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Student Profile: Pardis Sadeghi
Mechatronic Systems Engineering master's student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences
My name is Pardis Sadeghi. I was born in Canada, Toronto, in 1995 but raised in Iran during the period 1996-2019. I have obtained my BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tehran. As my BSc Final Project, I worked on simulating the thermal behavior of Lithium-ion batteries using OpenFOAM software, and the results were presented in a good conference. This Project shaped my mind and paved the way for my pursuing an MSc degree in the field of battery technology.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I moved to Canada in 2019 and decided to pursue an MSc degree in the field of Fuel Cell and Flow Battery. I decided to join SFU (School of Mechatronics Engineering) when I was informed that Prof. Erik Kjeang (a renowned Professor in this field in the world) is an academic member of SFU.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
My research was to develop a mathematical/numerical model to predict the behavior of a novel capillary-driven microfluidic flow battery named PowerPAD. This prospective flow cell was developed in the FC-Lab at SFU (in collaboration with the Barcelona University, Spain) and the experimental data available for this cell helped me a lot to validate my general model.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I defended my thesis last month, and I was told by my supervisor and the committee members that it was a very good presentation. Actually, my thesis was nominated for an award and it appears that it has a real chance to be awarded. So, obviously, my MSc journey was a successful one. I orally presented my thesis results in two prestigious Conferences. Also, a paper based on my thesis work is already at the stage of being submitted. In addition, I am the co-author of a “review paper” in relation to microfluidic batteries which was published two months ago in a top-notched Journal having IF = 67. I just do not know how to thank my great supervisor who played a key role in my achievements.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I won two Graduate Fellowship awards last year. The award arrived in the middle of the pandemic, and it made me very happy not just in financial terms but also because it gave me the feeling that I am on the right track. That is to say that, scholarships are always competitive and when one is short-listed it always gives the impression that she is sort of special.
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