Marina Freire-Gormaly, PhD, EIT, LEED GA
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
York University

Dr. Marina Freire-Gormaly is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. Her research focusses on the development of sustainable water treatment systems, energy recovery systems, COVID-19 aerosol transmission in indoor environments and energy sustainability. She also is interested in applying machine learning for the development of new technologies. Her research interests are also in advanced manufacturing, smart systems using Internet of Things & artificial intelligence, and advanced additive manufacturing methods. She has also worked at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on the Darlington New Nuclear Project and the Darlington Refurbishment Project. She contributed to a World Bank project evaluating Canada’s ‘Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy’ (RISE). She currently serves as the Chair of Student Affairs for the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME). She is passionate about research and teaching energy systems to inspire the next generation of engineers to tackle society’s growing sustainability challenges. Her research interests include energy systems, optimization and design for global engineering contexts.

Current Members



Robert Liang, Ph.D. focuses on nanomaterials synthesis, water applications, additive manufacturing, and energy applications. His current research includes graphene additives in rubber and epoxy formulations, as well as nanobubble applications.



Current Students


Thipphathong (Dorothy) Piluk, P.Eng., M.E.Sc., is a PhD student working with the lab. She completed her Bachelors and Masters at Western University in London, ON, and worked consulting in the engineering industry. She is currently conducting research on the performance of a desalination system for remote and resource-constrained communities.




Belen Barrios is an innovative Mechanical Engineer (EIT) with PMP and CSPO credentials. She is currently completing her master's research on advancing cleaning methods for reverse osmosis (RO) membranes through a novel ultrasound horn design. Her study seeks to extend the maintenance period of RO membranes, reduce energy consumption, and improve water quality, backed by hypotheses tested using various characterization techniques, including FTIR and Raman Spectroscopy.


Amanda currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant at the MFG Lab within the Lassonde School of Engineering. She earned her Master’s of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2023 under the co-supervision of Dr. Marina Freire-Gormaly and Dr. Paul O’Brien. Her research centers on the investigation and characterization of composite Silica aerogel nanostructures obtained through magnetron sputtering, with a focus of Copper deposition atop the Silica aerogel supports. Her findings offer essential insights into an underexplored area, laying the groundwork for thin-film deposition techniques in the production of non-homogenous nanocomposite Silica aerogel supports. Amanda's future pursuits aim to advance this field of study further.


Akibul Halim is a Masters student in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is currently working on a carbon capture process. He completed his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Jashore University of Science and Technology(JUST), Bangladesh in 2024. In his undergraduate thesis, he synthesized Ti incorporated hydrogel for the photo degradation of Rhodamine B solution under solar irradiation.




Mohamed Aboughaly, a first-class honours graduate from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, has extensive experience in chemical and petrochemical engineering. He has worked with notable companies like Uhde Germany, Exxonmobil, and Toyo Japan, contributing to major projects in the MENA region. With a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, he has also served with the Canadian Nuclear Commission and the National Research Council of Canada. Mohamed holds a patent, has authored numerous publications, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Engineering, specializing in thermochemical reaction systems. He is a certified engineer by Professional Engineers Ontario and has taught various engineering courses.


Victor Eke is a spirited global citizen from Nigeria who received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering from Akwa Ibom State University in Nigeria. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at York University. His research interests encompass process modeling, simulation, optimization, and sustainable energy technologies, with a focus on advancing sustainability in mechanical engineering. His work specifically targets energy systems, carbon capture technologies, life cycle assessment (LCA), and techno-economic assessment (TEA). Victor aims to develop and optimize direct air capture (DAC) systems to concentrate CO2 for sequestration or utilization, addressing challenges such as efficiency and scalability to support decarbonization initiatives and the transition to renewable energy sources.



Felix Bourget is a second year undergraduate student of mechanical engineering. He is the helping hand around the lab and currently working on graphene nanoplatelet additives in rubber formulations for enhanced wear resistance. His motivation for research stems from a desire for a greener, more sustainable future.





Wilyam Hayelom is an aspiring mechanical engineer who enjoys the journey of academia. He finds success through his various projects. With his drive, Wilyam has a goal of working in the automotive industry. He is currently invested in nano bubbler research.






Min Khant Tun is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at York University. He is currently engaged in a research project on an Automated Drone-Based Litter Audit System. The project utilizes deep learning and machine learning for the rapid identification and classification of litter.





Luna Marouf is currently engaged in making and testing different types of filter membrane coatings for the reverse osmosis (RO) water purification system. She is also analyzing and creating samples of graphene with various functional groups, testing them using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Ultra-violet visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The testing aims to determine the potential uses of graphene. Additionally, Luna is researching different applications of functionalized graphene, such as aerogels for lithium-ion batteries, rubber tires, and rotary blades.




Garnet Maxwell an undergraduate student majoring in mechanical engineering. I am currently working on the litter audit project, which aims to use drones and object detection models to increase the efficiency of the process.





Alumni and Past Students



Liam Horrigan is a Masters student working with the lab. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in industry for several years. He is currently conducting research on anti-fouling systems for resilient water systems.



Kishon Webb is a Masters student working in the lab. He is a recent graduate of the Lassonde School of Engineering. He works on conducting ANSYS FLUENT modeling of COVID-19 aerosols.




Mubariz Nagi is a Masters student working in the lab under the co-supervision of Prof. Thomas Cooper. He is a recent graduate of the Lassonde School of Engineering. He works on Aerogel Materials for novel Water and Air Purification systems.




Brandon Truong is a Masters student working with the lab. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto in Chemistry. He is currently conducting experimental research on anti-fouling membrane coatings for resilient water systems.



Hannah Yorke Gambhir is a recent graduate of the  the Lassonde School of Engineering. She works with the lab designing renewable water treatment systems and low-cost dialysis systems. She is also the Project Manager for ESSENCE (CubeSat team at York) and the Engineering Affiliate Challenge Master for Destination Imagination. She also worked with the lab for the Helen Carswell STEAM program for Black and Indigenous high school students.



Neeha Rahman is a recent graduate of the Lassonde School of Engineering. She works with the lab designing renewable water treatment systems and low-cost dialysis systems. She also works with the lab on the Helen Carswell STEAM program for Black and Indigenous students to explore engineering.



Arma Khan is a Masters student working with the lab. She is a recent graduate from Lassonde School of Engineering. She is currently conducting research on aerosol spreading in light of current Covid-19.



Roshan Roy is a recent Lassonde Engineering graduate. He has a positive attitude when facing challenges and does not quit until the work has been done right. He has a passion for 3D modelling and simulation. He workied with the lab on COVID-19 aerosol transmission research and supporting the design and development of experimental systems.



Melina Tahami graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering. She worked with the lab for designing renewable water treatment systems and focused on wind powered systems. She is currently working at Ontario Power Generation as a 'Work Control Team Lead.'



Harman Nagra is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at the Lassonde School of Engineering. He is passionate about design and 3D modeling. He worked with the lab primarily for conducting research on Covid-19 aerosol transmission. Harman is also assisting on the design and modelling of an anti-fouling system.




Sarah Powell is an undergraduate student in Physics & Astronomy. She worked with the lab for experimental studies in water treatment for remote and resource-constrained communities.