Amir A. Aliabadi

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Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ext. 54862
THRN 2515
Seeking academic or industry partnerships in the area(s) of: 
Environmental Engineering, Air Quality, Pollution, Weather, and Climate, Numerical, Analytical, and Experimental Thermo-fluids, Building Science, HVAC, and Energy Engineering, Finance and Economy
Available positions for grads/undergrads/postdoctoral fellows: 
Please see the Atmospheric Innovations Research Lab website for open positions.

Instrumentation and Research Facilities

Tethered And Navigated Air Blimp (TANAB), 4-Component Net Radiometer, Relative Humidity and Temperature Probes, Thermal Camera, Flight Controller, Remote Controller, Drone, Ultrasonic Anemometer, Miniature Weather Station, SOnic Detection And Ranging (SODAR), mini SOnic Detection And Ranging (mini SODAR), High Performance Computing (HPC), Particle Research, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Visit Dr. Aliabadi’s personal website for more information about his instrumentation.

Education and Employment Background

Prof. Amir A. Aliabadi received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2013. He went on to work as a Research Associate in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia (2013), held a postdoctoral position at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) (2013-2015), and was Research Associate in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2015-2016). Aliabadi joined the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph in 2016 where he is now an Associate Professor and runs the Atmospheric Innovations Research (AIR) Laboratory.

Research Themes

Dr. Aliabadi’s research interests lie in environmental thermo-fluid dynamics. An understanding of single and multi-phase fluid mechanics, heat, and mass transfer phenomena can help solve many problems that involve the study of thermo-fluid systems. Some example applications include Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), energy engineering, indoor and outdoor air quality, atmospheric science, and climate change.


  • Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems, 2020-2022
  • Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program (AOIP), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), 2017-2019
  • Emission Reduction Alberta (ERA), 2017-2019
  • NSERC Discovery Grant, 2016-2022
  • Industrial Partners: Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), GlenDimplex Americas, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI), Blue Valley Building Corp.


  • NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. This team was involved in a Network on Climate and Aerosols (NETCARE), 2020.
  • NSERC Post-Doctoral Visiting Fellowship at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), 2013-2015
  • NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship for Doctoral Studies at University of British Columbia (UBC), 2009-2011

Media Coverage

Atmospheric Surface Layer

Airborne Disease Transmission