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2017 UofC nanoGroup Elections – Candidates

President
Nicolas Macia

VP Operations
Zahra Abooalizadeh
Peng Gong
Vladimir Kabanov

VP Finance
Pejman Ganjeh

VP Academic
Zahra Abooalizadeh
Peng Gong
Vladimir Kabanov
Shaghayegh Shajari

VP Communication
Peng Gong
Hossein Jiryaei

VP Outreach
Zahra Abooalizadeh
Stephanie Bonvicini
Peng Gong
Yalda Zamani Keteklahijani

Members at Large
Zahra Abooalizadeh
Stephanie Bonvicini
Pejman Ganjeh
Peng Gong
Shaghayegh Shajari



Biographies

Zahra Abooalizadeh
Ph.D Student (2nd year), Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department

VP Academic
I have more than one year of experience as CPL Library event VP and my main duties were inviting speakers, mainly writers for talks. Combining my experiences at CPL library and my research in nano science and my network in nano science and nanotechnology people at UofC, UofA and University of Saskatchewan  I believe I can be suitable for this position. 

VP Operations/Outreach
I have three years of teaching experience at high school level at my country, and I already participate at UofC Nano fair at 2017. It would be really my honor and desire to plan and organize events for high school and undergraduate students to introduce Nano world to them. 

Stephanie Bonvicini
Ph.D. Candidate (2nd year), Department of Chemistry

I think I would be suitable as either VP Outreach or as a Member at Large because I love nanoscience and have a strong background in nano. I received a minor in nanoscience here at the University of Calgary during my BSc, my MSc in Chemistry at UVic involved making lanthanide-based nanoparticles for a variety of applications, and my PhD here at U of C is focused on making metallic nanoparticles. I am passionate about getting kids excited about nanoscience. I have helped run nano-based demonstrations for school-aged children (at UVic and here at U of C) and I enjoy helping organize events.  I have strong connections to my old high school here in Calgary and have volunteered there as a tutor and event organizer. I feel that I would be an excellent addition to the group.

Pejman Ganjeh
Ph.D. Student (3rd year), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department

Since my thesis is about polymer nanocomposites I become a member of the nanoGroup last year to get notifications about your events. I attended some of the events and I really liked it. To me, being part of a research network which its activities are in line with my research would be very beneficial since it provides me a chance of meeting other researchers and industry people in my area of study as well as getting involved in research oriented activities.  Therefore, I have decided to be part of the nanoGroup by nominating myself for that two positions. 
Regarding my extracurricular activities in UCalgary, I have been volunteering for Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Students Association (CPEG) for a year. I have helped them organizing events such as grad students-prof mixer, graduate students annual conference, and fun activities. Also for the first time, we (CPEG) have started running student research clubs in our department with the aim of sharing knowledge and experience among grad students. Currently, I am in charge of 'Materials, Kinetics, and Transport' club and lead the club sessions. As a volunteer in CPEG, I have learned a lot regarding efficient team working and communicating with other people so I would benefit them if I could get either position in nanoGroup. So, I hope working in nanoGroup will be mutually beneficial.

Peng Gong
Ph.D Student (1st year), Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department

I am a first-year PhD student studying in tribological properties of materials at the nanoscale. During my master’s studies, I have attended a variety of events held by UofC Nanogroup, including monthly talks, build-up of Lego AFM for Beakerheads 2015, and the Alberta Nano Research Symposium for 3 consecutive years. Having benefited from events held by UofC Nanogroup, I am very excited to know that UofC Nanogroup is looking for new executives. I am hoping to volunteer for it and make some contributions in the following years. I believe that I would be qualified for this position since I got experience from some of my previous involvements. As one of APEGA Student Liaison Committee members, I collaborated with other 9 committee members and liaised closely with APEGA staff to deliver monthly events, such rapid resume review, speed mock interview, industry mixer, etc. engaging engineering and geoscience students and driving their professional development (ranging from 60-300 people). In addition, as an executive member in Alberta Chinese Alumni Association (ACAA), I got involved in organizing various events to engage 117 ACAA members and more non-members, such as talks, mixers, online photo contest, and barbeque get-togethers. And I also had worked as a mentor in UofC Schulich Community Robotics Program, teaching girls aging from 10 to 18 years old from programming to mechanical design every week for 2 semesters. Moreover, I volunteered in UofC nanoGroup to build Lego AFM for Beakerhead 2015 and worked as a presenter to introduce nanotechnology at the downtown Calgary. Those experience well developed my teamwork skills and also allowed me to effectively communicate with different people. I love the field of nano technology very much and I sincerely hope I could have the opportunity to better get involved and make some contribution in the field.

Hossein Jiryaei
Ph.D Candidate (4th year), Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department

I am PhD candidate in mechanical engineering department. I have been in the field of nanotechnology for more than five years. Moreover, I worked with UofC nanogroup for two years as a VP finance and a member at large. As an executive, we presented LEGO AFM in Calgary Youth Science Fair, additionally we organized the last nano-symposium in Calgary. As a VP communication, I look forward to organize nanoTalks and workshops to engage academia and industry.

Vladimir Kabanov
MSc. Student (2nd year), Department of Chemistry

I have been a member of the NanoGroup since 2nd year of my undergraduate degree. I have seen the group transition though various stages of success, likely as a consequence of different strategies that the executive team concentrated on at that time. Being a little bit more exposed to the “behind the scenes” affairs of the group last year, I have realized that the two most important factors dictating success of the group are exposure and funding. As a VP Operations I would concentrate on organizing events (i.e. NanoTalks and outreach events) which will target a broader audience in all of Natural Sciences and Engineering Programs. Through increased exposure to students and their supervisors, the group would also grow its abilities to draw funding from more sources and be able to put out quality year-end events (i.e. Alberta NanoSymposium). Being previously involved in managing an undergraduate student club (Russian Speaking Students’ Association), I believe I have the experience and skills necessary to advance the UofC nanoGroup.

Yalda Zamani Keteklahijani
Ph.D. Student (2nd year), Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department

It has been about five years that I started to do my research in the area of nanotechnology. Within the last year I was an executive at UofC nano group and helped as an organizer in the alberta nano research symposium. I believe I obtained enough experience within the last year to contribute to the UofC nano group for the upcoming year by making a connection with industry people and bring some budget to the group to sponsor events.

Nicolas Macia
Ph.D. Candidate (4th year), Department of Chemistry
 
I was the 2016-17 VP Academic of the UofC nanoGroup. During my mandate, I have successfully organized 5 nanoTalks with invited speakers coming from a wide array of disciplines, ranging from medicine and chemistry to engineering and physics. I was also actively involved in the organization of the 4th Alberta Nano Research Symposium and have co-chaired the 2017 nanoNexus networking event. I am now running for the presidency of the UofC nanoGroup.
 
As nanoGroup the president, my aim will be to continue promoting the creation of a “nano” community at the UofC by multiplying and improving our outreach activities, which will also contribute to expand the visibility of the UofC nanoGroup. For instance, I am planning to organize a bi-yearly “nanoGroup Distinguished Lecture” by inviting on campus re-known national or international experts and leaders in the field of nanotechnologies while keeping our regular “nanoTalks” series. I am also looking forward co-organinzing with the UofA nanoGroup the 5th edition of the Alberta Nano Research Symposium; my aim is to work even harder with my future team of executives to have this event growing to the point that researchers from academia and industry across Canada working in nano-related fields will be interested to attend our symposium.

Shaghayegh Shajari
Ph.D Student (3rd year), Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department

I have been working on the development of polymeric nanocomposites materials and systems since 2015. I involved in manufacturing mechatronic devices that use nanomaterials. I was as a member at large last year. I had a talk for 2015 nano symposium. This year I am going to apply for Members at large again and also VP Academic. 

This year's election officer is Matthew Mitchell

For detailed descriptions, check out our constitution here.

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