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Ali Dolatabadi

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering / University of Toronto /

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Green Products
Artificial Intelligence


Ali Dolatabadi is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received a BASc from University of Science and Technology, MASc from University of Tehran, and PhD from the University of Toronto (2002). Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was a Tier 1 Concordia University Research Chair in Multiphase Flow and Thermal Spray. He is the founder and co-director of the Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering (TSSE) Research Centre at Concordia University. Dr. Dolatabadi has established research collaborations with a number of industry partners, including Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce.

Dr. Dolatabadi’s research on multiphase flows advances fundamental understanding of atomization for thermal spray processes,  as well as droplet dynamics, heat transfer and phase change for the development and characterization of novel functional coatings. His research group has developed electro-catalytically active electrodes for hydrogen evolution, micro-filtration membranes, superhydrophobic, icephobic, slippery coatings, as well as the incorporation of novel materials into thermal spray technologies, such as high-entropy alloys.  His most recent research interests include the use of machine and deep learning to accelerate numerical simulations and improve the design and characterization of experiments. Dr. Dolatabadi was elected President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) from 2014 to 2016. Currently, he is the President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC, founded in 1887, is a federation of 14 Canadian Engineering Societies).

Research Interests

  • Multiphase flows and sprays
  • Heat transfer and phase change
  • Thermal spray coatings
  • Functional coatings
  • Artificial intelligence


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