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Dr. Walter Mérida

Walter leads MéridaLabs. He began his career in clean technology working with Ballard Power Systems, British Gas Investments Canada, and universities more than twenty years ago. He was a founder and Board member for General Hydrogen Corporation, and he co-founded Innovative Breakthrough Energy Technologies, a company creation platform based in Vancouver.

He created the Natural Gas Futures research consortium, at UBC and the Transportation Futures Group at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Hydrogen Association, and the Climate Change Advisory Board for Toronto Dominion Insurance.

At UBC, Walter has served as director for the Clean Energy Research Centre,   as Senior Advisor to UBC's President and Vice-Chancellor, as co-Chair of the Climate Emergency Taskforce, and as a delegate to COP meetings. He is currently the Associate Dean of Research and Industrial Partnerships in the Faculty of Applied Science.

Associates & Staff

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Omar is the Senior Program Manager for MéridaLabs. He is a Production Engineering Manager with experience in clean energy/biotech, producing product solutions and taking ideas successfully to market ().

Dr. Omar Herrera

Partnerships and Innovation

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Paolo has extensive experience in research funding programs, and international networks from his former tenure with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office ().

Dr. Paolo Marcazzan

Research Management

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Anna is the Administrative Coordinator leading operations, initiatives, and special projects. She brings several years of experience in Canadian higher education administration ().

Anna Biel, MEd

Operations

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Sam is the Project Manager for the Smart Hydrogen Energy District. He is a professional engineer and project manager, having represented public and private clients on a variety of transportation and energy projects ().

Samuel Arulnathan, PEng

Project Management

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Amir leads the research on liquefied natural gas as a fuel for heavy-duty and marine applications, as well as innovative technologies to produce blue and green hydrogen ().

Dr. Amir Sharafian

Hydrogen

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Juan works on the hydrogen pilot plant project being developed in Alberta. He has over extensive experience developing projects in the natural gas industry and holds a Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering ().

Juan Pinzon, MEL

Project Management

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Roham is a PEng in ON and BC, and a PMP with PMI. He has years of experience managing and developing green technology and energy efficient solutions.

Dr. Roham Moradi Larmaei

Program Management

Researchers

Shashank is working on carbon black production and purification as a Postdoctoral Fellow. He specializes in Sustainable Chemistry with areas of expertise in production, characterization of nanomaterials and catalysis for energy conversion processes ().

Dr. Shashank Patlolla

Hydrogen

Neha is working on high temperature and pressure electrolysis as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She specializes in electrochemistry ().

Dr. Neha Neha

Hydrogen

Rajveer works in collaboration with Indro Robotics and Rogers to optimize 5G cellular technology enabled UAVs (drones) for surveillance and delivery services. He holds a PhD in Antenna Design and Signal Processing for Wireless Communications ().

Dr. Rajveer Brar

Energy Systems

Majid works on developing the digital twin of the UBC Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) in collaboration with external partners. His prior research includes electrochemistry and chemical engineering and he is passionate about applying data science to solve complex challenges ().

Dr. Majid Gholami

Energy Systems

Jocelyn works on developing the digital twin of the UBC Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) designed for smart and renewable energy technologies. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and specializes in data and deep learning techniques ().

Dr. Jocelyn Chen

Energy Systems

Rubina is working on the development of the Digital Twin of the UBC Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) project as a postdoctoral fellow. She holds a PhD in IT Convergence Engineering, and her prior research includes Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Deep Learning ().

Dr. Rubina Akter

Energy Systems

Jing is working on developing the digital twin platform of the UBC Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED). He specializes in data analytics, machine learning, and data-driven optimization ().

Dr. Jing Wang

Energy Systems

Students

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Ivan is studying for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with MéridaLabs. He comes from a physics background and has experience in machine learning and algorithm development ().

Ivan Saunders (Ph.D.)

Energy Systems

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Abhishek completed his Master's in Aircraft Design from Cranfield University, UK and has 5 years experience in Drone Integration and Operations, Currently working on setting up world class 5G and Drone testbed at UBC campus ().

Abhishek Somanagoudar (MASc.)

Energy Systems

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Sergio is currently a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering student at MéridaLabs ().

Sergio Franco (MASc.)

Energy Systems

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Jule is completing a Master of Science in Energy Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. She is working on her thesis for high temperature and pressure electrolysis at MéridaLabs.

Jule Kreuznacht (MASc.)

Hydrogen

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Alexander is a MASc. student working with high temperature and pressure electrochemistry. He received his B.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Alexander McLeod (MASc.)

Hydrogen

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Madhav is a BSc. student working to optimize 5G cellular technology enabled UAVs (drones) for surveillance and delivery services.

Madhav Kapoor (BSc.)

Energy Systems

Alumni

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Gail researched the human dimensions of climate action and transformations to sustainability using a transdisciplinary approach, with a background climate change adaptation and sustainable development in Latin America, Africa, North America and Europe.

Dr. Gail Hochachka

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Lena was a PhD student at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany in the field of PEM Water Electrolysis who worked on electrochemical characterization methods for overvoltage-specific description of aging behaviour.

Lena Buehre (Ph.D.)

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Kyle received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from UBC. He is currently working as a Digital Construction Specialist at CadMakers.

Kyle Katsu

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Zhihao researched liquefied natural gas. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with MéridaLabs.

Dr. Zhihao Wang

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Janfizza worked on future-generation wireless networking. She collaborated with Indro Robotics and Rogers to innovate UAVs (drones) using 5G cellular technology and to enable complex operations, data collection, surveillance and delivery services.

Dr. Janfizza Bukhari

Tory worked with high temperature and pressure electrochemistry to innovate water electrolysis. He specializes in high-temperature kinetic and mechanistic electrochemical analysis.

Dr. Tory Borsboom

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William is a BSc. student who worked with high temperature and pressure electrochemistry.

William Guo

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Liao studied in the Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering program at MéridaLabs.

Liao Wang

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Julián

Dr. Julián Fernández

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Jing graduated with a MASc in 2021.

Jing Lin (MASc)

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Jane

Jane Dong

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Ricky

Ricky Parmar

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Annesha

Annesha Devi

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Miguel is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Miguel León (MASc)

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Pegah received a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from UBC. She currently serves as the founder and CEO of Schnell, an aviation analytics startup based in San Francisco.

Pegah Zarei (MASc)

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Ezgi

Ezgi Kisa (MASc)

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Rita

Dr. Rita  Onolemhemhen

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Thomas currently works at the Institute of Energy Technology (IFE), Norway.

Dr. Thomas Holm

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Marta currently works at Ionomr Innovations in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Marta Moreno

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Alex

Alex Hsieh

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Hoda is currently a Senior Analyst at the Pembina Institute.

Dr. Hoda Talebian

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Matthew

Matthew Palmer

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Shabab

Shabab Khan

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Owen

Owen Guo

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Jacques

Jacques Marais

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Angelina

Angelina Berger

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Catalina

Catalina Ospina

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Hadyan currently works at General Motors.

Hadyan Ramadhan

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Anish

Anish Karnik

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Trishank Sharma

Trishank Sharma

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Bryan Kung

Bryan Kung

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Olivia Foster

Olivia Foster

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Elvis Cai

Elvis Cai

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Veronika Krumova

Veronika Krumova

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Tung Nguyen

Tung Nguyen

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Dr. Jesús Díaz Real

Dr. Jesús Díaz Real

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Vincent Roy

Vincent Roy

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Francisco Rentería

Francisco Rentería

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Pacifique Ineza

Pacifique Ineza

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Dr. Jean Boucher

Dr. Jean Boucher

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Dr. Zainul Abdin

Dr. Zainul Abdin

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Calum Mckenzie

Calum Mckenzie

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Pacifique Ineza

Nhi Nguyen

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Pranjal Goel

Pranjal Goel

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Jack Hou

Jack Hou

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Iram Malik

Iram Malik

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Guillermina Peragallo

Guillermina Peragallo

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Caroline Giacomin

Caroline Giacomin

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Dr. Rasoul Asaee

Dr. Rasoul Asaee

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Xu Liu

Xu Liu

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Rigoberto Miranda Felix

Rigoberto Miranda Felix

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Alice Casagrande

Alice Casagrande

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Umer has 17 years of sales & commercial operations experience in Oil & Gas and Utility markets. He worked on commercialization strategy, legal, regulatory & policy development of Hydrogen Economy. He completed a Master’s in Clean Energy.

Dr. Umer

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Marco was the Technical Project Manager for MéridaLabs, working on UBC Testbed. He graduated from the Univesity Politecnico di Milano. He developed and managed Saudi Arabia, Libya and Iraq markets related to transmission lines from 33kv up to 800kV.

Marco Signifredi

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Natalie was a PhD. student working on hydrogen technologies for clean energy production with an interest in connecting science and policy. She received her MSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria, and holds a BSc in Math and Chemistry from the University of Redlands.

Natalie Stubb (Ph.D.)

Luyang worked on electric vehicle charging scheduling, demand response and operations for vehicle-grid structure, as well as operations research, mechanism design and machine learning with applications to smart infrastructures.

Dr. Luyang Hou

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Andrew conducted an expert elicitation study to refine hydrogen pipeline cost assumptions for the H2SCOT model. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria and completed a Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering.

Andrew Medgyesi (MEL)

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Kevin managed the Natural Gas Futures consortium. He has ample experience with grant facilitation, project management, and industrial engagement.

Kevin Wei

Hujjatul worked on High Temperature High Pressure (HTHP) electrochemistry as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His areas of expertise are green hydrogen production and CO2 utilization.

Dr. Md Hujjatul Islam

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