School of Engineering Welcomes 3 New Faculty

Three world-class faculty members join the School of Engineering at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia.


(Left to Right): Mohammad H. Zarifi, Kerry Black and Sian Kheirkhah

Sina Kheirkhah, Kerry Black and Mohammad Zarifi officially joined the School this summer.  In addition to teaching and mentoring students, they will bolster research on campus.

Their research spans a range of interdisciplinary areas including: gas turbine engine combustion, water & waste water management and state-of-the-art sensors focusing on microwave resonators.

“The School of Engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering programs in Canada” says Rehan Sadiq, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering.  “We are creating a critical mass in material and manufacturing, clean energy, infrastructure planning and management, communications and sensor technology research, and these new faculty demonstrate our commitment to quality research and teaching.”

Sina Kheirkhah

“We are developing technology for the next generation of gas turbine engine combustors at UBC Okanagan Combustion Lab.”

Dr. Kheirkhah received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), investigating fundamental combustion science at the propulsion and combustion laboratory. He was awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship to study combustion instabilities, specifically thermo-acoustics that occur in commercial aircraft gas turbine engine combustors. Dr. Kheirkhah has lectured combustion processes and fluid mechanics at the University of Toronto’s faculty of engineering and applied science prior to joining UBC.  He is establishing the Combustion for Propulsion and Power Laboratory.

Upcoming Courses: ENGR 497 Combustion Processes and APSC 181 Dynamics

Kerry Black

“Engineering is more than just the technical applied side of science… it is about understanding and communicating the social and environmental context of our work, in order to effect measurable change”

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph with research focused on sustainable water and wastewater management in Indigenous communities.   She is the recipient of numerous awards including a CGS NSERC Scholarship Award, Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Award and a CPES Dean’s Scholarship.  Dr. Black is a strong advocate for increasing diversity in science and engineering, sustainability initiatives and programs, and community development, including her work with Indigenous communities, including most recently with the Assembly of First Nations.

Her research will target sustainable infrastructure & healthy communities, which includes water and wastewater management

Upcoming Courses:ENG 598 Engineering & Society this term

Mohammad Hossein Zarifi

“Through the lens of having working in industry, I’m seeking ways to build bridges between university research and industry in an effort to shorten the length of time for industry adaptation of new and innovative circuit design.”

Dr. Zarifi received his Ph.D. from the University of Tabriz in Iran for his research in high-speed and low-power analog circuit design, analog-to-digital converters for biomedical and communication applications and microwave planar structures for sensing application.  Following completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Zarifi undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta.  He is the 2015 recipient of the CMC-NRC first place award, on industrial collaboration, for the innovative microwave sensors. Dr. Zarifi is a senior member of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Societies.  His current research is investigating emerging technologies for state of the art sensors, focusing on microwave resonators.  Dr. Zarifi will oversee the Micro-Electronics and Advanced Sensors Laboratory.

Upcoming Courses: ENG 466 Introduction to Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) Systems, ENG474 Analog Integrated Circuits & Graduate Course entitled Microwave Sensors

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