Dr. Sparrey is an Assistant Professor of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University and a Principal Investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discovery (ICORD) in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley and was a CIHR postdoctoral fellow in Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco. Before joining SFU, Dr. Sparrey worked as an accident reconstruction specialist with Applied Biomechanics in California.

Graduate students

Ehsan Daneshi

Ehsan received his M.Sc in Control Systems from the University of Sheffield, UK and his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. He moved to Canada in 2011 and joined Neurospine lab as a PhD student in computational neuroscience at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Ehsan’s research is focused on developing computational models of nervous system based on its anatomical and electrophysiological properties. 


Shervin Jannesar 

Shervin has received his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He conducted research on transmission line vibration damping for two years before he started his graduate studies in the University of Tehran. He worked with Atlas Copco AB, a world leading company in industrial solutions in Iran then moved to Atlas Copco China and experienced the interactive business of Chinese market. He started his graduate studies in 2012 and is currently a PhD student in Neurospine biomechanics at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

Shervin is interested in developing computational models to help improve health technologies in spinal cord injury (SCI) protection and treatment. He enjoys reading poems, a fan of James Joyce and Sadegh Hedayat, and loves barbeque. His research focus never stops him from climbing the Vancouver Grouse mountain grind every Saturday.

Co-op Students

Charlie Bennett

Charlie is currently working towards his BASc in Mechatronics Systems Engineering at SFU. He joined the lab on co-op Fall 2014, and is working on investigating safety standards for energy absorbing lanyards and observing the dynamic effects of environmental factors in fall arrest systems. Charlie has past work experience in mechanics, thermodynamics and material research with hydrogen fuel cells. With his interest in mechanical systems and energy conversion he hopes to be a part of the energy industry in the future, developing renewable energy generation.

Previous graduate students

Mayank Kalra  

Mayank has done his M.A.Sc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering. He has a B.A.Sc from University of British Columbia in Mechatronics Engineering (2012). Mayank is passionate about biomedical engineering and using creative ideas to solve challenging problems.

Previous Co-op Students

Digant Ray

Digant is a final year undergraduate student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He joined the Neurospine lab at Simon Fraser University, Surrey in May 2014 for his Summer Internship under the MITACS Globalink Research Internship Program, Canada. Digant is working on developing an Instrumented Surrogate Spinal Cord for humans to prevent injuries in the future. His interests lie in the areas of Biomaterials and Biomechanics. He likes to read novels and travel in his free time. His future goals are to work as a technical consultant for an engineering firm where his engineering skills can be tested.

Hananeh Haghdadi

Hananeh is currently pursuing her B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical option, at the University of British Columbia. At Neurospine laboratory she is mainly involved in a research on mechanics of vehicle-pedestrian interactions in a collision. She has worked in the areas of aerodynamics and petrochemical refinery systems as her previous undergraduate Co-op work terms. Hananeh is interested in designing, modeling and testing biomedical and prosthetic devices, and hoping to work as a biomechanical engineer in future.

Brett Erickson

Currently pursuing a BASc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering and a minor Microbiology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, Brett is assisting the NeuroSpine Biomechanics Lab with understanding Electric Powered Wheelchair (EPW) tip dynamics and passenger trauma. With a strong background in data acquisition, computational methods and rigid body dynamics, he is currently refining the NBL’s EPW/passenger MADYMO model and investigating simulation characteristics. With future aspirations of working in the Biomechanical industry, he is very excited to be a part of the NeuroSpine team.