Vida Scientific Advisory Board was assembled to assist with the enhancement of the Cleanalytic™ converter technology for the present and future emission standards. VSAB is chaired by Dr. Voislav Blagojevic and includes the following members:
Voislav Blagojevic, Ph.D. Dr. Blagojevic has managed the development of Vida technology since 2008. He has 15 years of research experience and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from York University, Toronto, Ontario.
Peter Belshaw, B.Sc., Ph.D. Dr. Belshaw is the Director at Chipcare Inc., President / CEO at Best Sensors Inc. and an active angel investor. His background includes teaching Chemistry at McMaster University, Consultant at Scientific Consulting, Co-Founder/Director at Genetic Assemblies. His education includes Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and University of Waterloo.
Robert Hayes, B.Sc., B.Eng., Ph.D. Dr. Hayes is a Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta and is currently the Associate Chair (graduate studies) of the department. His expertise is in catalytic reaction engineering, environmental catalysis, and alternative fuels. He received his B.Sc. and B.Eng. degrees from Dalhousie University in 1977 and 1979 respectively; and Ph.D. at the University of Bath, graduating in 1983.
Fengjun Yan, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Dr. Yan is an Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He received his B.Sc. in the Department of Control Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2004, and his M.Sc. in the Department of Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2006. From 2006 to 2007, he worked as an engineer in FEV. Inc. China. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 2012.
John Wood, B.Sc., P.Eng. John Wood served more than 25 years in the Engineering and Product Planning Department at General Motors of Canada in Oshawa, Ontario, in a variety of technology and R&D management roles. More recently, he consulted with Toyota Canada in the area of government affairs. His professional experiences have included vehicle testing, various systems design roles, vehicle planning, the management of cross-platform technologies and technology planning, and R&D management. John has served on a number of research and innovation related committees in Canada, including within NSERC, the AUTO21 NCE, the CAPC Innovation Working Group and the Innovation Council of the Conference Board of Canada. John joined the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in early April of 2009, and is the new Executive Director of the Project Office of Automotive Partnership Canada (APC), located in Mississauga, Ontario.
William Epling, Ph.D. Dr. Epling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, and currently the Associate Chair and Undergraduate Program Director for the department. Prior to joining academia, he followed a relatively unique path that has given him a broad perspective in the field of environmental catalysis, including catalyst design, manufacture, characterization and application. This was accomplished working across a spectrum of locations; a national lab (Pacific Northwest National Lab), in academia (University of Waterloo and University of Houston), a catalyst manufacturing company (EmeraChem) and an engine manufacturer (Cummins Inc). His research has most recently focused on diesel and natural gas engine emissions reduction and utilization of natural gas in the production of value-added chemicals.