— PhD Candidates —

Amirmohammad Sabziparvar

Research project: Hygroscopic properties of natural hollow fibers in cement paste for superabsorbent applications.

Amir holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran (2017), and a master degree in environmental engineering from the same university in 2019. He immediately started his Ph.D. degree in January 2020 at the department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa. His main areas of research include: dispersion of nanomaterials in cementitious composites, and use of natural fibers as a sustainable alternative for reinforcements in cement-based materials.

Célia Marchand cosupervised with Dr. Mathieu Robert (Université de Sherbrooke)

Projet de recherche: Valorisation de la lignine et des tanins: Fonctionnalisation combinée de fibres de lin par dip-coating et traitement plasma pour l'élaboration de composites bio-sourcés et biodégradables.

Célia est actuellement étudiante au doctorat à l'université de Sherbrooke au département de Génie Mécanique. Avant de commencer ce projet, elle a étudié à Grenoble-INP Pagora (France) et à l'Institut Royal de Technologie (KTH, Suède). Ces études portaient principalement sur la pâte à papier et l'industrie papetière, les fibres naturelles, les bio-matériaux, les bio-carburants et les bio-plastiques. Célia a terminé ces études en réalisant un projet de maîtrise qui portait sur la fonctionnalisation d'hémicelluloses issues du bouleau avec pour but la création de films plastiques.

Célia se définit comme étant une personne curieuse avec un intérêt très important pour l'environnement.

Ahmed Bahlol cosupervised with Dr. Sai Vanapalli (University of Ottawa)

Research project: The development of sustainable pavement ‎materials with high durability against environmental factors.

In 2003, Ahmed Bahlol completed his Master's Degree in the field of ‎Geotechnical‎engineering under the supervision of Dr. Namir K. Al-Saoudi ‎at the University ‎of Technology in Baghdad-Iraq. The title of his thesis was "Field ‎Models on Gypseous Soil ‎Reinforced with Stone Columns Stabilized with ‎Asphalt and Cement." Since 2003, he ‎worked as a geotechnical engineer in many dams' ‎projects in both field and lab. In 2019, he joined the University of Ottawa as a Ph.D. student in the ‎field of Geotechnical ‎engineering under the ‎supervision of Dr. Sai Vanapalli ‎and Dr. Reza Foruzanmehr.


— Master Students —

Ineku Amhayesus Metaferia cosupervised with Dr. Beatriz Martin-Perez (University of Ottawa)

Research project: Characterization of corrosion products in reinforced concrete.

Ineku A. Metaferia moved to Canada from Ethiopia in 2014. She received her B.Sc in civil engineering with geotechnical/structural and engineering management and entrepreneurship option from the University of Ottawa in 2018. Encouraged by her passion for material science and structural engineering, she started a M.Sc. degree at uOttawa in September 2018 and currently completing her research. She is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Ottawa student chapter. In addition to being trilingual, she enjoys learning new languages. And in her spare time she likes to socialize, play badminton and cook. 

Mathieu Lemaire-Paul

Research project: Exploitation of silicon dioxide (SiO2) substrate to stabilize and improve the properties of wood

Mathieu Lemaire-Paul is a bilingual, French Canadian from Rockland, Ontario. He has always had a passion for science, mathematics, and he continues to broaden his knowledge to help people push their limits. His life motto is "Where there is a will, there is a way". He always stands by his word and where he finds passion and dedication, there will always be a great outcome. He has recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Civil Engineering, Structural and Geotechnical Option. Following his graduation in May 2019, he decided to pursue his study with a Master's program in Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Reza Foruzanmehr. Mathieu's research aims at promoting a sustainable future regarding the construction materials, more specifically looking into the development of more sustainable alternatives to conventional reinforcements for cementitious composites.

Sepideh Shahbazi

Research project: Kraft paper-based honeycomb sandwich panel in building envelopes and drywall systems.

Sepideh received her bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran (2015), and her master's degree in Architectural engineering from Azad University of Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran (2018). She has started her Master of Applied Science degree at the department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa, in January 2020. Her main areas of research include: sustainable building envelopes and building materials, and using natural fiber-reinforced in cementitious materials in order to achieve sustainability. 


- Research Assistants -



Geneviève L'Heureux 

Women Undergraduate Summer Student Research Awards

Projet de recherche: Étude de l'impact de l'utilisation de fibres d'asclépiade sur le retrait des pâtes cimentaires.

Geneviève a presque terminé son baccalauréat en génie civil à l'Université d'Ottawa. Elle devrait obtenir son diplôme en avril 2021 et aspire à poursuivre ses études en faisant une maîtrise dans le domaine du génie environnemental. Étant originaire d'Ottawa, elle était ravie de pouvoir poursuivre ses études en français. Au cours de l'été 2019, Geneviève a eu l'opportunité de travailler sous la supervision de Dr Reza Foruzanmehr et de Dre Lina Boulos. Son projet de recherche concernait l'incorporation de fibres d'asclépiade dans les pâtes cimentaires dans le but de réduire les phénomènes de retrait. L'objectif de ce projet était de récolter des données sur les fibres d'asclépiade telles que leur capacités d'absorption et de désorption en eau, d'étudier l'ouvrabilité et la viscosité de la pâte cimentaire lors de l'incorporation de ces fibres, et de mesurer les propriétés mécaniques de ces nouveaux composites.

En plus de se concentrer sur ses études, Geneviève passe la plupart de son temps à profiter du plein air et à prendre part à l'équipe de Canoë de béton de l'Université d'Ottawa en tant que mentor pour les nouveaux étudiants puisqu'elle était capitaine de l'équipe pendant deux ans. 

Annie-Claude Béland

Women Undergraduate Summer Student Research Awards

Research project: Honeycomb kraft paper-reinforced cementitious composites.

Annie-Claude Béland is an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. During the summer of 2019, she conducted research in the field of sustainable building materials. The primary objective of her research project was to develop an affordable and sustainable building envelope using biomass. She is particularly interested in the design of concrete structures. In her free time, Annie-Claude enjoys spending time in nature, skating on the Rideau Canal and playing with her dog.  

Nicholas Singer

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Research project: Development of insulated lime-based dry wall panels.

Nicholas Singer has almost completed his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. His passions range from flying drones to playing sports and he is currently building out his own van to live in! He is a passionate worker and self-starter looking to innovate current construction practices to allow sustainable building techniques to be used on a global scale. He has taken charge of investigating a sustainable alternative of cementitious drywall combined with Kraft paper honeycomb structures. Nicholas' excellent dexterity working hands-on paired with his attention to detail makes a perfect combination for consistent, quality lab work.