Alidad Amirfazli, York Professor Helps Revolutionize Engineering and Manufacturing Industries

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Professor Alidad Amirfazli is the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Lassonde, where he leads a progressive Mechanical Engineering department, in his words “a nexus of avant-garde and tradition.” He envisions a future where research in surface engineering has paved a way for the development of new technologies that can transform the engineering and manufacturing industries.

Professor Alidad Amirfazli is making progress towards creating that future, through his research in developing new materials that allow control of the surface wetting behavior, understanding the fundamentals of drop adhesion and shedding, and development of related surface phenomenon instrumentation. He has continually pursued his research interests, with more than 200 scientific contributions, many in prestigious peer reviewed journals. His research in surface engineering and understanding the droplet surface interactions has aided in development of platform technologies for diverse areas of applications, e.g. water management in fuel cells, anti-icing systems for wind turbine/aircrafts, printing technology, application of pesticides on plants, spray cooling, and related instrumentation.

Before joining York University in 2013, Alidad Amirfazli held the position of Canada Research Chair in Surface Engineering at the University of Alberta, where he also served as the Associate Chair for Research (ME). Amirfazli helped founding the Energy Club, a student group engaged with the broader community to promote sustainability and energy information at the University of Alberta. Driven by an enormous curiosity and a desire to help others, he has facilitated funding for over a hundred students to study and work abroad. In 2014, Amirfazli was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists where he currently serves as President. He is also the Editor for the Advances in Colloid and Interface Science and Editorial board member of other journals.

Professor Alidad Amirfazli has been the recipient of the Martha Cook Piper Research prize, Killam Annual Professorship, and Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. Recently he was elected as the Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada. His academic contributions and his commitment to the professional growth and development of his students, make him a trailblazing leader, luminary, intellect and engineer.