CivMin Grad Lightning Series

The inaugural event for the Grad Lightning Series.

CivMin graduate students present their thesis, and research to date, in a lightning presentation within five to seven minutes each.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Room GB303, Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street
Light refreshments offered





Omar Abdelazeem – Modelling Inequalities in Urban Water Supply
Omar is a second-year MASc candidate under the supervision of Prof. David Meyer. He is passionate about ensuring a safe water supply for everyone, especially for cities in the global south. His current research focuses on a challenge facing many developing cities whose networks cannot supply water for their population continuously (24/7). These intermittent networks often impact the quantity and quality of water delivered to users, deteriorate infrastructure, and disproportionately affect disadvantaged users. Omar is developing modelling tools to understand the behaviour of these networks and accurately depict the inequities they cause. LinkedIn profile


Aldrick Arceo – Material intensity and embodied GHG emissions of buildings
Aldrick obtained his masters degree in Sustainable Engineering from Curtin University in Australia before starting a PhD with the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. Under the supervision of Prof. Shoshanna Saxe and Prof. Heather MacLean, Aldrick’s research advances housing design and relevant policies to build homes with less materials and associated embodied carbon.
He finds interest in Industrial Ecology tools including Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Analysis, and he hopes to apply these methods to help solve problems related to zero-carbon buildings and circularity in the construction sector. LinkedIn profile


Miranda Doris – Fracking & Air Quality
Miranda is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou and Prof. Heather MacLean. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Carleton University before starting a Master of Applied Science with the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto in the Fall of 2021. After completing her first year of graduate studies, Miranda transferred to the PhD program, focusing her research on the air quality impacts of the upstream oil and gas industry in northeastern British Columbia. To better assess the exposure of individuals in health-related research, Miranda is developing a series of tools to predict air pollutant concentrations at unmeasured locations, given the oil and gas activity in the vicinity. She is also interested in exploring the environmental justice components of her work, exposure to environmental hazards beyond air pollution, and broader policy and climate implications as they relate to natural gas as a bridge fuel in Canada. LinkedIn profile

Nathan Moore – Water Reuse and Public Health
Nathan is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Prof. Ron Hofmann and Prof. Susan Andrews. He is researching the use of ultraviolet light-based technologies for drinking water treatment and water reuse. Outside of his research he is actively involved in the water sector in Ontario and internationally, and he enjoys volunteering to do STEM-related outreach in schools. LinkedIn profile



Kelsey Smyth – Microplastics and Green Infrastructure
Kelsey Smyth
 is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Prof. Elodie Passeport and Prof. Jennifer Drake. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering with an environmental specialization from the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on microplastic characterization in stormwater and the use of bioretention cells, a type of green infrastructure, to mitigate the spread of microplastics in the broader environment. Kelsey is an outdoor enthusiast, and she wants to use her research to help protect valuable water resources so that others can make use of this essential resource both to survive and to enjoy its many recreational benefits.  LinkedIn profile



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