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Dr. Prashant R.Waghmare

Associate Dean,

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,

Carleton University



 613-520-2600, ext. 1350

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Dr. Waghmare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and currently serves as Associate Dean and Director of the Master of Engineering – Engineering Practice Program within the Faculty of Engineering and Design. Dr. Waghmare is an award-winning researcher whose research interests encompass capillarity, wetting, droplet dynamics, interfacial fluid dynamics, and electrokinetics. He is actively involved in developing the payloads pertaining to fluid physics research for space applications through Canadian Space Agency grants.

Prior to joining Carleton University, Dr. Waghmare was an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, where he established a Surface Science Hub for Clean Technology (SSH-CT) and an interfacial Science and Surface Engineering Lab iSSELab, a unique research program in the area of interfacial sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.


The iSSELab is headed by Dr. Prashant R.Waghmare and consists of students ranging from freshmen undergraduate students to Ph.D. and Post-doctoral researchers.

His Research Interests are:

  • Microscale transport phenomena

  • Wetting phenomena

  • Microfabrication

  • Nanotechnology

  • Nanofabrication

  • Scanning Electron Micrscopy

  • Ellipsometry

  • Hydrophobic interaction

  • Contact angle

  • Low energy surfaces

Awards and honors 

2014 - Editor, Mitacs Associate Research Review Committee

2014 - Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researcher (Nominated)

2013 - Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012 - Marketable Postdoctoral Research Award 

2011 - Shell Enhanced Learning Fund

2011 - J. Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award

2010 - R. R. Gilpin Scholarship Award for Graduate Student

2010 - President, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students' Association

2008 - Alberta Ingenuity Scholarship for Nanotechnology

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Dr. Butunath Majhy

Post Doctoral Fellow

Butunath Majhy is a post-doctoral fellow at iSSELab. He has completed his Ph.D. in microfluidics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, under the supervision of Prof. Ashis Kumar Sen. At the University of Alberta, he has been working on various projects related to interfacial science like: “Adhesion force at solid-liquid interfaces,” “electrowetting,” and “extensional viscosity of complex fluids,”. His research expertise is on interfacial science and its applications in energy and health, wetting dynamics on superwetting surfaces, water and light on health, and on surface disease detection.


Abrar Ahmed

Application and Research Lead

PhD Candidate

Abrar accomplished his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh, and further pursued a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at iSSELab, University of Alberta. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate and serves as the Application and Research Lead at iSSELab. He assumes responsibility for ensuring safety and supervising daily activities within the lab. Additionally, Abrar specializes in zero-gravity experiments, with a track record of conducting over 150 experiments during parabolic flight maneuvers.

Research Interest:

  • Space based additive manufacturing

  • Magnetohydrodynamics

  • Surface Science and Engineering

  • Micojets



  • Zero gravity experiments

  • High speed imaging

  • Surface Science experimentation

  • design of experiments

  • Mathematical Modelling


Ganesh Prabhu Komaragiri

MSc Students

Ganesh is a master’s student at iSSELab, mentored by Dr. Prashant Waghmare. Holding an MSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Manchester and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from SRM University, he focuses on the freezing dynamics within droplets. His research combines theory and experiments, offering insight into the spreading and freezing behavior of droplets with potential applications across industries. Beyond science, he enjoys cycling, playing games, and learning new things.

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Syed Ali Hamza Rizvi

MSc Students

Ali is currently pursuing a master's degree at iSSELab under the guidance of Dr. Prashant Waghmare. His primary research area centers around freeze casting in the context of space environments.

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James Colraine

Co-Op Student

James is a second-year undergrad student studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University with a stream focus in Space Systems Design. With iSSELab he is developing fluid mechanics XR experiences and course material being built as template labs for the integration of XR learning environments at Carleton University. He will also soon begin working on iSSELabs Reduced Gravity Setup focussed on the technical aspects of design and assembly. Outside of education, James’ interests lie in CAD, Programming, and all things space related.

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Myar Mosleh

Co-Op Student

Myar is an undergraduate student at Carleton University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. With a passion for merging the worlds of biology and mechanics, Myar is driven to pushing boundaries at the intersection of healthcare and technology.


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