Students

Do you have an Engineering Safety and Risk Management project, which would benefit from short or long term access to grad students.  Our students have training in process safety and risk management principles and, in many cases, related industry experience.  To add further value, we encourage students to acquire additional work experience during the course of their studies.

Please contact Dr. Lefsrud to discuss your internship project.

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s in materials engineering through the co-op stream. He worked in pipeline integrity focusing on cracking at Enbridge Pipelines, Inc. and in metallurgical products research and development at Evraz North America as part of his bachelor’s. Neil joined Dr. Leijun Li’s group at the University of Alberta as a Master of Science in materials engineering student in 2016. His research interests include physical metallurgy, welding metallurgy, microstructure-mechanical property correlation, and failure analysis.

Since May, 2016 Neil has also worked with the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management as both a Teaching and Research Assistant on the conversion, delivery, and continuous improvement of ENGG 404 and ENGG 406 as multifaceted blended learning courses. This involvement has fostered an interest in the relationship between teaching strategies using multifaceted blended learning and student performance.

Neil’s current research focuses on the microstructure-mechanical property correlation and subsequent failure of microalloyed steels, stainless steels, and advanced alloy systems.

Neil enjoys a variety of sports, cooking, woodworking, and reading in his spare time.

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Nicholas Bak

Nicholas Bak, E.I.T. graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2016. He completed an undergraduate research program studying the various methods of pipeline failures under the supervision of Dr. Hogan. This exposure to research prompted him to seek opportunities to further his education and complete a Master’s degree. Fall 2016 he joined Drs Wolodko and Lefsrud on a large interdisciplinary team studying Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC). His research interests include more traditional engineering topics like corrosion and asset integrity but also more social aspects of science like the mapping of scientific fields and the definition and quantification of interdisciplinarity.

Nicholas’s current research project hopes to understand the complex political, social and economic factors that influence companies when making decisions regarding emerging or competing technologies. Additionally, using MIC as his test case he’s looking to understand how different scientific fields can come together to create new more niche research areas.

In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys sports and researching the history of hockey.

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Kathleen Baker

Kathleen Baker, E.I.T. graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2012. She worked at Lone Pine Resources as a production Engineer-in-Training for a year after graduation where she was responsible for the production in two natural gas and one heavy oil field. She optimized production using artificial lift systems (i.e. plunger lift and PCPs) and developed work-over plans. Kathleen then worked as a Petroleum Engineering Technology Instructor at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for three years where she instructed many classes, such as: Production Optimization, Natural Gas Field and Plant Processing, Safety Studies, Computer Applications, Economic Project Analysis and Technical Report Writing. She created and delivered course material, managed the classroom and mentored students. She continues to instruct Technical Report Writing while completing her Masters Degree at the University of Alberta. She is specializing in safety and risk management, utilizing her communication skills to bring together key stakeholders in academia and industry. Along with Dr. Lefsrud, P.Eng., she is investigating the ground hazards associated with tailings storage and transport facilities. She will use the results from the ground hazard investigation and risk assessment to enhance the current Field Level Hazard Assessment Tools being used in the oil sands industry. She is also examining the interactions of people, processes and technology to identify how these affect the implementation of changes to routine.

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Anuar Caldera

Anuar Caldera was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He studied Chemical Engineer at Universidad del Atlántico in Barranquilla, Colombia and in 2016, began his Master in Chemical Engineer at University of Alberta.

As a student, Anuar was awarded by the Education Ministry as the best chemical engineer student in Colombia for his first place in the National Test for chemical engineer students (ECAES) and during his master, in 2016, he was awarded by the Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship.

As a professional, Anuar works for a polypropylene plant (Esenttia) in Colombia during 6 years as reaction engineer of the UNIPOL and NOVOLEN units, where he participated actively in the implementation of DuPont’s 11 elements of the safety management system in the company and the manual and guidelines of the operative discipline element through the organization. As reaction engineer, he contributed to the reduction in costs of the operation and increase of the operational time.

Today, Anuar is doing a research to correlate the final mechanical properties of the polyethylene with his primary structure, and simultaneously, he is working on the evaluation of the safety culture maturity of Alberta’s companies in a project founded it by Construction Owner Alberta Association (COAA).

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Nafiseh Esmaeeli

Nafiseh Esmaeeli is a chemical engineer with specialization in biotechnology, graduated from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. Doing her internship at Isfahan waste water treatment plant and working on biotechnological projects has provided her with various laboratory work experiences. During her undergraduate program, she glorified among top 10% students of chemical engineering at her university. As an exceptional talented student she was granted admission to Master of Sciences program in Iran, but she declined her offer to come to Canada. After moving to Canada, she collaborated with the Ingenuity Lab’s group here in University of Alberta working on a study titled “Non-surgical Cataract treatment” and further improved her research skills. Nafiseh is also interested in engineering management and is currently working with Dr. Lefsrud’s research team. She is involved in a project evaluating safety maturity of the members of construction owners’ association of Alberta (COAA).

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Daanish Hamid

Daanish Hamid. I am currently a chemical engineering student, class of 2018, at the University of Alberta. I have been researching risk management and its effects on the construction industry under Dr. Lefsrud all summer. Currently, I am writing a research paper with Dr. Lefsrud and Dr. Robinson titled “Relationship between productivity, quality and safety”. The paper examines the theoretical and commercial relationship between safety, quality and productivity. I am also scheduled to present this paper at the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.

I will be enrolled in a special project course under the supervision of Dr. Lefsrud. The objective of this project will be to enhance Safety Management System modeling by incorporating overlooked elements: i) production versus safety demands, ii) integration of competencies and organizational culture promoted by different management systems, and/or iii) contracting as means of outsourcing risk. We will be identifying and operationalizing these missing elements as well as developing a comprehensive list of Key Performance Indicators. Data collected from survey questions will be used to support the theoretical findings of this project.

I also have a history of delivering on-time quality results using excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. The details of which can be found in my CV attached below.

After graduating I intend to pursue a career in safety consultancy. My ideal job would be at a general safety consultancy firm which offers its services to clients from many different sectors. Thus, allowing me to work on projects from different sectors which would help me to hone my consultancy skills.

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Aysha Hannan

Aysha Hannan, is a HVAC design engineer currently pursuing her M.Eng in Chemical and Materials Engineering (Process Control) from University of Alberta. She has worked as on designing and estimating HVAC system, coordinated and supervised the Plumbing, and Sanitary, Fire Fighting, Gas System features of the projects with the designs and managed the management. She has also completed daily safety management system audits, Job Hazard Analysis and maintained safety drill routine, and documents updating. Aysha has completed her Undergrad in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Professioanls, Bangladesh. Currently she is working with Dr. Lianne Lefsrud for her Capstone project to accomplish her M.Eng. Degree.

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Umme A. Munira

Umme A. Munira. I am pursuing my master’s degree in chemical engineering. Currently I am working on a collaborative project of WCB Alberta and OHS Alberta. My research is focused on cost and claim payments for loss incidents in Alberta due to workplace injury and how regulatory prosecution can affect reducing workplace incidents in Alberta. After my graduation, I am interested to work on policy analysis in health and safety or quality management or supply and planning sector. I completed my Bachelor degree in chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. After that, I worked as a quality assurance officer in Nestlé Bangladesh Limited.

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Anne Nkoro

Anne Nkoro is a Mechanical Engineer with over 7.5 years in mechanical engineering and engineering management. She has extensive experience in engineering and management fields as a mechanical engineer at ExxonMobil Nigeria in the construction department, managing and supervising construction and mechanical projects. She also worked at middle management level at Heineken international (NB Plc) Nigeria, leading sales team in building relationships with business clients and managed negotiations of sales contracts as well as to determine strategic planning related to new product lines.

She first obtained her first degree from the Cross River State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria. She further graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (BEng) Honors in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s Degree from Coventry University, UK in 2011.

Following her education at Coventry University, she taught and lectured at the same university, delivering lectures, seminars and laboratory session. She was also involved in supervising students’ dissertation projects, mentored and coached students’ with their course projects both in mechanical engineering and engineering management. She is an associate fellow of the Higher Education academy (AFHEA), UK.

She is working with Dr. Lianne P.Eng at the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, University of Alberta, and also in collaboration with the Railway Association (Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL) of Canada to understand the next phase of risk and safety management for Canada railway and transport industry.

She enjoys reading, swimming, cooking and travelling in her spare time.

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Ifeoma Odeluga

Ifeoma Odeluga. With a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Ifeoma started her career in Process Engineering with Chevron and moved to the position of Quality Control Engineer, Peugeot Automobile. Her most recent position as a Business Development Officer with Grun Consulting, a Renewable Energy Consulting Firm armed her with the business and management skills required to be a well-rounded professional. Her key achievement on this job was the initiation and active involvement in the implementation of the Energy and Environmental Summit (EES).  Ifeoma was also the recipient of the Kevin Herriot Scholarship (London, UK) in 2012.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta where she is conducting a research on Chemical Process Safety Management and is actively involved in the ongoing review of the Guidelines for Chemical Process Safety Management for the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (CSChE).

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Leonardo Pennetta de Oliveira

Leonardo Pennetta de Oliveira moved to Edmonton from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Campinas and started his Masters Degree at the University of Alberta. He worked with natural gas, bitumen, and bioethanol trying to make industrial processes more sustainable to produce energy for our society. Recently is working with biopolymers for tailings dewatering and developing an online survey of perceptions of workers and contractors to interactively assess the safety culture of their industrial workplaces.

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Dhaval Shah

Dhaval Shah is a Process Design and Safety Engineering professional with more than eight years of experience in Oil and Gas, LNG and refinery projects. He has worked for variety of projects phases for instances conceptual study, Basic Engineering to FEED and EPC. He has worked as process engineer in Chiyoda Corporation and Toyo Engineering Corporation in Japan, Modec Toyo Offshore Systems Pte in Singapore, Tecnicas Reunidas Engineering Limited in Oman and L&T-Chiyoda Limited in India.

His main fields of interest are process simulations, PFDs, P&IDs, equipment designs and safety studies like PSV sizing, Flarenet studies, Cause and effect diagram, ALARP, Risk analysis, HAZOP and SIL studies.

He is gold-medalist from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India during his undergraduate studies in 2007. He has been recently graduated from University of Alberta as Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering in 2017 where he has utilized his experience of LNG and interest in safety and completed his research work in safety aspect on floating LNG and application of Inherently safer design principles for the selection of LNG process for offshore structure has been highly appraised.

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Varun Sharma

Varun Sharma, Masters in Engineering Management. is a recent graduate from Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta. He has worked under the supervision of Dr. Lefsrud on “Quantitative Risk Assessment guidelines for gasoline and ammonia” for his final M.Eng project. During the course of his graduate degree, Varun worked on various Linear optimization projects related to transportation problems using gurobi optimization solver and has also worked with the City of Edmonton on the “WinterCity” Strategy project. At the university of Alberta, Varun was elected as the Vice President, Volunteers of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Association (MEGSA) and has also represented Engineering Management Department at the Engineering Expo 2016, University of Alberta.

Previously, In India, Varun worked in the capacity of an Instrumentation Engineer at Alliance Tecknologies where he was involved in installation of equipment on site for clients such as Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, and Indian Institute of Technology. Furthermore, he has worked as an Instrumentation Engineer in training at Phoenix Contact, India and Engineers India Limited.

Varun did his Bachelor’s in Technology in Instrumentation and Control from Maharishi Dayanand University, India. During his undergraduate degree, Varun was placed on Dean’s Honors list and received undergraduate scholarship for three consecutive years for academic excellence.

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