Our Team

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Dr. Hatem Zurob

Professor, Chair - B.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster), P. Eng

Hatem Zurob is a Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. His research interests include microstructure evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties.

Jared Levy

Jared Levy

Master's Student

Jared completed his bachelor's of materials science and engineering at McMaster University. He is currently working on his master's degree focusing on microalloyed steels.

Chen Gu

Chen Gu

PhD Candidate

Chen completed her Bachelor of Engineering, specializing in Metallurgical Engineering at USTB, the University of Science and Technology Beijing. She went on to complete her Master of Engineering, specializing in Material Science at USTB.

Shahryar Asqardoust

Shahryar Asqardoust

PhD Candidate

Shahryar completed his Master of Engineering specializing in Metal Forming at the University of Tehran. He is completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Solid Mechanics. His research interests include additive manufacturing, in-situ EBSD/TEM characterization in failure analysis, deep learning in electron microscopy and multiscale damage evolution of light alloys.

Aquinn Hazenberg

Aquinn Hazenberg

Undergraduate Student

Aquinn is entering the fifth year of her B.Eng. in Materials and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University. Recently, she attended classes at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France via an exchange program through McMaster's MSE Department. While in France, she worked under the joint supervision of Dr. Marc Verdier (SIMaP, Grenoble INP) and Dr. Hatem Zurob (McMaster University), researching the recovery kinetics of alpha and gamma fibres in interstitial-free textured steels.

Kendra Hawke

Kendra Hawke

Undergraduate Student

Kendra is in her fifth year of studies completing her Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science & Engineering & Society, minoring in Sustainability. Her work focuses on analyzing the microstructure and mechanical properties of functionally graded steels. Her research interests include metallurgy, characterization of failure analysis, and investigation of the microstructure-property relationship of materials.

Azin Mehrabi

Azin Mehrabi

PhD Candidate

Azin completed her Master of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tehran, focusing on the microstructure and mechanical properties of light alloys. She is now working on the phase transformation kinetics of medium-Mn third-generation advanced high strength steels. She is interested in mechanical and microstructural properties, thermomechanical processing, materials characterizations, phase transformations, process modelling and simulation.

Fateme Abdiyan

Fateme Abdiyan

PhD Candidate

Fateme completed her Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tehran. Her research focuses on the microstructure-property relationship in metals, especially steels.

Imed-Eddine Benrabah

Imed-Eddine Benrabah

Postdoctoral Fellow

Imed-Eddine completed his PhD in materials science at Grenoble Alpes University in France. His current research focuses on the modeling of phase transformations in steels.

Arina DeBoer

Arina DeBoer

Undergraduate Student

Arina is in her fourth year of studies completing her Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science & Engineering. Her work focuses on the study and characterization of transformations in steel.

Bahareh Mobedpour

Bahareh Mobedpour

PhD Candidate

Bahareh completed her Master of Engineering at the University of Tehran, focusing on dislocation interactions in light alloys. In 2019, she joined the Phase Transformations group as a Ph.D. student focusing on the microstructure characterization and processing compatibility of carbide-free bainite advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) sheets. Her research interests include developing structure-properties relationships, advanced materials characterization and failure analysis.

Shabnam Fadaei Chatroudi

Shabnam Fadaei Chatroudi

PhD Candidate

Shabnam completed her Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at Koç University, focusing on the optimization of materials properties by machine learning algorithms. She is now working on the thermomechanical modelling of steel processing consists of deformation, recovery, recrystallization and grain growth, focusing on microstructural evolution of resulting materials.

Robert Cicoria

Robert Cicoria

Research Associate

Robert completed his PhD in Materials Engineering at McMaster University after pursuing a prior education at the University of Toronto (BASc, MEng). His research interests consist of thermomechanical modelling of various steel processing techniques. Such processes include hot rolling, quench and temper, and spot welding; all with a particular emphasis on microstructural evolution of the underlying materials and resultant macroscopic properties.

Isabelle Ragany

Isabelle Ragany

Undergraduate Student

Isabelle is in her fourth year of studies completing her Bachelor of Engineering in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences program, specializing in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. Her research interests are metallurgy, biomaterials, software development and medical imaging technology.

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