IESVic Team

Andrew Rowe

Dr. Andrew Rowe

Acting Director, 2023

Dr. Andrew Rowe completed his undergraduate work in mechanical engineering at Royal Military College in 1992 and went on to serve in the Canadian Navy as a Marine Systems Engineering Officer. He has a MASc in fuel cell modeling and a PhD in magnetic cycles. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria in 2002 where he teaches and performs research in the areas of energy conversion, thermal design, and energy systems. Dr. Rowe is an editor for Cryogenics, a member of the advisory board for the International Conference on Magnetic Refrigeration, a registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia, and a member of ASHRAE. In 2017, he became IESVic's Executive Director.

Office: EOW 515


Dr. Madeleine McPherson

Associate Director

Dr. Madeleine McPherson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria and the principal investigator of the Sustainable Energy Systems Integration & Transitions (SESIT) Group. McPherson and her team are developing a platform to explore electrification and energy systems integration to co-create decarbonization pathways. Dr. McPherson serves as an Executive Member on the Energy Modelling Hub, which is convening a national dialog between modelers and stakeholders around decarbonizing Canada’s energy system.

Office: EOW 343


Dr. Tamara Krawchenko

Associate Director

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration, Assistant Director of UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems and Chair of the Local Governance Hub. She is an expert in comparative public policy and territorial development. Dr. Krawchenko has conducted research in over a dozen countries and has authored over 80 articles, books and reports. Her scholarship is placed-based—focusing on understanding local/regional assets, challenges and opportunities and supporting diverse communities to meet their development goals. She has led international programmes of research on sustainability transitions, regional/rural/urban development policies, Indigenous economies, transportation and infrastructure governance and the governance of land use.

Office: HSD A326


Rachel Grossman

Administrative Coordinator

Rachel Grossman (she/her) joined IESVic in 2023 after working in UVic's Office of Research Services. She has worked at UVic since 2018 and is a public sector professional with experience in post-award grant account management, financial transfer agreements, and external research funding. Rachel has a customer service background with a passion for maintaining effective financial processes and procedures. She is grateful to live, work and play on the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples.

Office: EOW 108

Pauline Shepherd

Pauline Shepherd

Administrative Assistant

Pauline joined IESVic in 2014 after working for several years at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions as a research assistant on the Climates 101 short course. Prior to working for PICS, Pauline lived for 20 years in the UK, working in graphic design as an account manager in both Bristol and London. From 1997 until her return to Canada in 2009 she spent her time as a full-time mum. Before moving to the UK, Pauline graduated from UVic with a double major in History and Sociology.

Office: EOW 108

Dr. Jacob Monroe

Research Analyst, Energy Modelling Hub

Jacob completed his B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University in the United States in 2016 and 2020, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation was on simulating evolution of low-voltage electric grids with distributed energy technology adoption using agent-based modeling techniques. His dissertation was funded by the United States National Science Foundation through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Jacob’s research applies sociotechnical modeling techniques to simulate water and energy networks as complex adaptive systems. His work has developed an array of agent-based modeling frameworks to analyze critical infrastructure protection, ecotourism, solar PV technology diffusion, decentralized water systems, and peer-to-peer energy markets. He is currently a Research Analyst at the Institute and performs energy system modeling and optimization research to analyze electrification and decarbonization pathways for the Canadian economy.

Office: EOW 113


Jessica Kearney

Project Coordinator, ReBuild Initiative
Administrative Officer, PRIMED

Jessica Kearney (she/her) is Project Coordinator for the ReBuild Initiative. Jessica is passionate about the creation of a sustainable future with community partners.

Jessica is a recent graduate from Wilfrid Laurier obtaining her Master of Social Justice and Community Engagement, where she did her research on Just Transitions within Sustainability Actions Plans at Multi-campus Universities. Prior to attending Laurier, Jessica has worked within community groups toward building better futures for all.

Outside of the never-ending research and work to create a sustainable future; you can find Jessica outside hiking, exploring and traveling as much as possible.

David Scott, Ned Djilali, Sue Walton, Peter Wild, Ged McLean
Past IESVic Directors David Scott, Ned Djilali, Peter Wild, and Ged McLean, with former Administrative Coordinator Sue Walton
IESVic Emeritus
Curran Crawford

Dr. Curran Crawford

Director, 2021-2023

Dr. Curran Crawford is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and current director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic). He also co-directs the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) with Dr. Buckham, focusing on assisting community energy planning and demonstration projects to integrate marine renewables into remote Indigenous community micro-grids. His Sustainable Systems Design Lab (SSDL) is focused on energy system technology modeling, optimization and control, focusing on multi-disciplinary/fidelity optimization techniques, uncertainty quantification and machine learning applied to energy systems optimization and digital twinning. Particular technology foci include wind energy variants including offshore and airborne, tidal generation, e-transportation, battery and electrolyser degradation, demand response, as well as carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and E-fuels production utilizing stranded offshore wind.

Office: EOW 539

Sue Walton

Susan Walton

Administrator, 1992-2019

Susan joined IESVic in 1992 after a year with the Agency for Hydrogen Systems, a BC government initiative promoting hydrogen research. She was responsible for IESVic's day-to-day operations, from managing the budgets to ensuring the office ran smoothly. Susan thoroughly enjoyed her job, especially interacting with students and keeping in touch with alumni. In her spare time she enjoys walking, playing the piano, gardening and spending time with her husband and two Westies at their Nelson Island cabin. She retired from IESVic in 2019. 

Even in retirement, Sue continues to contribute to IESVic through the Sue Walton IESVic Student Enrichment Fund, which is used to support student learning and networking opportunities. For more information or to donate, contact the


Dr. Peter Wild

Executive Director, 2012-2016
Acting Director, 

Dr. Wild's research is focused on the development of fibre optic sensors to measure hydrostatic pressures in intervertebral discs, the esophagus and coronary arteries as well as sensors to measure contact stress in articular joints. His research has been supported primarily through NSERC Idea to Innovation grants and has been undertaken in collaboration with researchers and physicians in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Cardiology at the University of British Columbia.

Office: EOW 535

Dr. Lawrence Pitt

Associate Director, 2002-2008

Dr. Lawrence Pitt earned his B.Sc. in Applied Physics and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Victoria. He has been involved in research and development for a variety of energy systems: laserfusion, combustion systems and alternative fueled vehicle systems design, hydrogen systems, and grid integration of large-scale renewables.


Dr. Ged McLean

Director of Strategic Plannning, 2016-2017
Director, 2000-2002

Ged McLean is an engineer and innovator who concentrates his efforts on development of climate change solutions. He was Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Executive Director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria where he founded Angstrom Power to develop novel hydrogen fuel cell technology for portable applications, eventually acquired by BIC. Subsequently he has served as Associate Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, has played a lead role on the citizen-led Permafrost Carbon Feedback Action Group and works in numerous board, advisory and consulting capacities to promote the development of technology and business innovation that can drive decarbonization.

Dr. Ned Djilali

Director, 2002-2007
Acting Director,
1999-2000 & January - June 2022

Ned Djilali was brought up in Algeria and studied in the UK obtaining Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Aeronautics from Hertfordshire University and Imperial College. After completing a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, he joined the Advanced Aerodynamics Department of Bombardier, where he worked on the design of the Regional Jet. 

At UVic he initially focused his research and teaching on thermofluid science and the development of experimental and computational methods to investigate complex turbulent flows, epitaxial growth of semi-conductor crystals, and membrane separation for desalination and water purification. With the encouragement of David Scott (founding Director of IESVic) and other colleagues his research took new directions in fuel cell science and technology and energy systems analysis, with a current focus on transport phenomena (fluid flow, heat, mass and charge transport) in porous materials, large scale integration of renewable energy in smart grids, and the coupling between energy, water and climate change.

Dr. Bez Tabarrok

Interim Director, 1997-1999

Dr. David Scott

Founder and Director, 1988-2001 

David earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Queen’s University and his doctorate in mechanical engineering and astronautical sciences from Northwestern University in Chicago. He is Vice-President emeritus of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy. 

David taught at the University of Toronto for 22 years, served as chair of Mechanical Engineering and founded the University’s Institute for Hydrogen Systems. He chaired the Canadian Advisory Group on Hydrogen Opportunities that produced the seminal report, Hydrogen: National Mission for Canada. After moving to the University of Victoria in 1989, David founded the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.  

For his work in energy systems and hydrogen, many honours have been bestowed on David, among them the internationally prestigious Jules Verne Award, for “outstanding contributions to hydrogen physics, hydrogen energy, sociology and philosophy.”