Energy & Environment


Canada and the world face grand challenges in meeting energy needs without causing severe impacts on the environment and human health. The issues apply to the air, water and land environments, but the interaction between energy issues and air issues are especially strong. Making progress here will require an improved understanding of current environmental impacts, technical innovation in the field of energy systems, and progressive but realistic policies. The faculty in the Energy and Environment research area carry out research in these areas, with particular attention to reducing the impacts from combustion and transportation systems, developing renewable energy, low-energy buildings, urban air pollution and associated policy issues.



Nima Atabaki

Heat and Mass Transfer

Research Interests: experimental and theoretical research in the field of heat and mass transfer, with applications to the conversion, storage, and use of energy resources.

Kendal Bushe

Turbulent Combustion

Research Interests: combustion, turbulence, numerical simulation, computational fluid dynamics, IC engines, thermal power generation.

Amanda Giang

Air Pollution

Research interests: air quality, emissions, sustainable energy systems, systems modelling, environmental policy analysis.

Patrick Kirchen


Research Interests: thermochemical energy conversion, combustion, internal combustion engines, ion transport membranes

Dominic Liao-McPherson

Research Interests: model predictive control; constrained control; multi-agent systems; optimization algorithms and real-time optimization; algorithmic game theory; additive manufacturing; robotics; autonomous vehicles; energy systems; aerospace

Walter Merida

Clean Energy Systems

Research Interests: sustainable energy systems, transportation, low carbon fuels, fuel cells and hydrogen

Steven Rogak

Particle Systems and Energy Conservation

Research Interests: Physical properties of nanoparticles, aerosol measurements, energy systems, combustion emissions and air quality.

Adam Rysanek

Adam Rysanek

Energy and Environmental Systems in the Built Environment

Research Interests: Optimum design, construction, and control of high-performance building energy systems using data analytics and machine learning; simulation-based optimization of climate resilient building design; decision-making under uncertainty for low-carbon buildings and cities.

Alexandra Tavasoli

Alexandra Tavasoli

Industrial Decarbonization

Research Interests: Industrial decarbonization; community-based and/or distributed infrastructure; chemical and material manufacturing processes; low-impact manufacturing systems that integrate sustainably into natural ecology and our human social environment.

Naomi Zimmerman

Air Pollution

Research Interests: development and application of real-world-based tools to quickly and quantitatively assess the impact of our policy and technology decisions on air pollution and climate outcomes, and to use the knowledge gained to support better environmental policy planning.