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2017-2018 Executives
President - Nicolas Macia
I was born in Montréal, Québec. I did my undergraduate degree at the Université de Montréal. My Ph.D. focuses on plasmonics, and more specifically on nanoparticle synthesis for enhanced spectroscopies. As the nanoGroup 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.

VP Communication - Hossein Jiryaei
I have been in the field of atomic force microscopy and nanocomposites for more than five years. Nowadays, we are working on a multidisciplinary project to visualize and characterize of nanomaterials with Prof. Sam Kim and Prof. Philip Egberts. As an executive, I look forward to organize nanoTalks and workshops to engage academia and industry.  


VP Operations - Vladimir Kabanov
I've defended my M.Sc. this semester. And I'm going to start my Ph.D. by May this year. I have good experience in organizing events and talks. Also I've attended many talks and conferences, which gives me good experience in this position.

VP Outreach - Stephanie Bonvicini
I received a minor in nanoscience here at the University of Calgary during my BSc, my MSc in Chemistry at the University of Victoria involved making lanthanide-based nanoparticles for a variety of applications, and my PhD here at the University of Calgary is focused on making bimetallic nanoparticles. I am passionate about getting kids and the community excited about nanoscience. I have helped run nano-based demonstrations for school-aged children (at UVic and at the U of C) and I enjoy helping organize events.

VP Finance - Pejman Ganjeh Anzabi
I hold a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. degree in polymer engineering and my area of specialty is polymer design and synthesis. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Calgary, researching on the optimal design of polymer nanocomposites with the aid of atomic force microscopy. As the VP Finance of the Nano Group, I collaborate with other members of the group to host engaging events and activities. I hope we continue to serve the members successfully this year.

VP Finance - Zahra Abooali Zadeh
I spent the last five years working on synthesis and characterization of ferrite nanoparticles, ended with one year of research at Canadian Light Source. I have started my Ph.D in 2016 with the research focused on verifying a new model that describes the mechanical properties at the interface of the fibre-polymer boundary using Atomic Force Microscopy. As the UofC nanoGroup VP academic, I will organize nano talks and will invite speakers in the field of nano from academia and industry to fasten communication between the academic, and industry nanotechnology research communities.

Advisory Faculty Member: Dr. Colin Dalton, Adjunct Professor, Schulich School of Engineering


  • The President is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Group and for promoting the Group among both undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. The primary role of the President is to provide guidance and cohesion for the Group as well as to further its vision and mission through his activities and leadership.  The President is further responsible for the scheduling of the year’s events and priorities, as well as working with the VP Finance to secure the Group’s annual funding.  The President also has signing authority over the Group’s bank account.  The president sets executive meetings as required, and is ultimately responsible for ensuring equitable division of labour between members of the Senior Executive.

VP Finance

  •  In their capacity as financial officer, the VPF is responsible for all monies received and disbursed by the University of Calgary Nanotechnology Group, and shall account for them according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, monitoring and recording each transaction from the Group’s bank account. They are also responsible for ensuring that a regular audits and financial reports are completed to the satisfaction of funding sources, that all accounts receivable are collected, and that all bylaws pertaining to finances are upheld. It is also the job of the VPF, alongside the President, to secure funding for the financial commitments of the Group, seeking out appropriate funding bodies and preparing proposals as required.  At the conclusion of each event, the VPF is further responsible for compiling a report on the event’s financials with a detailed budget, as well as any follow-up documentation requested by the funding bodies.  Portions of this responsibility may be shared with other executives, and details should be collected from the associate VP directly responsible for the event.   The VPF is also given signing authority over the Group’s bank account.

VP Operations

  •  The VP Operations (VPO) is responsible for the routine functions of the Group, oversees VP Academic, and contributes to the organization of events. The VPO must ensure that these VPs have the resources and direction they require to carry out their duties, and is ultimately responsible for ensuring smooth operation of their designated events.
  • Additionally, they are responsible for coordinating and promoting the larger, irregular nanoGroup events throughout the year.  These include, but are not limited to, speaker events and workshops aimed at educating membership. Also, the VPO spearheads initiatives to organize symposia, competitions, and/or conferences. 
  • The VPO works closely with and oversees the VP Academic in the planning and organization of events. 

VP Communication

  • The VP Communication (VPC) is broadly responsible for both intra-group communication and for promotion of events outside the Group. The VPC is responsible for managing the member lists, drafting and/or editing internal nanoGroup communications such as emails to members and advisors, and ensuring impartiality, factuality and objectivity in all communications.  Additional responsibilities include design and maintenance of the nanoGroup’s website, as well as email-based promotion of the Group’s events – emails and announcements sent out will be based on material provided by the VP responsible for the event.
  • As part of their responsibilities, the VP Communication is further responsible for the Group’s outreach efforts, overseeing the VP Outreach in his organization of events aimed at groups off campus.  Similarly, the VPC is responsible for carrying out the Groups mandate of moving toward a province-wide student nanotechnology presence. 

VP Academic

  • The VP Academic (VPA) is responsible for planning nanoTalk events and is responsible for engaging the academic side of the Alberta nanotechnology community. nanoTalks are regular lectures on recent nano academic accomplishments in the Alberta nanotechnology community. The VPA is responsible for: inviting speakers, establishing a budget for each event with the VPF, room booking, promotion and advertising the event with the VPC, purchasing refreshments for the event, making event posters and facilitate poster distribution, and other planning details. The VPA reports to the VPO.

VP Outreach

  • The VP Outreach (VPOR) is responsible for coordinating the Group’s outreach efforts the to the community, with focus on planning and organizing events for grade school, middle school, high school students and undergraduates. This includes organizing general nanotechnology presentations, demonstrations, and tours, as well as collaborating with other groups interested in nanotechnology education and outreach such as Let’s Talk Science.
Members at Large
  • Members at Large (MAL) provide support to the executive. Roles that MAL may provide include support on various projects or committees, and they may substitute for other executives where appropriate.