Inspirational faculty meets innovative research
Dr. Amira Abdelrasoul, Chemical Engineering PhD
Dr. Amira Abdelrasoul is making a big splash with her award-winning research on sustainable water use and reusability. The chemical engineering PhD graduate credits her growth as an independent researcher to the exceptional faculty who inspired and supported her at Ryerson.
“My supervisors Dr. Huu Doan and Dr. Ali Lohi provided me with outstanding guidance in always enhancing my research achievements and pushing the boundaries to create new scientific methods and innovation,” says Amira, the recipient of four scholarships and 11 awards, including the Governor General’s Gold Medal, C. Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award – the university’s top honours – and the prestigious Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award.
Amira 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.
Ryerson faculty help graduate students like Amira hone the critical thinking and advanced analytical skills needed to conduct groundbreaking research using the latest tools and technologies.
“Ryerson is home to some of the most amazing and talented faculty members I have met, and it has been my privilege to work with them,” says Amira.
At Ryerson, our experienced faculty and state-of-the-art facilities enable grad students to achieve international research success.
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