Professor Naomi Zimmerman

Principal Investigator (CV)

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Sakshi Jain

Ph.D. Candidate
M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, USA (2017)
B.Tech. CEPT University, India (2016)


Bio: Sakshi is a PhD student under Dr. Zimmerman in the department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. After completing a Bachelor of Technology from Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in India and a Master’s in Science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the US, she joined UBC in 2018 to help mitigate the gender ratio in the department. Broadly speaking, her research interest lies at the intersection of air quality and climate change. Her current project aligns with her interest, where she is going to look at the impact of usage of kerosene in indoor environments (in India), and the atmospheric and health benefits of replacing the kerosene with solar microgrids. When Sakshi is not being an air quality nerd, she spends her time swimming, playing board games and trying new food joints – not in that particular order, though.

iREACH for awareness about Climate Change and Air Quality Impacts in underdeveloped parts of the world and for more people to join the fight against global warming.”

Mrinmoy Chakraborty

Ph.D. Candidate
M.Tech. IIT Kanpur, India (2016)
B.Tech. West Bengal University of Technology (2013)


Bio: Mrinmoy is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering jointly supervised by Prof. Amanda Giang. He has completed masters in Environmental Engineering and Management from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata. He is interested in working with field observations of air pollutants using low cost sensors and evaluating the energy policies with the help of chemical transport models. His focus will be on the tools for assessing energy and health policies in developing countries like India using both numerical simulations and field studies.

i want to REACH the dark corners of air quality and climate change research, illuminate them, and make our world a better and healthier place to live.”

Bingqi Liu

M.A.Sc. Candidate
B.Eng. Jilin University, China (2018)



Bio: Bingqi joined iREACH as a MASc student in September 2018, working with Dr. Naomi Zimmerman. Before that, he graduated from Jilin University, China, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (2014-2018). During his undergraduate studies, he majored in Internal Combustion Engines. He has been awarded several awards from the government, school, and industry. In 2017, he visited UBC to worked with Dr. Steve Rogak in the Aerosol Lab as a research intern supported by Mitacs Globalink and decided to join UBC at the end of his internship. Bingqi’s research interest is about pollution caused by transportation systems. Currently he is working on projects involving calibration of instruments and field measurements of pollutants in order to quantify the real-world pollution from vehicles. Bingqi thinks his life is a journey, so he would like to explore and find new things. He thinks that is why he decided to do research in a country far away from home.

iREACH for better methods for quantifying the influence of transportation technologies on urban air quality.”

Melanie MacArthur

M.A.Sc. Candidate
B.Sc. Dalhousie University (2017)



Bio: Melanie in an MASc student studying under Dr. Naomi Zimmerman in the Mechanical Engineering department. Melanie graduated in 2017 from her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Dalhousie University. After graduation, Melanie worked for the National Research Council of Canada researching toxic compounds produced by algae and cyanobacteria. Most of her work focused on high resolution LC-MS monitoring of Nova Scotia lake water for anatoxin-a and microcystins, potent neurological toxins that wildlife and domestic animals every year. During this time, Melanie developed a passion for working on environment and health related issues.

Working with Vancouver Coastal Health, Melanie is using the UBC PLUME (Portable Laboratory for Understanding human-Made Emissions) to monitor carbon monoxide, NOx, ozone and PM2.5. This will generate a better understanding of how many daycares are affected by traffic-related air pollution, and if measure need to be taken to improve air quality.

iREACH for a better understanding of how anthropogenic air pollution affects our climate and health, and finding creative solutions to reduce our carbon footprint as a species.”


Zoe LeHong

B.A.Sc. Researcher (MECH 493)
Integrated Engineering, Civil/Mechanical UBC (2020)


  • Katia Cantu – MITACS Globalink Intern (2019) – Currently Industrial Engineering Student, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico