Graduate Students / Postdocs

Evan Alexander

Evan graduated from Queen's University in 2020 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. During his undergrad Evan worked with the Queen's Baja SAE design team to analyze the structural rigidity of the vehicle's chassis using under various loading conditions using Ansys APDL. He applied the skills gained from this experience to design a 3D printed electric ATV chassis as part of his capstone project.
Evan is currently pursuing a MASc with the SMSD lab group in collaboration with the Royal Military College of Canada. His thesis primarily focuses on characterizing the damage resistance of honeycomb composite panels typically used in the aerospace and automotive industries. He is co-supervised by Dr. Kim and Dr. Mechefske at Queen's and Dr. Wowk at RMC. In his spare time, he likes to snowboard, mountain bike, and rock climb.

Olivia Blair

Olivia graduated from Queen’s University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. During her undergraduate degree Olivia was involved with the iCons, which provide engineering students with lab access outside of normal building hours, and the Queen’s Engineering Outreach Team. Olivia spent her summers working as an intern with PSA International and Irving Personal Care. In her final year Olivia completed a design project for Novelis Inc. designing an inline spring-loaded shock absorber to prevent chain breakage during roll changes.

Olivia is currently pursuing her Master of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. Outside of her studies, she enjoys hockey, volleyball, and playing guitar.

Rubens Bohrer

Rubens graduated from Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, with his BSc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. He obtained his Master's in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), in 2014. During his master's, he worked with stacking sequence optimization of composite plates subjected to buckling load using lamination parameters.
 
In 2013, Rubens joined Embraer as a Product Development Engineer working on the development of primary and secondary structures applied to new aircraft. As a product development engineer at Embraer, he worked with metallic and composite structures, being responsible for finite elements analysis, carrying static, stability, damage tolerance and dynamic analysis, witnessing mechanical tests of structural components and performing finite element correlation analysis. He also attended certification meetings with authorities presenting details of major component development, tests and certification plans considering means of compliance. He worked on the development of secondary parts such as ailerons, elevators, spoilers and rudders, however the over the last 3 years at Embraer, he worked on the development of the 175E2 horizontal tail, a composite structure which has been developed using the Angle Minus Load composite theory. He has performed all finite element analysis associate to the structure, since pre-military phases until the detailed design.
 
Rubens’s work with Dr. Kim is focused on topology optimization applied to the automotive industry. He also aims to pursue more knowledge on composite optimization applied to different structures. Beyond his studies, Rubens enjoys soccer, and brews beer as a hobby.

Kevin Chai

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a PhD with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

During his undergraduate studies, Kevin completed his internships at Recochem where he worked to improve and document manufacturing practices and Hematite Manufacturing where he worked in collaboration with Fiat Chrysler Automotive to assist product launches. Additionally, Kevin has also completed two research assistant positions at the University of Guelph in the department of Mechanical Engineering. During his final year of studies, Kevin helped design and develop a working prototype EDF VTOL to be used as part of an aerial transport system.

Kevin is currently researching under the supervision of Dr. Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group (SMSD). Outside of his studies, Kevin enjoys outdoor activities, 3D printing, radio-controlled sports, and playing the piano.

Luke Crispo

Luke graduated from Queen’s University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group. His undergraduate studies focused on topics ranging from computer aided design to vibrations and turbomachinery. In his final year at Queen’s, Luke completed a design project for a local company modelling and optimizing the temperature response of a passive backflow valve. Luke also completed a 16-month professional internship at Celestica, where he supported a resourcing project aiming to qualify and transfer custom aerospace parts to new suppliers with the end goal of cost reductions. He also worked on a team at Celestica analyzing the feasibility of using metal additive manufacturing for aerospace parts.

Luke’s work with Dr. Kim is focused on implementing topology optimization for part consolidation in additive manufacturing. Outside of academics, Luke enjoys ultimate frisbee, hockey, soccer, and playing the trumpet.

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Giovanni D'Ambrosio

Giovanni graduated from the University of Guelph in 2021 with a BASc. in Biomedical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he spent his time as a research assistant for the environmental and mechanical engineering departments at Guelph.

In the summer of 2020, Giovanni worked on an image segmentation algorithm and impact simulation where a human head model was created from an MRI scan and subjected to various loading scenarios. During this time, he developed an interest in advanced modelling as well as skills in computer aided engineering tools such as HyperWorks, Ansys, and LS-Dyna. In his final year of study, Giovanni developed a simulation to solve the partial wetting problem and improve heat recovery within household drain water heat recovery systems.

Giovanni is currently pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim, focused on bone remodeling simulations. Outside of his work at the lab, Giovanni enjoys hiking, fishing, longboarding, and baking.

Wesley Dossett

Wesley graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he spent time as a research assistant in the Biology, Geological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering departments at Queen’s. This included a 16-month professional internship with the Queen’s University Geomechanics Group, where he worked to improve the characterization of rock through destructive and non-destructive methods. Wesley spent four months working in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group designing an eATV, gaining experience with NX and Hyperworks. Wesley also spent time with the Queen’s FIRST Robotics club (QFRC) to help mentor local highschool robotics clubs.

Wesley is currently pursuing a MASc with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. Outside of school and work, Wesley is a Watercolour artist, Ukrainian Folk Dancer, and amateur baker.

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Chris Douglas

Chris graduated from Queen’s University in the Spring of 2019 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is now pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design team.

During his undergraduate degree, Chris completed a summer internship at Magna working collaboratively with their Advanced Quality Engineering team to assist with product launch activities and plant floor efficiency related projects. Chris was also an active member of the Queen’s Biomedical Innovation Team, where he worked on the design and prototyping of gait-training assistive devices for people with permanent movement disorders.

Chris has started his research under the supervision of Dr. Kim in September of 2019. He will be focusing on industry projects related to multi-disciplinary design optimization, finite element analysis, and research thereof. Outside of his studies, Chris enjoys skiing, boating, hockey and spending time with friends and family.

Dylan Eisen

Dylan graduated from Queen’s University in the spring of 2021 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

During his undergraduate degree, Dylan focused on topics including computer aided design, machine design, turbomachinery, airplane aerodynamics, and compressible fluid dynamics. Dylan was also involved with the Queen’s University Hyperloop Design Team, where he modelled and optimized the chassis suspension system for competition. From both course projects and design teams, Dylan has developed skills in computer aided engineering design tools including ANSYS, SolidWorks, and HyperWorks. During his fourth year of studies, Dylan worked with the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston to design and optimize the structural integrity of a roof design based on multiple load cases and conditions.

Dylan is interested in pursuing a career in aerospace and is currently working on projects within the aerospace industry. His work and research with SMSD will focus on finite element analysis and topology optimization. Beyond academics, Dylan enjoys volleyball, swimming, skiing, playing guitar, scuba diving, and amusement rides.

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Cameron Forward

Cameron graduated from Queen’s University in 2019 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

During his undergraduate studies Cameron was involved with the Queen’s University Formula SAE Design & Race Team. He completed several design and manufacturing projects for many different systems within the car, with the majority of work being focused on the powertrain system and chassis. After his third year of academic studies Cameron took an internship position at Honda of Canada Manufacturing where he worked to improve the production of Honda Civics. Cameron has also performed a summer internship at Hatch Ltd. to give him a total of 20 months of professional work experience. During his final year of studies, he helped design a waste heat recovery system for Shell Canada to increase the efficiency of their refinery.

Cameron is currently working with Dr. Kim and General Motors on multi-material topology optimization for next-generation vehicle design. Beyond his studies, he enjoys mountain biking and hockey.

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Nicholas Galley

Nicholas graduated from Queen’s University in the spring of 2021 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is now pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

As an undergraduate student, Nicholas focused his studies on Finite Element Analysis, design optimization, and additive manufacturing. In his final year, he was part of the pre-school mechatronics device capstone project, which designed a classroom toy allowing children to play educational games and introducing them to robotics and mechatronics. While completing his degree, he also gained experience using engineering tools including MATLAB, Python, various CAD programs, 3D printing, Arduino, and ANSYS.

Nicholas is currently working on industry projects with NRC and Bombardier. Beyond his studies, he enjoys kayaking, playing the piano, dog training, and archery.

Graeme George

Graeme graduated from Queen’s University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr Il-Yong Kim and Dr. Alan Ableson with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group (SMSD).

During his undergraduate studies Graeme was heavily involved with the Queen’s Space Engineering Team’s (QSET) Mars Rover project. As the Mechanical Operations Manager, Graeme led the multidisciplinary group in a complete redesign of the Rover’s rocker suspension system. In his fourth-year capstone project, Graeme helped design a waste heat recovery system for a local Kingston food business.

Graeme’s work with SMSD is focused on packaging optimization. Outside of his studies, Graeme enjoys baseball, and playing the guitar.

Andrew Hardman

Andrew graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a BASc. in Engineering Physics, specializing in Mechanical Engineering.

As an undergraduate student, Andrew worked with the Queen’s University Formula SAE Design & Race Team. He was first involved with the modelling, design, and manufacturing of powertrain systems including engine cooling and pneumatic gear shifting. In his final year on the team, he was promoted to be the Vehicle Dynamics subsystem lead, and was responsible for the simulation, design, manufacturing, and testing of all suspension components. Through this role, Andrew gained invaluable experience in mechanical design, vehicle simulations, project management, manufacturing, and vehicle testing as well as with software packages such as ANSYS, SolidWorks, and Mastercam. Although the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team was able to compete in an international virtual design competition against 150 other Universities – placing in the top 15 overall. During the fourth year of his undergraduate degree, Andrew completed a thesis project on non-linear FEM simulations of metal-forming processes for the validation of non-destructive testing methods under supervision from Dr. Wowk at The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).

Andrew is currently pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under Dr. Il Yong Kim’s supervision while working on industry projects with KCTECH, Bombardier Aerospace, and NRC. Beyond academia, Andrew enjoys car racing, photography, baseball, and helping his friends at the Formula team whenever he can.

Jordan Howes

Jordan graduated from Queen’s University in 2022 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Biomechanics. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

During her undergraduate studies, Jordan completed a 12-month internship at Sanofi Pasteur in the Component Pertussis vaccine bulk manufacturing department. There she supported projects involving equipment upgrades and replacements for the manufacturing facility. In her final year, Jordan’s capstone team designed a soft passive exoskeleton that reduced the load on the Achilles to help those suffering from Achilles Tendonitis.  Jordan was also apart of the Queen’s Biomedical Innovation Team, where she worked on the design and prototyping of a breast cancer detecting top using heat sensors. Outside of her studies, Jordan enjoys snowboarding, figure skating and spending time at her cottage.

Yuhao Huang

Yuhao graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on Finite Element Analysis and Numerical Methods. Based on the course project experiences, Yuhao has developed skills in engineering tools such as MATLAB and ANSYS APDL. In his final year capstone project, he worked with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group to design an eATV chassis for 3-D printing. He also has work experience in image auto-recognition laser cutting.

Yuhao is pursuing his PhD in design optimization under the supervision of Dr. Kim and is currently working on an SNC-Lavalin project. Outside his research, he enjoys pyrotechnic shows.

Shayan Jalayer

Shayan graduated from Queen’s in 2020 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Biomechanics and earned a Certificate in Business from Smith School of Business. He is currently pursuing his PhD with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab under Dr. Il Yong Kim's supervision.

During his final year of undergraduate studies, Shayan completed a project to design and develop an electric ATV chassis using CAD and finite element analysis (FEA). Shayan’s work experience includes 12 months of internship at TD Bank, working in IT Project and Program Management teams. He also earned certification from Project Management Institute (PMI) to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

Shayan is working with Dr. Kim on projects in both aerospace and automotive industries. His work and research with SMSD will focus on topology optimization and additive manufacturing. Outside of his studies, Shayan enjoys sailing and plays hockey, soccer, and ultimate frisbee.

Daniel Krsikapa

Daniel graduated in 2019 from Queen’s with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering (Applied Mechanics specialization). During his undergraduate degree he completed a 16-month professional internship at Celestica, working in a manufacturing engineering role for their aerospace and defense division. There he ensured customer manufacturing requirements were met for new product designs. Additionally, he took on multiple projects to improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce total defects. During the final year of his undergraduate degree Daniel completed a project which involved designing a controller for a one-legged robot capable of jumping and flipping. After presenting his year-long work, including a full robot simulation, his group won the Keyser Project Presentation Prize.

Daniel is currently pursuing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Il Yong Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD). He is also working with Dr. Kim on an industry project with Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Adam McKenzie

Adam graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor's of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in the spring of 2021.

After his second year, Adam spent his summer working for Ready Systems Industries Inc. where he worked with a small team to build large scale assembly lines, shipping systems, and robot cells for clients in the automotive industry. Additionally, Adam spent his summer after third year as a research assistant in the Human Mobility Research Lab where he worked on finding constraints of a new sensor less motion capture system. In the final year of his Bachelor’s degree, Adam’s capstone team designed and prototyped a novel wheel and drive system for a lunar rover with the Canadian Space Agency.

Adam is currently pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) supervised by Dr. Il Yong Kim. He is currently working on projects with Bombardier Aerospace and the Canadian Space Agency. Outside of his research, Adam enjoys hockey, fishing, and playing guitar.

Connor Moffatt

Connor graduated from Queen’s University in 2021 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is now pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

During his undergraduate studies, Connor developed skills in CAD and finite element analysis (FEA) software, including ANSYS and HyperWorks. In his final year, he completed a capstone project which involved designing a positioning and location system for neutron detectors. Connor also has employment experience with ceramic material design, testing, and production.

Connor is currently focusing on industry projects involving packaging and topology optimization in relation to hybrid air mobility vehicles. Beyond his studies, Connor enjoys travelling, reading, and swimming.

Zane Morris

Zane graduated from Queen’s University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate degree, Zane completed a 12-month and 8-month internship with MacLean Engineering and Huronia Machine Services, respectively.

At MacLean, Zane worked as a Mechanical Designer to conceptualize, design, fabricate, and implement various electro-mechanical systems for heavy-duty mining equipment. Through designing the various parts, assemblies, and weldments for these systems, Zane frequently spoke with highly experienced Engineers, Machinists, and Welders in the industry to optimize designs and incorporate vital fabrication constraints while satisfying customer specifications. These design projects also necessitated the construction of Electrical and Hydraulic schematics for control and vehicle monitoring systems, which Zane was a large contributing member of.

At Huronia Machine Services, Zane worked as an Engineering Project Manager for jobs partnered with Honda Canada and The Daifuku Corporation focussed on tooling redesign and infrastructure improvements at the Honda Civic assembly plant in Alliston, Ontario. In this role, Zane was relied upon as the lead system designer, seeing through the complete product design cycle on multiple occasions. Specific tasks include system conception with project stakeholders, design, validation, DFM and DFA, machining and assembly. Through this position, Zane developed invaluable technical aptitude in industrial design, and accumulated skills for effective communication in the manufacturing industry.

Zane is currently pursuing his MASc under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim at the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab (SMSD), focussing on the synthesis of DfAM and Multi-Material Topology Optimization in automotive and robotic applications. In his spare time, Zane enjoys hockey, mountain biking, and playing guitar.

Owen Pintar

Owen graduated from Queen's University in 2020 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing his Master of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

As an undergraduate student, Owen focused his studies on various topics including dynamics, vibrations, biomechanics, and structural and fluid finite element analysis. In his capstone project, Owen worked with SMSD to incorporate modifications to an electric ATV chassis to enable production of a prototype using additive manufacturing technologies. In his fourth year, Owen helped establish the Queen's BioMechatronics Design Team (BMeT). The team concentrates on designing and building wearable human devices to enhance the user's physical abilities. Aside from technical work, the team also promotes innovative mechatronics and biomechanics projects from researchers in the Queen’s Community through engaging seminars. As Chief Operations Officer, Owen oversaw numerous team activities from finances and event coordination to competition logistics and project organization, while also being a mechanical advisor to the bionic arm brace project.

Owen is currently working with Dr. Kim and KCTECH on using multi-material topology optimization and finite element analysis in aircraft seat design. Outside of the lab, Owen enjoys various outdoor activities including running, hiking, and kayaking.

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Noah Ray

Noah graduated in 2019 from Queen’s with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical-Materials Engineering. He is currently pursuing his PhD; being supervised by Dr. Il Yong Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD).

During the 3rd year of his undergraduate degree, Noah was involved with the Queen’s University Formula SAE Design and Race Team as part of the Long-Term Projects team. He designed and implemented a guide which instructed team members how to perform topology optimization, based in ANSYS Workbench, on components. Noah gained valuable experience working as a mechanical designer at Innovative Automation for two summer co-op terms. During his time working as a designer, he designed a fully automated workbench which was implemented as a learning tool for incoming programmers.

Noah is now working in Dr. Il Yong Kim’s SMSD group on projects primarily in association with Magna Metal Forming Solutions and General Dynamics. He continues to gain experience with software such as LS-Dyna, FEMFAT, ANSYS, and HyperWorks. Outside of the academic world, he enjoys bodybuilding and scuba diving.

Jonathan Ryu

Jonathan graduated from Carleton University in 2020 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student Jonathan gained valuable experience with computer aided design, multidisciplinary design analysis, finite element analysis, and hands-on testing by working on automotive steering and suspension parts through a 12-month internship placement at Mevotech. Jonathan also worked as a research assistant for Carleton University during the last 8 months of his undergrad, where he contributed to design and development of the wind tunnel test apparatus in collaboration with NRC and Bombardier. He become more familiar with 3D printing from his research assistant experience. Through academic projects, Jonathan developed strong interest in multibody dynamics, aerospace vehicle performance, and computer aided manufacturing. On top of internship and research experiences, Jonathan gained 16 months of experience working as a teaching assistant for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University, where he led tutorial lessons to reinforce the course materials with additional examples and graded test papers with sound feedback.

Jonathan is currently pursuing his MASc with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design (SMSD) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Kim. He will be working on various projects related to FEA and multidisciplinary design optimization.

Yifan Shi

Yifan graduated from Beijing Institute of Technology and obtained his bachelor’s degree on Aerospace Engineering in 2019. In 2019, he also went to Simon Fraser University as a research visiting student. During that time, his research was on hyper-parameter optimization for neural networks, which was supervised by Dr. Wang. In 2021, he obtained his master’s degree on Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. During his master’s studies, his research focus was on milli-robots actuated by piezoelectric plates, which was under the supervision of Dr. Ansari.

Yifan joined in SMSD at the fall of 2021, pursing his Ph.D. degree under Dr. Kim’s supervision. His research will focus on topology optimization. Outside his research, he enjoys cooking and watch historical documentaries.

Benjamin Sinek

Benjamin graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Master's of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

Throughout his final year, Benjamin completed his capstone project on the design and development of an electric ATV chassis using CAD and finite element analysis (FEA). Benjamin spent his summers working as an intern at companies such as MTU Aero Engines in Vancouver and VALEO Automotive in the Czech Republic. While at MTU, Benjamin worked in the Industrial Engineering department, developing a database focusing on the evaluation of engine repair capability implementation. During his internship at VALEO, he worked as a R&D System Test Engineer, focusing on system testing and automation of the validation procedure.

Benjamin is interested in pursuing a career in automotive and is currently working with Dr. Kim on projects within the automotive industry. His work and research with SMSD will focus on topology optimization. Outside of his studies, Benjamin enjoys travelling, working on cars and plays hockey, soccer, and violin.

Tim Sirola

Tim graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

During his undergraduate studies, Tim was involved with the Queen’s University Baja Design & Race Team as part of the Vehicle Dynamics team. His main project was a brake caliper redesign with goals to reduce weight and allow for in house manufacturing. After his third year, Tim completed a 16-month internship at Honda of Canada Manufacturing as a project and equipment engineer in the Vehicle Quality department. As part of this role, Tim was the project leader on projects ranging from auxiliary equipment design to support new radar technology, full scale conveyor redesign and installation, and process ventilation system redesign. He was also a main support engineer on an equipment innovation project which included a building expansion and the implementation of a new water leak testing line. Tim also completed two 4-month summer internships at a small electrical engineering firm, SAE Inc. At SAE, he worked as a research and product development intern focusing on the formulation and manufacturing of various grounding and cathodic protection systems. During his fourth year of studies, Tim collaborated on a project with SMSD members involving the reinterpretation of topology results for an eATV chassis design.

Tim is currently working with Dr. Kim and KCTECH on advanced vehicle design utilizing topology optimization and lightweight composite materials. He is also leading an internal Queen’s project focusing on urban air mobility design. Outside of his studies, Tim enjoys travelling, hockey, photography, collecting vinyl, and playing guitar.

John Soliman

John graduated from Queen’s University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Applied Science in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group.

During his undergraduate studies, John was actively involved with the Queen’s Baja SAE Design & Race Team. When he joined the team, he was responsible for the design and manufacturing of the vehicle’s seat and roll cage. In his final year on the team, he was promoted to Chassis & Ergonomics subsystem lead, where he refined his management skills and lead multiple design projects. In addition, he was a member of the capstone design team responsible for the design and manufacturing of a 1st iteration custom differential for the Baja vehicle. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the George Christie Design Award for the most outstanding senior design project in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Although the Baja team was unable to compete in-person due to COVID-19, they attended the virtual competition where John’s work contributed to a 22nd place finish across 150+ universities. Through his role on the team, John gained an in-depth understanding of manufacturing processes, ergonomic analyses, and engineering software packages such as SolidWorks, ANSYS, and Mastercam.

John is currently working with Dr. Il Yong Kim on industry projects with KCarbon and Bombardier Aerospace. Outside from his studies, John enjoys golfing, soccer, 3D printing, and supporting the Baja team.

Vishal Srinivasan

Vishal graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019. During his undergraduate degree, he was the recipient of the University of Alberta Design Award and was a part of the team that placed first at the Shell EcoCar competition.

Immediately after graduation, Vishal played the role of Junior Project Coordinator on several large oil and gas projects in BC and Alberta ranging from the Pembina pipeline to structural projects with Stantec. His work ranged from project quotation and fabrication, all the way to onsite monitoring during assembly.

Vishal was then hired by an aerospace design firm in Montreal where he got involved with the full lifecycle development of drones and UAVs. His daily work varied wildly from carbon fiber chassis conception to custom battery design and cooling. He also gained extensive experience in semiconductor cooling and passive heat dissipation.

Vishal is now pursuing his MASc with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design (SMSD) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Kim. His work will now focus on the optimization of landing gear structures using Python and HyperWorks.

Daniel Tameer

Daniel graduated from Queen’s University in the spring of 2022 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. His undergraduate studies focused on topics including computer aided design, fuel cell technology, compressible fluid flow and airplane aerodynamics. He completed a 14-month internship with the Manufacturing Engineering Team at Celestica in Mississauga, ON where he supported the production of aerospace and defense products and efforts aiming to reduce labour time and improve manfacturing processes. He also developed a macro in JavaScript to automate the generation and delivery of online reports. In his final year, Daniel completed a project to develop a surgical cutting guide for an orthopedic surgeon at Kingston General Hospital.
Daniel is currently pursuing his Master of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. Outside of school, he enjoys road cycling and hiking.

Mira Teoli

Mira graduated from Queen’s University in 2022 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. She is now pursuing a Master of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.
 
As an undergraduate student, Mira applied her passion for the automotive industry by founding Relectric, a new design team focused on the electric conversion of vehicles. She was also a part of the Queen's Baja SAE Team, where she completed an ergonomic study of the vehicle cockpit to minimize driver discomfort during competition. In her final year, Mira completed a capstone project that involved the re-design of the Baja's previously mechanically controlled CVT to be an electronically controlled system. 
 
Outside of her studies, Mira enjoys cooking, fitness, and relaxing with a great novel.

Haifeng Xia

He graduated from the University of Alberta and obtained his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 2017. He worked for the Alberta Paving Company for half of a year as a field technician and was responsible for the road asphalt work. After that he started to work in the Modular Construction Lab with focus on the structure analysis and ergonomic risk assessment of the machine applied in the offsite construction and production line by using finite element method. He also had experience in the BIM based design, lean production, and optimization in construction manufacturing.

In 2020, he joined Dr. Il Yong Kim’s group to pursue his master's degree. He will focus on the finite element method and topology optimization. Outside of his work in the lab, he enjoys playing drums, video editing, and travelling.

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Melissa Young

Melissa graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020. During her undergraduate studies she was involved with the Queen's Aero Design Team, with a focus on structural design and composites. In her final year, she was also elected to be the Undergraduate Mechanical President.

Melissa is now pursuing a Masters of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. Kim. Outside of her studies, Melissa enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and hanging out with her cat.

Yongcheng Zhou

Yongcheng graduated from BISTU in China, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Design Manufacture and Automation in 2016. He obtained his master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University in 2017. During his master’s, he focused on the effect of particle hardness on tribological properties of nanofluids. In 2018, he joined Gree as a test engineer working on the vibration analysis of air-conditioning piping system under operation conditions based on finite element method, numerical simulation of air-conditioning piping system under random vibration and the development of automated simulation platform.

Yongcheng is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD). His research will focus on FEA and topology optimization in the field of automotive industry. Outside of his research, he enjoys travelling and outdoor activities.