ONTARIO RESEARCH CHAIR IN

Renewable Energy Technologies and Health

AT UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

Professors

The following list provides the names and brief-biographies of UW professors who are actively taking part in the ORC research program. More researchers, including external research collaborators will get involved as the program progresses.

Philip Bigelow Professor Philip Bigelow
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Health Systems
Professor Phil Bigelow is an epidemiologist in the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo and teaches risk assessment and public health epidemiology. He is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health and has a faculty position (status only) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Bigelow received a Master’s degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary. He was with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Colorado State University for over ten years where he conducted research in exposure assessment, occupational and environmental epidemiology, and risk assessment. He was a visiting scientist at the Institute of Public Health, Florida A & M University in 2000 and participated in a number of environmental justice initiatives. He has served on advisory boards in the field of risk assessment and has held leadership positions on the Threshold Limit Values Committee which develops health-based exposure guidelines.
Laurie Hoffman-Goetz Professor Laurie Hoffman-Goetz
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Health Systems
Professor Hoffman-Goetz, a Professor in the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology and affiliated scientist with the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1979) and a M.P.H. from the George Washington University School of Public Health (1997). From 1995-1997, she was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute (U.S.A.) focusing on dissemination of cancer information for underserved populations. Dr. Hoffman-Goetz teaches health and risk communication in public health and conducts research on the impact of health literacy and numeracy on understanding risk information, identification of best practices for dissemination of accurate health risk information to diverse populations, media framing of health risks, and consumer health informatics. She also conducts basic research in physiology, immunology and cancer prevention.
Mehrdad Kazerani Professor Mehrdad Kazerani
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Kazerani received his B.Sc. (1980), Master's (1987), and PhD (1995) degrees from Shiraz (Iran), Concordia (Canada), and McGill (Canada) universities, respectively. He was with the Energy Ministry of Iran from 1982 to 1987. After staying as a post-doctoral fellow at McGill from 1995 to 1996, Dr. Kazerani joined the University of Waterloo in 1997, where he is now a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His main area of expertise is power electronics, with continuous engagement in theoretical and experimental study of power electronic systems and their industrial applications. Dr. Kazerani has made contributions in the following areas: HVDC and FACTS, Grid-Connected PV Systems, Wind Energy Conversion Systems, Microturbine-based Power Generation, Fuel Cell-Based Power Generation for Residential Loads and Vehicular Systems, Modeling and Multidisciplinary Optimization of Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Static Frequency Changers, Power Quality and Active Filters, High-Voltage DC Power Supplies, and Controllable AC and DC Loads. He has more than 90 refereed papers in prestigious journals and conferences, 7 patents and numerous technical reports. Dr. Kazerani has supervised over 25 PhD and MASc students, including his current ones. He has also acted as a consultant for numerous senior undergraduate design projects. Dr. Kazerani has served as reviewer for international journals, conferences, and research funding agencies. He has been an associate editor for special issues in IEEE Transactions and has organized special sessions at international conferences. Since 2006, Dr. Kazerani has been serving as an investigator for the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). His teaching engagements include specialized courses to employees in industrial firms. Dr. Kazerani's research projects have been funded by government agencies and industry including NSERC, ESTAC (Environmental Science and Technology Alliance of Canada), OCE, Honeywell, RailPower, Can Technologies, FirstSolar, HydroOne, Magna, and GM. Dr. Kazerani is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, a senior member of IEEE and a member of SAE.
Jane Law Professor Jane Law
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Health Systems
Professor Jane Law is a professional land surveyor with a PhD in geomatics, specializing in Geographical Information Science (GIScience), in particular spatial data analysis. Her six-years postdoctoral research with the Department of Geography and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge in England focuses on methodologies and applications of GIScience in public health and crime analysis, and the development of statistical methodologies for cancer research, working with the Medical Research Council, Biostatistics Unit, at Cambridge. Currently, her primary research interests are in the development of methodologies of Bayesian and other advanced spatial analysis, and their applications in public health, crime, healthy communities/built environment, and urban planning research.
Fue-Sang Lien Professor Fue-Sang Lien
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Professor Fue-Sang Lien has more than 20 years of experience developing and systematically applying Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to a wide range of fluid mechanics problems such as turbulence, urban flow, dispersion, aeroacoustics, wind engineering, free-surface flow, combustion, porous media, electronic cooling, non-Newtonian fluid, shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction and fluid/structure interaction. He has also actively participated in a wide range of projects supported by British Aerospace, Rolls Royce Aeroengines, the Defence Research Agency in the UK, BMW in Germany, the European Commission, Defence R&D Canada – Suffield, the CANMET Energy Technology Center – Ottawa, Ministry of Environment Ontario, Bombardier Aerospace and the Center for Turbulence Research/NASA in the US. Professor Lien has published more than 150 journal and conference papers on numerical techniques, turbulence modeling and validation.
Shannon 
Majowicz Professor Shannon Majowicz
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Health Systems
Professor Majowicz, a faculty member with the School of Public Health and Health Systems, has more than a decade of public health work experience. She received her PhD degree in Epidemiology from University of Guelph in 2004. With her research focus is on the epidemiology of foodborne and enteric diseases, Dr. Majowicz investigates the burden of, and risks for, such illnesses in various populations, including how the situation in the population relates to what is captured in public health data. Her broader research areas are, infectious diseases, particularly foodborne and enteric diseases, surveillance and burden of illness methods, epidemiology and epidemiologic methods, public health practice, systems approaches to food-related health outcomes, knowledge synthesis methods, and knowledge brokering.
Stephen McColl Professor Stephen McColl
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Health Systems
Professor Stephen McColl has been a faculty member in the Department of Health Studies and Gerontology since 1977. His major areas of interest include environmental health, occupational health, and health risk assessment. He graduated with his BSc degree in 1969 from McGill University, with a specialization in Honours Genetics, and subsequently attended Purdue University in Lafayette Indiana, where he earned his PhD degree in 1976 in the field of cellular and developmental biology. With a focus on environmental health problems, Dr. McColl works on the development of methods and tools for risk assessment and risk management of environmental hazards. His recent research program has included studies on the health risk of microbial hazards such as E.coli O157 in food products, hazardous air pollutants emitted from oil refineries, and the potential health hazards related to renewable energy technologies, particularly wind turbines. Dr. McColl is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH), a centre for knowledge dissemination of research findings and best practices, which is under the sponsorship of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). He is also serving as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for the MSc and PhD programs in Health Studies and Gerontology.
Siva Sivaththaman Professor Siva Sivoththaman
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor Sivoththaman has more than 20 years of R&D experience in renewable energy technologies in Europe and Canada. He has published over 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings covering the areas of electronic materials, semiconductor technologies, photovoltaic energy conversion, micro-electro mechanical systems and nanotechnologies. After receiving his PhD degree from the University of Paris (France) in 1993, Dr. Sivoththaman joined the Interuniversity Micro Electronic Center in Leuven, Belgium as a Senior Research Scientist and worked there for 6 years. In year 2000 he moved to Canada to join the University of Waterloo, where he is now a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Dr. Sivoththaman received the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award in 2002 and the Canada Foundation of Innovation New Opportunities Award in 2003. He has served as the first Director of the Nanotechnology Engineering Program when it was launched at Waterloo in 2004. Dr. Sivoththaman has held an NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Radio Frequency Engineering and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems during 2002-2006. He currently holds the Ontario Research Chair for Renewable Energy Technologies and Health. He is also the Director of Waterloo’s the Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems, which is a 14,000 sq. ft. facility providing infrastructure for advanced research and for studying new manufacturing concepts and their effects in solar technologies, from raw materials to modules. He has ongoing research projects on nano-materials, photovoltaics, and manufacturing technologies and is currently supervising 14 PhD and MASc students. Dr. Sivoththaman is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Member of the Materials Research Society. At present he is also serving as the Chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter of the IEEE Electron Devices Society and as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies at the ECE department.
John Z. Wen Professor Zhongchao Tan
Faculty of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
Professor Tan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Ph.D. degree in BioEnvironmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He joined the University of Waterloo in 2010, after serving as a faculty member at the University of Calgary for over 6 years. Dr. Tan's ongoing research at Waterloo focuses on air emission control, indoor air quality, and biofuels. He has coauthored 30 peer reviewed journal articles and many papers for international conferences. One was awarded ASABE Superior Paper Award (2006). In 2004, his PhD research work was awarded First Place Graduate Student Research Award in PhD Category from ASAE. At Calgary, Dr. Tan was presented with Schulich School of Engineering Early Research Excellence Award in 2009. He also received the Departmental Teaching Award and The University of Calgary Student Union's Teaching Excellence Award Honorable Mention during his tenure there. Dr. Tan is an active member of ASME, AWMA and ASABE. He is also an associate editor of the international journals published by ASABE. At Waterloo, Dr. Tan has set up the Bio-fuel and Bio-energy Research lab, co-supervising with Professor John Wen. Dr. Tan is actively involved in organizing conferences and serving as a peer reviewer for several journals in his field of research.