Giovanni Grasselli

Principal Investigator

Email: giovanni.grasselli@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-0125
Office: GB327

Professor Giovanni Grasselli

NSERC - Energi Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics

Biography

Giovanni Grasselli is a Professor and the NSERC/Energi Simulation Industrial Research Chair in Fundamental Petroleum Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on hybrid finite-discrete element (FDEM) numerical technology, experimental visualization techniques, and geomechanics principles applied to the study of tunneling and hydraulic fracturing. He received the prestigious ISRM Rocha Medal (2004) for best thesis worldwide in rock mechanics and supervised two Rocha Medal winners (2015 and 2017). Through the start-up company Geomechanica Inc., the FDEM technology is currently commercialized and translated to engineering practice.

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Awards

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Scholarships

Current Members

Afeez Popoola

PhD Student

Aly Abdelaziz

PhD Candidate

Aref Rizehbandi

PhD Student

Earl Magsipoc

PhD Student

Gili Lifshitz Sherzer

Postdoctoral Researcher

Johnson Ha

Research Associate

Julie Younes

PhD Student

Kareem Aboayanah

PhD Student

Katia Ossetchkina

MASc Student

Lei Sun

Postdoctoral Researcher

Mei Li

PhD Student

Pengfei Zhao

PhD Student

Yu Wang

MASc Student

Yunkun Wang

PhD Student

Yusheng Qiu

Research Associate

Alumni

Andrea Lisjak

PhD Graduate

Numerical Modelling Lead – Geomechanica Inc.

Anton Biryukov

MASc Graduate

Data Scientist – Pason

Athena Pirayehgar

Postdoctoral Researcher

Geomechanics Consultant – RockEng Inc.

Ben Cottrell

MEng Graduate

Mine Planning – Torex Gold Resources Inc.

Bryan Tatone

PhD Graduate

Technical Lead Experimental Geomechanics – Geomechanica Inc.

Daniel Figi

MEng Graduate

Engineering Geologist – BTG Büro für Technische Geologie AG

Hongyuan Zhou

Hongyuan (Henry) Zhou

MASc Graduate

Jiazheng (Jeremy) Hu

MASc Graduate

Rhino Carbon Fiber – Technical Engineering Manager

Mark Slater

MEng Graduate

Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Supervisor – Teck Coal Ltd.

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Mostafa Khorshidi

MASc Graduate

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)

Nicola Tisato

Postdoctoral Researcher

Assistant Professor – The University of Texas at Jackson School of Geosciences 

Olga Kovaleva

PhD Student

Research Assistant at University of Massachusetts Lowell

Omid Mahabadi

PhD Graduate

President & CEO – Geomechanica Inc.

Qi Zhao

PhD Graduate

Assistant Professor – Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Paola Miglietta

PhD Graduate

Engineering Intern – RJC Engineers

Simon Harvey

MASc Graduate

Thurber Engineering Ltd.

Tahirou Assane

PhD Student

Director of Operations and Program – Brightline Initiative

Tyler Hilkewich

MEng Graduate

Mining Consultant – Outliers Mining Solutions

Vahid Afroughsabet

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Wei Wei

Postdoctoral Researcher

Xinglong Zhao

Visiting PhD Student

Xinting Zhang

Xinting Zhang

Visiting PhD Student

Yuan Chen

Visiting PhD Student