announcements

2017/2018 Elections

posted Jun 8, 2017, 3:33 PM by - nanotech   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 7:19 AM ]

We are pleased to announce the candidates for the University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group 2017-2018 year!

Co-Presidents

Maryam Aghajamali

I am a PhD candidate in Chemistry department and I am working on silicon nanocrystal-based hybrid materials in the Veinot group. I have experience in managing people and finances as a result of being the president of the UofA Iranian Students Association (2015-16) and VP Finance of the UofA Nano group (2016-17). I was also involved in advertising and organizing events for 100+ attendees in my tenure as the VP Marketing for the UofA Chemistry Graduate Student Society (2015-16) and VP Operations for the UofA Iranian Students Association (2014-15). This year, Alyx and I are co-running for UofA Nano group President position and we are planning to make successful and well-organized events to increase our group visibility both in industry and academia, which is not possible without your participation, collaboration, and constructive feedback from the beginning!   




 

Alyxandra Thiessen 
 
My name is Alyxandra Thiessen and I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Veinot group. I am looking to control the physical properties of silicon nanocrystals via surface chemistry on the materials. I was born in Victoria and raised in a small town called Elk Point. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the King’s University. I enjoy playing team sports and working as a part of a team.
 





As a co-president of the University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group, I hope to improve the groups connections with both academia and industry. I plan to maintain the high quality of the events and plan to find new ways to bring industry in contact with our members outside of the NanoNexus event. 



VP Finance 

Chris Robidillo

I'm Chris Robidillo, a PhD student in the Veinot Lab. I'm working on the use and application of silicon nanocrystals in biological
imaging and theranostics.

I had actively participated in the events organized by the University of Alberta  Nanotechnology Group in the past years and I wish to contribute more to the nanoGroup by using my organizational skills in overseeing and managing its financial affairs as its VP for Finance.









VP Marketing

Anyeld Ubeda
Hi there! My name is Anyeld Ubeda and I am interested in running for the VP Marketing position. Currently, I am a Masters student under the supervision of Dr. Gibbs from Chemistry and Dr. Uludag from Chemical and Materials Engineering. My current research focuses on the development of molecular therapies to treat Leukemia. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and keeping active as best as I can.
 
My involvement in several student-ran organizations including the Canadian Biomaterials Society-Alberta Student Chapter, the Latin American Students’ Association and the organizing committee of the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium 2017 have given me a diverse background and experience to run for the VP Marketing position. If elected, I am excited to work with an enthusiastic team to manage the communications and outreach strategy of the group to reach a wider variety of members and supporters. 




VP Outreach

Ryan Kisslinger

Hi! My name is Ryan Kisslinger and I will be running for VP Outreach. I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering, having previously done a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering (Nano Option). My main research focus is on the fabrication and applications of metal oxide semiconductor nanostructures such as TiO2 nanotubes. If elected I hope to continue working with high school students and introducing them to some of the excellent research going on in nanoscience and nanotechnology. 

As last year’s VP Outreach, I greatly enjoyed being a part of organizing and running the Let’s Talk Nanoscience event. I have also volunteered for the last 3 years at the Engineering Expo, an open house event showcasing the Faculty of Engineering to high school students. I enjoy any opportunity to introduce the next generation of researchers, scientists, and engineers to the possibilities of nanotechnology.





Hao Wang

I am first year PhD student from Department of chemistry. Recently, I am doing research under the supervision of Dr. Jillian Buriak. My main research focus on preparing nanomaterials and using them in energy storage and conversion. 

Before I came to Canada, I was human resources director of Communist Youth League and vice president of financial management association of my university (Huazhong University of Science & Technology). I like attending and holding various activities.  Activities and student groups provide me a good platform to closely interact with researchers and professionals on and off the campus. At the beginning of 2017, I helped and Andrew and Khulud to organize Tech. Comm and NanoNexus and had a great time with them. Attending Tech. Comm, NanoNexus and Alberta Nano Research Symposium make me feel that Nanogroup is just like the second family that I really want join in. If I could be one of your members, I will try my best to do my duty and responsibility and help other members if they need any help. 


VP Technology Commercialization

Hezhen (Andrew) Xie

My name is Hezhen (Andrew) Xie. Currently I am a Ph.D. student in Jillian Buriak’s group. My current research project involves the study of rechargeable batteries including sodium ion batteries and lithium ion batteries.
 
I was the VP Technology Commercialization in NanoGroup during the last two years and organized Technology Commercialization Workshop and Nanonexus. From those activities, I learned a lot about technology commercialization, industry, event organization and enjoyed cooperating with our awesome group members! So I am looking forward to running the VP Technology Commercialization in NanoGroup again and to make our events even better. 




Hao Wang

I am first year PhD student from Department of chemistry. Recently, I am doing research under the supervision of Dr. Jillian Buriak. My main research focus on preparing nanomaterials and using them in energy storage and conversion. 

Before I came to Canada, I was human resources director of Communist Youth League and vice president of financial management association of my university (Huazhong University of Science & Technology). I like attending and holding various activities.  Activities and student groups provide me a good platform to closely interact with researchers and professionals on and off the campus. At the beginning of 2017, I helped and Andrew and Khulud to organize Tech. Comm and NanoNexus and had a great time with them. Attending Tech. Comm, NanoNexus and Alberta Nano Research Symposium make me feel that Nanogroup is just like the second family that I really want join in. If I could be one of your members, I will try my best to do my duty and responsibility and help other members if they need any help. 


Members at Large

Nicole Jankovic
I am currently a MSc. Chemistry student in the McDermott Group. My research focus is on cellulose nanocrystals and its applications in functional materials. I have sat on many executives and boards, as well as volunteered, for a variety of different organizations, including: Chemistry Students' Association, Chemistry Graduate Students' Society, Friends of the Glenrose, the Canadian Red Cross, Let's Talk Science, and many more. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano and playing with my dogs!

As part of the nanoGroup, I hope to provide a different perspective as I have a background with a wide variety organizations, from non-profits to student groups. I have strong leadership skills, as well as excellent team building skills, so I am confident that my incorporation into the nanoGroup team will be organic. My goal is to provide more networking opportunities for students, as a means to provide important contacts for students, whether that be informal networking evenings or large scale exhibitions. 






Mubshra Arshad

Hi! My name is Mubshra Arshad and I am a second-year student in the Nanotechnology Systems program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).  My interest mainly lies in the medical and biochemistry applications of nanotechnology. My future plans include having my own research facility and co-founding it with my two best friends, completing my masters in nanoscience ( or a related field), and collaborating with individuals from other countries, such as Japan or South Korea. My spare time includes; learning new languages (currently learning Japanese and plan on learning Korean afterward), reading, watching movies/dramas and hanging out with friends. I love meeting people and can easily connect with others. I am running for a position as a "Members at large" and am looking forward to the results. I hope that I will have the opportunity to be a part of such an innovative group. 









3-minute thesis competition

posted Oct 12, 2016, 1:07 PM by - nanotech   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 4:40 PM ]

Are you doing cutting-edge research in nanotechnology? Can you showcase your Ph.D. thesis in 3 minutes or less?


The University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group invites you to participate in a 3-minute thesis competition, modeled after the 3MT competition. The competition will take place on November 2, 2016 at 4 pm as part of a by-invitation-only nanotechnology workshop at the National Institute for Nanotechnology. This competition aims to hone your communication and presentation skills. Challenge yourself to summarizing your Ph.D. in a fun and approachable way. The judging panel will be made up of internationally-recognized researchers and leadership.  The winner will be awarded a cash prize, swag, and bragging rights. 


When: November 2, 2016 at 4 pm

Who: PhD. students/candidates doing nano related research

Where: Taylor Room, NINT Building, University of Alberta Campus

Format:  3 minutes, 1 slide - follow FGSR guidelines

Deadline: Oct 26, 2016 at noon


We have a limited number of spaces available for this exciting event, so please email us if you are interested in taking part in the competition. Finalists will be notified by Oct. 28, 2016. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at nanotech@ualberta.ca.


Welcomes and Farewells

posted Jul 16, 2016, 4:46 PM by - nanotech

The people have spoken and the votes have been cast, check out our new execs for the 2016 - 2017 academic year on the executive page. Many thanks to the amazing 2015 - 2016 executive team for another successful year. You raise the bar high!

Elections 2016

posted Apr 24, 2016, 7:46 PM by - nanotech   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 10:39 AM ]

 

We are pleased to announce the candidates for the University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group 2016-2017 year!


President - Regina Sinelnikov


My name is Regina Sinelnikov and I am currently a PhD. student in the Veinot group. I was born in Russia, but raised in Israel and received my Honors Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario. I am currently investigating the optical and electrical response of silicon nanocrystals, which are promising materials for optoelectronic applications. Discussing science and meeting people from other disciplines is one of my favorite things to do. I also enjoy learning new languages and traveling.

During my tenure in the University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group I have been involved in the organization of several events such as the Alberta Nano Research Symposium and Nano Nexus. I helped redesign and maintain the group’s websites, as well as advertise the group’s events via different platforms. As a president, I hope to maintain the high quality of events that the group organizes, introduce a new coffee night event to discuss hot topics in nanotechnology and increase our group’s membership. Moreover, I would like to increase the group's visibility both in academia and industry.


VP Finance - Maryam Aghajamali



Hi! I’m a third year PhD student of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. I have the experience of coordinating fun and well-organized public events. I collaborated with Iranian Students’ Association at University of Alberta (ISAUA) 2015 team as VP Operational and Chemistry Graduate Student Society (CGSS) 2015 team as VP Marketing. Currently, I am the President of ISAUA 2016 team and I am working in close collaboration with ISAUA VP Finance to keep a good record of ISAUA financial works and monitor the budget which I think makes me eligible to apply for VP Finance position.





VP Marketing - Vikas Kumar


I am a graduate student at University of Alberta in Chemical and Material Engineering department having 4 years of nano device research working experience with some of the premier universities of the world such as MIT, USA, University of Western Australia and IIT, India. Furthermore, I have 3 years of experience in marketing and sales. I have also been awarded certificate of excellence in conducting National Technical festival, seminars, and technical events. In addition, I have been awarded first prize along with my colleague (Khulud) for business pitch idea competition organized by Nano Nexus on 9th March 2016.

Nanotechnology research is what motivates me to keep pursuing my passion in engineering. I would like to be a part of such a diverse community which is full of bright minds and people who have passion to contribute to the science and society. 

I firmly believe that with my technical and professional experience, I will be a great asset for the team of Nano Community at University of Alberta



VP Academic - Elham Rafi Borujeny



I am interested in volunteering for organizations involved in science and engineering outreach. I have been gaining the experience of being involved in the U of A nanoGroup's activities while serving as the VP Academic of the group during the past year. I believe joining a professional student group like the U of A nanoGroup is a great opportunity to be involved in fascinating activities in connection with the nanotechnology community on campus and across Alberta.






VP Outreach - Ryan Kisslinger


Hi! My name is Ryan Kisslinger and I will be running for VP Outreach. I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta, having done a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering (Nano Option) here previously. My main research focus is on the fabrication and applications of metal oxide semiconductor nanostructures such as TiO2 nanotubes. 

If elected, as VP Outreach I hope to continue working with high school students and introducing them to some of the excellent research going on in nanoscience and nanotechnology. I have volunteered for the last 3 years at the Engineering Expo, an open house event showcasing the Faculty of Engineering to high school students, and I enjoy any opportunity to introduce the next generation of researchers, scientists and engineers to the possibilities of nanotechnology.




VP Networking & Entrepreneurship - Khulud Almutairi



I'm a PhD student in physics department, and I work on fabrication of a micro-Gas Chromatography under supervision of Wayne Hiebert. Last year, I was VP Academic for GPSA (graduate physics students association), so I gain experience in working with a professional student group, organizing the annual physics symposium, and experience in inviting external speakers. Moreover, I won the second place with my group in pitch competition at technology commercializing workshop (TCW) and then the first place with Vikas Kumar in Nexus pitch competition at NanoNexus. I would like to take this opportunity to work with U of A nano group and take our group to the next level of prosperity.  

I hope to connect our Nano-community at U of A to Edmonton and whole Alberta to generate job opportunities, and pave the way to graduate students who would like to be entrepreneurs.  







VP Technology Commercialization - Hezhen Xie & Mohammed Ghuzi

Hezhen Xie

My name is Hezhen (Andrew) Xie. Currently I am a Ph.D. student in Jillian Buriak’s group. My current research project involves the study of new materials and their structure and morphology design for electrical energy storage device. 


I was the VP Technology Commercialization in NanoGroup during the last year and I helped organize Technology Commercialization workshop and Nanonexus. From those activities, I learned a lot about technology commercialization, industry, event organization and enjoyed cooperating with our awesome group members! So I am looking forward to running the VP Technology Commercialization in NanoGroup again and to make our events even better. 

Mohammed Ghuzi








My name is Mohammed Ghuzi. I am a second year master’s student in the Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. My research focuses on fabricating intelligent nano-membranes for molecular separation purposes. Currently, I am serving as a VP Academic in both the Chemical and Materials Engineering Graduate Student Association CMEGSA and the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (FEGRS 2016).  I have also volunteered in different on-campus and off-campus events such as Alberta Leadership Student Summit (ALSS 2016) as well as Annual Neighbourhood Cleanup. I like cooking, biking, and playing chess and soccer.

I would like to help the graduate students to translate their lab work to industrial commercial applications that ultimately will help in driving growth, creating jobs and facilitating life. I also want to bridge the gap between the research done in the lab and industry by supporting and developing programs that equip the graduate students with the essential skills for commercialization and business innovation. Finally, I want to encourage the graduate students to get out of the classrooms/labs and get more engaged on-campus and/or off-campus by participating in the U of A nanoGroup events and sharing their knowledge with others. 



CO-VP Calgary - Behzad Khanaliloo & Matt Mitchell
   

Matt has spent the last year and a half working at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, and will be moving back to Calgary this summer to complete his PhD. Behzad is a PhD candidate and has been involved in a variety of researches in the field of nano for the last five years. We are founding members of the UofC nanogroup and newly elected co-Presidents. We are very excited to make connections and foster communication between the academic, and industry nanotechnology research communities in Calgary, and coordinate with our sister group at the University of Alberta.



Members at Large - Alyx Aarbo, Muhammad Islam, and Andrews Ahiabu

Alyx Aarbo



Hi! My name is Alyx Aarbo.  I am in my first year in the Veinot lab studying reactivity on silicon nanocrystals. Originally from the small town of Elk Point, Alberta, I did my undergrad at The King’s University here in Edmonton. 





Muhammad Islam


My home country is Bangladesh. I received my B.Sc. and M.S. degrees from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh). I am self-motivated, hard-working and like to work independently.  I am also very easy going in team work. I like playing and watching cricket as well as traveling in my free time.

I joined the Veinot Team at University of Alberta as a Ph.D. student in September 2012. Currently, I am now in my fourth year of Ph.D. and working on silicon nanocrystals' (SiNCs) surface chemistry, SiNCs based catalysis and SiNC/polymer hybrid materials.

I hope that I'll get the opportunity to be a part of the professional student group, the nanoGroup.





Andrews Ahiabu

Hi there, Andy (Andrews Ahiabu) is my name. Born and raised in Ghana, I moved to Canada in 2012 (after my B.Sc Chemistry from same country) for my graduate degree. I am currently in my 4th year Ph.D program and working on Polymers for environmental remediation in the Serpe Group. I like to bug people, so I am bugging you to vote me as a member at large for the UofAnanoGroup. I have been involved in student group activities and I hope my experiences over the years will add to the great work done by previous executives of the nanoGroup.

In my spare time, I like to sing (trying to), and currently learning to play trumpet, and the bass guitar:) I do play soccer for fun in the summer as well.

nanoGroup Elections Open

posted Apr 15, 2016, 8:49 AM by - nanotech   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 8:50 AM ]


Are you interested in becoming involved with a professional student group on campus?

Are you interested in making industrial and government connections within Alberta's Nanotechnology Community?

Would you like to strengthen the Nanotechnology Community on campus and across Alberta?

If yes, please consider running for a nanoGroup executive position in the 2016 - 2017 election!

The nanoGroup has seen tremendous growth over the past few years with over 500+ members and an annual operating budget of over $40,000. You could be part of a dynamic executive team consisting of motivated young nano professionals and will develop many skills highly sought by employers including strategic management, problem solving, time management, team management, and financial planning.

Elections overview
  • Nomination Deadline                    April 22
  • Candidates Announced                April 25
  • Voting                                           April 25 - April 29
  • Results Announced                      May 2
Nominations

Please submit your nominations to nanotech@ualberta.ca by Friday April 22,11:30 pm MST. You may nominate yourself for any nanoGroup executive position. 

In your submission, please include:
  • A picture of yourself
  • The position you are running for
  • A quick description of yourself
  • A brief overview of your platform
Positions Available
  • *President
  • VP Finance
  • VP Operations
  • VP Communication
  • VP Technology Commercialization
  • VP Events
  • VP Academic
  • VP NAIT
  • VP Calgary
  • VP Outreach

*Available only to a continuing nanoGroup executive member.

nanoNEXUS 2016 - Registration is now open

posted Jan 21, 2016, 3:29 PM by - nanotech   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 11:11 AM ]

Join us for the 5th nanoNEXUS to learn more about Alberta's growing nanotechnology industry. Build relationships crucial to your future career and business developments over spirits and hors d'oeurves.

The event will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre – Salons 11 & 12 on March 9, 6:00-9:00 pm. The evening will include a reception, networking sessions, and information booths by our industry partners and supporters. There will also be door prizes and a Dragon’s Den style competition (nexusPITCH) with cash prizes amounting to $1500.  Entry for the nexusPITCH competition is FREE, but limited to 10 groups. Register for the nexus pitch here.

Tickets for nanoNEXUS are $10 per person, only 200 spots available. Tickets include admission to the event, food, and one drink.

Purchase ticket here

For more information about the event, please check out the nanoNEXUS website

Technology Commercialization Workshop 2016 - Registration Open!

posted Jan 14, 2016, 9:55 AM by - nanotech   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 10:07 AM ]

Register now for the Technology Commercialization Workshop that will teach all about making money from your ideas!

Space is limited to 32 people. Deadline: February 22, 2016

Are you interested in new emerging technologies?

Do you have an idea for a new technology that can be turned into a product or service?

Do you have an idea but don’t know how to take the first step?

Do you want to learn more about entrepreneurship?

If the answer is YES, then you should register for the Technology Commercialization Workshop hosted by the University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group.

Date: Saturday February 27, 2016 from 8:00am-4:30pm

Place: Edmonton Clinical Health Academy (ECHA). Room L1-140.

Cost: $10, breakfast & lunch included.

A one day crash course where you'll learn how to develop, market, and make money off your technology ideas! It is also a great opportunity to meet successful people from the nanotechnology community. Note: Individuals with ideas unrelated to nanotechnology are highly encouraged to attend.

The technology commercialization workshop is being taught by angel investor and serial entrepreneur, Darryl Lesiuk.

The workshop will culminate in a pitch competition where participants will pitch their business concept to a panel of judges for split cash prizes amounting to $1,000.

How to Apply?

Register here! Space is limited to 32 people. Deadline: February 22, 2016

smallTalk - Juli Gibbs Davis

posted Nov 23, 2015, 4:09 PM by - nanotech   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 10:03 AM ]

Please join us this Friday, November 27th at noon in Taylor room in NINT for a smallTalk by Dr. Juli Gibbs-Davis from the Department of Chemistry who will give a talk entitled Tuning Molecular Recognition in DNA-Based Materials.

Join our group

posted Sep 7, 2015, 8:29 AM by - nanotech   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 10:04 AM ]

We are always looking for motivated individuals to help plan our events. If you would like to join our group or volunteer for one of our events, please email us at nanotech@ualberta.ca.

New Website

posted Sep 7, 2015, 8:10 AM by - nanotech   [ updated Jan 14, 2016, 10:04 AM ]

Welcome to the new U of A Nano Group website. We have many events in store for you this year, so stay tuned. If you would like to join our mailing list and receive a bi-monthly newsletter, please email us at nanotech@ualberta.ca.

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