Our Team

To get in touch with members of the Future Energy Systems team, please refer to the contact page.

Larry Kostiuk, PhD, PEng, FCSME, FCAE


Larry Kostiuk is responsible for guiding all of Future Energy Systems’ strategic and research activities. His responsibilities include the coordination of the program’s research advisory committee, oversight of all projects, and the development of programmatic partnerships.

Larry has served as Associate-Vice President (Research) at the University of Alberta since 2015. His research specializations are in chemical reacting flows, combustion, pollutant formation and control, thermodynamics, micro- and nano-fluidics, and energy conversion systems. He currently leads research for Theme 2 of NSERC's FlareNet Strategic Network. From 2002 to 2012, he also served as Chair of the University of Alberta’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

After receiving his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Larry completed his MSc at the University of Alberta, and his PhD from Cambridge University. He completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California before returning to the University of Alberta in 1993.

Stefan Scherer, PhD

Executive Director

Stefan Scherer oversees all Future Energy Systems operations, and leads the development of strategic partnerships both in Canada, and around the world. He also oversees all budgetary matters, ensuring that the program makes efficient and appropriate use of its funding.

Before joining Future Energy Systems, Stefan served as Special Advisor to the University of Alberta’s Vice-President (Research), and Managing Director of the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative. In that capacity, he oversaw the establishment of strong relationships between the University of Alberta and international research partners in the areas of health sciences, the environment, and energy. He also coordinates the University of Alberta’s membership in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Stefan received his PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of Bern, Switzerland with a project focused on instrument development for space applications for the European Space Agency’s Rosetta project. He has since held various European and North American positions in both academia and the automotive industry.

Amit Kumar, PhD, PEng

Deputy Director

Amit Kumar supports the outreach activities of the Future Energy Systems executive team, assisting in the development of national and international research and funding partnerships. As a Principal Investigator within the program, he advocates for all Future Energy Systems researchers.

Since September 2012, Amit has held the NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering. He is also the Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research group works the area of integrated energy and environmental modeling, life cycle assessment, and techno-economic assessment of both conventional and non-conventional energy systems.

Amit received his BSc in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and moved to the Asian Institute of Technology for his MSc in Energy Technology. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in 2004, and rejoined the university after completing his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia.

Marija Petrovic, DPhil

Assistant Director

Marija Petrovic manages all administrative activities within the Future Energy Systems program, helping researchers meet their obligations as mandated by the CFREF Program Administration Guide. She also provides strategic counsel, and assists in the management of all partnerships.

Prior to joining Future Energy Systems, Marija served as Project Coordinator for the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative. In that capacity, she facilitated numerous international research partnerships that connected University of Alberta faculty members with global counterparts. Since 2015, she has co-led the organization of Canada’s most successful (and currently only) Falling Walls Lab, providing Alberta students and businesses the opportunity for international recognition through that German-based competition. She also helps coordinate the University of Alberta’s membership in the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Marija received her BA in history from the University of Belgrade, and completed her DPhil in European History at Oxford University. In 2010, she completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta’s Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies.

Kenneth Tam, MA

Communications Associate

Kenneth Tam is responsible for sharing the stories of Future Energy Systems’ researchers. He manages digital and print communications, supports government and stakeholder engagement, handles media relations, and provides strategic counsel.

Kenneth came to Edmonton in 2014 to join the University of Alberta’s Alberta Land Institute as Communications Coordinator. He previously served as Communications Consultant for Kitchener–Waterloo Member of Parliament Peter Braid, and spent four years as an advisor in the investment sector. While completing his MA in History at Wilfrid Laurier University, he received a Balsillie Fellowship from the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and in that capacity worked for Canada’s former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Paul Heinbecker.

Hailing from Newfoundland, Kenneth is also a novelist with extensive and award-winning experience in the Canadian publishing industry.

Saleema Khan, CMA

Senior Financial Analyst

Saleema Khan is responsible for supporting, reviewing and approving all financial transactions conducted as part of the Future Energy Systems program, in order to ensure full compliance with the CFREF Program Administration Guide. She also supports researchers with financial administrative processes related to their projects.

Saleema received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and holds the designation of Certified Management Accountant. Before joining Future Energy Systems, she spent six years as the Senior Accountant with York Reality, overseeing the finances of multiple companies and managing administrative staff.

Alisha Kadam, MRes, MSc

Research and Events Coordinator

Alisha is responsible for providing administrative support for research projects at Future Energy Systems. She also plans and coordinates FES events and workshops.

Alisha moved to Edmonton in 2013 to conduct research at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and received her Masters degree in Cancer Sciences. She completed her M.Res. (Pharmacy) and B.Sc. (Biomedical sciences) degrees from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. She also completed a Research Outreach Fellowship from the Telus World of Science - Edmonton in 2017.

Before joining Future Energy Systems, Alisha worked as a Programs Assistant at the University of Alberta International. She also served as the Trainee Vice President (Events) for the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA) where she helped promote interdisciplinary research collaboration and knowledge translation. 

Edyta McLoughlin

Executive Assistant

Edyta McLoughlin provides administrative support for all of Future Energy Systems’ central functions, including event planning and meeting coordination. She also provides support for correspondence with researchers, and oversees logistics and operations.

Before joining Future Energy Systems, Edyta spent two years as an Administrative Assistant in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and three years as the Executive Administrative Assistant for that faculty's Vice-Dean, Education.