Instruction and Leadership Team
The instructors for the Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Clean Energy Engineering are renowned experts who have built strong connections and research partnerships with leading industry players.
Dr. Alizera Bagherzadeh
Alireza Bagherzadeh has been teaching at UBC’s Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) department since 2015. He received his bachelor degree in chemical and petroleum engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2008, his MASc and PhD from UBC’s CHBE department in 2010 and 2015, respectively. His areas of expertise include unconventional sources of natural gas, in particular gas hydrates, and green practices of flow assurance where he simulates anti-freeze proteins at the molecular level.
Dr. Amanda Giang
Dr. Amanda Giang is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. Her research addresses challenges at the interface of environmental modelling and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, with a focus on pollution, climate and energy. She is interested in understanding how modelling and data analytics can better empower communities and inform policy decision-making. Current projects in her research group include developing digital tools to better understand and respond to environmental injustice in Canada, evaluating the impacts of technology and policy on air quality, and exploring how different kinds of knowledge are used in environmental assessment processes.
Dr. Roland Clift
Dr. Roland Clift is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey (UK); previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey; Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. He has a wealth of experience in advising governmental bodies and commercial companies, including as a contributor to the 5th Assessment Report of the (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the (UK) Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
Dr. Nima Atabaki
Dr. Atabaki is currently a Faculty Member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada (since May 2006). He did his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal (January 2001-April 2006) on two phase heat transfer systems (loop heat pipes). Dr. Atabaki research interest is in experimental and theoretical studies in the field of fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer, with applications to the conversion, storage, and use of energy resources.Dr. Atabaki is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of British Columbia (APEG-BC). He is also a member of ASME and ASHRAE.
Dr. Xiaotao Bi
Dr. Xiaotao (Tony) Bi is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia and director of the Clean Energy Research Centre. He is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. His current research focuses on electrostatics of powders in fluidized beds, fluidized bed reactors for biomass gasification, torrefaction and catalytic pyrolysis, and life-cycle analysis and integrated impact assessment of clean energy systems. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers and has been cited 14,500 times with an H-Index of 60. He received a UBC Killam Senior Research Fellowship (2011), AIChE Particle Technology Forum Lectureship Award (2012) and a Teaching Excellence Award from the UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (2014).
The UBC Sauder Robert H. Lee Graduate School business instructors for the MEL in Clean Energy Engineering are renowned experts who lead the way in Canada and internationally in business and management research and knowledge dissemination.
Perry Atwal is a lecturer at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School who has also worked as an assistant dean and executive director of Executive Education and executive director for the Centre for Healthcare Management. Perry has led several successful projects with extremely diverse participants from around the world and spanning industries that include health care, transportation and education. He is one of the most highly rated and award-winning teachers at UBC.
Justin is a lecturer at the UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School and Chair of the Sustainability and Ethics Group. He teaches extensively on sustainability, innovation and strategy, with a focus on graduate and executive learners. He has worked with big companies – like IKEA, Lyft, and Rolling Stone – to implement climate innovations. Justin serves as an advisor and board member to several technology starts-ups and First Nations in Canada. He graduated with a BA in International Relations and a PhD in Wood Science from the University of British Columbia.
Donabel Santos is the Associate Director, Business Intelligence at UBC’s Development and Alumni Engagement portfolio where she leads a team of data experts that deliver on operational tasks and strategic data initiatives. A Tableau Accredited Trainer, she has over 18 years of technical and academic experience in the data space – from infrastructure development, data engineering, reporting, analytics and visualization to training and coaching professionals who work with data. She is also the principal of QueryWorks, a boutique consulting and training company specializing in databases and visualization. Donabel was a multi-year Microsoft Data Platform MVP who has authored four technical books and has spoken at numerous conferences.
Get to know the Clean Energy Engineering Directors who are leading the program.
Dr. Vladan Prodanovic
Dr. Vladan Prodanovic has professional interests and expertise in the area of thermodynamics, heat transfer and multiphase flows, particularly in boiling heat transfer. Dr. Prodanovic is also passionate about advancing engineering education, particularly in the area of sustainable engineering design, project-based learning and outreach programs. He is actively publishing in this area, and he also participates in projects related to the implementation of sustainable practices early in the engineering curriculum, and improving the Clean Energy Engineering program portfolio.
Dr. Anthony Lau
Dr. Anthony Lau has been a faculty member at UBC since 1988 after completing his doctorate at UBC in an interdisciplinary program that combined bioresource engineering with mechanical engineering, plant science and soil science. His area of research interest is waste management for resource recovery, focusing on two major sub-areas: biomass feedstock engineering and bioconversion processes and systems.