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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 5, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Group photo (Fall 2014) 

From left: Arthur Situm, Md. Abdus Sabur, Brandon Caughell, Lindsay Grandy, Kevin Jakiela, Adrian Adamescu, and Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh

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Current Research Team (Spring/Summer 2016):

Adrian Adamescu, MSc (Computational Chemistry, PhD student [2013- ], co-supervised with Dr. Ian Hamilton at Laurier)

Md. Abdus Sabur, MSc (Geohemistry, PhD student [2014- ], Recipient of Science Master's degree Gold medal from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Laurier, co-supervised with Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen at the University of Waterloo)

Md. Aminur Rahman, MSc [Atmospheric Chemistry, PhD student [2016- ]Recipient of William Nikolaus Martin Entrance Scholarship for Graduate Students (2016), MS2Discovery Institute Graduate Student Research Award (2016)]

Ashley Tran (Undergraduate research volunteer, atmospheric chemistry) 


Shagufta Younus, MSc (Atmospheric Chemistry, Research Volunteer, 2016) 

Arthur Situm (Geochemistry, MSc student [2014-2016], CH490 thesis 2013-2014, Recipient of third place award for best oral presentations at the 2014 Southern Ontario Undergraduate Students Chemistry Conference, currently PhD student in the Chemistry Department at the University of Saskatchewan)

Geoffrey Williams (Undergraduate research volunteer, atmospheric chemistry, currently 5th year undergraduate student in the chemistry program)

Misha Singh (Undergraduate research volunteer, atmospheric chemistry, currently 4th year undergraduate student in the chemistry program)

Peter Starszyk (Applied Statistics, Master of Mathematics [2015-2016 ], co-supervised with Dr. Martin Lysy at the University of Waterloo) 

Lindsay Grandy (Atmospheric chemistryCH490 thesis 2014-2015)

Brandon Caughell (Geochemistry, CH490 thesis 2014-2015, currently Manager at Pioneer seeds company)

Kevin Jakiela (Atmospheric Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2013-2014, Research Assistant, currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto, Environmental Science and Sustainability Management)

Samantha Slikboer (Atmospheric chemistry, Research Assistant, CH490 thesis 2013-2014, currently a graduate student at McMaster University, Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

Willie Buck (Research Volunteer, currently in Dental School in Australia)

Mohamed El Sheikh (Research Volunteer, Doctor of Pharmacy candidate)

Julia Tofan-Lazar, MSc (Atmospheric Chemistry, MSc 2010-2012 and Research Associate 2012-2013, currently a Lab Technician at Maple Leaf Foods)

Glynis Jones (Computational Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2012-2013, co-supervised with Dr. Shohini Ghose, completed MSc student in Financial Math at Laurier, currently an analyst at Emerging Star Investment Group)

Jonathan Ruffolo (Atmospheric chemistry, Research Assistant summer 2013, currently Pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces)

Derek Arts (Geochemistry, CH490 student 2012-2013, currently an engineering student at McMaster University)

Marshall Linder (Computational Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2011-2012, co-supervised with Dr. Ian Hamilton, currently synthetic chemist at TRC in Kitchener)

Dr. Hamid Firooz (Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2012, currently a Lecturer at University of Waterloo)

Hummara Aslam, MSc (Research Associate, currently a Regulatory Affairs Associate at Johnson & Johnson)

Kyle Bachus (Research Assistant, currently a graduate student at Queen's)

Gregory Wentworth (Atmospheric Chemistry, CH490 thesis 2010-2011, NSERC USRA Awardee (summer '10), currenlty a graduate student at U of T) 

William Mitchel (Geochemistry, CH490 thesis 2009-2010, currently a Researcher and Data Analyst, Miovision Technologies)

Travis Beeby

Scott Cowen (Atmospheric Chemistry, completed MSc in Chemistry in August 2009, 2006-2007 CH490 Thesis, currently a Manager at Chemque)

Holly Gray (Computational Chemistry, Research Assistant, 2008-2009 CH490 Thesis, co-supervised with Dr. Ian Hamilton, currently a PhD student in Civil Engineering at University of Waterloo)

Tyler Peeters

Matthew Chabot (CH495 Directed Studies in Environmental Surface Chemistry 2009)

Tuan Hoang (Geochemistry, NSERC USRA Awardee (summer '07 & '08), research assistant.  Currently MD student McGill)

Wade Thompson (currently clinical consultant LTC pharmacist at Medisystem Pharmacy)

Megha Duggal (2007-2008 CH490 Thesis in geochemistry, currently a technologist at Sanofi Pasteur in Toronto

Sarah DePalma (2006-2007 CH490 Thesis in geochemistry, currently at Environment Canada)

Katherine Stewart (Research Assistant, currently a PhD student in chemical engineering at U of Waterloo) 

Gazelle Crasto (Research Assistant, currently a postdoc in dentistry at NYU) 

Katie McCartney (2005-2006 CH490 Thesis in atmospheric chemistry, currently a Quality Assurance Coordinator at Vale)

External Member of Examining/Defense Committee:

Abdolhamid Firooz (PhD defense, 2011) Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Myung Kim (MSc defense, 2011) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Zena Rebello (MSc defense, 2010) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Ali Mohsenipour (PhD comrehensive exam, 2008) Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Lucas Neil (PhD comrehensive exam [2007] and defense [2010]) Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Ali Abulkasim (PhD comrehensive exam, 2007) Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.)

Yousef Awad (PhD, 2006) "Characterizations of Polydimethlsilane Derived Amorphous Silicon Carbide Films For Harsh Environment Applications", Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC.

Hight School Student Visitors:

3- Joshua Terry (Summer 2015, 2016) from St Mary's High School, Kitchener 

2- Mohamed Moussa (Summer 2011, 2012) from the IB program in Cameron Heights High School, Kitchener. 


Group of 13 students enrolled in the Shad Valley Program (Summer 2007).  1-

day science session entitled “How Do Chemists “see” molecules, Especially those Contaminating Water Resources?”