Fourth Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Thursday, June 20, 2013  (pre-symposium workshops on June 19)


Bringing Alberta’s Oil to International Markets14:15 – 15:00, June 20, 2013, ETL E1-003What is the best way to bring Alberta’s oil to consumers? Oil transportation is often in the news, and there is discussion of pipelines to the West Coast, the USA, and Eastern Canada. This panel discussion is abou...


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Dr. Robert Campbell 16:00 – 17:00, June 20, 2013, ETL E1-003 The Campbell research group is focused on the use of protein engineering for the development of improved fluorescent proteins or fluorescent protein-based optogenetic reporters. Engineered fluorescent proteins and optogenetic reporters...


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Opening CeremonyHey! There are cockroaches in my chocolate ice cream!10:00 - 11:00, June 20, 2013, ETL E1-001 Joe Schwarcz Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society.” He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ...


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The following workshops were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Some workshops may have enrollment limits and will be available on a first come first served basis. Time Workshop Location 9:00 - 10:00 Multiphysics Modeling with COMSOL ETLC E2-001


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Here is some exciting research that was presented on June 20, 2013.Attending FEGRS 2013 is an awesome way to enjoy summer in Edmonton! ...


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©2013 University of Alberta

The Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium is a student-run annual event that is held on the University of Alberta campus in the spring. It is designed to allow graduate students within the faculty to present their research to other students in an academic setting.

This year's event promises to be informative and exciting, with six valuable professional development workshops, two high-profile keynote speakers, a panel discussion on a topic of current interest, and invited talks. Up to 500 attendees are expected. Graduate students from all the departments will present more than 110 abstracts in moderated oral and poster presentation sessions. A talk about Mitacs, which will describe research and collaboration opportunities, will be held over lunch. Register to attend here.

This symposium is organized by an inter-departmental committee with representatives from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.


Join us in recognizing the following individuals who were selected by the symposium judges as the best presenters in their respective sessions:

Oral Presentation Prize

Alexandra Komrakova — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Simulations of dispersion formation in liquid-liquid turbulent flows

Oral Presentation Prize

Sepideh Kasiri — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Effect of permeating and/or non-permeating cryoprotectants on the cryobiological response of HUVEC to interrupted two-step cooling

Oral Presentation Prize

Matthew Dyck — Electrical and Computer Engineering

Is the Human Operator in a Teleoperation System Passive?

Oral Presentation Prize

Ben Bschaden — Mechanical Engineering

Hyperelastic simulation for accurate prediction of gecko inspired dry adhesive deformed shape and stress distribution prior to detachment

Oral Presentation Prize

Eric Chalmers — Electrical and Computer Engineering

Modelling brace treatment for Idiopathic Scoliosis

Oral Presentation Prize

Masoud Jahandar — Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Accuracy of the Dubinin-Radushkevich Equation for Modeling Adsorption of Organic Vapors on Activated Carbon: Effect of the Adsorbate Kinetic Diameter

Oral Presentation Prize

Shuning Li — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Computational Properties of Linear Unconstrained Distributed Model Predictive Control

Oral Presentation Prize

Guanghan Bai — Mechanical Engineering

A Heuristic Technique for Reliability Evaluation of a Multistate Network

Oral Presentation Prize

Cuiying Jian — Mechanical Engineering

The Effect of Side Chain Lengths on the Aggregation Behavior of Model Asphaltenes in Water

Oral Presentation Prize

Juliano Bertozzi Silva — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Bacteriophages as alternative antimicrobial agents in yeast fermentation processes

Oral Presentation Prize

Garrett Melenka — Mechanical Engineering

3D DIC Measurement of Tubular Braided Composites

Oral Presentation Prize

You Fu — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Removal of Selenium Ions from Aqueous Media by Magnetic Graphene Oxide

Poster Presentation Prize

Chris Woloschuk — Electrical and Computer Engineering

A Wireless 3D Posture Monitoring System for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Poster Presentation Prize

Greg Nelson — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Morphology, Bioactivity, and Mechanical Properties of Flame-Sprayed Titanium Alloy-Bioactive Glass Coatings

Poster Presentation Prize

Alireza Kharobeian — Electrical and Computer Engineering

Modeling, Analysis and Control of Composite Loads in Micro-grid Systems

Poster Presentation Prize

Ebrahim Azimi — Civil and Environmental Engineering

Statistical analyses of principal operating parameters effect on dry beneficiation of western Canadian coals by Air Dense Medium Fluidized Bed (ADMFB)

Poster Presentation Prize

Asher Watts — Electrical and Computer Engineering

Power Management for Energy Harvesting Remote Monitors

Poster Presentation Prize

Scott MacKay — Electrical and Computer Engineering

Review of Nanoparticle Enhanced Aptamer-based Biosensors and the Design of a Novel Impedance/Capacitance-based Gold Nanoparticle Enhanced Biosensor

Poster Presentation Prize

Walid Bin Khaled — Mechanical Engineering

The Deliberate Defect: A Facile Method for The Manufacture of Anisotropic Dry Adhesives

Poster Presentation Prize

Elham Naghoosi — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Information transfer methods in causality analysis of process variables

Poster Presentation Prize

Hallas Pakravesh — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Distributed Parameter Control of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in Diesel-Powered Vehicles

Poster Presentation Prize

Ming Ma — Chemical and Materials Engineering

Density Soft Sensor for Extraction Process in Oil Sand Industry