Energy Research Team
Wayne Groszko is a consultant, researcher, teacher, and speaker in energy sustainability with 13 years of experience. He has completed work for the Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power, the Community Energy Co-operative of New Brunswick, and the Ecology Action Centre. Wayne also works as an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University and completed a study on the solar energy industry in Atlantic Canada for Solar Nova Scotia. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University.
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 of 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.
An Electronic Engineering Technologist graduate of NSCC, Ryan works on troubleshooting, repairing equipment, implementing electronics into energy technologies, and programming Internet of Things devices in the AERLab. With a strong interest in robotics, he's keen to learn more on automation or facilitation processes and data collection.
In his spare time Ryan enjoys tinkering with electronic devices and building computers. Passionate about work being done in the AERLab, he believes that through sustainable resources and energy, we can mend the planet and progress into a future that benefits everyone.
With the AERLab, Dane is developing a system to measure the temperature gradients in electric domestic hot water tanks to inform smart control systems. Since 2009, he has worked in fields of building science and energy management and has extensive experience with energy data analysis, energy auditing, and energy education.
In 2016, Dane received his Masters of Applied Science from Dalhousie University, specializing in Mechanical Engineering where his research focused on characterizing residential hot water and electricity consumption profiles. Dane also teaches courses about energy efficiency and renewable energy at Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities and provides energy consulting services.
A recent graduate from the NSCC Electronics Engineering Technology program, Cole was hired to help the team on various renewable energy projects by integrating electronic systems to gather a range of data, such as solar energy, water temperatures, and water flow.
Cole began working with microcontrollers back in high school, first in the Arduino IDE and then continued onto Espressif’s ESP boards for Internet of Things development.
His interests are robotics, computers and smart technology such as the Sidewalk Labs ‘smart city’ project. Intrigued by the idea of using renewable energy and automation to improve traffic, pollution, and buildings, Cole is pleased to be starting his career at NSCC in the AERLab.
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.
After completing a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computing Science at Saint Mary's University, Ben moved onto the Electronic Engineering Technology program at NSCC where he graduated with honors. While studying at NSCC, Ben worked part time in the AERLab where he designed a remote-controlled, self-balancing robot and created a client-server based system.
Ben now works full time with AER on Internet of Things (IoT) development and is applying a data acquisition device that he built to measure water temperature stratification in domestic hot water heaters. He's also administering an online user account for viewing data from the Halifax Solar City Program.
A graduate from the NSCC Electronic Engineering program, Ethan's primary focus in the AERLab is battery monitoring systems. He's tasked with developing a device that is capable of giving accurate estimations of battery characteristics, such as state of charge and the amount of time before the batteries are depleted.
He handles the maintenance on the lab's 3D printer and has a knack for troubleshooting integrated circuits. A team player, Ethan enjoys collaborating with his coworkers on the different projects being carried out in the AERLab.
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'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.
With the AERLab team and in collaboration with industry partners such as SKYLIT and LED Roadways Ltd, Laura develops, manages and reports on applied energy research projects.
Laura is a mechanical engineer with 13 years’ progressive experience at a public utility in the areas of non-destructive testing (NDT) and nuclear waste management.
Laura is a graduate of Dalhousie University, where she developed her passion for environmental sustainability and social justice. As an active citizen, Laura volunteers her time with numerous groups. She chairs the Engineers Nova Scotia Sustainability Committee and is a public member of the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia. As a Climate Reality Leader, she presents slideshows on climate change facts and solutions to adult and school aged audiences.