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About ARIES

About ARIES

The ARIES team on a zoom call

Driving research and innovation, inside and outside of the classroom.

Our History

Centennial College is located in Ontario’s Greater Toronto Area, which is one of the most ethnically diverse urban areas in North America. Centennial attracts students from around the world - including countries like China, India, South Korea and Brazil. This rich international heritage impacts our awareness of diverse perspectives, enhancing our innovative approach to partnership building and industry-facing applied research engagements.

Centennial is one of Canada's top colleges for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Leading Centennial’s applied research activities is the department of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES), which brings together multiple research centres and entrepreneurship activity with a physical presence in three of Centennial’s five campuses. In this integrated form, ARIES serves dozens of industry partners each year, helping them to solve research-related challenges and grow their businesses.

Our Role

ARIES brings students and faculty together to solve practical industry problems, providing real-world experience in the process. Our focus is on providing solutions that are both practical and cost effective.

ARIES also works to support a consistent college-wide approach to the research enterprise, through the Centennial Applied Research and Innovation Fund (ARIF) for faculty-led projects, research and training workshops held throughout the year, the activities of both the Centennial College Research Board (CCRB) and the college’s Research Ethics Board (REB). We seek to empower our students to become changemakers by exposing them to research and entrepreneurship opportunities through paid internships and experiential learning opportunities.

Our Priorities

With our new research initiatives, we strengthen our commitment to addressing the changing world of work. Our research seeks to recognize the issues facing our community, and to champion issues faced by marginalized groups – pushing the limits of what a college can do. We map all of our activities to the global canvass of sustainability as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our entrepreneurship activities focus on both social entrepreneurship and traditional entrepreneurship offerings, and are also mapped against the UN SDG framework. We also support established business ventures through our business innovation and growth program.

Our Applied Research activities focus on real world solutions for industry partners and our community. Our impact is directed on then embedding research project outcomes into curricula, to provide students with the most up-to-date skills needed to excel in their careers.

Visit our Areas of Activity to see how ARIES is driving research and innovation inside and outside of the classroom.


Our Team

In addition to our core team members below, ARIES also includes hundreds of dedicated students, faculty, staff and industry partners who support projects advancing Centennial’s work to change lives and transform communities.

Administrative Team

Team Member Position
Jonathan Hack Executive Director
Bonnie Chung Administrative Coordinator
Joanne Pan Manager, Finance Operations & Risk
Yeshi Dolma Finance & Administration Officer
Sayyeda Masood Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Research and Innovation Team

Team Member Position
Dr. Eric Blaise Director, Applied Research & Innovation
(Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing)
Dr. Purnima Tyagi Director, WIMTACH, Data Analytics & Digital Health Technologies
Dr. Jordan Wosnick Manager, Research & Innovation Engagement
Jeziel Vidad Research Project Manager, WIMTACH
Dr. Lauren Wolman Manager, Social Innovation Research
Dr. Pouria Tavakkoli Avval Research Associate
Majura Maheswaran Research Associate
Dr. Yashodhan Athavale Research Associate
Erika Oliveira Project Coordinator
Sandra Munoz Ortegon Project Coordinator
Milad Hoorzad Project Coordinator

Entrepreneurship Team

Team Member Position
Lalit Guglani Manager, Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Gabriella Zoltan-Johan Manager, Startup Programs & Services
Jennifer McIlroy Lead, Story Arts Entrepreneurship

 

Current Areas of Activity

Centennial has a priority to equip our students to be agile self-navigators and resilient in their educational and career journeys, and ARIES’ ongoing research activities are evidence of these priorities.

These are just some of the many areas where we are engaged with local, provincial and national organizations in research-oriented activity with real-world applications.

We are also interested in projects that fall outside these sectors. If you have an idea for a market-ready solution that changes perceptions, all while impacting the lives of our students, our faculty, our partners and the world at large, e-mail us at aries@centennialcollege.ca.