Microplastics are defined as plastic particles less than 5mm in size. Sources of microplastics include synthetic clothing textiles, scrubbing agents in toiletries, plastic packaging, tires, etc. There are ongoing studies regarding the detection and quantification of microplastics in the ocean. However, a lot of the methods that these studies apply are manual and very time consuming. It typically involves visual sorting, physical and chemical characterization as well as manual counting. The purpose of this study is to explore and assess the effectiveness of using scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and image processing techniques to identify and automatically count microplastics. Read more here.
Project Engineering Internship
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is one of the largest, most diverse clean power
producers in North America. OPG serves a large cohort of the Ontario population. It
produces about half of the electricity Ontarians rely on every day. During my PEY term, I was i a Project Management and Engineering Intern for the Pickering Projects and Modification Department. I gained significant exposure and understanding of various stages of the project life cycle including the initiation of project, conceptual design, detailed design, execution, commissioning of the modification and turnover of the project.
During my time at Ontario Power Generation I was involved in projects related to the
modification of the stator cooling water system to prevent copper stator bar
temperatures from rising due to fouling. The modification involved two major projects: (a)
Deoxygenation of the make up water tank modification and (b) conversion of the
chemical regime of the stator from neutral pH to alkaline pH regime. I was heavily
involved with installation and commissioning of these modification. Read more here
I co-founded hoopoloop, a startup company focusing on smart storage solutions for small spaces. High-rise condo dwellers have to make the most out of their small space. Sometimes, these high-rise dwellers have a structural column in their units, and they struggle to best utilize the space around these columns or integrate the columns into their interior design. Hoopoloop combines material and mechanical engineering know-how to provide an elegant solution for space conscious high-rise dwellers everywhere. hoopoloop applied to U of T Engineering’s startup accelerator The Entrepreneurship Hatchery as one of 118 teams, going on to earn a spot in the top 13 to compete for $42,500 in seed funding at the Hatchery’s annual Demo Day event. Launching this company provided me with an opportunity to utilize my technical knowledge in a creative manner while learning the importance of being cost effective. It helped me understand the consumer’s need and translate it into a product effectively. Read more here
My research targeted the growing present-day demand for production of extremely high-quality steel with minimal impurities for use in specialized manufacturing industries such as the automobile industry. I was awarded the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay. My research involved conducting an in-depth review of steelmaking in Basic Oxygen Furnace and tundish metallurgy. I utilized FactSage 7.0, a thermochemical software and databases to create macros to carry out simulations aimed at determining the relationship between the size of the tundish open eye and the re-oxidation that takes place especially in ultra low carbon steel. Knowledge of this relationship would allow manufacturers to manipulate the variables to achieve the desired steel purity.