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Dr. Prashant R.Waghmare
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
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
Scanning Electron Micrscopy
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
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.
Application and Research Lead
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.
Space based additive manufacturing
Surface Science and Engineering
Zero gravity experiments
High speed imaging
Surface Science experimentation
design of experiments
Ganesh Prabhu Komaragiri
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.
Syed Ali Hamza Rizvi
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.