Melissa Barazandegan

Research Topic

Assessment of type II diabetes mellitus

Research Group

Process control engineering

Research Description

We mathematically modeled type II diabetes mellitus using a stochastic nonlinear state-space model under various levels of randomly missing clinical data. We resorted to online Sequential Monte Carlo estimation of states and parameters of the state-space model for type II diabetic patients. We propose utilizing a validated robust model-based FD technique for detecting faults in the insulin infusion system and detecting patients organ dysfunction.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I enjoyed participating in different workshop offered by GSS and CHBE department for graduate students like career fair events, resume, and CV workshops etc.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

The big surprise about life in Vancouver is the rain. If you would like to study at UBC, don't forget to pack your luggage with an umbrella, a rain jacket and boots.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC is one of the best ranked universities in Canada. It offers different opportunities for graduate students who aim to develop their skills and knowledge for their next level of lives. Graduate students from UBC have access to so many workshops such as social networking, writing a resume, being confident etc.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

The combination between biomedical engineering and process control engineering is an interesting research topic offered at the department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at UBC.

 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I love doing research and learning new things since I will get bored easily if I have to do a routine job. I decided to get my PhD to continue my career in a research-based company.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

My favorite hobby during my PhD is to go to zumba dance class offered by the GSS and drinking coffee with my classmate during the coffee break session offered by CHBE at UBC.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Be motivated and innovative to do novel research at UBC since everything is prepared by the university for you to be successful.

What was your Mitacs internship, and how did it contribute to your professional development?

Including an abundant supply of natural gas, British Columbia will become a leading contender for liquefied natural gas (LNG) growth and export, which can support economic activity in the province for over 150 years. Simulation of LNG plants is critical since the investigation and review of critical plant design elements will significantly improve plant performance and the safety and reliability of plant operations. Furthermore, design changes can be implemented at a low cost providing significant savings during a plant's lifetime. In addition, process simulator is required to understand actual plant transients and dynamics, to examine and verify control schemes, and to review plant procedures, to examine process upsets, including process startups and shutdowns. In this research project, the intern is focused on simulation of the BC LNG plant executed by Amec Foster Wheeler Company to provide a sustainable solution during Front End Engineering Design (FEED) of a LNG project, which respects environmental limits while fulfilling social and economical needs.