Amanda will be entering her third year of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto this fall. She joined SOCAAR in the summer of 2009 after earning an NSERC undergraduate research award. Amanda will use the Gas Particle Ion Chromatograph (GP-IC) to analyze filter samples taken from various sources. She will extract particulates from these filters to categorize particles formed during biofuel testing in the engine lab, determine the composition of particles used in cell exposure experiments, and determine NO2 gas concentrations throughout Toronto.
Parnian Jadidian has completed her second year of studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Having enrolled in the newly-implemented Sustainable Energy minor, she aims to pioneer the move towards finding innovative solutions to environmental challenges. She is currently working on various projects including one involving the analysis of particulate matter in subway microenvironments with the goal of identifying the source(s) of these particles. Hoping to continue her research throughout the academic year, she is looking forward to completing her degree in 2011. With a solid career plan in mind, Parnian strives to develop the flexibility, breadth, and depth that will prepare her to lead in a world of change.
|Bonnie Wei Jiang
Bonnie has completed her second year of undergraduate school in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto as a full time student. Bonnie joined SOCAAR Research Group supervised by Prof. Greg Evans in May 2009. Her research of data mining will optimize the parameters run in ART-2a algorithm for analyzing Aerosol Time-of-flight Mass Spectrometry data. She is also working on compiling various gas analyzers (NOx, SOx, etc) to look for trends based on natural and anthropogenic aerosol chemistry.
Rosanna has recently finished her second year of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She joined SOCAAR in May 2009 under the supervision of Professor Evans. Rosanna will be identifying and characterizing nucleation events within a year of aerosol measurement data from the cities of Egbert and Toronto. Rosanna hopes that this position will catapult her career in the environmental consulting industry as she has a keen interest in climate change and protecting the environment.
Having completed his second year of undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Yin Liu joined SOCAAR in May 2009 and is currently working on a project that involves numerical analysis of air dispersion with the aid of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques. Jointly supervised by Prof. Greg Evans and Prof. Yuri Lawryshyn, this project enables him to investigate the concentrations of airborne particulate matter (particularly NO, NO2, O3, etc.) at street level near the St. George St. / College St. intersection. By gaining some exposure to CFD analysis, Yin believes that the experience with this project at SOCAAR will be an asset to his future career development.