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Dr. Lorne Sulsky

Faculty of Business Administration

Dr. Lorne Sulsky comes to Memorial from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, where he served as professor and head of the organizational behaviour and human resource management area. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Dr. Sulsky’s research interests focus on performance management and work stress. In particular, he has studied the meaning and measurement of work performance; electronic monitoring of work performance; rater decision-making strategies; how employees cope with stress; ways of improving the quality of personnel assessment; and how managers decide upon the ethicality of employee behaviours.

Dr. Sulsky served as the editor of Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science for five years and he is currently sitting on the editorial board of Human Performance, Journal of Applied Psychology, Canadian Journal of Administrative Science, and the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science. In 2003, he was elected Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

In addition to his involvement in the academic community, Dr. Sulsky frequently works as a consultant in the business community, offering his expertise to organizations in the private and public sector. He is also a member of the board of directors for the National Institute of Disability Management and Research.

Since coming to Memorial, he has taught undergraduate courses in recruitment and selection and advanced human resource management.

Dr. Rober Martínez-Espiñeira

Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Rober Martínez-Espiñeira is an associate professor of economics in the Faculty of Arts and is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Dr. Martínez-Espiñeira’s research is in applied econometrics with a focus on environmental economics. His recent projects involve issues of non-market valuation of natural resources, such as the estimation of the value of recreation sites (i.e. Gros Morne) and the valuation of wildlife such as whales.

Having arrived in Canada in 2001 after completing his PhD thesis at the University of York in the U.K., Dr. Martínez-Espiñeira spent several years at the economics department of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish prior to arriving at Memorial.

Born in a small town in Galicia, Dr. Martínez-Espiñeira has completely acclimatized to his new city of St. John’s and is thoroughly enjoying his role at Memorial.

“I love the fact that there are so many postgraduate research possibilities on natural resources and the natural environmental. Having moved from an institution focused on undergraduate teaching only, this is a major bonus. Oh yeah, and the view of The Narrows from the library.”

Dr. Yan Zhang

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

On July 12, Dr. Yan Zhang joined Memorial’s University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as an assistant professor of process engineering. She’ll teach her students about mass transfer, downstream processing and compact process equipment design. Having just finished her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario and making the move to Newfoundland, she’s very excited about the opportunity this new position will give her to interact with students.

“The most exciting part is the chance to work with a young generation. I have an opportunity to find out how they think and their interests. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with them and, in turn, learning from them and their way of thinking,” she said.

Dr. Zhang is from Tianjin, a city of about 12 million people in northeastern China, and obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Tianjin University in 1990 and 2002 respectively. In 2006, she received a PhD in chemical and biochemical engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Zhang’s research involves the application of experimental and computational methods to the analysis of various complicated separation and reaction processes.

“My research interests include the study of integrated separation and reaction system for environmentally-benign products, enantio-selective crystallization for the resolution of optical isomers, as well as the green recovery of precious metals through biosorption,” she explained.

Dr. Zhang enjoys reading and cooking in her spare time. Her husband and son are huge outdoors fans and enjoy fishing and sports.

Dr. Syed Imtiaz

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Syed Imtiaz joined Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in March as an assistant professor in process engineering. And, although a long way from home, he feels that St. John’s is not so different from growing up in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

“Sylhet is very similar to St. John’s. It rains very heavily, sometimes incessantly for weeks. Landscape wise it has small hills. Because of rain and hills, Sylhet has many tea gardens. In my childhood I spent quite a bit of my time in those tea gardens, close to nature,” he said.

Dr. Imtiaz received his B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 1997, graduating first in his class. He then enrolled at the University of Calgary and obtained his M.Sc. in chemical engineering, with a specialization in environmental engineering. From there, he completed his PhD in process control from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Imtiaz’s background is in process control and, as a result, he’s acting as a control and simulation person in the faculty. Currently, he’s teaching mathematical methods for process engineering but in the future he hopes to teach more courses in the controls area.

His research interests include statistical process control and non-linear model predictive control.

“I want to build intelligent process monitoring systems for processes. For example, offshore oil and gas processing industries off Newfoundland. These monitoring systems will give early warnings to process faults, and prevent any catastrophic faults, like that in the Gulf of Mexico. My vision is to have a monitoring system, where operators from a centrally located control room monitor many remote processeses,” he said.

When asked what he’s most excited about when it comes to his teaching gig here at Memorial, he said it’s the freedom to pursue his research.

“Over the years I have been involved in research and from my years in the industry, I have got many ideas that I would like to pursue. Now I have a real chance to follow my dreams.”