We focus on eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. As there is no single solution for all vehicles and regions, we are pursuing all promising approaches by using existing vehicle technology and fuel distribution infrastructure to overcome barriers and accelerate the transition to low-carbon transportation. Low-carbon gaseous fuels (e.g., renewable natural gas, sustainably generated hydrogen, etc.) can dramatically lower emissions when used in optimized, high-efficiency engines, combined with advanced hybrid-vehicle powertrains and low-loss fuel systems.


Our team is using experimental and numerical tools to assess key vehicle, engine, and fuel-system technologies. Current research activities include engine and vehicle simulation; basic combustion research using high-speed optical methods; and gaseous-fuel compression technology assessments. Engine research will focus on understanding how to accommodate varying levels of renewable fuels in a flexible, high-efficiency engine system.

Come join the VESST research team - funded research opportunities available now.

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Jan-2024: Congratulations to Ugochukwu for defending his thesis!

Dec-2023: Congratulations to Oz for defending his thesis, and to Dr. Sami Khan for a succesful co-supervision. 

Sept-2023: Excited for Kimia's graduation: congratulations and best wishes for your career!

08-June-2023: Excited to see the first VESST team member graduate: congratulations Hengameh!

30-May-2023: VESST at CSME: Navid presented research on machine learning tools to predict emissions from gaseous fuelled engines. Well done!

16-May-2023: Great to see Navid and Reza present their work at the Combustion Institute (Canadian Section) spring meeting in Edmonton!

12-May-2023: Congratulations to Kimia on successfully defending her MASc thesis!

15-November-2022: Congratulations to Hengameh on successfully defending her MASc thesis!

30-Sept-2022: Excited to announce that HTEC and the VESST team have received an InnovateBC Ignite award to study ways to improve hydrogen vehicle fuelling stations.

06-Sept-2022: Weclome to Yameena and Zarqoon, who are starting their MASc degree studies today!

06-June-2022: Excited to see Hengameh, Kimia and Navid presenting at the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME) congress in Edmonton.

01-May-2022: Greatest thanks to Shaun for his contributions over the past 8 months!

01-Sept-2021: Excited to welcome Navid (PhD), Mack (Co-op), and Harshaun (Co-op) to the team. 

01-Sept-2021: Greatest thanks to Jake for his contributions to the team over the past year. Best of luck going forward!

01-May-2021: A very warm welcome to Mehdi Nikkhah (PhD student);

05-January-2021: A very warm welcome to Reza Farzam (PhD student) and Kim Haghighi (MASc student).   

16-September-2020: Had the first VESST research group meeting today (by 'zoom' of course). Lots of work to do!

14-September-2020: Welcome to Jake Loftus, co-op research assistant. 

8-September-2020: Excited to announce that the VESST's first graduate student - Hengameh Delbari - has started. Welcome Hengameh! 

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Mailing Address

5118 - 10285 University Drive
Surrey, BC, Canada
V3T 0N1