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2016-2017 Executive
Co - President - Matthew Mitchell
I spent the last year and a half working at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, and will be moving back to Calgary this summer to complete his Ph.D. I am a founding member of the UofC nanoGroup and can bring experience to the role of (co) President, as well as guide new members to take control of the nanoGroup in the future. I'm very excited to make connections and foster communication between the academic, and industry nanotechnology research communities in Calgary.

Co - President - Behzad Khanaliloo
I have been an executive member of UofC nanoGroup for the last two years. I would like to transfer the experience to new members and have the momentum running.


VP Finance - 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 - Nedal Marei
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 Communication - Ghada Nafie
I am a well-established engineer and project manager who worked for several years in the oil and gas industry. I hold a P.Eng and PMP certifications. I joined the University of Calgary to research wastewater treatment processes using nanoparticle technology. I'm very excited to increase awareness and knowledge of nanotechnology research at the University and link the academic world with real life applications by engaging with industries.

VP Outreach - Hicham Saad
I have a background that ranges from microbiology to cancer biology, during which I was introduced to physical sciences. I also work as a part time consultant and junior business developer for a French biotechnology company that focuses on developing antiviral molecules. For professional reasons, I am growing a network in Calgary and Alberta that includes several entrepreneurs, academics, government officials and business development managers in industry. I feel that I can contribute to the group by bringing more industry players to sponsor events, and give the group a wider visibility, in addition to build more partnerships with industry.

VP Academic - Nicolas Macia
I graduated from the Université de Montréal with a B.Sc. degree in chemistry in 2014 and then joined Dr. Heyne's Laboratory for Photosciences in the Department of Chemistry for my Ph.D. As the UofC nanoGroup VP academic, I will invite speakers from academia and industry across different disciplines, from chemistry and biology to physics and engineering, to reach all nanoGroup members interest. I will seek to improve existing strategies to get engaged all individuals interested in nanotechnologies by following persistent initiatives: nano talks, nano symposiums, networking events, etc. 

Members at large:

Maryam Khajehpour
I graduated from University of Calgary with my Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering in 2014. My Ph.D. research was focused on synthesis and modification of nanofillers and advanced polymer nanocomposites with enhanced properties. I am currently working as research scientist at Alberta Innovates Technology-Futures on applications of nanomaterials for enhanced oil recovery techniques. I am ambitious to know and learn from people who are applying nanotechnology in different areas. I believe developing potential collaborations between university and industry would be very beneficial for the both sides. I hope we can make best networks and connection in nanoGroup.

Yalda Zamani Keteklahijani
It has been more than five year when I started to do my research in the area of nanotechnology. I published some journal and conference papers in the nanotechnology field during my graduate studies. I was also a member of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council during my M.Sc. studies. Now as a PhD student at University of Calgary I am conducting my research in the field of nanocomposite based biosensors for detection of Parkinson’s disease.

Afrooz Eshraghian
My research is mainly about application of nanoparticles toward heavy oil upgrading and I was impressed about the nanoGroup’s activities. I would like to be an active person of the nanoGroup. I would be interested in learning more about this group’s activities and available opportunities. I am interested in applying for the VP Operation position in the nanoGroup in order to help improve the group’s activities.

Parisa Bazazi
I'm an international student. I'm very interested in communicating with different people from different research groups and industries.


  • 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.