Benzhong |Robin| Zhao (email) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. Robin's background is in civil & environmental engineering, specializing in multiphase flow in porous media with applications to low-carbon energy systems. He earned his BASc from the University of Waterloo, SM and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Professor Ruben Juanes on the fluid mechanics of geological carbon dioxide sequestration. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, where he worked with Professor Aimy Bazylak on developing more efficient electrochemical devices for renewable energy storage.
Ashkan Irannezhad (email) is a first-year PhD student in the lab. Ashkan obtained his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tehran in 2015. He then completed a Master's program at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2018, where he worked on nano-structured surfaces with specified wetting properties. During his Master’s studies, Ashkan worked as a project leader in the SNE research center at the University of Tehran and co-founded a knowledge-based start-up (Jikan Surface Nano-engineering Company) to develop new laboratory devices for measuring surface wetting properties.
Katelyn Wylie is an undergraduate student at McMaster University, in the process of obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and Society. Katelyn is passionate about solving the problem of climate change, and fascinated by technologies related to renewable energy sources. She aspires to work in engineering to develop a more sustainable society.