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The Energy Systems Design Laboratory is currently looking for motivated and qualified students to join the research group while pursuing a Ph.D. degree. The Energy Systems Design Laboratory at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Alberta, Canada is led by Dr. Secanell and currently consists of a team of one postdoctoral fellow, two Ph.D. students and eight M.Sc. students. The research group is dedicated to the fabrication, experimental testing, and computational modeling and design of polymer electrolyte fuel cells and other sustainable energy systems. For more information about the ESDLab visit the following website:

Future students working at the ESDLab would be in a dynamic and creative environment and would be involved in projects such as:

a) Development of a computational analysis and design framework for hydrogen fuel cells. The aim is to continue the development of an open-source finite element solver for transient, non-isothermal, two-phase transport in fuel cells and to couple the fuel cell solver with numerical optimization algorithms. A version of the software can be found at The fuel cell solver is being developed in-house by Dr. Secanell, a post-doctoral fellow and several other students. The program uses finite elements and is written in C++. Students working in this project would acquire a working knowledge of programming in C++, learning the physical phenomena occurring in a PEM fuel cell, and using finite elements and numerical optimization. This project is in collaboration with Canadian automotive companies and several Canadian universities.

b) Fabrication and experimental testing of novel polymer electrolyte fuel cell design for low- platinum loading. The project would provide students with a working knowledge in the areas of fuel cell fabrication and testing, mass transport and electrochemistry. This project is in collaboration with other Canadian universities.

If you are interested in being a member of the ESDLab team, please provide Dr. Secanell with a cover letter stating: a) your career goals b) why you would be interested in being a part of this research group, and c) how your previous research experience might benefit the group’s projects. He will also need a CV (that includes your GPA and contact information for two references) and a copy of your transcripts for your B. Eng./B.Sc. (and M.Sc. if applicable). The transcripts do not need to be official transcripts, but they do need to be in English, please.

About the University of Alberta

Founded in 1908, University of Alberta is one of Canada's foremost research-intensive universities with an operating budget of over one billion dollars annually; external research funding is approximately $500 million per year. The University has about 37,000 students at BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. The Faculty of Engineering is among the top 5% in size in North America with over 4,000 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has more than 750 undergraduate and over 250 graduate students. For more information see the Department of Mechanical Engineering website.

About the City of Edmonton

The Greater Edmonton area has a population of over one million people and offers a diverse array of cultural and sporting activities year round, which has earned Edmonton the nickname of Festival City. Edmonton is an international city, as evident by over seventy cultures from all over the world that were represented in the recent annual Heritage Festival. Edmonton's cost of living is competitive and favourable when compared with other major cities in Canada. Edmonton is only a few hours from the Rocky Mountains and Jasper and Banff National Parks, which offer some of the finest skiing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and camping in the world. The University is located centrally on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River near downtown Edmonton.

Contact Info

Marc Secanell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Alberta

4-22 Mechanical Engineering Building

Edmonton AB T6G 2G8 Canada

Phone: (780) 492 6961