Sanja Boskovic

"I work with students, I want to be able to help students and the one way to do it is to better understand them and better understand the field. This program helped me to reach my goal."

Year Graduated: 2017
Program/Degree: Educational Technology & Learning Design PhD

The Sustainable Power Engineer, Dr. Sanja Boskovic is not a typical power engineer. Raised in Yugoslavia and educated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sarajevo, Sanja was one of the few women practicing in power and process engineering in her country. But that was just the beginning. She had an amazing journey through the Bosnian war, family life, graduate school, fighting cancer and finally obtaining successful career as Department Head at BCIT. Sanja is Department Head and the lead virtual classroom Thermodynamics and Applied Mechanics instructor for BCIT’s Power Engineering innovative distance education methodologies.  She launches successful on site programs and ensure successful completion for all students.  She has been pivotal in establishing quality instruction for different industrial clients. She is also the D2L co-administrator for Power Engineering projects and support instructors during multiple internal and industry specific projects. She teaches Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics.  She was the 2011 recipient of the BCIT Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a member of IPE and ASME, and also she serves as a chair at IPEEC First and Second class curriculum committees and co-chair at Boiler Technology Committee – BCSA.  For the last years she has been involved in FAST Project- Facilitating Access to Skilled Trades.   She holds PhD in Mechanical Engineering and she is presently PhD candidate in Educational Technology Program at SFU. The following are significant personal contributions during her career including research, innovation, and education;  

  • In her professional carrier as an educator she has managed to incorporate new environmental technology in every class, either participating in the research or bringing the new technology to classroom and her students
  • She conducted the study on the Supercritical Water Oxidation System estimating and modelling heat transfer coefficient
  • She participated in developing and patenting the construction of impact separator, measuring velocity profiles, estimating separator efficiency in Fluidized Bed Boilers
  • She gave the substantial contribution to heat transfer and Sulphur caption in  Pressurized Fluidized Bed Boilers 
  • She led "Reconstruction of an old thermal power station" and conducted a study on the pollutants from thermal power station
  • She made a recommendation for technical equipment for cleaning flue gases produced by combustion of solid fuels from sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides (in the filter systems and in the fire box) for Thermo plant Kakanj.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.

I work with students, I want to be able to help students and the one way to do it is to better understand them and better understand the field. This program helped me to reach my goal.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?

Dr. Cheryl Amundsen and Dr. Kevin O'Neill. They are inspiring and simple.

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?

More time.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?

If you work in this field you need it (especially people with engineering backgrounds) to better do your job.