Alumni

We are very proud of our alumni. Researchers leave RESL with valuable knowledge in energy demand, renewable energy, and of course energy storage design, build, and operating skills.

Chad LeRue

Chad is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student who worked as a research engineer at RESL in 2017. His primary project was the design and construction of a high voltage lithium-ion battery pack that reaches over 700 V when fully charged. This was to investigate the inter-cell effects of balancing on long strings.

Mark Watson

Mark Watson is an Electrical Engineering student and also has a background in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at RESL as a research engineer in Winter 2017. His project was a telecom battery SOC meter accuracy investigation.

Shengbo Zhang

Shengbo is a third year engineering student who joined the RESL team for his second coop placement in 2016. His first focus during the work term is to perform various tests on an inverter and evaluate compliance with CSA 22.1

John Evarts, MES, MPA, BSc

John Evarts studied renewable energy systems and energy planning to create the new EnergyShed concept in 2016. He is now both a consultant and an entrepreneur, working with several different startup energy companies. He is located in California.

Cohen Poirier

Cohen is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student who joined RESL for co-op work terms in 2016 and 2017. The electric trike project he completed on his last term with the lab, in Fall of 2016, was re-created in a new form using alternative components and a custom power-multiplier controller.

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer is an undergraduate student in the concurrent BSc/BEng program.  She is pursuing her BEng degree in mechanical engineering and BSc in mathematics. She works as a research assistant at RESL on the investigation of high-resolution electricity of various commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings. Her work is approaching commercialization.

Bryan Ellis

Bryan is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student who worked at RESL as a summer research assistant in 2016. His primary project was the design and construction of prototype lithium-ion batteries for drop-in replacement of lead-acid. These were built from both cylindrical and prismatic cells and has custom BMS built.

Greg MacDonald

Greg worked as a research engineer for RESL in 2016 developing custom battery management systems and control systems for an EV. In 2017 he worked with Charged Engineering Inc. carrying out a wide variety of battery tests, often involving drilling and tapping various "doped" batteries.

Hazem Ajlani, BEng

Hazem's capstone engineering project as a MEng student at RESL in 2016 was examining high time step resolution renewable resource data (solar, wind, tidal) for energy storage system modeling. The overall objective was to identify optimum mixes of these resources. He now works as a research engineer for the NS Community College Applied Research Program.

Miroslava Kavgic, PhD

Miroslava Kavgic worked for two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Renewable Energy Storage Lab. She is now an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

Justin Deveau, MASc

Justin graduated with an MASc focused on the storage of renewable energy in 2016. After completing two years as an R&D Engineer with SolBird Energy in Alberta, he works for the federal government.

Trent Hilliard, MASc

Trent completed his PhD at RESL in Mechanical Engineering by developing advanced model predictive control strategies for HVAC control in commercial buildings buildings. The focus of the work was on the use of advanced climate forecasting (time and spatial resolution) to better utilize building resources to reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions, and energy costs. This work was carried out with collaborating industrial research partner Green Power Labs, where Trent now works.

Dane George, BEng

Dane completed his Masters of Applied Science in 2017 at RESL with a focus on enhancing the Canadian Hybrid Residential Energy Model (CHREM) to demonstrate the effect of occupant driven load profiles on a range of net-zero building technologies under investigation by the Smart Net-zero Energy Building Research Network (SNEBRN). He has developed new electricity and water draw profiles suitable for community modeling of technologies and grid integration. He is now a consultant to energy efficiency corporations and electricity utilities.

Grant Poulain

Grant worked as a research engineer at RESL in 2015 to develop new battery packs for an electric vehicle. He successfully fit 34 kWh into a 1998 Toyota RAV4. Grant has a strong interest in Renewable Energy. Grant intends to pursue a career in either the solar or tidal energy industry.

Rohin Roy Dheer, MEng

Rohin Roy Dheer obtained his a Masters of Engineering at RESL in 2014 with a focus on storage software packages. He now works for Momentum Solar in Calgary.

Behzad Barzegar, MASc

Behzad graduated with an MASc  from RESL in 2014 focused on off-grid streetlighting. He designed and constructed off-grid streetlight systems and conducted experimental investigation of their performance and sizing implications. He is now a PhD Student at École Polytechnique in Montreal.

Sebastian Manchester, MASc

Sebastian completed his MASc at Dalhousie in 2014. His thesis was based on the creation of a numerical model for regenerative air energy storage that is used to optimally size energy storage systems for various renewable energy integration scenarios. He is now a principal for Jaza Energy with numerous solar/storage projects in Africa, where he spends most of his time.

Vittorio Iormetti, MSc

Vittorio Iormetti completed his master's with a focus on modeling and simulation of residential energy efficiency upgrades. He now works at NeoCon International as an mechanical engineer.

Jason Leadbetter, MASc

Jason Leadbetter completed his MASc with a focus on grid-integrated residential-scale lithium-ion battery storage. He now works for MCA Consultants as a mechanical engineer.