Energy Research Team


Hazem Ajlani, B.Eng, M.Eng
Hazem Ajlani, B.Eng, M.Eng

Research Associate

Through research and a hands-on approach, Hazem provides professional and technical solutions to projects that benefit the local community. His strength and dedication to bring innovative ideas to reality help AER reach its goals, and have jumpstarted his career and vision to help realize a clean, green, energy dream.

Hazem completed his Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University where his focus was on renewable energy. With an interest in renewable energy resources, battery technology and smart grids, he is thrilled to be part of a research team dedicated to utilizing cutting-edge technology in these areas.

Tomi Allen, B.Eng
Tomi Allen, B.Eng

Research Associate

Tomi oversees and manages data analytics in the Applied Energy Research Lab (AERLab). With more than 10 years of experience in the field of renewable energy, Tomi serves as a knowledgeable mentor to the lab assistants. Highly skilled in solar water heating systems, he previously worked at a local solar heating company researching and developing solar powered electrical and mechanical products.

With a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Western Ontario and extensive experience in renewables, Tomi has the skills needed to refine and improve Applied Energy Research energy projects.

Jérémie Bernardin
Jérémie Bernardin

Research Associate

Jérémie develops and improves upon project management processes and daily operations in the lab to ensure the team stays on task. A diverse career in government, non-for-profit and automotive manufacturers, such as Mercedes Benz Canada, led Jérémie to specialize in electric vehicles. While working for a small electric motorcycle manufacturer and on an electric vehicle awareness campaign, he also taught, trained and presented on electric vehicle technology.

Environmentally versed and passionate about leading projects around technology advancements and ecology, Jérémie found a fitting home at NSCC Applied Research and is putting good use to his Advanced Project Management Certificate from Langara College.

Arthur Bondar
Arthur Bondar

Lab Assistant

Arthur specializes in integrating electronic controls into energy related products. His focus in the AERLab is around the ‘Internet of Things,’ using webserver and data storage, with the use of a database. His goal is to provide remote access to data collected from multiple monitoring devices, which aid researchers in making calculations and predictions.

An international student, Arthur is originally from Israel and has a diploma in Electronics and Computer Engineering from Amit Technology College in Israel. He is currently pursuing his second diploma in electronics discipline from NSCC.

Thomas Crowell, BS
Thomas Crowell, BS

Research Associate

Thomas Crowell is the AERLab’s data scientist; he's responsible for data management, data analysis and predictive modelling. With five years’ experience in data analytics, he's worked in tidal energy, emergency communications data, and on clinical trials to name a few. Thomas' knowledge and expertise have been extremely valuable to the team.

In 2015, Thomas received his Bachelor’s in Science, specializing in statistics and mathematics from Dalhousie. He is currently at Dalhousie pursuing a Master of Computer Science, with certification in big text data.

Nicki Hall, BA, ADpPR
Nicki Hall, BA, ADpPR

Marketing Coordinator

Nicki leads the AER team on the planning and execution of strategic communications. She is dedicated to helping the program share its role in advancing clean energy technologies and services in Atlantic Canada. Previous work at a fast-paced public relations firm, equipped Nicki with the experience to communicate clearly and timely with partners, stakeholders and staff. She has coordinated logistics and team management for multiple events.

A graduate of Dalhousie University and NSCC, her worldly experience, background in public relations, and interest in sustainability make her a valuable asset to the team.

Michael Morrissey
Michael Morrissey

Research Assistant

Michael works to improve multiple projects in the AERLab, such as - solar monitoring systems, heat release systems and smart grid technologies. He’s currently enrolled at NSCC in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. This part-time work enables him to apply the electrical skills he’s learning in class, to real industry projects taking place in the lab.

In 2017, Michael placed fourth in mechatronics at The Skills Canada National Competition. His team was recognized for their skills in mechatronics, assembling, troubleshooting, and programing Festo products.

James (Jamie) Thomson, B.Eng
James (Jamie) Thomson, B.Eng

Project Coordinator

Jamie coordinates the NSCC AER-Lab's student and industry projects, bringing over 30 years of design, procurement and test experience to this task. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in Mechanical Engineering, Jamie has extensive experience packaging scientific, aerospace and military electronics for use in harsh environments. 

He is well versed in building science, electricity policy and efficiency programs. A certified Passive House Designer, he works at the AERLab to demonstrate innovative ways to integrate renewable energy and energy storage systems into the existing built environment. 

Jacob Woods, ESET
Jacob Woods, ESET

Research Assistant

Jacob's focus in the AERLab is on micro and smart grid technologies. He started his career in the oil and gas sector and moved onto energy efficiency and sustainability. With experience in advanced building standards and practices – such as Passive Haus and LEED, he is responsible for testing the functionality and performance of the lab’s containerized and home-model microgrids. 

A graduate of NSCC's ESET program, Jacob recently won first place for his senior project in the Technology Report Contest hosted by The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board in Ottawa. His report was on the integration of lithium-ion battery storage and re-timing of solar energy for a home-heating application.

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