ICUBE’s alumna in UofT’s 5 Engineering women to watch

Congratulations to our ICUBE alumna Natalia Mykhaynova for being named one of the five UofT Engineering women to watch! Natalia, who is graduating with a PhD, has showed her passion to improve air quality throughout her journey at the university of Toronto.

Her thesis focused on the development of low-cost, portable detectors that can quickly report the levels of common air pollutants, such as ozone, nitric oxides, fine particulate matter and volatile organic compounds. You may remember hearing about these devices in the news during the 2015 Pan Am Games where they were used to monitor Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), and record information that helped people reduce the negative health impacts of air pollution.

During her PhD, Natalia has founded two startups and in 2017 she was named in the Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability by Corporate Knights magazine. ICUBE had the pleasure of being part of Natalia’s entrepreneurial journey with her startup Cleanopy, which centered on a portable air purification device designed to protect young children from air pollution.

Currently her most recent startup venture WeavAir, is developing technology that could be integrated into current HVAC systems to save energy, improve indoor air quality and reduce costs. WeavAir is creating both the advanced sensors and the software — including artificial intelligence algorithms — needed to analyze the data, predict outcomes and adjust operation modes appropriately.

Way to go Natalia!

Original article found at UofT Engineering News, by Tyler Irving

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