Meet Our Team

2021 - 2022 Committee Members


Gillian Hawes


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Gillian is a PhD candidate in her 3rd year in Dr. Michael Pope’s 2D Materials and Electrochemical Devices Group. Her doctoral work focuses on the design of high capacity, stable sulfur cathodes and protection of lithium metal anodes for improved cycle life of lithium-sulfur batteries, with previous side projects including the development of laser induced graphene supercapacitors. Her main interests in electrochemistry focus on next generation battery chemistries with high energy density and long cycle life, prepared from abundant and inexpensive materials.

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Hamed Fathiannasab

Vice President - External Affairs

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Hamed is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Waterloo. He has expertise in lithium-ion batteries design and development. He is working on smart battery management system of electric vehicles based on integrating artificial intelligence and multiphysics modeling. He is also working on characterizing and analyzing 3D images of porous materials using PoreSpy.


Keith Cleland

Vice President - Internal Affairs

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Keith is a master’s candidate in Chemical Engineering working in the Porous Materials Engineering and Analysis Lab (PMEAL) under supervision of Professor Jeff Gostick. His research focusses on utilizing electrochemical water treatment technology for large scale renewable energy storage. He is combining principles of electrodialysis and flow batteries to create cost effective energy storage solutions. He is utilizing pore scale modelling to predict and validate the electrochemical behavior of real systems. 

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Mike McKague

Outreach Coordinator

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Mike is a graduate student doing research as part of the  Porous Media Engineering Analysis Lab supervised by professor Jeff Gostick of the chemical engineering department at the University of Waterloo. His research is focused on studying electro-driven water treatment such as capacitive deionization. Mike has developed a pore network model which applies electrical double layer theory for modeling the uptake rate of ions in capacitive deionization. Mike helps test, develop, and maintain the open source pore network modeling package OpenPNM available on Github.


Mariam Gad

Media Chair

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Mariam is a PhD candidate in Dr. Michael Pope's 2D Materials and Electrochemical Devices Group. Her research focuses on developing a new generation of lithium-ion batteries using a silicon-based anode coupled with a solid electrolyte and a commercially available cathode. She aims at developing a scalable procedure with abundant and non-toxic materials.

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Moin Ahmed


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Moin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Professor Zhongwei Chen. His current research area focuses on the application of electrochemical models and artificial intelligence for the design, development, and management of lithium-ion battery technology. He also has previous research experience in the use of various (1D and 2D) nanomaterials to improve the cycling performance of aqueous lithium-ion batteries.