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FEAS researchers named prestigious Canada Research Chairs

Ali Tavallaei’s and Mohammadreza Arani’s innovative research will improve the quality of life in Canada
December 21, 2020

Two researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) have been named Canada Research Chairs (CRC), a prestigious position given to the country’s top researchers within Canadian post-secondary institutions. 

Electrical engineering professor Mohammadreza Arani was named a Tier 2 CRC in Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Security (2021-2026). His research will focus on developing new models and controls to ensure smart powers are secure, sustainable and resilient. He will also explore the growing availability of renewable and clean energy sources and expanding digital communications along the grid. 

Mohammadreza Arani leaning on a window sill surrounded by brick wall

Mohammadreza Arani was named a Tier 2 CRC in Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Security (2021-2026).

Biomedical engineering professor Ali Tavallaei was named a Tier 2 CRC in Systems and Devices for Cardiovascular Interventions (2020-2025). Tavallaei’s research aims to address the limitations of conventional devices used in invasive cardiovascular procedures through the development of new image-guided therapeutic and diagnostic solutions. “I believe the outcome of this research program will greatly benefit patients and health care providers,” said Tavallaei. “It will also have a great positive impact on Canada’s medical device industry.”

Ali Tavallaei sitting outside on a concrete bench

Ali Tavallaei was named a Tier 2 CRC in Systems and Devices for Cardiovascular Interventions (2020-2025).

Introduced in 2000, the CRC program is a federal government initiative to attract and retain world-class researchers. The CRCs aim is to improve Canada’s depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness and help train the next generation of highly-skilled thinkers through student supervision and teaching.

“These scholars are advancing critical streams of knowledge that aim to benefit Canadian society across a number of disciplines,” said Steven N. Liss, Ryerson University’s vice-president, research and innovation. “The CRC program is one of the most prestigious in our country and will provide Ryerson researchers with the resources needed to propel their work forward and contribute to research excellence.”

To learn more about the research of FEAS’s current and past CRCs, visit our Canada Research Chairs page.