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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. 









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