Congratulations to Kevin Pyo for his completion of his MASc thesis titled, "Multi-scale Cell-to-Vehicle Thermo-Electrical Modelling, Simulation and Testing of Electric Vehicles: A Case Study for Battery Pack Temperature Estimation Models".

September 20th, 2021
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Congratulations to Leslie Louvelle for her completion of her PhD titled, "Computational Tools for Patient-Specific Surgical Planning of Tetralogy of Fallot Repair".

August 30th, 2021
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Congratulations to Davis McCarthy for successfully defending his MASc thesis titled, "Investigation of the Relationship Between Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Hemodynamics and Arterial Wall Properties".

July 27th, 2021
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Congratulations to Daniela Galatro for successfully defending her PhD titled, "Predicting Lithium-ion Battery Aging in Electric Vehicles and Second-Life Stationary Applications", wishing her all the best in her academic career at UofT ChemE

July 20th, 2021
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Congratulations to Professor Cristina Amon for receiving the 2021 Richard Chu ITherm Award for Excellence for her work titled "Thermal Management of Lithium-Ion Batteries For Electric Vehicles: A Multiscale Cell-To-Vehicle Hierarchical Perspective"

June 4th, 2021
May 11th, 2021

The pioneering research project: “Numerical Modeling of Fluids Migration in a Sanitary Landfill, by Combining Geophysical and Gas Emission Data” was funded by an Engage grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Aquifers are the only supplies of drinking water in most Ontario communities. Conventional methods to monitor leachate contaminant migration into groundwater and methane generation in landfills provide limited information. We developed an alternative methodology to fully characterize groundwater contamination sources that uses subsoil 3D electrical conductivity images and quantifies the complex synergy between methane surficial emissions and leachate accumulations at depth. This low-cost, time-effective, and non-invasive methodology provides reliable tools for choosing prevention, mitigation, and remediation strategies.

May 10th, 2021
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This award was given for choice of subject, content, and presentation. Negin’s work titled “Identification of Factors Predictive of Bird-Beak Configuration in Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair Using Computational Models” focuses on developing finite element simulations of thoracic endovascular aortic repair to predict and assess a commonly occurring complication of this procedure and define a risk stratification framework. 

PhD Candidate Omri Tayyara awarded the Hatch Graduate Scholarship for Sustainable Energy Research

March 15th 2021
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Through a generous donation from Hatch Ltd., the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is pleased to award these scholarships to students registered in either a Master of Applied Science (MASc) program or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in the Faculty.

These awards are intended to fund research and training of world-class researchers and engineers in the fields of recovery and utilization of energy derived sustainably from the sun and other sources; specifically in the areas of power generation from photovoltaic solar cells, wind turbines and hydraulic turbines, systems for the efficient utilization of thermal and electrical energy derived sustainably and energy storage by batteries, pumped hydro, molten salts, compressed air, and other means.

Omri’s work focuses on developing the numerical framework for concurrently designed and topologically optimized thermal management solutions for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. 

Professor Cristina Amon lauded as a trailblazing woman in engineering

December 6, 2020
Professor Cristina Amon lauded as a trailblazing woman in engineering

As Canada mourns the École Polytechnique’s victims, CBC News reflected on the trailblazing women in engineering, highlighting Professor Cristina Amon as one of the six women who have successfully completed their terms as Canadian deans of engineering, acting as role models and mentors, and leading to a remarkable updraft in opportunities for young women.

These women are our engineering superheroes. They rose from the challenge of being the first woman in the room and the only one at the table for much of their early careers, to being major players in building the technology and the innovations that drive our country today, to their work as transformative leaders in engineering education.

This story was originally published by CBC News on December 06, 2020, by Mary Wells and Suzanne Kresta.

Professor Cristina Amon appointed to the Order of Canada

November 27, 2020
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Professor Cristina Amon (MIE), ATOMS Lab director, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Bioengineering and Dean Emerita of U of T Engineering, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

A distinguished scholar in mechanical engineering, devoted educator, innovative academic leader and university administrator, Amon served as Dean of U of T Engineering from 2006 to 2019. During that time, she established the Faculty as a world leader in multidisciplinary engineering research and education while making incredible strides in advancing gender equity, diversity and inclusion.

Under Amon’s leadership, the international profile of U of T Engineering and Canadian engineering programs in general rose tremendously; the Faculty is now acknowledged as one of the world’s top public engineering schools in all international rankings. This is in large part due to her unwavering commitment to creating innovative educational programming, establishing structures to ensure student success, fostering multidisciplinary research and strong partnerships with industry, and promoting Canadian engineering internationally.

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering News Site on November 27, 2020 by Carolyn Farrell

Professor Cristina Amon honoured with the 2020 Engineering Alumni Network Award

November 6, 2020

Professor Cristina Amon, ATOMS Lab director, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Bioengineering and Dean Emerita of U of T Engineering, was recognized on November 5 at the 2020 Engineering Alumni Network (EAN) Awards.

The evening awards ceremony, held virtually this year, celebrated alumni and students for their accomplishments and their contributions to the Skule™ community

“The Faculty has just been amazing in its resilience, and tonight’s winners really embody that spirit,” said Dean Christopher Yip. “You illustrate the role that engineers can play in meeting the world’s most daunting challenges.”

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering News Site on November 6, 2020 by Engineering Strategic Communications

PhD Candidate Daniela Galatro has joined U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

November 2, 2020
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Professor Daniela Galatro, MIE PhD candidate and ATOMS Lab researcher, has joined U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. Beginning in 2021, Professor Galatro will be teaching courses on heat and mass transfer and data-based modelling for prediction and control.

Galatro joins the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry from the U of T’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE), where she is completing the final year of her PhD Galatro’s PhD research investigates lithium-ion battery aging in electric vehicles and second-life stationary applications under the supervision of Dean Emerita Cristina Amon.

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry on November 2, 2020 by Amanda Hacio

Professor Cristina Amon honoured with the 2020 ASME InterPACK Achievement Award

October 28, 2020
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Professor Cristina Amon was awarded the 2020 ASME InterPACK Achievement Award for her significant contributions and demonstrated international recognition in the field of electronic and photonic packaging.

The award was presented at the InterPACK2020 Conference on October 28, 2020. As part of her acceptance speech, Professor Amon gave a presentation on Thermal Management of Electric Vehicles with an Overview of Engineering Challenges

ATOMS Lab launched a collaboration with the Laboratory for Strategic Materials on next-generation aluminum batteries

September 1, 2020
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This multidisciplinary collaboration with Professor Gisele Azimi’s Laboratory for Strategic Materials is developing an innovative modelling-experimental framework for material discovery combining thermo-electrochemical hierarchical modelling of batteries with state-of-the-art material synthesis processes and characterization techniques.

The modelling component of this multidisciplinary project builds on ATOMS Lab’s extensive expertise on multiscale hierarchical methodologies, covering relevant physical domains, time and length scales for metal-ion batteries. We apply a hierarchical computational approach that leverages state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to integrate simulations from atomistic models of the nanostructured electrodes with Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) into reduced-order thermo-electrochemical models of the macroscale battery architecture.

We apply this framework to investigate cathode materials candidates for next-generation aluminum batteries. We focus on hybrid heterostructures that favour the battery intercalation process, with superior electrochemical, cycling and thermal stability.

This research project is supported by the Dean’s Strategic Fund and the University of Toronto Electrification Hub.

Professor Cristina Amon participated as a panellist at the MIT InnoTherm Colloquium on Thermal Management of Electric Vehicles

August 19, 2020

MIT InnoTherm colloquium series aims to stimulate and highlight innovations and advances in theory, materials, devices, and systems for efficient thermal energy conversion, storage, transport and utilization.

Professor Cristina Amon participated in the Colloquium No. 10, a panel discussion on thermal management of electric vehicles: new engineering challenges. The other panellists at this webinar were: Jürgen Köhler (University of Braunschweig, Germany), Stefan Elbel (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jürgen Wertenbach (Retired Senior Engineer Emeritus, Daimler, Germany), and Aydin Nabovati (Tesla).

ATOMS Lab launched a collaboration with CACT and UTEV Research Centre on thermal management strategies for GaN-based DC–AC Power Inverters

August 3, 2020
GaN-based DC–AC Power Inverters

This multidisciplinary collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies  (CACT) and U of T Electric Vehicle (UTEV) Research Centre focuses on designing, prototyping, and testing GaN-based power inverter systems for bidirectional on-board EV chargers, enabled by innovative thermal management approaches, including metal spraydeposition of heat sinks.

We are addressing the concurrent thermal and electrical design constraints of the proposed inverter architecture using multiphysics simulations and experimental tests, and providing heuristics for the electro-thermal co-design of these novel power inverter systems.

This research project is supported by the Dean’s Strategic Fund and the University of Toronto Electrification Hub.

Professor Cristina Amon receives Engineers Canada Gold Medal Award

June 11, 2020
Professor Cristina Amon

Professor Cristina Amon, ATOMS Lab director, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Bioengineering, and Dean Emerita of U of T Engineering, has received the 2020 Engineers Canada Gold Medal Award. This is Engineers Canada’s most prestigious honour, recognizing outstanding engineering achievements and leadership in the Canadian engineering community.

A distinguished scholar in mechanical engineering, devoted educator and innovative academic leader, Cristina Amon served as Dean of U of T Engineering from 2006 to 2019. During that time, she established the U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering as a world leader in multidisciplinary engineering research and education while making incredible strides in advancing gender equity, diversity and inclusion.

Under Amon’s leadership, the international profile of U of T Engineering and Canadian engineering programs rose tremendously; the Faculty is now acknowledged as one of the world’s top public engineering schools in all international rankings. This is in large part due to her unwavering commitment to creating innovative educational programming, establishing structures to ensure student success, fostering multidisciplinary research and strong partnerships with industry, and promoting Canadian engineering internationally.

Amon’s research pioneered the development of Computational Fluid Dynamics for formulating and solving thermal design challenges subject to multidisciplinary competing constraints. She has made ground-breaking contributions to concurrent thermal designs, innovation in electronics cooling, optimization algorithms for renewable energy, design of biomedical devices and, most recently, transient thermal management of electrical vehicle batteries and fast chargers.

Cristina Amon has served the engineering profession with distinction and dedication. She was the founding Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council and the Chair of the Research Committee for the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science, and has served in numerous leadership and committee roles both in Canada and abroad.

Amon has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Royal Academy of Spain, Royal Society of Canada, and National Academy of Engineering, and is a fellow of all the professional and technical societies in her field. She has received the highest honours for Canadian engineers, including the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal and the Engineering Institute of Canada Sir John Kennedy Medal.

“Cristina Amon has advanced engineering education and the engineering profession nationwide through her visionary leadership. She is indeed an inspiring role model,” says U of T Engineering Dean Chris Yip. “On behalf of the Faculty, my warmest congratulations to her on this prestigious and well-deserved honour.”

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering News Site on June 11, 2020 by Carolyn Farrell

Tij Gupta explains his research in One Minute Thesis video

November 11, 2019

As part of the Fall Convocation celebration, Tij was featured in a U of T Engineering video where he explained his research in less than one minute.

Tij Gupta (Mech 1T4 + PEY, MASc 1T9) received his Master of Applied Science diploma last week at the University of Toronto Fall 2019 Convocation ceremony. Tij previously graduated from MIE’s Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program in 2015. During his graduate studies, Tij conducted research into creating more efficient batteries for electric vehicles as a member of ATOMS Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Cristina Amon.

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering News Site on November 11, 2019, by Pam Walls.

PhD student Omri Tayyara wins Best Paper & Student Poster at American Society of Mechanical Engineers Conference

October 22, 2019
PhD student Omri Tayyara wins Best Paper & Student Poster

MIE PhD student Omri Tayyara earned both the Best Paper and Best Student Poster awards at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers InterPACK Conference in Anaheim, California which took place October 7 to 9, 2019. His supervisor, Professor and Dean Emerita Cristina Amon, attended the conference and award ceremony where Tayyara took home the two prizes.

The work Tayyara presented was titled “Effects of Cooling Architecture and PCB Layout Co-design on the Concurrent Thermal and Electrical Performance of an On-board Electric Vehicle Charger.” The research is a collaboration between ATOMS Lab and UTEV Research Centre, headed by Professor Olivier Trescases.

A journal version of this work titled “Electro-thermal Co-design Methodology of an On-board Electric Vehicle Charger” was published in the ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging.

Tayyara’s research addresses the thermal and electrical design constraints in a high-density, on-board, bi-directional charger for electric vehicles. The main goal of this work is to investigate the interplay between the cooling architecture and the printed circuit board (PCB) layout, and the corresponding impact on the heat dissipation and parasitic inductance. This work compares the performance of three prototypes of this multifunctional charger using simulations and experimental tests. Through his research, Tayyara aims to set the precedence for multidisciplinary co-design methodologies of current and future power electronic systems.

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering News Site on October 22, 2019 by Pam Walls.

PhD student Daniela Galatro wins the Best Poster in Energy and Environmental Engineering at the 10th Annual MIE Research Symposium

June 25, 2019
Daniela Galatro wins the Best Poster in Energy and Environmental Engineering

MIE PhD student Daniela Galatro earned the Best Poster Award in the category of Energy and Environmental Engineering at the 10th Annual MIE Research Symposium, which took place at U of T on June 25, 2019. 

The work that Galatro presented was titled “Experimental design challenges in data-driven degradation models of lithium-ion batteries.” This work was a collaboration between ATOMS Lab and UTEV Research Centre.

MASc student Tij Gupta wins the Overall Best Poster Award at IEEE ITherm Conference

June 1, 2018
Tij Gupta wins the Overall Best Poster Award

MIE MASc student Tij Gupta earned the Overall Best Poster Award at the IEEE ITherm 2018 Conference, which took place in San Diego, California, from May 29 to June 1, 2018.

The work that Gupta presented was titled “Thermal Management Strategies for a High-Frequency, Bi-Directional, On-Board Electric Vehicle Charger.” The work was a collaboration between ATOMS Lab and UTEV Research Centre.

ATOMS Lab researchers developing next generation of battery technology for electric vehicles

December 14, 2017
ATOMS and UTEV developing next generation of battery technology

Researchers from ATOMS Laboratory and UTEV Research Centre are working collaboratively to design the automotive battery of the future.

The four-year multidisciplinary research project is bringing together Professor Cristina Amon (MIE), Professor Olivier Trescases (ECE), and Havelaar Canada.

The collaboration will address several key hurdles that currently limit the widespread manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs). Namely, the high cost and limited performance of today’s conservatively designed lithium battery packs, which ultimately dictate the EV driving range and longevity.

The team aims to design a next-generation battery pack that is lower in cost, is more reliable, safer and lasts longer. A vital part in accomplishing this is by improving the thermal management of batteries. That is where ATOMS Lab expertise comes in.

The operating temperature of a lithium battery cell strongly influences its performance and lifespan. High temperatures improve performance but degrade the battery, while low temperatures increase the internal resistance of the battery and lower its capacity.

This story was originally published on the University of Toronto’s Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering News Site on December 14, 2017, by Liz Do.