Peter Laffin is the Business Development Director at NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration. He works alongside the technical team to develop and manage the delivery of applied research projects in collaboration with local, national and international industry partners.
Peter has a strong technical background in monitoring and measurement, and more than 18 years of industry experience in business development, project management, research and public funding. He has managed multiple teams focused on developing and supporting innovation across a number of industries including energy, water, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure.
Murali Pai, Industry Liaison
Murali Pai is the main point of contact for business development and industry outreach. He holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal. As part of his thesis on microstructure characterization, he developed a novel optical based interferometric technique for testing micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) devices in real time. In addition, he authored various technical publications during his academic research. He has eight years of experience in developing products, specifically in the Energy and Health sector. Murali’s broad understanding of engineering principles related to prototype development, electronics, and mechanical systems allows him to effectively develop project scopes in collaboration with the centre’s industrial partners.
Dr. Laura Oritz, Research Associate
Dr. Laura Ortiz is a Research Associate at CSSI. She has a BSc in Electronics Engineering, a PhD in Communications and Electronics Engineering and was Assessor of the Council on Accreditation of Engineering Education in Mexico.
Prior to joining NAIT, she held positions at Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, the Microwave Lab at the University of Alberta and the Microelectronics Lab at Texas A&M University. She is also one of the founders of the Masters in Microelectronics at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico.
Dr. Ortiz has spent over 20 years teaching topics including VLSI design and semiconductors to electronic devices and simulation software, and has published research in the areas of signal processing, microelectronics and radio frequency.
Bob Battle, Senior Technologist
Bob Battle is an electronics engineering technologist with more than 27 years of industry experience in semiconductor development, biosensors, photonics, and the manufacturing of MEMS. Before joining the centre, Bob worked as a field service engineer, equipment engineering technologist and technical consultant for a number of technology companies in North America.
Jared Coulombe, Technologist
Jared Coulombe received his diploma in Nanotechnology Systems from NAIT. Jared is experienced in applied research methodology and design of experiments, with a background in prototype development and systems integration for optical sensors. Jared is trained and experienced with LabVIEW programming and data collection. He is also a trained and certified FLIR thermal camera operator.
Alex Martinez, Instructor of Electronics Engineering Technology
Alex Martinez is a CSSI Research Associate and an instructor with the NAIT Electronics Engineering Technology program. He has Masters Degrees in Aerospace Vehicle Control Systems and Mechanical Engineering and specializes in embedded systems, communications systems, analog / digital electronics and control systems.
Alex’s recent applied research projects include the design and development of a water supply control system for a residential community, the design of the electronics and instrumentation for a small scale helicopter, the development of a user interface / data management system for the small scale helicopter ground system, and the development of the microelectronics and data acquisition module for an in-line pipeline inspection tool.
Alex has more than 30 years of experience in applied research and instructing.
Carole Edwards, Administrative Specialist Research
Carole Edwards has extensive background in financial administration, accounting and communications. Carole supports the centre with oversight on all financial administration, reporting requirements, and contracts.