Principal Investigator

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the director and founder of the Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA) and Aquaponics 4.0 Learning Factory (AllFactory). He has obtained his PhD in Mechnaical Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France and Post-doctorate from the University of Luxembourg.

Dr. Rafiq a board member of International Society of Automation (ISA-Edmonton section, Co-UofA Student Section Advisor), Speciality editor of International Journal of Industrialized Construction, and steering committee member of international ICCMA Conference.

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Postdoc and Research Associates

David Baca

David Baca graduated from LIMDA is Reseach Associate and Lab Manager at LIMDA.

Dr. Jiangzhuo Ren

Dr. Jiangzhuo Ren, Postdoc (graduated from LIMDA), working in repair digitization.

Dr. Ali Jebelli

Dr. Ali Jebelli, postdoc, working on autonomous platform for repair and agriculture.

Dr. Shahin Zareie

Dr. Shahin Zareie, postdoc, working on systems design for construction 4.0.

Dr. Roberto Monroy

Dr. Roberto Monroy, postdoc, working on Plastic4.0: Engineering and Recycling.

PhD Researchers

Rabiya Abbasi

Rabiya Abbasi, PhD student, research in Industry 4.0-based Aquaponics (Indoor farming).

Yifan Guo

Yifan Guo, PhD student, research in Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing.

Feiyu Jia

Feiyu Jia, PhD student, research in robot-based machine tending applications.

Mohammad Alghamdy

Mohammad Alghamdy, PhD student, research in production optimization and improvement.

Wenkang Zhang

Wenkang Zhang, PhD student, research in topology optimization for laser cladding.

Junaid Tahir

Junaid Tahir, PhD student, research in machine learning tools for waste-to-energy process.

MSc Researchers

Jennifer Cardenas

Jennifer Cardenas, MSc. student, research in Construction simulation and robotics.

Miguel Castillo

Miguel Castillo, MSc. student, research in IoT for additive manufacturing.

Kristyna Kvapilova

Kristyna Kvapilova, MSc. student, research in system design in additive manufacturing.

Tanay Kuclourya

Tanay Kuclourya, MSc. student, research in multi-material AM of plastic recycling.

Hamdan Al-Musaibeli

Hamdan Al-Musaibeli, MSc. student, research in Laser Cladding and Additive Manufacturing.

Syed Abreez Gillani

Syed Abreez Gillani, MSc student, research in energy optimization in vertical farming.

Emanuel Martinez

Emanuel Martinez, MSc. student, research in construction robotics and simulation.

Misha Afaq

Misha Afaq, MSc. student, research in robotization of repair and inspection processes.

Hector Lara-Rios

Hector Lara-Rios, MSc. student, research in robotization of seeding and fruit picking.

Undergraduate Researchers

Jana Gebara

Jana Gebara, undergrad student, research in design textile 3D printing.

Stevie Desmarais

Stevie Desmarais, undergrad coop student, research in design of robotic simulation game.

Daniel Asimiakwini

Daniel Asimiakwini, undergrad research student, research in app design for autnomous repair.

Kai Wu

Kai Wu, undergrad coop student, research in injection molding for mask manufacturing.

Dhir Bid

Dhir Bid, undergrad coop student, research in job scheduling for additive manufacturing.

High-School Research Internees

Kyla Fald

Kyla Fald is a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2021.

Blaire Buchan

Blaire Buchan is a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2021.

Orlane Ndeugueu

Orlane Ndeugueu is an ELITE Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2021.

Jordan Plunkett

Jordan Plunkett is an ELITE Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2021.

Eman Shayeb

Eman Shayeb was a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2020.

Olivia Zheng

Olivia Zheng was a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2020.

Nadia Gifford

Nadia Gifford was a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2019.

Rakshanda Alam

Rakshanda Alam was a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2019.

Olivia Lotzer

Olivia Lotzer was a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2018.

Safiya Ahmad

Safiya Ahmad was a WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2018.

Jennifer Peterson

Jennifer Peterson is WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2017.

Sarah Lefebvre

Sarah Lefebvre is WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2017.

Riana Tauscher

Riana Tauscher is WISEST Internee at LIMDA for the summer 2017.

Visiting Students

Leo Russell Moore

Leo Russell Moore, is visiting from University of Sheffield (UK) for a one year research project.

Shrey Verma

Shrey Verma, was Mitacs Internee for summer 2021 from India.

Ananth Nayak

Ananth Nayak, was Mitacs Internee for summer 2021 from India.

Alan Garcia

Alan Garcia, was MSc visiting student from Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico).

Xu Shen

Xu was an exchange student visiting from the Tsinghua University, China.

Hazel Flores

Hazel Flores, visited from University of Monterrey (Mexico).

Asish Mehta

Asish Mehta was undergrad student visiting from IIT Mombay, India.

Ayush Mohanty

Ayush Mohanty was a visiting undergrad studet from IIT Mombay, India.

Sayda Benitez

Sayda was undergrad student visited from University of Monterrey, Mexico.

Asma Mansoura

Asma Mansoura, undergrad student, visited from Polytechnique de Tunisie, Tunisia.

List of LIMDA Alumni

Dr. Pablo Martinez

Dr. Pablo Martinez, completed his PhD and postdoc from LIMDA in Sept 2021.

Jiangzhuo Ren

Dr. Jiangzhuo Ren, graduated as PhD from LIMDA in November 2021.

Humna Irshad

Humna Irshad was a technical writer for research grants at LIMDA.

Habiba Imam Zahir

Habiba, graduated as an MSc. student from LIMDA in May 2021.

Roland Street

Roland Street, undergrad coop student, completed in April 2021.

Harshavardhan Mamledesai

Harshavardhan Mamledesai, graduated as an MSc. from LIMDA in January 2021.

Dr. Yufan Zheng

Dr. Yufan Zheng, graduated as a PhD from LIMDA in November 2020.

Dr. Mohammad Abdelghani

Dr. Mohammad Abdelghani, graduated as a PhD from LIMDA (Construction 4.0).

Dr. Mana Aziziderouei

Dr. Mana Aziziderouei was a Postdoc researcher (AM) in LIMDA in 2020.

Dr. Jikai Liu

Dr. Jikai Liu was a Postdoc researcher (topology optimization) in LIMDA in 2019.

Abraham Reyes-Yanes

Abraham Reyes-Yanes, graduated as MSc student from LIMDA in 2020.

Juan Tzintzun Ramos

Juan Ramos, graduated as MSc student (mobile robotics) from LIMDA in 2020.

Ahmed Humadi

Ahmed Humadi, graduated as an MSc. student in Jan 2020 from LIMDA.

Mario Soriano

Mario Soriano graduated in 2019 as an MSc student, worked on IoT technology for Industry 4.0.

David Baca

David Baca graduated in 2019 as an MSc. student, worked on hybrid multi-material 3D Printing.

Saraswati Jituri

Saraswati Jituri graduated as an MSc student in 2018, worked on Hybrid Lean-ERP systems development.

Nabeel Malik

Nabeel Malik graduated as an MSc student in 2018, worked on the hardware & software interfacing.

Shi An

Shi An graduated in 2019 as an MSc student, worked on manufacturability assessment using BIM models.

Pedro Yepez

Pedro Yepez, graduated in 2019, developed a framework for automated maintenance plan generation.

Anas Itani

Anas Itani graduated as an MSc student in 2019, worked on Design for X (DFX) tools.

Chong Zhang

Chong Zhang, undergrad researcher was workig in design and prototype a mobile robotic platform.

Cole Masse

Cole Masse, undergrad student, was working in mechatronics systems for Industry 4.0.

Yining Liu

Yining Liu, undergrad student, was researching in design and development in 3D Printing nozzle.

Bowen Xie

Bowen, undergrad student, was researching in Lego-based 3D printing technologies.

Mingjie Han

Mingjie Han, undergrad student, was researcher in controller design for 3D Printers.

Tianshuo Liang

Tianshuo Liang, undergrad student, was researcher in design of 3D printing nozzle for multi-materials.

Jing Qu

Jing, undergrad student, was researcher on multi-material nozzle system for 3D Printing.