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

January 13, 2020

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 85 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. 

Sources:

1. Profiles of all passengers with roots in Canada:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-students-doctors-children-ukrainian-airliner-crash-victims-had/...

2. Impacts on the university communities of Canada:
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/canadas-university-community-reeling-from-the-devastating-losses-from-iran-jet-crash/...

3. Impacts on Canada’s academic communities:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-a-devastating-loss-rips-through-canadas-academic-community-in-wake-of/...




Name

Organization/ Academic Institution

Affiliation/ Title

Aida Farzaneh

École de technologie supérieure

PhD Student and Lecturer, Engineering Department

Alina Tarbhai

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation

Administrative Clerk

Alireza Pey

Message Hopper (Tech Startup)

Entrepreneur-CEO

Alma Oladi

University of Ottawa

PhD Student, Mathematics and Statistics

Amir Hossein Saeedinia

University of Alberta

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

Amir Moradi

Queen's University

Undergraduate student, Faculty of Arts & Science

Amirhossien Ghasemi

University of Manitoba

Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

Arash Pourzarabi

University of Alberta

Graduate Student, Engineering and Computer Science

Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi 

Metro Testing and Engineering Ltd., Tricity Iranian Cultural Society (TCICS)

Civil Engineer

Arvin Morattab

École de technologie supérieure

PhD Student

Bahareh Haj Esfandiari

Civil Engineer

Bahareh Karami

Environmental Services, York Region

Technologist, Capital Planning and Delivery Branch

Darya Toghian

George Brown College

Student, Architectural Technology Program

Delaram Dadashnejad

Langara College

Student, Nutrition

Elnaz Nabiyi

University of Alberta

PhD Student, Operations and Information Systems, School of Business

Faraz Falsafi

McGill University

Master, Computer Science

Fareed Arasteh

Carleton University

PhD Student, Molecular Genetics

Farhad Niknam

Dentist

Farideh Gholami

Ontario Tech University

Lecturer

Fatemeh (Faye) Kazerani

Hygienist

Fatemeh Mahmoodi

Saint Mary’s University

Masters Student, Financial Management

Forough Khadem

Mitacs

Business Development Specialist

Firouzeh Madani

Medical Doctor

Ghanimat Azhdari

University of Guelph

PhD Student, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics 

Ghazal Nourian

Western University

PhD Student, Nanophotonic Energy

Hadis Hayatdavoudi

Western University

PhD Student, Electrochemistry and Corrosion Science Centre

Hamid Setarah Kokab

University of Windsor

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

Iman Aghabali

McMAster University

PhD Student, Engineering

Kasra Saati

Viking Air

Senior Quality Engineer (former employee)

Kiana Ghasemi

George Brown College

Incoming student of computer programmer analyst program

Mahdieh Ghavi

Dalhousie University

Incoming Medical Student

Mahsa Amirliravi

Cestar College of Business, Health and Technology

Instructor, Quality Engineering, Construction Project Management, and Chemical Laboratory Analysis Programs

Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani

University of Waterloo

PhD Student, Civil Engineering

Mansour Pourjam

Ottawa Denture & Implant Centre

Laboratory Technician

Maryam Malek

Saint Mary’s University

Masters Student, Financial Management

Marzieh Foroutan

University of Waterloo

PhD Student, Geography and Environmental Management

Masoud Shaterpour Khiaban

York University

Incoming post-graduate student in business administration

Masoumeh Ghavi

Dalhousie University

Student, Engineering

Mehdi Eshaghian

McMAster University

PhD Student, Engineering

Mehraban Badiei

University of Ottawa

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences

Mehran Abtahi

University of British Columbia

Post-doctoral fellow in Civil Engineering

Milad Ghasemi Ariani

University of Guelph

PhD Student, Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies

Milad Nahavandi

Western University

Ph.D. Student, Industrial Bioproduct Lab

Mirmohammad Sadeghi

Civil engineer

Mohammad (Daniel) Saket

Bombardier (former employee)

Engineer

Mohammad Abbas Pourghaddi

University of Windsor

Mohammad Amin Beiruti 

University of Toronto

PhD Student, Computer-Science

Mohammad Amin Jebelli, MD

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Student, Master of Health Science in Translational Research

Mohammad Hossein Asadi-Lari

University of Toronto/UBC

MD/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 Elyasi

ID Green Inc. (Agricultural Tech Startup)

Co-founder

Mohammad Salehe

University of Toronto

PhD Student and Teaching Assistant, Computer Systems Technology

Mohammed Moeini

Bombardier Recreational Products

Mechanical Designer

Mohsen Salahi

Cestar College of Business, Health and Technology

Instructor, Quality Engineering, Construction Project Management, and Chemical Laboratory Analysis Programs

Mojgan Daneshmand

University of Alberta

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Canada Research Chair Tier II at

Radio Frequency Microsystems for Communication and Sensing

Mojtaba Abbasnezhad

University of Toronto

PhD Student, Engineering

Naser Pourshabanoshibi

Medical Doctor

Nasim Rahmanifar

University of Alberta

Graduate Student, Engineering and Computer Science

Neda Sadighi

Optometrist

Negar Borghei

McGill University

Master’s Student, Human Nutrition

Niloufar Razzaghi

University of British Columbia

Alumnus

Parisa Eghbalian

Dentist

Pedram Jadidi

University of Windsor

PhD Student, Civil Engineering

Pedram Mousavi

University of Alberta

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, NSERC-AITF Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Integrated Sensors and Antennas

Pouneh Gourji

University of Alberta

Graduate Student, Engineering and Computer Science

Razgar Rahimi

Ontario Tech University

Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Faculty member at Centennial College

Roja Azadian

Iran University of Science and Technology

Roja Omidbakhsh

University of Victoria

Undergraduate student, Gustavson School of Business

Saba Saadat

University of Alberta

Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences

Sadaf Hajiaghavand

York University

Undergraduate Student, Human Resources

Saeed Kashani

University of Ottawa

PhD Student, Chemistry

Safar Poor Koloor

York University

First year Biology student

Sahan Hatefi Mostaghim

Student, Welding Technology

Sajedeh Saraeian

Western University

Incoming Masters Student, Chemical Engineering Program

Samira Bashiri

University of Windsor

Laboratory Technician

Sara Mamani

Concordia University graduate

master’s degree in mechanical, industrial, and geoenvironmental engineering

Sara Saadat

University of Alberta

Alumna, 2019, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Shadi Jamshidi

University of Calgary

Chemical engineer, worked in sales at a global chemical company

Shahab Raana

Student, Welding Technology

Sharieh Faghihi

Dentist

Shekoufeh Choopannejad

Northgate Medical Clinic

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Sheyda Shadkhoo

SGS, Markham

Controlled Substances Co-ordinator

Siavash Ghafouri Azar

Concordia University

Master, Mechanical Engineering

Siavash Maghsoudlou Estarabadi

McMaster University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences

Zahra Naghibi

University of Windsor

PhD Student, Turbulence and Energy Lab. She was also chair of the IEEE

Zeynab Asadi-Lari

University of Toronto

Undergraduate 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.