CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS
Seth Dworkin, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Canada Research Chair in High Performance Computing for Sustainable Energy
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
B.Eng. – McMaster University, 2003
M.Sc. – Yale University, 2004
M.Phil. – Yale University, 2005
Ph.D. – Yale University, 2009
2015 – Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Engineering Medal – Young Engineer, for exceptional achievements in career, community and professional participation before the age of 35.
2014 – Ryerson University Early Research Career Excellence Award, for research achievements within five years of becoming a faculty member.
2013 – Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) “I. W. Smith Award,” for outstanding achievement in creative mechanical engineering within ten years of undergraduate graduation.
2008 – Bernard Lewis Fellowship, The International Combustion Institute, recognizing research achievements and potential.
Dr. Leonardo Zimmer
Dr. Zimmer completed his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Brazil, followed by his master’s and PhD at the same university. His master’s work focused on modeling coal combustion and on his PhD on modeling soot formation on laminar ethylene diffusion flames. He is now a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Dworkin group at Ryerson University, continuing his research on combustion phenomena and soot formation.
Dr. Ayman Bayomy
Dr. Bayomy completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Cairo University. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University. His expertise is in experimental and numerical heat transfer and characteristics of porous media heat sinks and nanofluids. He is now a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Dworkin group at Ryerson University. His research focus on modeling and analysis a new sustainable energy storage technology with geothermal applications.
Dr. Aggrey Mwesigye
Dr. Mwesigye completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Makerere University, in Uganda, followed by a Masters degree focusing on Sustainable Energy Systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Sweden. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, in South Africa. His research focused on the optimisation of solar thermal energy systems using computational fluid dynamics and entropy generation minimization. He is now a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Dworkin group at Ryerson University focusing on thermodynamic optimisation of hybrid solar thermal and ground source heat pump systems for heating and cooling applications.
Dr. Meysam Sahafzadeh
Dr. Sahafzadeh completed his Bachelor degree in chemical engineering at Arak University (2008) and his Masters degree in chemical engineering in the field of Energy and the Environment at the University of Tehran (2011). He completed his PhD at Ryerson University in January, 2018. The focus of his research has been on the numerical simulation of unsteady reacting flows.
Jamie completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Ryerson University in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a Masters of Applied Science in the area of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto. Now, he is working on a PhD at Ryerson and is focusing on the topic of thermodynamic desalination of water. The goals of his PhD work are to investigate and find more effective methods to desalinate water using alternative energy sources in hopes of decreasing the cost and environmental impacts of the process.
Hiep completed his Bachelors and MASc. in Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Hiep’s research focuses on geothermal technology and other renewable alternatives. During his masters, Hiep consulted for HydroOne and received a MITACS internship. As Hiep pursues his PhD, he is also employed as a mechanical engineering software developer at HGS (www.hgeosoft.com).
Amin completed his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Isfahan University of Technology (2011) and his Masters degree in mechanical engineering in the field of Energy Conversion at Tabriz University (2015). He joined the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in 2016 to pursue his PhD. His research focus is on modelling soot emissions in combustion processes.
Reza completed his Bachelor degree in chemical engineering at Sharif University of Technology (2012) and his Masters degree in energy engineering in the field of Energy Technology at the University of Tehran (2016). The focus of his research has been on heat transfer enhancement in a parabolic trough collector by use of solar direct absorption and nanofluids. He joined the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in 2017 to pursue his PhD. Reza’s research focus is on thermal storage in buildings and alternative energy.
Nemanja completed his undergraduate degree at Ryerson University in Mechanical Engineering as of Winter 2016. Dedication and hard work help him achieve that, which also placed him on the Dean’s List in his last 2 years of study. With a strong passion and desire to learn, he now pursues a Masters of Applied Science involving research in combustion.
Former Group Members
Former Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Ali Khosousi
Dr. Armin Veshkini
Former PhD Students
Thesis: “The Effect of Reversibility and High Pressure on Soot Formation” (2016)
Thesis: “Detailed Numerical Study of Soot Surface Growth and Oxidation in Laminar Diffusion Flames” (2015)
Thesis: “Understanding Soot Particle Growth Chemistry and Particle Sizing Using a Novel Soot Growth and Formation Model” (2015)
Sanaz Arabzadeh Esfarjani
Thesis: “A Modeling Framework for the Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes by RF Plasma Technology” (2013)
Former Masters Students
Thesis: “The Development of an Off-peak Ground Pre-cool Control Strategy for Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Systems” (2016)
Thesis: “Characterization of the Effects of Borehole Layouts in Geo-exchange” (2016)
Thesis: “Development and Validation of a Partially Coupled Soot Model for Turbulent Kerosene Combustion in Industrial Applications” (2014)
Thesis: “Analyses of the factors affecting hybrid ground-source heat pump installation potential” (2014)
Thesis: “Development of a Soot Concentration Estimator for Industrial Combustion Applications” (2014)
Michael Di Paolo
Thesis: “Design of a smart manifold for geothermal HVAC installations” (2014)
Thesis: “Numerical Simulation of Liquid Prechamber Fuel Ignition” (2013)
Thesis: “Development and Validation of a Partially Coupled, Two-Equation Soot Model for Industrial Applications” (2013)
Thesis: “Optimization of Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Systems Design” (2013)
Zannatul Moiet Hasib
Thesis: “Residential Micro Tri-Generation System Based on a Gas Fired Stirling Engine CHP and Thermo Chemical Accumulator (TCA)”(2013)
Thesis: “Feasibility of Residential Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation System in Canadian Cities”(2013)
Thesis: “The Effect of Pressure and Conjugate Heat Transfer on Soot Formation Modelling” (2012)
Former Undergraduate Research Assistants
Rozhan Ghoreishi (2017)
Bobby Anand (2016/2017)
Talha Ansari (2016/2017/2018)
Akshay Chaudhari (2015)
Mihai Duica (2015)
Sana Askari (2015)
Raymond Alexander (2014/2015)
Nikola Kuzmic (2014/2015)
Vivian Truong (2014)
Emily Law (2013/2014)
Brian Reghelini (2013)
Adam Alaica (2013)
Chloe Zhou (2013)
Pushan Lele (2012)