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Tribute to Passengers of Canadian Scientific & Academic Communities on Flight 752

Canadian Science Policy Centre

The tragic plane crash on January 8th of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, resulted in the loss of all 176 passengers on board. Among these were more than 100 passengers with roots in Canada, who were travelling to return to their work and lives in Canada from Iran. The Canadian scientific and academic communities are severely hit by this tragedy, as 79 of these passengers were students, researchers, academic faculty, and medical and engineering practitioners living and working in Canada. The Canadian Science Policy Center mourns this enormous loss of talent, aspirations, and potential for the scientific community and has compiled a list of their names and affiliations to remember these incredible people whose lives ended far too soon. 

NameOrganization/ Academic InstitutionAffiliation/ Title
Aida FarzanehÉcole de technologie supérieurePhD Student and Lecturer, Engineering Department
Alina TarbhaiOntario Secondary School Teachers’ FederationAdministrative Clerk
Alireza PeyMessage Hopper (Tech Startup)Entrepreneur-CEO
Alma OladiUniversity of OttawaPhD Student, Mathematics and Statistics
Amir Hossein SaeediniaUniversity of AlbertaPhD Student, Mechanical Engineering
Amir MoradiQueen’s UniversityUndergraduate student, Faculty of Arts & Science
Amirhossien GhasemiUniversity of ManitobaGraduate Student, Biomedical Engineering
Arash PourzarabiUniversity of AlbertaGraduate Student, Engineering and Computer Science
Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi Metro Testing and Engineering Ltd., Tricity Iranian Cultural Society (TCICS)Civil Engineer
Arvin MorattabÉcole de technologie supérieurePhD Student
Bahareh Haj EsfandiariCivil Engineer
Bahareh KaramiEnvironmental Services, York RegionTechnologist, Capital Planning and Delivery Branch
Darya ToghianGeorge Brown CollegeStudent, Architectural Technology Program
Delaram DadashnejadLangara CollegeStudent, Nutrition
Elnaz NabiyiUniversity of AlbertaPhD Student, Operations and Information Systems, School of Business
Faraz FalsafiMcGill UniversityMaster, Computer Science
Fareed ArastehCarleton UniversityPhD Student, Molecular Genetics
Farhad NiknamDentist
Farideh GholamiOntario Tech UniversityLecturer
Fatemeh (Faye) KazeraniHygienist
Fatemeh MahmoodiSaint Mary’s UniversityMasters Student, Financial Management
Forough KhademMitacsBusiness Development Specialist
Firouzeh MadaniMedical Doctor
Ghanimat AzhdariUniversity of GuelphPhD Student, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics 
Ghazal NourianWestern UniversityPhD Student, Nanophotonic Energy
Hadis HayatdavoudiWestern UniversityPhD Student, Electrochemistry and Corrosion Science Centre
Hamid Setarah KokabUniversity of WindsorPhD Student, Mechanical Engineering
Iman AghabaliMcMAster UniversityPhD Student, Engineering
Kasra SaatiViking AirSenior Quality Engineer (former employee)
Kiana GhasemiGeorge Brown CollegeIncoming student of computer programmer analyst program
Mahdieh GhaviDalhousie UniversityIncoming Medical Student
Mahsa AmirliraviCestar College of Business, Health and TechnologyInstructor, Quality Engineering, Construction Project Management, and Chemical Laboratory Analysis Programs
Mansour Esnaashary EsfahaniUniversity of WaterlooPhD Student, Civil Engineering
Mansour PourjamOttawa Denture & Implant CentreLaboratory Technician
Maryam MalekSaint Mary’s UniversityMasters Student, Financial Management
Marzieh ForoutanUniversity of WaterlooPhD Student, Geography and Environmental Management
Masoud Shaterpour KhiabanYork UniversityIncoming post-graduate student in business administration
Masoumeh GhaviDalhousie UniversityStudent, Engineering
Mehdi EshaghianMcMAster UniversityPhD Student, Engineering
Mehraban BadieiUniversity of OttawaUndergraduate Student, Health Sciences
Mehran AbtahiUniversity of British ColumbiaPost-doctoral fellow in Civil Engineering
Milad Ghasemi ArianiUniversity of GuelphPhD Student, Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies
Milad NahavandiWestern UniversityPh.D. Student, Industrial Bioproduct Lab
Mirmohammad SadeghiCivil engineer
Mohammad (Daniel) SaketBombardier (former employee)Engineer
Mohammad Abbas PourghaddiUniversity of Windsor
Mohammad Amin Beiruti University of TorontoPhD Student, Computer-Science
Mohammad Amin Jebelli, MDUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of MedicineGraduate Student, Master of Health Science in Translational Research
Mohammad Hossein Asadi-LariUniversity of Toronto/UBCMD/PhD Student at the Faculty of Medicine, Co-founded STEM Fellowship which mentors youth in science, technology, engineering and math. He was a youth adviser for the Canadian Red Cross as well as a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Mohammad Mahdi ElyasiID Green Inc. (Agricultural Tech Startup)Co-founder
Mohammad SaleheUniversity of TorontoPhD Student and Teaching Assistant, Computer Systems Technology
Mohammed MoeiniBombardier Recreational ProductsMechanical Designer
Mohsen SalahiCestar College of Business, Health and TechnologyInstructor, Quality Engineering, Construction Project Management, and Chemical Laboratory Analysis Programs
Mojgan DaneshmandUniversity of AlbertaProfessor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Canada Research Chair Tier II atRadio Frequency Microsystems for Communication and Sensing
Mojtaba AbbasnezhadUniversity of TorontoPhD Student, Engineering
Naser PourshabanoshibiMedical Doctor
Nasim RahmanifarUniversity of AlbertaGraduate Student, Engineering and Computer Science
Neda SadighiOptometrist
Negar BorgheiMcGill UniversityMaster’s Student, Human Nutrition
Niloufar RazzaghiUniversity of British ColumbiaAlumnus
Parisa EghbalianDentist
Pedram JadidiUniversity of WindsorPhD Student, Civil Engineering
Pedram MousaviUniversity of AlbertaProfessor, Mechanical Engineering, NSERC-AITF Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Integrated Sensors and Antennas
Pouneh GourjiUniversity of AlbertaGraduate Student, Engineering and Computer Science
Razgar RahimiOntario Tech UniversitySessional Instructor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Faculty member at Centennial College
Roja AzadianIran University of Science and Technology
Roja OmidbakhshUniversity of VictoriaUndergraduate student, Gustavson School of Business
Saba SaadatUniversity of AlbertaUndergraduate Student, Biological Sciences
Sadaf HajiaghavandYork UniversityUndergraduate Student, Human Resources
Saeed KashaniUniversity of OttawaPhD Student, Chemistry
Safar Poor KoloorYork UniversityFirst year Biology student
Sahan Hatefi MostaghimStudent, Welding Technology
Sajedeh SaraeianWestern UniversityIncoming Masters Student, Chemical Engineering Program
Samira BashiriUniversity of WindsorLaboratory Technician
Sara MamaniConcordia University graduatemaster’s degree in mechanical, industrial, and geoenvironmental engineering
Sara SaadatUniversity of AlbertaAlumna, 2019, Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Shadi JamshidiUniversity of CalgaryChemical engineer, worked in sales at a global chemical company
Shahab RaanaStudent, Welding Technology
Sharieh FaghihiDentist
Shekoufeh ChoopannejadNorthgate Medical ClinicObstetrician and Gynecologist
Sheyda ShadkhooSGS, MarkhamControlled Substances Co-ordinator
Siavash Ghafouri AzarConcordia UniversityMaster, Mechanical Engineering
Siavash Maghsoudlou EstarabadiMcMaster UniversityPostdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences
Zahra NaghibiUniversity of WindsorPhD Student, Turbulence and Energy Lab. She was also chair of the IEEE
Zeynab Asadi-LariUniversity of TorontoUndergraduate Student, Founder and President of the STEM Fellowship (University of Toronto, Mississauga Branch); a student-run, non-profit organization that strives to engage future STEM leaders and innovators in data science and scientific communication.


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