Mahdi Vaezi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Department of Technology


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2014

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion Technologies), Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran, 2008

Research Interests

  • Multiphase (solid-liquid) flow dynamics
  • Pipeline transport of energy commodities
  • Logistics of renewable energy systems (collection, storage, pre-processing, delivery)
  • (Renewable) energy conversion technologies
  • Techno-economic assessment of energy systems
  • Waste management/processing
  • GHG emission reduction technologies
  • GIS analysis of capability/suitability of energy facilities
  • Energy policy

Honors and Awards

  • ″Doctoral Dissertation Award,″ Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE), 2015
  • ″Enhanced Learning Fund,″ Shell Cooperation, Edmonton, December 2013
  • ″European Energy Conference (WSED) Travel Bursary,″ OÖ Energiesparverband, March 2012 & 2014
  • ″Young Researcher Award,″ World Sustainable Energy Conference, Wels, Austria, March 2012
  • ″Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Award,″ University of Alberta, Edmonton, March 2011
  • Awards for the ″Best Paper Presented″ in University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows (PDF) Research Day 2015, Biorefining Conversion Network of Canada (BCN) Annual Retreat 2013, University of Alberta Graduate research Symposiums 2010 and 2011, and Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference 2010

Selected Publications

  • Md. Khan, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar; Optimal siting of solid waste-to-value-added facilities through a GIS-based assessment; Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 610–611, Jan. 2018, Pages 1065–1075
  • M. Vaezi, M.R. Kabir, and A. Kumar; Monitoring moisture and inorganic contents of forest harvesting residues for energy production purposes; Bioenergy Research, Submitted Aug. 2017
  • M. Vaezi, S. Verma, J. Down, and A. Kumar; Application of high frequency impedancemetry to determine the slurry flows deposition velocities in pipelines; International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Submitted Aug. 2017
  • M. Ullah, M. Vaezi, Md. Khan, A. Kumar; Comparative techno-economic analysis of anaerobic digestion and composting facilities to processes food processing industry waste in Alberta; Cleaner Production, Submitted Jan. 2017
  • T. Morato, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar; Assessment of potential energy from agricultural residues in Bolivia, Renewable and sustainable energy reviews, Submitted Feb. 2017
  • B. Nimana, A. Verma, M.M. Rahman, C.E. Canter, B. Olateju, S. Radpour, V. Subramanyan, D. Paramashivan, M. Vaezi, and A. Kumar; A techno-economic assessment of bitumen and synthetic crude oil transport (SCO) in the Canadian oil sands industry: oil via rail or pipeline? Energy, Volume 124, Apr. 2017, Pages 665-683
  • M. Ullah, M. Vaezi, J. Bell, A. Kumar; Assessment of the waste-to-energy potential from Alberta’s food processing industry; Canadian Biosystems Engineering, Volume 59, May 2017, Pages 8.1-8.9
  • S. Ghatora, M. Kumar, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar, D. Bressler; Monitoring sugar release during pipeline hydro-transport of wheat straw; Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 93, Oct. 2016, Pages 144-149
  • Md. Khan, M. Vaezi, and A. Kumar; Development of a decision model for economic comparison of municipal solid waste utilization pathways; Journal of Clean Production, Volume 48, Feb. 2016, Pages 548-564
  • M. Vaezi and A. Kumar; Pipeline hydraulic transport of biomass materials: A review of experimental programs, empirical correlations, and economic assessments; Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 81, Oct. 2015, Pages 70-82
  • M. Vaezi, B. Nimana, and A. Kumar; Is the pipeline hydro-transport of wheat straw and corn stover to a biorefinery realistic? Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, Volume 5, Sep. 2015, Pages 501-515
  • M. Vaezi and A. Kumar; Development of correlations for the flow of agricultural residues as slurries in pipes for Bio-refining; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 127, Nov. 2014, Pages 144-158
  • M. Vaezi, A.K. Katta, and A. Kumar; Investigation into the mechanisms of pipeline transport of slurries of wheat straw and corn stover to supply a bio-refinery; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 118, Feb. 2014, Pages 52-67
  • M. Vaezi and A. Kumar; Flow of wheat straw suspensions in an open-impeller centrifugal pump; Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 69, Oct. 2014, Pages 106-123
  • M. Vaezi, V. Pandey, and A. Kumar; Lignocellulosic biomass particles shape and size distribution analysis using digital image processing for pipeline hydro-transportation; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 114, Issue 2, Feb. 2013, Pages 97-112
  • M. Vaezi, M. Passandideh-Fard, M. Moghiman, and M. Charmchi; On a methodology for selecting biomass materials for gasification purposes; Fuel Processing Technology, Volume 98, June 2012, Pages 74-81
  • M. Vaezi, M. Passandideh-Fard, and M. Charmchi; Gasification of heavy fuel oils: A thermochemical equilibrium approach; Fuel, Volume 90, Feb. 2011, Pages 878-885
  • M. Vaezi, M. Passandideh-Fard, and M. Moghiman; On a numerical model for gasification of biomass materials: an alternative method to combustion; Journal of Fuel and Combustion, Volume 1, Sep. 2008, Pages 2-8

Work Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Sep. 2014-Aug. 2017
  • Lecturer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jan. 2016- Aug. 2017
  • Research Engineer/Project Manager, Tous Combined Cycle Power plant, Mashhad, Iran, 2008-2009
  • HVAC Technical Advisor and Project Manager, AtiTous Air Conditioning Co. Ltd., Mashhad, Iran, 2002-2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • Canadian Society of Biological Engineers (CSBE)
  • Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB)

Hobbies and Interests

Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

Opportunities are available for graduate studies (MSc) in the area of multiphase flows, pipeline transport and energy systems engineering. If you are interested in these fields and have research/professional experience in one or more of the areas of interest, you are encouraged to apply. Funding in the form of scholarships will be made available to qualified students.

Areas of Interest

  • multiphase fluid mechanics
  • pipeline systems design
  • GIS modeling (experienced with ArcGIS)
  • techno-economic assessment of energy systems

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