Subhasis Ghoshal, Director
Subhasis Ghoshal, is a Professor of Civil Engineering and is the Director of TISED. Professor Ghoshal joined McGill after completing his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He served as McGill's Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2012. Prof. Ghoshal has lead several inter-university research projects on the use of biotechnology and nanotechnology for the environmental remediation of soils and groundwater contaminated with industrial wastes, as well as on the environmental implications of nanomaterials released from consumer and industrial products. In particular, his laboratory is developing new methods for detecting nanomaterials in environmental samples. In recognition of his research, he was appointed by McGill University as a William Dawson Scholar from 2005-2015, and is the recipient of the Discovery Accelerator Award (2016-2019) from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council. In 2010 he was appointed by the federal Minister for the Environment to the advisory panel to evaluate the environmental impacts of oil sands operations in Alberta. Prof. Ghoshal began his role as Director of TISED in 2013. subhasis.ghoshal [at] mcgill.ca (Email Subhasis).
Laxmi Sushama is a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Trottier Chair in Sustainable Engineering and Design. Following her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Melbourne and postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles, Prof. Sushama joined UQAM’s Centre pour l'étude et la simulation du climat à l'échelle régionale, where she held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Regional Climate Modelling, leveraging her research excellence in engineering hydrology, water resources engineering, climate science and earth systems dynamics. By integrating high-latitude climate processes into climate models, her research strongly influenced the most recent Canadian Regional Climate Model used by the Consortium Ouranos to provide regional climate change projections to private industry and the provincial and federal government. Since joining TISED in 2017, her research has been centred on the climate-sustainability nexus with a special emphasis on urban environments, climate resilience of infrastructure, and sustainability in engineering and design. Prof. Sushama is also the principal investigator for the NSERC-funded Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes and works closely with federal labs such as Environment and Climate Change Canada. laxmi.sushama [at] mcgill.ca (Email Laxmi).
Jeffrey Bergthorson, Associate Director
Jeffrey Bergthorson is the Associate Director of TISED and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, where he leads the Alternative Fuels Laboratory. Professor Bergthorson received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology in the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories. Prof. Bergthorson is a member of the editorial boards of Progress in Energy & Combustion Science and Combustion & Flame and a member of the Alternative Fuels and Combustion, Fuels, and Emissions technical committees of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute. As the Panda Faculty Scholar in Sustainable Engineering and a William Dawson Scholar, he leads a team conducting research on the combustion and emissions properties of alternative and sustainable fuels and the impact of these properties on their performance in current and future engine technologies. His current research focuses on developing improved combustion and NOx emissions models for gaseous and liquid biofuels through experimental and modelling studies, plasma-assisted combustion and fuel reformation for low-NOx gas turbine engines, and the use of metal powders as zero-carbon recyclable fuels for the global trade of renewable energy, power generation, and transportation. jeffrey.bergthorson [at] mcgill.ca (Email Jeffrey).
Stéfanie D. Kibsey, Manager
Specializing in advancing sustainability research, education, and industry best practices, Stéfanie joined TISED as interim manager in 2017. She holds a Bachelor degree from McGill University and an interdisciplinary Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Previously at Concordia University, Stéfanie coordinated the programs, activities, and research projects of the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, and shaped the curriculum for the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification program. While working in responsible investing at La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Stéfanie adapted water, climate change and sustainability approaches to risk management practices. Stéfanie is a published author and editor on sustainable investing, sustainable financial systems, and sustainable real estate, and her interests include environmental change, water issues, and the science-practice-policy interface. stefanie.kibsey [at] mcgill.ca (Email Stéfanie).
Irene Toffolo, Administrative Coordinator
Irene is an administrative professional with more than 15 years of experience in general administration, including coordination, logistics, customer services, public relations and finance. Her work has included supporting a range of colleagues including high-level management staff and local and international members of boards of directors. She has worked in multiple academic centres and spent the last 10 years with a non-profit organization hosted at McGill University where she played a key role ensuring activities ran smoothly. Irene holds a BA in Sociology from Concordia University, Certificate in Public Relations Management from McGill University and is presently studying to receive her Certified Associate in Project Management designation (CAPM). tised [at] mcgill.ca (Email Irene).