Team @ York

PhD Students


Sara Zahmatkesh – PhD

Research: Synthesizing high-durable composites with textured surfaces

Biography: PhD – Mechanical Engineering – York University, Canada, 2022-present // Masters – Materials Science and Engineering, Characterization and Selection of Engineering Materials – Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran, 2017 // Bachelor of Science – Materials Science and Engineering, Metallurgy – Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran, 2014.



Hamed Esmaeili – PhD

Research: Machine learning-aided accelerated design and characterization of composite materials

Biography: Hamed received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tabriz, and his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnique). He joined PICSSL at York University in Winter 2021 to pursue his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. His main research interests include machine learning, neural networks, deep learning, composite materials and manufacturing processes.


Saeed Arabha – PhD

Research: Compressible Flow Exfoliation – 2D Materials

Biography: After Doing bachelor and master at IK International University, Iran, working on thermo-mechanical properties of 2D nanomaterials, Saeed joined PICSSL in December 2021. During his PhD at York University, he is working on exfoliation of 2D materials to make them more affordable for industrial purposes. Saeed was invited to International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, in the very first months of his PhD working on applications of Molecular Dynamics (MD) in the intersection of Engineering and Physics.

Website: SaeedArabha.Com


Master's Students


Aref Soltani Tehrani – Masters

Research: Transient, Recyclable RFID Tags

Biography: Aref has joined PICSSL in January 2020. Previously, he has done his bachelor's at Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. Aref is passionate about technology commercialization, and has been accepted quite a few commercialization programs. Besides, during his master's at YorkU, Aref undertook a research internship at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces to further work on transient RFID tags.


Undergraduate Students



Kiarash Vosough - Undergraduate Research Assistant


William Cleeve - Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Maziyar Ahmadpour - Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Yassine Turki - Mitacs Globalink Research Intern

Jay Girish Kamath - Undergraduate Research Assistant