Graduate College – Scholars

Graduate College – Scholars

Jason Abboud; Canadian, Calgary; BSc. in Microbiology and Nanoscience, BSc. in Geology, currently an MSc student in Geoscience/Civil Engineering. Jason plans and hosts regular HydroTalks talks in the Geoscience where industry and government professionals share their stories and lessons of work in water. He also hosts water networking events in Calgary called Blue Drinks. He likes being a generalist and wants to continue to work in water-related fields, on large scale projects, such as environmental impact assessments and international groundwater work. He plans within the College include connecting with more individuals and connecting The College to a greater Calgary community, where possible!



Mohamed Abdelsamie




Mohamed Ahmed is a Ph.D. candidate at the Geography Dept. focusing on the air-sea CO2 exchange in the Canadian Arctic. Mohamed originally from Egypt and he is a second-year scholar in the College. He got his B.Sc. in Geology from Egypt and his M.Sc. in Geomatics in Sweden. At present, Mohamed serving as the director of the finance committee for 2017/2018 and as the VP student life in the geography students association.  Mohamed enjoys outdoor activities and would like to connect with all scholars and contribute with all scholars in moving the graduate college one step ahead.

Art Assoiants


Jesse Baker

Viraji Bandara


Simon Barrick is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Kinesiology. Originally from Southern Ontario, Simon’s current research explores the role that winter sport participation plays in the lives of newcomers to Canada. Simon’s aim is to enrich and empower his community through service and community-engaged qualitative research. Simon has been active in the development of The College’s structure and events, with a current focus on developing a mentorship program involving local Syrian newcomers.

Tiffany Beks
Caroline Beninger (Benny), an MSc student in Veterinary Medical Sciences studying digital dermatitis affecting Alberta dairy cattle. Previously, she received an Emergency Medical Responder certificate from SAIT and a BSc in Biological Sciences with great distinction and an honour’s thesis in antibiotic resistance from the University of Lethbridge. Her goal is to become a production animal veterinarian and volunteer her skills with Vets without Boarders to improve human and animal welfare on a global scale. Outside of The College, Caroline has volunteered with Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force for nearly 3 years providing veterinary services to First Nations communities with limited veterinary access. As an external committee member, Caroline would like to continue working at the intersection between human and animal health and welfare. Engaging students of all disciplines in the One Health model of health and bridging the gap between farm and consumers is her goal.



Amanda Black

Claire (Jiayi) Cao. Chinese-born Canadian, grew up in Colorado; BSc in Biochemistry / Mathematics from McGill; M. Sc. student in petroleum engineering focusing on the simulation of Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery. Involved in various capacities in communications/external roles (DGA, previously GSA) and in sustainability initiatives outside campus. I hope to become an advocate for sustainability and environmental responsibility in the energy industry. I want to contribute to and learn from the multi-disciplinary, diverse community at the College.

Justin Caouette

Jaclyn Carter is a PhD candidate in the Department of English. Her research focuses on colonial representations of Anglo-Saxon and Norse peoples in literature during and after the Viking raids in England, from the late eighth century onwards. Jaclyn completed her MA at the University of Calgary, also in medieval literary studies, and obtained her BA from Mount Royal University. She is currently active with the College’s Communications Committee.


Suzanne Chew


Evangelian Collings

Sue Crawford; Calgary-born Canadian; BSc in Zoology, BN in Nursing (Pediatrics), Registered Nurse certification, Master of Nursing Student; Known for my disability advocacy including as the co-founder and CEO of the social enterprise, Enable; I hope to continue as a social entrepreneur, representing the rights and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations; I want to contribute to the impressive expertise at the College to create our own community and strengthen the larger community.



Kori Czuy

Zaheed Damani
Leanne Dawson; Canadian; born and raised in Calgary, BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary; MSc in Electrical Engineering – specialization in Energy and Environment – from the University of Calgary, currently doing a PhD in the same area as my MSc; working on investigating the impact of weather conditions on power line capacity; besides academics, I spend most of my time volunteering with different university committees, leading school outreach programs in STEM and organizing leadership workshops for female graduate students; My goal for the College this year is to provide opportunities for the scholars to connect and grow as a community.

AnneMarie Dorland; Canadian, Edmonton; Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design), University of Alberta. Master of Arts, Communication and Media Studies, Concordia University. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication, Media, and Film at the University of Calgary. Her goals in life are to act as a catalyst for insight, creativity and innovation for the students, organizations and communities that she serves. She hopes to connect the work done by scholars at the College in new and unique ways and to contribute to the larger efforts of the team here.


Doug Doyle Baker
Maede Ejaredar


Eliana El Khoury

Alejandra Enriquez is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemistry. Originally from Spain, where she did her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry, Alejandra is currently investigating the role of rhodium-based anticancer drugs and their interaction with biomolecules to understand their stability and efficiency. Apart from academics, Alejandra has volunteered in different committees on campus and her goals are to travel and experience the world while contributing to build a better society.


Yangyang Fang; Dutch, hometown Xi’an (China); Background in psychology and art therapy, currently doing a PhD in Community Health Sciences (specializing in community rehabilitation and disability studies). She co-chairs her department DGA and represents graduate students on various different committees including the College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation. Yangyang volunteers in the community with TEDxCalgary and Dubasov Dance and Wellness and is known in Tuscany as an avid walking-partner to her dog Harvey. Her goals in life are to travel the world and help build community wherever she is! As part of The College, she hopes to gain and share cross-cultural experiences and inter-disciplinary knowledge.



Cristina Fernandez Conde

Amy Fulton


Gary Gress

Brian Hanley is a PhD Candidate in Philosophy. Brian is from Massachusetts and received is undergraduate from Boston University where he studied Philosophy and Physics. Brian’s philosophical interests focusses on scientific knowledge, and how scientists and engineers use knowledge of cause and effect to investigate the world and make design decisions. Brian joined the College in order to learn and engage with conceptual issues outside philosophy. My time in the College has already worked to steer my dissertation research toward engineering. Brian just taught his first philosophy course and loved it.

Melanie Hazlett is a Postdoctoral Associate from Toronto; B.A.Sc. Honours Chemical Engineering Co-op Program from the University of Waterloo, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston.  She enjoys engaging in STEM and music outreach, believing musicianship and success in technical programs are linked; she hopes to bring this passion to the College.


Ana Karinna Hidalgo, Canada Permanent Resident, originally from Ecuador. BA in Design (graphics, product and environmental design), and Master of Higher Education and Educational Research from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.  Master of Planning, currently PhD candidate in Environmental Design, both from University of Calgary. My research focuses on finding evidence on how to design urban streets for winter cities that improve people’s mental health. In addition to my academic life as graduate student and former professor, I have been volunteering as a mentor for international students and new students at my own department, as an instructor at the Taylor Institute, as a conference organizer, and as an elementary school support. I would like to create strong connections between the spouses/children of international students and the University/Calgary.


Oliver Terna Iorhemen is originally from Nigeria. He did his B.Eng in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria. He also holds an MSc(Eng) in Environmental Engineering & Project Management from the University of Leeds, UK. Oliver has strong passion for research on emerging water and wastewater treatment technologies, rural water supply and sanitation, and sustainable solid waste management. He is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of Calgary. His doctoral research is on the integration of aerobic granular sludge and membrane filtration technologies to develop the aerobic granular sludge membrane bioreactor (AGMBR) for sustainable wastewater treatment and reclamation. His goal in life is to strive to provide opportunities, motivation, vision and a role model to those who may not otherwise receive these. To this end, he believes in the power of leadership which has driven his continuous involvement with community organizations and academic associations. Oliver joined The College in September 2017 where he hopes to bring his developed research and leadership skills to bear. In addition, he would like to take the opportunity to learn from the multidisciplinary environment The College provides.


Mohsen Janmaleki
Sultan Khetani


Michelle Klaben

Jonathon Lee
Seungwon “Frank” Lee; Korean-Canadian born in Seoul; Education Background: BMSc at Western University, MPH in infectious diseases at UC Berkeley, currently doing PhD in Healthcare Epidemiology at UofC; Research focus is on generating data-to-action evidences to inform high level prevention strategies in public health. Currently a research associate with AHS Infection Control. Previously affiliated organizations include Western Occupational Health, UCSF Medical Center, and Public Health Agency of Canada; contribute to The College’s programs and learn from its multi-disciplinary environment while sharing my own.


Chenhua  Li

Marni MacKay

Emily Macphail is a joint MD/MSc. student (specialization: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Genetics) and has a BHSc. (Hon.) from the University of Calgary. Her research is focused on the relationship between zinc, gut microbiota, and obsessive-compulsive disorder in youth. She loves both the clinical and research aspects of medicine and is excited to continue to balance both. Outside of research and medicine, Emily is involved in medical learner wellness initiatives and active in Alberta Health Services citizen and patient engagement committees. She also loves completing and designing crossword puzzles (especially cryptics).


Tatum Mitra

Kenryo Mizutani  is a JD candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Calgary. He is originally from Tokyo, Japan and he has spent some years in Germany, USA, and UK among other places. He holds BA (summa cum laude) in Economics and International Relations from Boston University, and MPA (Master of Public Administration) in International Development with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also studied German literature and philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. Before coming to Calgary, he worked for a natural resources company, first as an analyst in the corporate strategy department, and later as an international petroleum negotiator in the upstream oil & gas department. He hopes to inspire and be inspired by the interaction with the multi-disciplinary perspectives of his fellow Scholars. His hobbies are hiking, snow-shoeing, and learning foreign languages. He holds a black-belt rank in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. 
Viet Quan Nguyen


Celso Neto


Dimitar Ourdev


Glory Ovie


Lauretta Pearse

Najratun Pinky is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging) at University of Calgary. She is working to develop neuroimaging (MRI) biomarker for sport related concussion in youth ice hockey players. She is highly interested in brain imaging research. Originally from Bangladesh, Pinky did her BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineerging from BUET, Bangladesh and worked for a short time in telecom industry as specialist engineer.  She then did MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with major in Digital Image and Signal Processing from University of Manchester, UK before moving to Canada. Pinky has been involved with the college since its very start and likes the opportunity to gain experience in such a multidisciplinary environment.


Roya Pishgar

Jennifer Plosz

Jason Ribeiro; Canadian, Hamilton, ON; Honours B.A. (History & Religious Studies), McMaster University; B.Ed. (Intermediate/Senior), York University; M.Ed. (Administration and Leadership in Education), Brock University. Currently a Ph.D. student and SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Scholar in the Werklund School of Education (Leadership, Policy & Governance). Highly involved in issues of policy, governance, and politics in Calgary – most recently serving as a Policy Advisor to the Campaign to Re-elect Naheed Nenshi for Mayor. His goals in life are to build a life centred around speaking to issues that matter to people and bringing diverse stakeholders together to create sustainable change. As a member of the College, he hopes to expand the reach of the College beyond the university and into the broader community.


Tauseef Rose

Susanne Schmid, an international PhD student in the biomedical imaging program, focuses on the development of MR imaging technologies. Before arriving in Calgary, she graduated with a B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics from the LMU in Munich, Germany.  She is currently active in the College’s communication committee with the vision to spread the word and represent the College’s diversity and commitment to the broader community.


Natalie Scime

Donghyun Seo


Maclean Thiessen

Eva Umeozor


Luis Virla Alvarado

Andrew Vorhies is from Pleasant City, Ohio. He completed his BS in business management from the University of Maryland and his MBA from Columbia Southern University. Andrew is currently pursuing an MA in curriculum and learning from the Werklund School of Education. Outside of the classroom, Andrew enjoys coaching basketball.



Michael Webster

Taylor Woo MSc ‘17, is currently a medical student at the Cumming School of Medicine. As a recent graduate from the MSc program at the University of Calgary, his research involves characterizing the lung microbiome and natural history of infections in patients with chronic respiratory diseases. He is an active leader on and off campus and is passionate about mentorship, community engagement, and addressing the problem of social isolation amongst vulnerable populations. Participating in the Graduate College in various leadership capacities since it’s inception, Taylor aims to further the impact of the Graduate College within the Calgary community.

Shuyin Yu is a M.A. student in the Department of English. She completed her Hon. B.A. at the University of Toronto in 2017. She is interested in Asian North American Literature (specifically Chinese Canadian Literature) and is planning a capstone focusing on cross-generational differences in young adult literature. She is currently active in the Finances Subcommittee and is interested in fundraising and charity work that benefit the community at large.

Posted on: December 15, 2017susanne

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