Sujit Deshmukh, Ph.D. Student

After completion of M.Sc. in 2013 from Burdwan University (India), I joined Shiv Nadar
University, department of physics as a Ph.D scholar in 2014. My Ph.D thesis is mainly based on investigation of structural and electrical properties of carbonaceous nanostructure and utilize them as an electrode material for electrochemical sensing application. I got the opportunity to work at UofA (Department of mechanical engineering) from October 2018, as a visiting graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Prashant R. Waghmare. Here, my area of interest is to synthesize new kind of Electrowettable carbon based nanostructure for multifunctional application.
My areas of expertise and developed skills are

(i) Nanocarbon synthesis either from chemical or physical route

(ii) Hands on experience to operate XRD system (Bruker), atomic force micoscopy (AFM, Park XE7), UV-VIS (Shimadzu 3700) spectrometer, drop shape analyzer (DSA100, Kruss)

(iii) Analyze the advanced characterization (TEM, XPS, RAMAN, XAS etc.) results 

(iv) Hands on experience to carry out electrochemical measurements such as Cyclic Voltammetry, Anodic stripping voltammetry, Supercapacitor device testing by galvanostatic charge discharge measurement.

Hafijur Rahman, Ph.D. Student

Hafijur has received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and went on to complete his M.Sc. in Mechanical Enigineering at the University in 2015. From 2010 to 2017, Hafijur was a lecturer at BUET and he has several years of experience working as a teaching assistant. His skills involve lecturing courses and organizing experimental labs for undergraduate students.

His research interests involve Interfacial Phenomena, Multiple Emulsion Drops, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and software such as Surface Evolver. 

He enjoys to swim, travel, hike, cycle and play sports like table tennis, cricket and badminton.

Abrar Ahmed, Ph.D. student

Abrar is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has completed his masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Waghmare and he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), OIC on 2012. Abrar’s Masters thesis was dynamics and morphological evolution of ferrofluid droplet under the effect of magnetic field. Right now he is assisting the lab by offering his expertise in high speed image capturing as well as surface science instrumentation and measurement techniques. Current Research: magnetohydrodynamics, electrowetting, droplet dynamics, droplet dosing, microfluidics and mathematical modelling of droplet dynamics.

Muhammad Rizwanur Rahman, Ph.D. student

Rizwanur is currently a PhD student at University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Morris R. Flynn. His PhD research concentration is on the design and modeling of low temperature heat recovery devices. In this project, he is also co-supervised by Dr. Prashant R. Waghmare. Rizwanur completed his M.Sc. from University of Alberta in 2018 and B.Sc. (Engg) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2015. In his Master’s research, he focused on different fundamental aspects of liquid droplets in micro-gravity environment under Dr. Waghmare’s supervision while high-speed aerodynamics was the concentration of his Undergraduate thesis under the supervision and guidance of Dr. M. Ali and Dr. A.B.M. Toufique Hasan.

Eileen Santos, Ph.D. Student

Eileen is a Chemical engineering student from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta who has received her M.Sc. degree in Food Science and Technology from Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela. She is currently in her 2nd year of her Ph.D. program in the department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Feral Temelli.  Her research is based on the fractionation of complex lipid mixtures by supercritical fluid fractionation process using carbon dioxide as a solvent and the understanding of the surface science applied to supercritical fluid fractionation process. The capabilities of the iSSELab allow Eileen to perform high temperature / high pressure experiments in order for her to obtain her findings. 

She is currently the secretary of Canadian Biomaterials Society - Alberta Student Chapter for the period 2017/2018. 

Her hobbies include travelling, cooking and sharing time with friends.

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Juan Marin Quintero, M.Sc. student

Juan is currently an M.Sc. student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Juan graduated from the University of Los Andes in Colombia in 2017 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Juan previously worked with rapid prototyping and bubble pressure tensiometers as an exchange student at the University of Alberta in 2016. Current research focus is in the area of electrowetting, drop coalescence and droplet dynamics.

Sumaiya Farzana, M.Sc. Student

Sumaiya is currently a M.Sc. student supervised by Dr. Prashant R. Wagmare at the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta. She graduated with her B.Sc.
Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Military Institute of Science and
Technology (MIST), Bangladesh, in January 2018. Her Current research focus is in droplet dynamics.

Her current research interests include droplet dynamics, microfluidics, fluid mechanics, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Syed Rafat Faysal, M.Sc. Student

Rafat is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), OIC on November, 2014. Rafat’s B.Sc. thesis was Effect of aspect ratio on convective heat transfer coefficient for flat cross-section. After completion of his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering he worked as a research scientist at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), GmbH. After that he was a lecturer at Sonargaon University (SU), Bangladesh almost for three years. Currently he is doing research on droplet dynamics, droplet dosing & droplet shedding on different coated surface for the quantification of adhesion force and shedding force. He is also associated with measuring the advancing and receding contact angle to find out contact angle hysteresis on different surfaces.

Raviraj Gajbhiye, M.Sc. Student (Fall 2018 - 2020)

Raviraj is in his first year of MSc studies in Mechanical Engineering here at the University of Alberta. Previously Raviraj obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at St.Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering and Technology, Nagpur, India. 

Academic projects include the Prusa i3 Rework (3D printing), Development of a Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine with Brim and a Evaporative Sensible Cooler.

Raviraj had an internship at Indo-German Tool Room where he was trained in tool design, manufacturing, and CAD/CAM technology. 

His skills include CATIA, CREO, Unigraphics and 3D printing.

Extra-curricular / Volunteer work:

  • Volunteered as a Mathematics teacher to underprivileged students at a non-commercial coaching center named Nalanda Academy in Wardha, India.

  • Tutored undergraduate and high school students in Applied Mathematics.

  • Actively worked for uplifting students from marginalized sections of society.

Palak Jain, M.Sc. Student (Fall 2018 - 2020)

Palak is pursuing an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Prashant Waghmare. She has received her Bachelor of technology in Mechanical Engineering from Shiv Nadar University, India (Aug 2014-May 2018).

Current Research in the general area of droplet dynamics, interfacial science, electrokientics and microfluidics.

Yu Chen, M.Sc. student

Yu Chen is currently a Ph.D. student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Yu graduated with Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Nanjing Tech University(NJTech), Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. He previously worked as an undergraduate Research Assistant in 3D Printing Innovation Lab at Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing for Industrial Equipment and Control Technology of NJTech. Current research focus is Fabrication and Wettability Characterization of Electrospun Nylon 6/Silica nanocomposites.

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Tashmid Ahmed, Co-op Student (September 2018 - April 2019)

Tashmid is pursuing a BSc in Mechanical Engineering Co-op at the University of Alberta (Started : September 2016, Expected Graduation : May 2021)

Tashmid's research interest are in thermodynamics, microfluidics, etc. Apart from studying or working he is widely involved with various clubs. He is passionate about Table Tennis which he plays often at his free time. He is currently the Vice President Internal of the University of Alberta Table Tennis Club. He is also the Vice President Finance of the Mechanical Engineering Club at the University of Alberta. Having an interests about space technology he is a Mechanical team member at AlbertaSat currently working on Ex-Alta 2, a cubesat to be launched in 2021. AlbertaSat is a student run design team which works on building satellites. It launched Alberta's first satellite Ex-Alta 1 in 2017.

Wania Jibran, Summer Research Assistant (May 2018 - Aug 2018)

Wania Jibran is a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of Alberta working towards her B.Sc degree. She has experience in solid modelling and reading/creating manufacturing drawings. She has developed knowledge related to aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. 

Her current research interests are in Fluid Mechanics, Microfluidics, and Droplet Dynamics. 

Wania is the current Vice President External for the Aero Heavy Lift Group; this student vehicle group project is located at the University of Alberta where they design remote controlled planes capable of carrying a payload and dropping it at a designated target.

Joanna Tian, Co-op Research Assistant (May - Aug 2018)

Joanna is currently pursuing a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta (expected 2021). She is currently involved with studies in electrowetting where the contact angle of a given liquid is altered through application of electricity. 

Her fields of interest include design and biomechanics.

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Jing Liu, Summer Project Student (May 2018 - Aug 2018)

Jing is in her 1st year of her course-based M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering (2018 - 2019) here at the University of Alberta. She had received her B.Sc. degree in Applied Chemistry from Northeastern University in China (2016). She is currently interested in researching Surface Energy, Surface Wetting and Mechanical Properties.

Ninaad Adhvaryu, Summer Student (May 2018 - Aug 2018)

Ninaad is currently in his third year of studies for a Physics B.Sc. degree from Shiv Nadar University (2015-2019). He has had the opportunity to develop skills in Python (3+) coding.  His research interests involve Sessile Drop Evaporation, Super-hydrophobic Surfaces, Computational Simulations and Condensed Matter Systems.

Prateek Gupta, Summer Student (May 2018 - Aug 2018)

Prateek is going to finish his final year of his undergraduate courses in the department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in India (2015-2019). During his time with us, he has brought with him skills in Matlab, ImageJ, C and C++.

His current research interest is in Microfluidics.

Amy Deng, B.Sc. student


B.Sc. Chemical Engineering Process Control Option (U of A, expected 2018)

Fields of Interest:

Process control, nanotechnology, sustainable energy


Badminton, travelling, various student groups

Iman Roy, B.Sc. student


B.Sc. Electrical Engineering with Nano Option (U of A, expected April 2019)
Current project:

Analyzing dynamics of electrically charged droplets interacting with a charged substrate

Nanoengieering. Glass technology. Circuit design. Microprocessor programming.

Geoff Casey, Project Manager, B.Sc. student


B.Sc. Electrical Nanotechnology Engineering (U of A, 2014)

B.Sc. Molecular Genetics (U of A, expected 2017)

Fields of Interest:

Micro/nanotechnology, microfluidics, genetics, biochemistry

Current project:

Flow characterization in novel microchannels and use of microchannels for passive size-based particle separation


Volleyball, football, hockey, travelling

Bharath Kattemalalawadi, Ph.D. student (July 2015-July 2017)

Immensely passionate about Science and Technology. Understanding the underlying physics to any given problem has always been my moto of learning curve. This has helped me to handle many challenging projects in both my academic and professional career. 

Specialties: Strong knowledge in the field of Thermal and Fluid dynamics, Programming, Research and product development.
Software tools: C++, Matlab, Fluent, Star CCM++, Tecplot, Catia, Autocad