Professor Sushanta K. Mitra
Co-Founder and CEO

Professor Sushanta Mitra is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, he was the Associate Vice-President Research and Kaneff Professor in Micro & Nanotechnology for Social Innovation at the York University. His research interests are in the fundamental understanding of fluid transport in micro and nano-scale confinements with applications in energy, environmental monitoring, and bio-systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, which includes publications in Nature Publishing Group, American Physical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society and Elsevier journals. His research has been featured by number of media outlets including Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Times of India. He has delivered over 100 invited lectures across the world including the 2012 Lester Pearson Lecture.

He was one of the founding members of the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence, IC-IMPACTS where he served as the Associate Scientific Director and the Theme Lead for Integrated Water Management. For his contributions in engineering and sciences, he has been elected as the Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Canadian Academy for Engineering (CAE), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also a Fellow of the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) and the recipient of 2015 Engineering Excellence Medal from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.


Dr. Naga Siva Kumar Gunda
Co-Founder and CTO

Dr. Naga Siva Kumar Gunda is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Micro & Nano-scale Transport Laboratory, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo. For more than 10 years, Dr. Gunda has developed several rapid detection systems in the area of healthcare and environmental sectors. He is an active researcher and entrepreneur. His research interests involve the application of microfluidics for bio, energy and environmental systems. Dr. Gunda received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2014 under the supervision of Professor Sushanta Mitra. Prior to that Dr. Gunda received his M.Tech degree with Gold Medal in Reliability Engineering in 2008 from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India and his B.Tech degree with Gold Medal in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 2006.


Sarah Howe, MBA

Sarah Howe is the Director, Innovation York, which is the innovation office for York University. Prior to joining York, Sarah worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in contracts and business development roles. Sarah was instrumental in developing the vision for and launching Innovation York within the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation. As Director, she leads a team of thirteen; her responsibilities include the strategic direction and day to day management of five service units: agreements, industry liaison, knowledge mobilization, commercialization and entrepreneurship, as well as managing startup accelerators on and off-campus and the strategic development of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across the campus. Sarah is providing necessary support towards commercialization, investments and agreements for Glacierclean.

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Christopher Schwartze

Commercialization Manager

Christopher Schwartze is the commercialization Manager at Innovation York working in support of Glacierclean, as we execute early-stage business development.