Grimberg will work with TISED to assess and develop policies that minimize impact on the environment while realizing their energy and nutrient recovery potential.

Dr. Chris Marnay

Principal, Microgrid Design of Mendocino (MgDoM)

In residence: December 2016 - May 2017

Over the last 15 years, Dr. Chris Marnay’s work and research has focused on microgrids and he has become a very influential researcher in this area. Dr. Marnay will bring his experience to bear, working with TISED and others on exploring the benefits of microgrids and their role in smart grid deployment and sustainable resilient communities.