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C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

The C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award was established in 2008 (the 60th year of the creation of Ryerson as an educational institution) by his family in recognition of his long and distinguished industrial and academic career. He was the first winner of the Ryerson-Sahota Faculty Research Award, Trustee of ASM International, and the first Ryerson faculty member elected as Fellow, and later President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

This Award recognizes the excellence of the winning doctoral dissertation from the points of originality, contribution to better understanding of the theory, philosophy, science, practice or their interrelationship, application of theory and impact on society, industry or some aspect of national value.

One annual award of $1,000 

Registration as a graduate studies student in a program of study leading to a PhD

One student may be nominated by a program director from each PhD program

A nominated student must have applied to graduate at the upcoming fall 2017 graduation convocation ceremonies or have already graduated at the spring 2017 graduation convocation ceremonies; 


Contribution to the better understanding of theory;

Development of new applications of an existing theory/ hypothesis;

Societal, economics and industrial impact.

Nomination Forms must be received by Yeates School of Graduate Studies by August 22, 2018.

Students must be nominated by their graduate studies program director; the program director is not obligated to nominate or support a nomination if in any one year there is not a suitable candidate.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017: Awards and Ceremonials Committee meets, on which date graduands are approved. Prior to, Student Awards and Scholarships will review final grades and academic standing of all recipients to confirm graduation eligibility and confirm recipient with the Dean’s Offices prior to meeting.

The week of Sept. 18, 2017: Student Awards and Scholarships will contact recipients and make arrangements for presentation of the award at Spring Convocation.

Award will be presented at the fall convocation ceremony applicable to the recipient’s program of study.


Award recipients


Jamie Fine

Dr. Jamie Fine, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dr. Jamie Fine has been an exemplar for excellence in graduate research at Ryerson. He held three Ontario Graduate Scholarships and was recognized as a top graduate student in his program, receiving a Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Graduate Excellence Award in 2017. Dr. Fine’s research into the development of sustainable building energy systems led to major advances in the use of hybrid solar photovoltaic thermal panels. His work is helping to bring this technology to the forefront of the Canadian clean-energy sector. Dr. Fine’s research and development efforts have attracted the attention of local technology companies including Ecologix and Solar Tomorrow, both of whom partnered with Ryerson as a result.


Afshin Rahimi, Ravindran Dissertation Award recipient

Afshin Rahimi, Aerospace Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

During his PhD, Afshin was able to develop innovative fault diagnosis and prognosis for satellite actuators. His research was supported by the prestigious Vanier scholarship and resulted in six peer reviewed publications. During his research, he was able to transfer the knowledge into industry through two different collaborative programs; one with Bombardier Aerospace through Mitacs and another one with Pratt and Whitney Canada through RIADI. He also received the Ryerson Gold Medal in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science for his academic excellence, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Afshin is now pursuing a career in the aerospace industry at Pratt and Whitney Canada where he is implementing his knowledge and experience gained in his Ryerson education to help improve the reliability of the existing engines.


Ali Kamel H. Al Jibouri, Ravindran Dissertation Award recipient, in engineering lab

Ali Kamel H. Al Jibouri, Chemical Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

In his PhD research, Al Jibouri developed innovative continuous ozonation and ozone-based processes that effectively degrade industrial non-biodegradable pollutants. His process successfully removes pollutants and toxicities in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. Al Jibouri received the three stages of Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards and filed a provisional patent for his process. In addition, Environment and Climate Change Canada will feature the process in the national technology matrix for the treatment of oil sands wastewater. Al Jibouri is the founder and CEO of CleanInWater Inc.


Amira Abdelrasoul

Amira Abdelrasoul, Chemical Engineering PhD, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Amira’s research on sustainable water use and sustainability improved the ultrafiltration process of latex solutions, such as paint, by reducing contamination of the membrane filter. Using a novel mathematical model to analyze particle attachments, she was able to predict the amount of contamination and identify efficiencies. Her significant research achievement was recognized with the 2015 Membrane Technology Conference Award from the American Membrane Technology Association/American Water Works Association. Eventually, Amira plans to commercialize the techniques on a global scale.


Eric Strohm

Eric Strohm, Biomedical Physics PhD, Faculty of Science

The first PhD graduate of the Faculty of Science, Eric’s thesis research produced five first-authored papers in prestigious journals, one book chapter and a provisional U.S. patent application. He served on the Research and Graduate Affairs Committee when it was undertaking the program’s launch, and has also been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals.


Fenwick McKelvey

Fenwick McKelvey, Communication and Culture PhD

By the time of his doctoral defence, Fenwick had already established an international reputation as a leading researcher in digital communications infrastructures. Central to his work is the study of throttling, the controlling of data transfer rates.


Meera Paleja

Meera Paleja, Psychology PhD, Faculty of Arts

Meera’s dissertation, “Neural networks involved in spatial and temporal pattern separation,” provides new direction and perspective into our current understanding of how different regions of the brain interact to support memory formation. Her research may be used to further examine the nature of memory impairment in clinical populations, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease.