Donatille Mujawamariya

Project Lead

Donatille Mujawamariya, Ph.D., from Rwanda, is a full professor at the University of Ottawa. She is a regular researcher at the “Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante” (CRIFPE) and a research associate at the “Centre de recherche sur l’enseignement et l’apprentissage des sciences” (CREAS / Sherbrooke). She is the first recipient of the Faculty of Education’s Research Excellence Award (2003 edition) and is the director of the Unité de recherche éducationnelle sur la culture scientifique (URECS).  She has published more than fifty articles and chapters including: “Le génie des femmes au service des femmes – Voix de futur(e)s ingénieur(e)s de l’Université d’Ottawa;  Les représentations de futurs enseignants et enseignantes de sciences à propos des scientifiques et de leurs tâches; Enseigner les sciences en milieu francophone minoritaire: perceptions d’enseignantes et d’enseignants francophones de l’Ontario; L’enseignement des sciences dans une perspective constructiviste: vers l’établissement du rééquilibre des inégalités entre les sexes en sciences; Une initiative pédagogique intégrant les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) visant à rendre les sciences et l’informatique plus attrayantes pour les adolescentes; La diversité ethnoculturelle dans le curriculum de sciences de l’Ontario, de la 1ère à la 12ème année; L’éducation multiculturelle dans la formation initiale des enseignants: des politiques aux pratiques”.


Catherine Mavriplis

Project Lead

Professor Mavriplis graduated from McGill University’s Honours Mechanical Engineering program and continued her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Applied Mathematics, where she earned the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees. After a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton University in the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics, she began her tenure-track career at George Washington University, where she earned tenure.

She spent two years as a Program Manager in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the US National Science Foundation. As a Research Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma, she worked with US NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory scientists to advance modeling techniques for Numerical Weather Prediction. She recently joined the University of Ottawa in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where she continues to pursue her interests in numerical methods and fluid dynamics.


Shelina Adatia

Project Manager

Shelina Adatia is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education. Her doctoral study will examine the inclusion of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners in French Immersion.


Janelle Fournier

Research Assistant

Janelle Fournier is a former high school science and mathematics teacher. She returned to her post-secondary studies in 2017 to complete her PhD in education. Now a PhD candidate, she is interested in helping teachers undertake STEM education and promote gender diversity in engineering.


Jonathan Weber

Technological Infrastructure Support

Olga Osnat Fellus

Research Assistant

Olga Fellus holds a Ph.D. in Education, Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation. She has two Master’s degrees through which she garnered advanced knowledge in research methods and in theories of language learning. Her first Master’s degree is in TESOL and the second is in Translation and Interpreting. As a teacher educator, she taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP), classroom discourse, research methods, and statistics. Her Ph.D. work focuses on processes of identity-making within learning English as an additional language (EAL) and within school mathematics. Her publications include a paper that introduces a broader conceptualization and operationalization of identity-making in mathematics education (Fellus, 2019); a duoethnographical approach to understanding some of the differences between Vygotsky’s and Piaget’s theories of learning (Fellus & Biton, 2017); and a cultural-historical study of the introduction of algebraic thinking into elementary mathematics in Russia and its impact on current work in early algebra (Freiman & Fellus, 2020). She was the editor of the AERA Educational Change SIG Lead the Change series between 2015 to 2018. Olga’s work focuses on the intersection point of identity-making, mathematics education, EAP/EAL, and educational change.

Fellus, O. (2019). Connecting the dots: Toward a four-dimensional conceptualization and operationalization of identity in mathematics education. ZDM Mathematics Education, 51(3), 445−455. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-019-01053-9

Fellus, O., & Biton, Y. (2017). One is not born a mathematician: In conversation with Vasily Davydov. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 18(2), 136−160. http://www.cimt.org.uk/ijmtl/index.php/IJMTL/article/view/88

Freiman, V., & Fellus, O. (2020). Closing the gap on the map: Davydov’s contribution to current Early Algebra discourse in light of the 1960s Soviet debates over word-problem solving. Educational Studies in Mathematics.


Soumaïla Diomandé

Research Assistant

I am Soumaïla DIOMANDÉ. I have a Master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in teaching and learning, from the University of Ottawa. Social inequalities have become a battleground for me. Thus, I am more and more committed to climate change, gender equality, racism, famine, literacy, poverty, etc. I have always believed that Man is a unique being who has inalienable rights such as the right to life, access to health care, education and equal and fair justice. La Fontaine said: “Depending on whether you are rich or wretched, the Court will juge you black or white”.


Monesson Baurice Zaha

Research Assistant

Baurice is a master’s student at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.  His research focuses on teaching strategies in mathematics that can help encourage girls to pursue STEM studies at the post secondary level. In the past, he was a mathematics teacher and hopes to become a researcher in mathematics education.


Youssef Abourafiq

Research Assistant

My name is Youssef Abourafiq, I am a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa, and my program is the BSc in Electrical Engineering. My program has taught me the technical and professional framework to operate in many engineering projects. Personally, it has helped me develop my capacity and made me more interested in moving towards renewable energy. My goal is to serve a worthwhile cause that is needed by the entire community.


Mélissa Fortin

Research Assistant

Mélissa is a native of the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. From a young age, she had a creative spirit and a keen interest in science that led her, unsurprisingly, to engineering. She was able to pursue her career goals by completing her bachelor’s degree at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. In order to combine her interests in turbomachinery, fluid mechanics and renewable energies, she continued her graduate studies at Laval University, at the Laboratory of Hydraulic Machines directed by Prof. Claire Deschênes, with a specialization in hydroelectricity. She is currently pursuing her PhD with a collaboration with Andritz Hydro Canada. Mélissa is also one of the directors of the Association de la francophonie à propos des femmes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques where she works to establish a connection with the population via web platforms.


Past Team Members

  • Samuel Hadwen
  • Myriam Johnson
  • Andrés Marsik Roa
  • Marielle Megan Cunan
  • Enyonam Norgbey
  • Victoria Osten