Hamed Mirzaei is exploring the silent symphony of materials-gas interactions
March 20, 2023
Okanagan (Kelowna, BC)
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Islamic Azad University
“With a culture of collaboration that encourages innovation, UBCO is an exceptional place to study, research and grow.”
What is your PhD focus? Why did you choose this area of research?
Materials-gas continuous interactions make a silent symphony around us. As a doctoral student, I’m deeply interested in exploring and discovering the impact of these interactions. I’m particularly focused on understanding the behaviour of materials when exposed to different gases, and how this information can be applied to fields such as medical technology, energy production and environmental protection. I use electromagnetic wave monitoring to investigate these interactions, which provides valuable insight into the behaviour of materials in different gas environments.
What are some challenges you’ve faced so far in your academic career?
Studying abroad gave me the grand challenge of acclimating to a new culture and language, all the while upholding my academic career. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its far-reaching ramifications, delayed experimental procedures and obstructed collaboration with my peers. Despite these challenges, I’ve learned to cultivate resilience and a proactive demeanour in the face of adversity. This experience fostered my personal growth and helped me hone my problem-solving abilities, cultivate adaptability in the face of change, and find independence in my research pursuits. These challenges have pushed me beyond my comfort zone, moulding me into a more well-rounded academic.
What does work-life balance mean to you?
Outside of school, I engage in a variety of activities that help me maintain a healthy work-life balance. I play soccer regularly, which helps me stay physically active and releases stress. I’m an avid reader and enjoy escaping into the world of books. Writing poetry has also become a passion of mine, since it allows me to express my thoughts and emotions creatively. These activities provide me with a much-needed break and help me recharge.
Do you have a mentor? If so, how have they influenced you?
I’m truly grateful to have two highly dedicated supervisors: Dr. Mohammad Arjmand and Dr. Mohammad Zarifi, who have both profoundly changed my doctoral journey. Despite their demanding schedules, they have sacrificed their time to give me guidance, support and mentorship. I’m thankful for their tireless dedication and the opportunity to connect with my supervisors outside of the university, skiing and playing soccer together. This shared experience not only deepened our relationship but also taught me valuable lessons about life as an academic and the importance of balancing work and play.
What do you think makes UBCO great?
UBC stands out as a unique university that offers a genuinely meaningful student experience. With its stunning locations in Vancouver and Kelowna, world-class research facilities and faculty, global outlook, commitment to sustainability, and a focus on student engagement and leadership, the university provides a dynamic and diverse environment for learning and discovery. Students have the opportunity to explore new ideas, solve complex problems and develop skills that will serve them well throughout their careers. With a culture of collaboration that encourages innovation, this is an exceptional place to study, research and grow.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
As a proud graduate of the prestigious University of British Columbia, I’ve set ambitious goals; I see myself as a highly regarded and influential figure in the academic world and I aim to make meaningful contributions by sharing my passion for learning and discovery with students and peers alike. I’m driven to pay back the community and positively change the lives of those around me, inspiring people to reach their full potential.