Iran Plane Crash Dead Includes Many Canadians with Industry Ties
A number of Canadian residents or visa-holders who died in the Jan. 8 Ukraine International Airlines plane crash in Iran caused by an Iranian missile error that killed 176 people, had ties to construction, civil, computer or mechanical engineering or architecture, according to confirmed information ENR obtained and reports in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
They include Bahareh Haj Esfandiari, 41, an engineer and project coordinator at Marwest Group of Cos. in Winnipeg who had become a Canadian citizen just weeks ago and was part of the team building a skyscraper in Winnipeg, which will be the tallest building in Manitoba when completed. She was killed with her husband Mohammad Sadeghi, 43, a civil engineer who worked for a contracting firm, FRESH Projects Builders in Winnipeg, since 2017.
Arvin Morratab, 37, was a senior engineer in Montreal at Eaton, a power management firm and a doctoral student at Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure in 2018;
Mahdieh Ghassemi, 38, was an architect at N Architecture Inc., in the Toronoto area whoi had studied architecture in Iran. After immigrating to Canada she worked as an intern as she re-established her credentials. She was killed with her two children, ages 8 and 11.
Mahsa Amirliravi 30, was a civil engineer and her husband, Mohsen Salahi, 31, a mechanical engineer, who both taught construction project management at Cestar College in Toronto for the last three years.
Mojtaba Abbasnezhad, 26, was a PhD engineering student at the University of Toronto, Toronto
Mojgan Daneshmand, 43, was an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alberta-Edmonton and Canada research chair. She was cited by the university as a "role model for women in engineering."
Amir Hossein Saeedinia was a PhD student in the mechanical engineering department at the University of Alberta, who was studying the composition of ceramic-metal materials that could be used to make better coatings for the oil and gas industry.
Ardalan Ebnoddin Hamidi, 48, was a civil engineer in the Vancouver area who had been “actively involved” in several major British Columbia. infrastructure projects, including the Canada Line, according to his LinkedIn profile. He worked for Metro Testing and Engineering Ltd.
Hadis Hayatdavoudi was a PhD student at Western University in London, Ont., who was studying effects of hydrogen on copper to examine how corrosion affects nuclear-waste containers.
Pedram Jadidi, 28, began studying for his PhD in civil engineering at the University of Windsor in Ontario last year, specializing in coastal and offshore engineering.
Karami Moghadam, 33, was an engineer who grew up in Tehran and moved to the U.S. in 2010 for a master’s in environmental engineering from North Carolina State University. Most recently worked as a design technologist for York Region in Ontario, with “a passion for the water industry.”
Fereshteh Maleki Dizaje, 47, was a project manager and designer in Ottawa, who studied architecture at Azad University in Tehran before moving to Canada about 10 years ago.
Pedram Mousavi 47, was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta-Edmonton for the past decade. He previously worked for companies in Waterloo, Toronto and Edmonton, according to his LinkedIn page.
Ghazal Nourian was a PhD student in mechanical engineering at Western University. According to her LinkedIn profile, she had two engineering degrees earned in Iran.
Amir Ovaysi, 42, was a mechanical engineer at heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company Smith Energy Inc. in Mississauga, Ont.,
Razgar Rahimi was a sessional lecturer at Ontario Tech University and a faculty member at Centennial College. He taught digital signal processing and introductory electronics, having earned a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the university in 2018.
Nasim Rahmanifar was a master's student in the University of Alberta's mechanical engineering department.
Zahra Naghibi, 44, was a civil engineer and PhD candidate at the University of Windsor, working on issues surrounding energy and food production.
University of Waterloo civil engineering PhD student Mansour Esnaashary Esfahani, originally from Isfahan, the third-largest city in Iran, was doing doctoral research in construction automation and management. He had been studying there since arriving in Canada in 2017.
Mehdi Eshaghian was a PhD student in engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Aida Farzaneh was a doctoral student and lecturer in the Dept. of Construction Engineering at the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal and a newly hired building energy specialist at local architecture firm Lemay.
Marzieh (Mari) Foroutan was a PhD student in geography at the University of Waterloo, whose work focused on application of new algorithms and technologies in remote sensing to study climate change. She also held degrees from the University of Calgary and Shiraz University in Iran.
Mohammad (Daniel) Saket, 33, was an engineer at developer Denna Homes in North Vancouver, B.C.
Sajedeh Saraeian 26, was a engineering graduate student at Western University in London, Ont.
Hamidreza Setareh, 33, was an engineering PhD student at the University of Windsor.
Darya Toghian, 22, was a student in the architectural technology program at George Brown College in Toront