Dr. Gabriel is an elected member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the former A/Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. In 1990, Dr. Gabriel attended the prestigious, MIT-founded, International Space University and received a diploma in Space Sciences.  For over 14 years, Dr. Gabriel led an international team in the research efforts spearheaded by NASA to design, test and operate a thermal management system for the International Space Station (ISS). In 2004, Dr. Gabriel was invited to lead the development of the research and innovation ecosystem in a newly announced university.  He assumed the position of the founding AVP research and graduate programs at Ontario Tech University (formerly known as University of Ontario Institute of Technology) in Ontario, Canada.  Under his leadership, Ontario Tech University was ranked as one of the top Canadian higher learning institutions in the categories of innovation and leaders of tomorrow.

Prof. Aimy Bazylak is the Canada Research Chair in Thermofluids for Clean Energy and Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the U of T. Her research is focused on advancing fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries for clean power and energy storage in the absence of greenhouse gas emissions. She uses modelling and real-time imaging to design new materials for high efficiency and high-performance electrochemical energy conversion, and she has published 117 journal papers in her field. In 2011, she was awarded the I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and she received the Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2012. From 2015-2018, she served as the Director of the U of T Institute for Sustainable Energy. In 2015 she was named an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow (Germany), and in 2019 she was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2020, she was named a Helmholtz International Fellow (Germany), was awarded the U of T McLean Award, and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Andrei G. Fedorov is the Rae S. & Frank H. Neely Chair Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. His current research focuses on thermal management of high performance electronics, and portable/distributed power generation with CO2 capture, MEMS-enabled bioanalytical instrumentation, and electron-beam-mediated direct-write nanomanufacturing.

    Dr. Fedorov’s accomplishments have been recognized by peers, including the 2006 Branimir F. von Turkovich Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) “for contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry” and the 2007 Bergles-Rohsenow Award in Heat Transfer from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for “sustained contribution to heat, mass, and radiation transfer.” Most recently, Dr. Fedorov has been selected to become a recipient of the 2010 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, given jointly by Pi Tau Sigma (International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) and the ASME, in recognition of outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering within ten to twenty
years following graduation. Dr. Fedorov authored/co-authored over 200 archival articles published in premier technical journals and refereed conference/symposia proceedings, along with numerous invited and keynote presentations at the major national and international conferences. He is a member of International Advisory Board of the Tokyo Tech’s Global
Center of Excellence for Energy Science; serves on Editorial Advisory Boards of the Nanoscale & Microscale Thermophysical Engineering, the International Journal of Multiscale Computational Engineering, International Journal of Interfacial Phenomena and Heat Transfer,
Journal of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics, and Transactions of the Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME); and consults a number of government agencies and major corporations worldwide.

Dr. Fedorov’s research has led to development of new technologies for various applications, resulting in over 40 issued US patents and numerous pending applications. For his inventions of biomedical devices, the World Technology Network (WTN), in cooperation with AAAS Science Magazine, CNN and leading technology companies, selected Dr. Fedorov as a WTN Associate and one of the twenty five “most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world” nominated for the 2005 World Technology Award in Health and Medicine. Dr. Fedorov was an invited participant in the 2006 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, gathering “the nation’s top 100 engineers between the ages of 30-45 from academy, industry and national labs.” Dr. Fedorov was recognized with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Invention & Contribution Board Award for development of catalytic reactor technologies, as well as multiple inventor recognition awards from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation (MARCO). With his students he has started two technology companies, in the space of gene/drug delivery microarrays and thermal management for laser medicine, to commercialize his inventions. He serves on the Board of Directors of Horizon Theatre Company (http://www.horizontheatre.com/[1]), a leading contemporary theater in Southeast of the United States.

Dr. Junfeng Zhang obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) in 2005. He then worked in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA) for two years as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Zhang joined the Laurentian Engineering School in 2007 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016. His research mainly focuses on computational modeling and numerical investigations of microscopic complex flows. Relevant research topics include heat and mass transfer, porous and particulate flows, the lattice Boltzmann method, microscopic blood flows, nanofluids and microfluidics. He is the author/co-author of more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


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