Mark Wojcinski first began working with CUTRIC in the summer of 2016 where he assisted in a variety of tasks including data entry and managing CUTRIC’s social media accounts. He is currently working as a summer student intern at CUTRIC where he continues to assist CUTRIC staff on a number of projects including data entry and data organization. Mark hopes to pursue a future career that is tied to his own goals and interests. He is currently studying at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, where after completing first year studies, he is planning on taking a major in political science with a minor in global development.
Anaissia Franca is a MASc. in mechanical engineering candidate at the University of Victoria and an engineer-in-training (EIT). Her research focuses on developing modeling tools to support the integration of battery electric buses in urban networks which involves predicting the effects of battery degradation on the lithium-ion battery lifespan and how much electricity is required to charge the bus depending on its driving pattern and utilization. She holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in energy systems from the University of Victoria (graduated with distinction) and has several years of research and teaching experience in alternative transportation and HVAC systems.
Her current role at CUTRIC is to lead simulations estimating the yearly operating costs of electric buses for different charging scenarios to support decision-making for electric bus deployment projects.