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, receptively. 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. 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. Walter Mérida
Dr. Walter Mérida joined the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC in 2002: he is a professor in Mechanical Engineering and an associate faculty member in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He was a visiting professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in 2010 and was co-appointed at the National Research Council from 2002 to 2011 (Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation). He is currently the director of UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre.
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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.