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2019/20 Elections

posted Aug 6, 2019, 11:52 AM by - nanotech
We are pleased to announce the candidates for the University of Alberta Nanotechnology Group 2019-2020 year!


Nicole Jankovic

I am currently a PhD 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: Let’s Talk Science, Chemistry Graduate Students' Society, Friends of the Glenrose, HIV Edmonton, and many more! I acted as the Vice-President Networking and Entrepreneurship for the U of A NanoGroup during 2017-18 and as the President during 2018-19. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano and playing with my dogs!

I believe my previous work done as part of the NanoGroup and my experience as the President will make me a perfect candidate for the position. In the past years, I planned and executed NanoNexus which had over 100 attendees and 11 exhibition booths. I also helped with and planned the 2018 and 2019 Alberta Nano Symposium which turned out to be a big success which fostered networking and collaboration. My goal is to provide more networking opportunities for students and to grow the NanoGroup’s already successful event

Md. Wazedur Rahman

My name is Md. Wazedur Rahman (Mahid) and I am a Ph.D. student with Dr. S Pramanik in the ECE department at the University of Alberta (U of A). Currently, I am working on Spin filtering through single-wall carbon nanotubes, magnetoresistance effects, and charge & spin transport properties of graphene. I earned my master’s degree from Pondicherry University (PU), Pondicherry, India, and my bachelor’s degree from International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Chittagong, Bangladesh. I also worked at National Physical Laboratory, Delhi, India, and Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland as a Research Assistant.

Aside from studies, I have some experience in co­curricular activities, including, Vice President (VP) Research in U of A Nanotechnology group, 2018-19, VP Academic in ECEGSA at U of A, 2018-19, VP External in Bangladesh Student Association U of A (BASUA), 2017-2018, Affiliate Member (AEEC) in European Energy Centre (EEC), 2016-21, UK, Student Member in Solar Energy Society of Ireland (SESI), 2016, Ireland, Member in Green Energy Forum, PU, India, 2013-15 and Secretary in Electrical Club at IIUC, Bangladesh, 2009-10. Where I participated in the planning and organizing many different events.

In the past year, I had actively participated in the planning and executing all the events by U of A Nanotechnology Group especially NanoNexus and Alberta Nano Symposium. As a candidate of president position, this year my goal is to provide more networking opportunities by all those events and to make the U of A Nanotechnology Group’s more active & successful. I believe my previous work done as part of the U of A Nanotechnology Group will make me a perfect candidate for the President position.

VP Finance

Anuja Tripathi
I am Anuja Tripathi, an international student from India. I am currently a 2nd year PhD candidate at department of chemical and materials engineering. My research interest focuses towards nanofilm application in sensors for healthcare.

Overview of VP finance platform, (I want to…): Manage the nanotech group finances and implement best practices to support efficient and financially responsible operations and accurate, timely and fully compliant accounting and financial reporting; Demonstrate a constant ability to focus on the budget that is most relevant for nanotech group at any time; Act as a strong advisor/partner to the nanotech group for all major or minor decisions; Understand the future implications of finance related decisions; Develop the annual finance plan in coordination with all other executive members to incorporate goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of all the conferences, talks, and science tours; Manage the overall finance plan aspect of nanotech group, including monitoring and evaluating financial needs and budget, and ensuring nanotech group compliance with all applicable legislation and regulations; Work with respected authority to secure adequate funding for the nanotech group; Proactively lead all financial analysis related to the direction of the nanotech group, and act as the keeper of the knowledge and implications of management actions and decisions; Ensure transparency in all internal and external financial reporting; Maintain a strong relationship with the sponsors and determine fund related facility requirements and administering arrangement

VP Networking & Entrepreneurship

Eric Milburn

My name is Eric Milburn, I am working towards my Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and I am looking to continue my work with the UofA Nanogroup as VP Networking and Entrepreneurship. In 2018/2019 I acted as chair of the NanoNexus industry mixer event and as VP Networking and Entrepreneurship I would use my experience with the event to expand the variety of companies at next year's NanoNexus and to increase the reach of the event within the student community at the U of A. This would include collaborating with student groups from various faculties around campus including the School of Business to maximize the student body's potential for exposure to the nanotechnology industry in Edmonton.

VP Academic

Kaustubh Sinha

I'm a Graduate Student in the Electrical and Computer Engg. Department pursuing my MSc. in Photonic and Plasmas, having arrived at the UofA last Fall (2018). I love to interact with people working in various disciplines in order to keep up with the latest problems in each field or look for inter-disciplinary opportunities that could lead to better technologies. Sketching, Bouldering and chicken wings are my hobbies. I have previously held leadership positions like the Treasurer in the IEEE Student council as well as the President of the Debate Club during my undergraduate studies, which I think gives me the right mindset to organize large events and bring people together.

Nanotechnology is the future as becoming anything over a Type 1 civilization is far from reach in the coming decades so the only way to progress in miniaturization of Mechanical, Thermodynamic, Electrical and Optical systems, which is what thrills to me venture in this field with obscure technology lying ahead of us. Being the VP Academic is very well aligned with my interests as SmallTalk events would be discussions on topics paving the way towards more efficient Energy harvesting, in-vivo Biomedical, Neural interfacing systems and etc.. Which I think would certainly pull in audiences and rile up the interests in advanced fields around nanotechnology to get people thinking on more fundamental problems required to solve before such advanced problems can be tackled, leading to a small contribution towards the growth of advanced research in Nanotech at the UofA.

VP Technology Commercialization

Hao Wang

Hi, my name is Hao Wang. I am a PhD student from the Department of chemistry. My main research focuses on studying next-generation redox flow batteries for energy storage and conversion.

As VP Technology Commercialization for the previous 2 years, I successfully organized Nanonexus and Technology Commercialization Workshop with my group members. I also volunteered other different events organized by various student groups and organizations. I hope to provide more and better opportunities to help people meet with successful people from industry and commercialize their innovation.

VP Outreach

Saralyn Riddell

Hi! My name is Saralyn Riddell and I am currently a masters student in Electrical Engineering having completed my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering - Nanoengineering Option. My research focus is on the synthesis of metal oxide semiconducting nanostructures and their various applications, such as photovoltaics, water-splitting, and water treatment.

I have held various executive positions and have volunteered for many different organizations during my academic career, including Let's Talk Science, Electrical Engineering Club, Engineering Student Society, DiscoverE, Campus Unicef, Engineering Expo, etc. Throughout my academic and research experience, I have gained a passion for nanotechnology and a desire to share that with others. To that endeavour, I have enjoyed organizing and executing Let's Talk Nanoscience for the last two years as well as helping with the planning of the Alberta Nano Symposium and NanoNexus. I believe that my previous involvement in various student groups including the NanoGroup, as well as my excitement in the field of nanoscience make me an excellent addition to the NanoGroup executive. If elected, I look forward to the opportunity to introduce high school students to the world of nanotechnology as well as providing more networking opportunities


Mahyar Ghavami

My name is Mahyar Ghavami, and I am pursuing my PhD at the department of electrical and computer engineering in the area of microsystems and nano devices. Currently, I am working on the development of flexible as well as transparent capacitive micromachined transducers for ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging applications. I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. both in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tabriz and Tarbiat Modares University, respectively. 

As a graduate student with experience in microfabrication, I am so passionate to contribute to the development of micro and nanotechnology here in Alberta through U of A nanotechnology group as an organization linking the industry and academia. I was VP finance and marketing of Scientific Student Association as well as a member of layout designer team for Ghashtavar scientific magazine at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in my undergraduate studies. I believe that the experience and teamwork skills that I have gained through these executive positions as well as several volunteering activities that I have had participated so far makes me a skillful team member for making UofA nanogroup a more active and stronger community in micro and nanotechnology world.

Mubshra Arshad

Hi! My name is Mubshra Arshad and I am a third-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. 

Muhammad Zubair

I was born in small village of central Punjab and raised in a city of Vehari which is one of the districts of southern Punjab, Pakistan. I joined Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, for my Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) in 2002. After completing my undergraduate studies in 2007, I have started my Master of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry at Department of Chemistry, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan. I won Junior Research Fellowship at HEJ research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi in 2nd year of my Master. During my university life, I was student presentative at various levels. I was also skipper of cricket team from my department side and participated in various quiz competitions. I have completed 18 years of education (Organic Chemistry) in 2009. In 2010, I selected as an Assistant Director (Research) through provincial competition in Environment Protection Department. I worked there for the protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the environment for the prevention and control of the pollution and promotion of sustainable development. I joined university of Alberta for my Master in Bio-resource Technology at AFNS in May, 2014. I worked as an ALES- GSA President and Department Council Representative for the year of 2015-2016. I also worked as a volunteer in green team (joint venture of city of Edmonton and CARY Edmonton) to develop community awareness about environment and sustainability during 2014- 2015.

Taylor Lynk

My name is Taylor Lynk, I'm from Nova Scotia but moved to Edmonton about a year ago to do my Master's in chemistry here at the U of A. I'm a member of Dr. McDermott's group and do research using nanotechnology to develop an analytical platform for quality control of cannabis-based consumables. I want to become more involved in the nanoGroup as I have attended many of their events in the last year and have really enjoyed them. I would love to be able to be more involved in helping out with these events as a member at large.