Abhishek (Abhi) Nanjundappa is a PhD student at SFU’s Surrey campus, studying mechatronics systems engineering (MSE). He’s collaborating with industry partner Ballard Power Systems and his PhD research focuses on the development of new simulation tools for next generation PEM fuel cell systems. This line of research could potentially result in a major scientific breakthrough towards the development of cost-effective fuel cell systems with improved performance and durability.
Abhi received his first mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree in Bangalore, India, and his Master’s degree in computational and experimental turbulence from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, with research based at the German Aerospace Center, Gottingen.
He’s well-travelled, and he believes in contributing to his community. He’s a student representative in the Engineering Graduate Student Association at SFU, and this June, he’ll also participating in a heroic fundraising effort to contribute to the Canadian community — he’ll be cycling on the Ride2Survive from Kelowna to Vancouver in one day, to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
It’s a punishing effort, covering two mountain passes and cycling on the Coquihalla. The riders pay their own way to do it, so that all of the funds they raise go to cancer research, nothing to adminstrative costs. If you’d like to donate a few dollars towards his fundraising goal (and get a tax-deductible receipt), please visit his fundraising page at the Canadian Cancer society.
He’s doing this to help eradicate cancer as well improve the quality of life for those already affected by cancer.
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