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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 the Institute for Breakthrough Energy Technologies in Vancouver.

He leads the Natural Gas Futures research consortium, and the Transportation Futures Group at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, the Academic Council for the Global Alliance on Powerfuels, and the Climate Change Advisory Board for Toronto Dominion Insurance.

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

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

Programs

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Nadia is the Project Coordinator for MéridaLabs. She has worked internationally in education, media, and the performing arts (London, Madrid), and as an executive with the Humboldt County Film Commission in California ().

Nadia Adame

Operations
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Julián is working on Electric Vehicle-Grid Integration - from optimal charging strategies to minimize power quality impacts on the grid to machine learning techniques applied to the interaction Building-EV. ().

Dr. Julián Fernández

Research
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Marco is 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

Testbed

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

Kevin Wei

Consortia

 
 

Researchers

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Marta works on heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis and materials characterization. She obtained her PhD in Sustainable Chemistry in 2015 from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Valencia ().

Dr. Marta Moreno

Carbon capture 

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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

Natural gas 

Graduate Students

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Jing is a MASc. student in electrical engineering at UBC. She proposed a novel Power Demand Pattern Mining methodology to mine historical power sequences and day-ahead power demand forecasts, and additionally to identify normal and anomalous load patterns. ().

Jing Lin

Electrification

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Zhihao is a Ph.D. candidate working on the liquefied natural gas project. He received a Bachelor of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Harbin Engineering University and a master of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University, China ().

Zhihao Wang (PhD)

Natural gas

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Miguel is currently a MASc. student at UBC where he is developing, characterizing and evaluating photoanodes and photocathodes for unassisted water-splitting. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico with bachelor’s degree in Chemistry ().

Miguel León (MASc)

Solar hydrogen

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Ezgi is pursuing her MASc. in Chemical Engineering focusing on electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide. She received their dual Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Koç University, Istanbul. She worked as a research assistant at Koç, Bilkent, and UCLA ().

Ezgi Kisa (MASc)

Carbon capture

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Pegah is currently pursuing her MASc. She is specializing in Data Analytics, Applied Machine Learning and Data Visualization. She received her B.A.Sc in Aerospace engineering from Sharif University of Technology. ().

Pegah Zarei (MASc)

EV Analytics

 
 
 

Undergraduate Students

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Alex is a fourth year UBC undergraduate pursuing a Combined Major in Computer Science and Statistics. He is currently working as a backend developer for electric vehicle mobile applications. ().

Alex Hsieh

EV Analytics

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Annesha ().

Annesha Devi

EV Analytics

 
 

Alumni

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Rita is the resident Energy Policy Analyst at MéridaLabs. She received her PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MBA student at the University of South Wales, UK ().

Dr. R.  Onolemhemhen

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Thomas is working on High-Temperature and High-Pressure Electrochemistry as a next generation hydrogen production technology. He received his PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway.

Dr. Thomas Holm

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Hoda received her PhD. in mechanical engineering from UBC. She developed cost optimization tools for hydrogen fuel supply chains. Hoda is now a Senior Analyst at the Pembina Institute.

Dr. Hoda Talebian

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Matthew is refining and developing computer models and software tools that the MéridaLabs team has created to evaluate the role of hydrogen in our energy future. He studied at the University of Waterloo ().

Matthew Palmer

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Shabab is a co-op student developing software for electric vehicles. He is currently a 4th year computer science student at UBC ().

Shabab Khan

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Owen is a UBC undergraduate developing EV software for mobile apps. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Computer Engineering. ().

Owen Guo

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Jacques developed sophisticated visualization tools for the hydrogen infrastructure models at MéridaLabs.

Jacques Marais

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Angelina worked on Power-to-x-technologies using electricity from renewable energies to make value-added products. She is a PhD student at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology in Oberhausen, Germany.

Angelina Berger

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Catalina Ospina

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Hadyan graduated with a MASc. in mechanical engineering degree at UBC. He developed a high-volume sampling system to directly quantify methane emissions from the natural gas refueling infrastructure for heavy-duty vehicles.

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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VFrancisco 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

Nhi Nguyen

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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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