Centennial Researchers

Dr. Yang Wang is a professor at department of Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Technology (AMAT), School of Engineering Technology and Applied Sciences (SETAS). Yang holds a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer engineering with a focus on renewable energy/power system and a M.S degree in Laser physics focus on photo-electronics. Before this position, Yang had more than 6 years extensive R&D experience in testing and optimization of hybrid electrical power generator with renewable power sources including Fuel Cell/Battery/Supercapacitor. Yang is author of two US patents in this field. He also has more than 10 years industry R&D experience in photo electronic sensing systems design for auto-sensing and auto-control systems such as fuel cell test stations, laser rangefinders, intelligent surveillance camera sensor system, etc.

Besides the teaching,Yang is the Principal Investigator of several government sponsored projects that focus on renewable energy power system. He is responsible for research project management and providing expertise in designing, testing and optimizing the hydrogen and hybrid electrical power generators with renewable-power sources such as fuel cell/battery/supercapacitors.
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Mihail Plesca, Ph.D. has over 20 years’ experience in design, research, development and testing of solar energy engineering systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. His Ph.D. thesis has been focused on the development of techniques for design and optimization of solar thermal heating systems coupled with heat pumps. Dr. Plesca has authored/coauthored over 90 publications including book chapters, research journal/conference papers, national codes in construction, research reports and one patent (on flat-plate solar air collector). His research interests include: renewable energy research and development; solar buildings & systems simulation; hybrid solar/wind systems; modeling, design & optimization of solar thermal engineering systems coupled with heat pumps; solar flat plate water & air collectors; and energy efficient & net-zero energy buildings. He previously taught undergraduate and graduate engineering courses such as heat generation plants (HGP), renewable energy sources (RES), energy efficient buildings (EEB) and the fundamentals of ecology and air protection (FEAP) at the Technical University of Moldova from 1986 to 2008. Dr. Plesca supervised and evaluated over 140 undergraduate students’ graduation theses and three Master’s theses in the areas of RES, EEB and HVAC. Mihail was the coordinator of research activity in the Department of Heat and Gas Supply and Ventilation, Technical University of Moldova from 1989 to 2008. During that time, he conducted research on over 20 scientific projects, as principal investigator for most.

Mihail joined Centennial College in 2010 as a Co-Investigator of a CONII project on simulation and optimization of solar PV/wind hybrid systems for street-lighting applications. In 2011-2012 he was Co-Investigator of two FedDev projects on off-grid hybrid solar PV/wind street light systems – validation and optimization. He is Principal Investigator of the “Solar Energy Research Facility” currently being set up at Centennial College with funding from the NSERC-ARTI grant. He is also developing two Courses for a new 4-year Bachelor Degree program in Energy Engineering Systems Management at the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Sciences (including curriculum and binder development - lecture notes, labs, and tests). Dr. Plesca is a LEED Green Associate accredited professional. He is a Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
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