Nandini Debnath is a postdoc with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. She is currently part of the research team at the IDEATION Lab, working on designing, fabricating, and developing new microfluidic point-of-care devices for the detection of COVID-19.
Anirban Banerjee is a postdoc with the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. He is currently working alongside Dr. Valerie Ward, researching new methods of producing life-saving drugs. His work involves using algae in place of traditional manufacturing platforms for protein therapeutics, with the ultimate goal of revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry and saving lives.
“Being a grad student is very much a "you pick your story" experience. There are so many components such as research work, free courses and auditing, TA experience, and more.”
Ryan Fang, MSc student, Electrical Engineering
John Edison Munoz Cardona is a postdoc with the Department of Systems Design Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. He is working with the Human Optimization Modelling Lab, and the Games Institute, conducting research into how human body signals can create more "humanized" assistive technologies based on games and interactive systems.
Marie Charbonneau is a postdoc in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. She currently works as part of Waterloo RoboHub and started as a postdoc in June 2019.
Fatemeh Jafari is a postdoc with the Department for Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering. They are part of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute. Their work involves the use of machine learning to improve procurement price offers and modelling for fresh produce, for the sake of both corporations and consumers.
Melanie Jouaiti is a postdoc with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. Her current work with the Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory (SIRRL) involves the development of assistive robotics technology to compliment conventional therapies in the area of speech impairments and motor coordination deficits.
Ali Ayub is a postdoc with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. Currently, he is working at the Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Lab (SIRRL), developing autonomous robots that can assist people in their daily lives.
"Do your graduate degree if you are passionate for what you are doing; succeeding in something that you care about is much easier. And be patient, mistakes are inevitable in research. You will experience failures, no matter how clever you are."
Aaron Yip, PhD student, Chemical Engineering
Anwar Jaber is a postdoc and adjunct professor with the School of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering. An architect and urban scholar, she joined the postdoc community in September 2021 as part of the second cohort supported by the AMTD postdoctoral fellowship. She is currently working with Prof. Robert van Jan Pelt, conducting research into the role of architecture in cities facing political transitions and extreme conditions, focusing on museums that aim to address national narratives of war, memory and violence.
Edris Madadian is a postdoc with the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. He has worked in the energy and environmental engineering sector for nearly ten years, with a focus on renewable, sustainable systems. His current work involves investigating potential water contamination from pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs).
“I think with the huge amount of personal and professional investments a grad student makes in their education, stress management can be a significant challenge. To alleviate it, I personally choose to be consistent and not to expect instantaneous “rewards”. PhD research takes time, and I do not believe there is such a thing as failure. Just being consistent and having short-term/long-term plans helps to manage the level of stress.”
Fatemeh Ahmadloo, PhD student, Electrical and Computer Engineering