Faculty

Olivera Kesler, ScD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cell Materials and Manufacturing

Research: Solid oxide fuel cells; fuel cell materials and manufacturing; graded and multi-layered materials; plasma spray and sol gel processing; increasing reliability; durability and decreasing cost of clean energy conversion technologies.

Laboratory: Fuel Cell Materials and Manufacturing Lab

Email: kesler@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3835 | Office: MC332

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Energy and Environmental Engineering

Biosketch

Olivera Kesler joined the University of Toronto in 2007 and initiated the Fuel Cell Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory, FCMML. The goal of all of the research work in FCMML is to enhance environmental sustainability by developing cleaner energy conversion technologies that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions compared to combustion-based power generation methods. Research projects are conceived with the goal of tackling the largest challenges preventing the widespread use of fuel cell technologies – cost, durability, and reliability. The ultimate objective of the work is to facilitate the widest and fastest possible adoption of cleaner energy conversion technologies in order to maximize their environmental benefit.

The main focus of the research in FCMML is on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. SOFCs are the most efficient known energy conversion device for the production of electricity from a variety of fuels, including renewable biomass, hydrogen, or natural gas, with no smog-forming emissions. However, their use remains severely limited by high costs, as well as by low durability and reliability. Current projects are aimed at drastically lowering the cost and improving the durability of fuel cells through the use of new materials and processing techniques to produce fuel cells more rapidly using a process that is easily scaleable for mass production. Work is also focused on understanding the electrochemical performance and degradation behaviour of SOFCs, in order to develop strategies to increase their durability.

Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering
Director, Centre for Maintenance Optimization & Reliability Engineering (C-MORE)

Research: Stochastic models; robust/dynamic decision making; statistical learning; reliability and maintenance.

Laboratory: Centre for Maintenance Optimization & Reliability Engineering (C-MORE)

Email: mikekim@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-2710 | Office: BA8134

Research Areas

  1. Operations Research

Biosketch

Mike Kim holds a PhD (2012) from the University of Toronto, and was previously an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Berkeley (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research) and the National University of Singapore Business School (Decision Sciences) from 2012-2014.

His research focuses on the interplay between statistical learning (i.e. learning from data) and dynamic optimization (i.e. making adaptive decisions), with applications to problems that arise in operations research, business analytics, and maintenance and reliability. His work has appeared in journals such as Operations Research and Management Science.

Mike is the director of the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE), which focuses on real-world research in engineering asset management.
Roy H. Kwon, PhD, LEL

Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Mathematical optimization and its applications in logistics; supply-chain Management; financial engineering (asset allocation, option pricing); smart material design.

Email: rkwon@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3274 | Office: MC320

Research Areas

  1. Operations Research

Biosketch

Roy H. Kwon is currently associate professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus. Also, he is a member of the faculty in the Masters of Mathematical Finance (MMF) Program at U of T.

He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in operations research from the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2002. His research focuses on financial engineering (portfolio optimization, asset allocation, risk management, and option pricing) and supply chain management (logistics and production control).

Dr. Kwon has published articles in such journals as Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, the European Journal of Operational Research, and Operations Research Letters, among others. In addition, he has worked and consulted in the use of operations research (optimization) for the military, financial, and service sectors.