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Adekunle Ogunbadejo, MSc
Ph.D. Candidate

Adekunle’s research focus is on Surface Engineering. Present research involves development of thermally sprayed coating suitable as a real time structural health monitoring (SHM) sensor. The research focuses on using analytical, numerical modelling and experimental techniques in the application of thermal spray coatings as an SHM sensor. Adekunle plays chess and soccer in his spare time.


Chenwei Shao, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Shao is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta now. His main research areas are improving the understanding of the relationship between fatigue properties and microstructures of engineering materials, e.g. metals, metal-matrix composites, functionally graded materials; Design of advanced aluminum-matrix composite; and high-strength & light-weight materials fabrication by additive manufacturing. He is also interested in the new ideas concentrated on the interdisciplinary science between material science, physics, chemistry, and bioengineering. His hobbies are swimming and badminton.

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Mohammad Parsazadeh, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mohammad Parsazadeh is a postdoctoral research fellow who joined the team after having completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Memorial University, Newfoundland. He is looking into developing a mechanism-based model to predict the abrasive wear of metal-matrix composite (MMC) coatings and overlays under sub-critical dynamic cyclic loading. To reach this goal, he is focused on microstructure-based FE simulation of MMC coatings and overlays. He analyzes the mechanisms affecting the wear performance of MMC coatings and explores the effect of microstructure on abrasive wear of MMC coatings. The validated dataset obtained from computational modelling is eventually employed to develop predictive models using data analysis methods, such as machine learning. In his down time, he usually watches documentary and historical movies, hangs out with friends, and enjoys skiing and hiking.


Panteha Fallah, MSc
Ph.D. candidate

Panteha Fallah is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Engineering at McGill University who is supervised by Prof. Stephen Yue and Prof. André McDonald (University of Alberta). Her research is focused on hybrid metallic coatings on carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP) using electrochemical processes and cold spray to provide a lightning strike protection coating for the aircraft airframe. In the area of cold spray, she has been investigating the effect of cold spray parameters and the substrate characteristics on the deposition efficiency and properties of the cold sprayed coatings. She has also enabled the fabrication of a high electrically conductive copper coating onto a CFRP. Panteha is not only passionate about research and science, but also she plays piano during her leisure time.


Saddam Hossain, MSc
Ph.D. Student

Saddam received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea in 2019. During his study in Korea, his research focus was on the fabrication of thin films by kinetic spray technique for photocatalytic application. Saddam joined Dr. McDonald’s group in January 2020 as a Ph.D. student. Currently, he is studying on duplex coatings for wear and corrosion resistance. By fabricating advanced duplex coating systems, he seeks a better solution in order to protect pipeline steels from severe damage due to wear and corrosion. Besides his studies, Saddam loves to spend time with family and friends. doing activities like playing games, watching movies, and exploring nature.

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Saman Sayahlatifi, MSc
Ph.D. Student

Saman joined Prof. McDonald’s group in September 2020 as a Ph.D. student. His research is dedicated to 3D microstructure-based finite element modeling of cold sprayed ceramic-metal composite coatings subject to wear and fatigue, which helps to better understand the effect of microstructural characteristics on the macro scale behavior of the material. Saman’s model builds on experimental data in the group, and will results in a computational tool for design and optimization of coatings. Watching movies and documentaries on astronomical discoveries as well as playing snooker with friends are his favorite pastimes.


Shahed Taghian, MSc
PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant

Shahed’s research involves development of high-performance metal matrix composite (MMC) thermally sprayed coatings to serve as de-icing systems for wind turbine blades and aircraft wings. He conducts a wide range of experiments and uses heat transfer modelling in order to study the effect of certain ceramic particles on microstructure, electrical properties, and heating performance of coating-based deicing elements. Furthermore, he works on evaluating the erosive wear resistance of thermally sprayed MMC coatings by conducting various solid particle and water droplet impact erosion tests. His most significant passions are blues and classic rock music; especially, musicians such as B.B. King, Albert King, and David Gilmour. He is also very much interested in Persian epic literature, calligraphy, guitar playing, and enjoys biking and playing volleyball.


Wania Jibran, E.I.T., BSc.
Graduate Research Assistant

Wania is conducting research for her Masters thesis on developing repair technologies for aluminum alloys using low-pressure cold spray coatings and friction stir welding. She works with Aluminum-Alumina and Tungsten Carbide coatings to match and improve mechanical performance of materials. Currently she is working on repair methodologies using cold spray for high-strength and unrepairable aluminum alloys. She is a music and theatre enthusiast and enjoys travelling.

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Dr. Rakesh B Nair, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Rakesh received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Shiv Nadar University, India in 2020. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at Dr. McDonald’s group, focusing on semi-autonomous cold-spraying and thermal spraying of high entropy alloys (HEAs). HEAs are emerging advanced materials in the research communities that has exceptional properties. His research work aims at developing next-generation HEAs with excellent strength-ductility trade-off that provide excellent wear and corrosion resistance for aerospace applications. The research is in close collaboration with Concordia University and University of Toronto. Rakesh is expertise on high entropy alloys, metal matrix composites, surface engineering using friction-stir processing and microwave processing, structural-property relations of various materials and coatings, tribology (wear and corrosion), properties-tribology correlations, and their failure analysis. Rakesh’s interests include, indoor and outdoor sports, fond of travelling and photography, jogging and enjoys cooking.

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Sanhita Pal, B. Tech.
Graduate Research Student

Sanhita is currently working on the development of magnetic high entropy alloy (HEA) coatings using the cold spray for her Master’s Thesis. These ferromagnetic coatings are capable of self-heating by electromagnetic induction and can be used as heat-generating coatings in turbine blades for de-icing. Her research interests extend to Additive Manufacturing and Computational Materials Engineering in addition to Surface Technology. Sanhita is looking forward to working on an amalgamation of these fields in the future. When she is not working, she loves to engage in profound conversations relating to nature, science, mythology and Pokemon. Sanhita is also an avid reader and has a deep interest in human psychology.


Anthony Kenyi
High School Student

Anthony is currently a high school student initially working as an Elite Program Assistant on development of functional and wear-resistant coatings. He has a deep interest in Mechanical Engineering and is working with the team to gain exposure and experience in this field. His project involves the development and study of cold-sprayed high entropy alloy (HEA) coatings to provide a more detailed understanding of their mechanical properties. He is collaborating with Dr. Rakesh Nair on this project. His personal interests include basketball, cooking, and weight lifting.