Scientific and Technical Committee Members
Full Professor, Department of Electric Engineering, Hydrogen Research Institute
Canada Research Chair in Energy Sources for the Vehicles of the future
Loïc Boulon received his master degree in electrical and automatic control engineering from the University of Lille (France), in 2006. Then, a PhD in electrical engineering from University of Franche-Comté (France). Since 2010, he is a professor at UQTR and member of the Hydrogen Research Institute team.
His work deals with modeling, control and energy management of multiphysics system. His research interests include hybrid electric vehicles, energy and power sources (especially battery in cold weather operation), and fuel cell systems. He has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals and international conferences.
In 2015, Loïc Boulon was general chair of the IEEE-Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference in Montréal (QC, Canada).
Prof. Loïc Boulon is VP-Motor Vehicles of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Energy Sources for the Vehicles of the future.
Trained as Electrical and Electronics engineer, Melis Buyuksoy also holds an MBA degree from HEC Montreal with a specialty in strategy and marketing. Prior to joining Nova Bus, she has worked as management consultant in international projects. As Product Line Strategist, Melis is responsible for establishing and implementing strategies for commercial launches, and developing mid term and long term product plans. Melis also provides active support to the product development as the voice of market through communicating future trends and customer insights in project
David Chuang is currently a Test & Evaluation Engineer with the National Research Council Canada's Automotive & Surface Transportation. His duties include client driven testing of truck and bus platforms, and also light vehicles; the development of tools and expanded capabilities for testing vehicle platforms & systems, as well as the development of vehicle connectivity solutions. David's automotive knowledge also serves as an internal sounding board for various ideas and concepts related to testing and technology.
David has a strong interest in advanced manufacturing and process automation. His past positions in the private sector have included design engineer for light & heavy vehicle chassis, agricultural machinery, and mobile electronics; all of which include a strong manufacturing component with sensitivities to costs.
David has an engineering degree from the University of Manitoba, and has been involved in various segments of the mobility industry for over 10 years. His involvement has covered light & heavy vehicles, as well as supplier and OEM roles. His interests are in vehicle chassis & propulsion/powertrain, vehicle testing, manufacturing, automation, as well as a personal interest in body control electronics and automotive technology in general.
His experience includes:
Test & Evaluation Engineer; NRC-AST; Responsible for the conceptualization, execution, and reporting of test plans for light and heavy vehicles. In-house expert resource for vehicle testing & platform technologies.
Mechanical Enginer; Parker-Hannifin Electronics Controls Division (Vansco);
Responsible for the design and validation of environmental enclosures for heavy-duty electronics.
Mechanical Engineer; Buhler Industries Ltd
Responsible for the design and testing of agricultural attachments, implements, and tractors.
Design Engineer, Testing Development Engineer; Arctic Cat Inc.; Responsible for the design and packaging of all-terrain vehicle systems such as drivetrain, cooling.
Responsible for the conceptualization, execution, and reporting of test plans & facilities for all-terrain vehicles.
Design Engineer; New Flyer Industries Ltd.; Responsible for the design of transit bus structures and installation of ancillary/customer specific equipment.
Dr. Curran Crawford is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria where he works to develop sustainable energy systems, with a focus on electrification of transportation. He currently works on the Transportation Futures project, with research into E-buses, fleet electrification, heavy-duty vehicle alternative drivetrains, and E-bikes, including battery degradation modeling. In addition to drive cycle and drivetrain modeling, grid integration of electrified vehicles is a key topic, including development of stochastic, probabilistic and agent-based methods to inherently capture system operational and structural variability. From 2012-2016 he led a $1.7M NRCan EcoEnergy funded project related to plug-in vehicle and smart grid integration, bringing together social/economic surveyers and modelers at Simon Fraser University, charging station architects at the University of British Columbia and a demonstration site at the British Columbia Institute of Technology with detailed technoeconomic drivetrain and grid integration modeling as well as environmental psychology at UVic. From 2008-2013 he was co-faculty advisor for the UVic EcoCAR team which achieved numerous competition awards and is currently the Formula Hybrid SAE team faculty advisor.
Dr. Crawford holds a PhD from Cambridge University, a Master’s Degree from M.I.T. and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Victoria. He sat on the board of City Green Solutions 2008-2010, and is a program committee member for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), along with a number of technical standards and international working groups in sustainable energy.
Dr. Davies research is diverse with the common thread being designing assistive devices and therapies to meet specific identified needs. Dr. Davies has an undergraduate degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, a Master of Applied Science in Biomechanical engineering and a PhD in Systems Design Engineering (Human Factors). She has diverse experience from four different universities having done all three degrees and her postdoctoral research at different locations. She now leads both national and international multi-disciplinary teams in research and teaching.
Dr. Davies’ main focus is disability research and she has published extensively in the areas of biomaterials, assistive devices for individuals with visual and motor control impairments to increase access to their surroundings, as well as biomechanics.
She has been interviewed on CBC Ontario Morning with Wei Chen, CKWS television, RadioNZ and has had articles written about her in the NZ Herald, and several smaller local newspapers. Her notoriety in aspects of research has led to her being solicited to give expert testimony in the Auckland High Court. This provides perspective not often found at this level of experience.
Frédéric Delrieu is graduated in Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lille, France. He has worked in the automotive industry for 20 years in France and South Korea, before joining the transportation industry in Canada. He has participated in the development of innovations in chassis systems and electromobility. He has been with Nova Bus since 2016 after having had an active role in the development of the Electric Vehicle ecosystem and the battery management in a major European car manufacturer. Frédéric is currently responsible of the applications of the LFSe, electric version of the LFS, at Nova Bus within the Product Management Department.
Suzanne Goldberg is the Director of Research and Outreach at Simon Fraser University. Her expertise is in the evaluation, analysis and communication of energy and climate policies and technology deployment, and in the development of surveys. Suzanne’s current research focuses on policies that support sustainable transportation and the future market potential for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, as well as related policy.
For over 30 years, Jay Heaman has focused his career on electrical distribution and energy conservation in Ontario. Working as Manager of Operations at an electrical distribution company, Jay and his team led the Province in electrical energy conservation results for several years running, while putting Woodstock on the map as one of the first LDC’s to design and construct the foundational elements of a sustainable energy microgrid system.
With a demonstrated passion for sustainable energy and intelligent electrical system design, Jay is now applying his experience and leadership skills with the County of Oxford as Manager of Strategic Initiatives.
Oxford County is Ontarios first municipality to make a commitment to 100% renewable energy and Zero Waste. A major strategy toward this goal includes extensive networking with local and international partners, CUTRIC being considered a critical player in this quest.
Jean-Yves Huot obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Sherbrooke in 1985. He joined the National Research Council Canada (NRC) in 2013 after about 25 years of industrial activities in R&D, product management and development, and quality control of battery materials. Before joining NRC, Jean-Yves has been involved in development of battery-grade zinc powder for primary and rechargeable alkaline zinc batteries, lead alloys and additives for lead acid batteries, battery-grade carbon and graphite materials for several battery chemistries, electrocatalysts and chemical hydrides for hydrogen generation and storage, and LFP cathode for Li-ion battery.
He is currently Technical Lead, Energy Storage, of the Vehicle Propulsion Technology R&D program. He has published over 50 papers and holds 4 patents.
Kaan Inal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON., Canada. He received his undergraduate degree in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2001. After working as post-doctoral fellow and research associate, Dr. Inal joined the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo (2006). His primary research focuses on multi-scale modeling and development of mechanism driven advanced material models. Dr. Inal has applied multiscale frameworks for several new and emerging materials to enable their applications for automotive lightweighting. He also leads a research group focusing on high performance computing (parallel computing) for “industrial scale” simulations with mechanism based constitutive models. These models are coupled with computational intelligence methods such as neural networks and genetic algorithms for simulations in the field of solid mechanics. He has co-authored more than 50 research articles and book chapters. Dr. Inal has held visiting professorship at University of Pennsylvania and Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also a visiting scientist with General Motors Canadian Regional Engineering Center (2014) where he participated in various projects on lightweighting. Dr. Inal is a General Motors Research Chair in Integrated Computational Mechanics for Mass Efficient Automotive Structures.
Dr. Narayan Kar is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Electrified Transportation Systems and Components at the University of Windsor, Canada. He is also the Director and founder of the Centre for Hybrid automotive Research and Green Energy (CHARGE) which is an industrial scale R&D facility in Windsor, Canada. The research facility is on par or supersedes the ability of North American automotive OEMs in testing and development of electric motors and power converters and controls under an emulated electric vehicle environment and futuristic charging schemes. In partnership with an Automotive OEM, Tier I companies and government lab, Dr. Kar and his research program enable professors and researchers from electrical, materials and mechanical disciplines to work collaboratively while taking established electric vehicle capabilities to a globally competitive level. He also leads a team of research scientists, post‐doctoral fellows, research assistants and graduate students with a goal of advancing knowledge, technology and expertise through world‐class transformative and disruptive research and innovation in the area of electric vehicle science and engineering. His research activities currently focus on major research areas such as electric machine design and testing, machine drives and control, electric vehicle simulation and inductive and conductive charging. Outcome of his research program has led to product implementable solutions which are being utilized for product development and commercialization by Automotive OEM and Tier I companies Industries. Dr. Kar is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. He has been on the technical committee of various IEEE international conferences such as International Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo. (ITEC) and Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC). He has authored more than 150 peer‐reviewed papers in top international journals such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Elsevier, Taylor & Francis and IEEE international conferences. He has also been a visiting professor at Institut Supérieur de l’Automobile et des Transports, University of Bourgogne, France. He has established collaboration with Canadian and foreign universities such as McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, India and SASTRA University, India.
Heather MacLean is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Toronto and holds joint appointments in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. Professor MacLean’s expertise is in the development and application of life cycle-based approaches for the techno-economic and environmental evaluation of conventional and alternative energy systems systems. Over the last 15 years she has worked closely with the automotive, oil, electricity and biofuel industries as well as Federal and provincial/state governments. She has served on industry and government advisory committees in both Canada and the U.S. Her research has informed the development of energy and environmental policy in Canada and the U.S. Professor MacLean was recently awarded the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)’s Excellence in Education Award for Promotion of Sustainable Practices. She has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lucie Ménard, ing. holds a B. Sc. in Industrial Engineering with a specialty in production from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Qc. She has worked in the transportation industry for the 10 years. She has been with Nova Bus since 2006 and has been involved as product cost specialist in the development of the LFS HEV (hybrid), the LFS Artic, the LFS CNG and more recently the LFSe. Lucie is currently responsible of the R&D portfolio.
David G. Michelson is with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia where he leads the Radio Science Lab, is a member and co-founder of the Transportation Futures Group, and Co-Director of the AURORA Connected Vehicle Technology Testbed. Professor Michelson is a member of the Boards of Governors of both the IEEE Communications and Vehicular Technology Societies, Co-Chair of the ITS Canada Technical Committee on Connected and Automated Vehicles, a member of the IEEE VT-S Connected Vehicles Initiative, Chair of Commission F - Radiowave Propagation and Remote Sensing - of the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), and Director of the URSI Canada Summer School. He served as General Co-Chair of IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2014-Fall and the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting.
Dr. Mitra Mirhassani is an associate professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Windsor. Her research interests include Neuromorphic Engineering, Arithmetic optimization, and Hardware security. She and her team are investigating issues related to the hardware security such as detection of malicious Trojan hardware, security of hardware against side-channel attacks, and implementation of Public Unclonable Functions.
Mitra Mirhassani is a senior member of IEEE and is serving as the Associate Editor for IEEE Access Journal, Guest Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Computer Aided Design. She served as the vice-chair for Women in Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE South - East Michigan section until 2014. She is a member of IEEE Circuit and System Technical Committee - Neural Systems and Application, and IEEE Canada Conference Editorial Board since 2015.
Marie-Chantal is currently the Program Leader for the National Research Council Canada's Fleet Forward 2020 program. Part of her responsibilities is to determine which innovative technologies can improve the efficiency and performance of Canada’s vehicle fleets. In this position, she works with the NRC’s experts in power management, system integration, advanced materials and big data and analytics to ensure the proper science and technology is incorporated into these fleets. She also brings her experience and knowledge in transportation systems, alternative fuel/energy storage and advanced technologies for emissions mitigation.
Marie-Chantal is mechanical engineer from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her Masters in Engineering Management at the University of Ottawa. She brings 20 years of research and development experience from both the private and public sectors. For the last 10, she has been working on strategic R&D for the development of technologies that can reduce the environmental footprint of the transportation sector. She has experience working on technologies for the heavy and light duty automotive sectors as well as marine applications.
Sarah has been working in the cleantech sector for over 6 years. She was initially introduced to the exciting potential of waste-to-resource technologies while working as part of the research and operations team at a full-scale demonstration plant for an emerging waste-to-energy conversion technology. Since then she has worked on a variety of bioenergy projects in the private and public sectors in technical, research, and business development capacities. Sarah is currently working with the Canadian Biogas Association, the collective voice of the Canadian biogas industry. Sarah’s business development, communications, and project work includes supporting the growth and implementation of renewable natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo.
Jean-Yves Vallée, ing. holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in automotive engineering from Kettering University in Flint, MI. He has worked in the transportation industry for over 21 years. He has participated in the development of various types of bus ranging from shuttle bus, school buses, coaches and city buses utilizing various types of fuels including hydrogen, propane, methane and electric. He has been with Nova Bus since 2004 and has had an active role in the market introduction of the LFS HEV (hybrid), the LFS Artic, the LFS CNG and more recently the LFSe.
Jean-Yves is currently responsible for advanced engineering pre-studies at Nova Bus within the business line group and his title is Director of Product Planning. He is also a member of the Global Product Management group representing Nova Bus within the Volvo Bus Corporation.
Don is a project management and process expert. With a strong technical background in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from HEC Paris, Don brings his talent for organization and generating efficiency to the Pantonium team. Working in operations at Pantonium, Don is focused on improving not only the internal processes of the company but also working with the customers to find the best processes for them to implement and take advantage of Pantonium’s advanced technology. Don would be bringing his technical and operations skills to the STC team to help review applications this fall. He is willing to dedicate personal time to supporting the growth of the advanced transit and integrated transportation/mobility economy in Canada.
John Wood is Strategic Advisor, Automotive and Surface Transportation, National Research Council of Canada, providing guidance on automotive sector issues to its leadership team.
Previously, he held the position of Executive Director of the Project Office of Automotive Partnership Canada (APC), a joint initiative of the Federal government supporting significant, collaborative university-industry R&D activities of benefit to the entire Canadian automotive industry. This partnership included the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the National Research Council (NRC), the Canada Excellence Research Chair program, plus Industry Canada.
In his industrial past, Wood acted as a consultant with Toyota Canada in the area of government affairs, and served more than 25 years in the Engineering and Product Planning Department at General Motors of Canada in a variety of technology and R&D management roles. His professional experiences have included vehicle planning, the management of cross-platform technologies and technology planning, R&D management, various systems design roles and vehicle testing. He has served on a number of research and innovation related committees and organizations in Canada, including within NSERC, the AUTO21 NCE, the CAPC Innovation Working Group and the Innovation Council of the Conference Board of Canada.