Mahdi Vaezi, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Engineering Technology
Office Location: SH 103B
Office Phone: 815-753-9941


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion Technologies), Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran, 2008

Research Interests

  • Fluid transport systems
  • Techno-economic assessment of energy systems
  • Waste management practices and strategies
  • Energy policy
  • Application of data and geospatial analysis in health systems

Academic Awards

  • "Doctoral Dissertation Award", Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE), 2015
  • "Postdoctoral Fellowship", University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2014
  • "Enhanced Learning Fund", Shell Cooperation, Edmonton, December 2013
  • "Young Researcher Award", World Sustainable Energy Conference, Wels, Austria, March 2012
  • "Graduate Student Association Interdisciplinary Award", University of Alberta, Edmonton, March 2011
  • Awards for the "Best Paper Presented" in University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows (PDF) Research Day 2015, Biorefining Conversion Network of Canada (BCN) Annual Retreat 2013, University of Alberta Graduate research Symposiums 2010 and 2011, and Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference 2010


  • A. Faghani, L. Guo, M.E. Wright, M.C. Hughes, M. Vaezi; Construction and case study of a novel lung cancer risk index; BMC Cancer, Volume 22, 2022
  • L. Guo, M.E. Wright, M.S. Osias, M. Vaezi, M.C. Hughes; Creation and evaluation of the Illinois cancer risk index as a predictor of four common cancers; Preventive Chronic Disease, Volume 19, 2022
  • M.C. Hughes, S. Afrin, M. Vaezi; Use of population indices in cancer research: a scoping review; Journal of Global Health Economics and Policy, Volume 2, 2022
  • A. Roostaee, A. Faghani, M. Vaezi; On the drag coefficient of flat and non-flat solid particles of irregular shapes: An experimental validation study; AIChE Journal, Volume 68, 2022
  • A. Faghani, M.C. Hughes, M. Vaezi; Association of anti-contagion policies with the spread of COVID-19 in United States; Public Health Research, Volume 11, 2022, Page: 2784
  • K. Javed, M. Vaezi, V. Kurian, A. Kumar; Frictional behavior of wheat straw-water suspensions in vertical upward flows; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 212, 2021, Pages: 30-45
  • A. Roostaee, M. Vaezi; Developing a standard platform to predict the drag coefficient of irregular shape particles; Powder Technology, Volume 395, 2021, Pages: 314-337
  • P. Patel, M. Vaezi, R.M. Sebastian, A. Kumar; The development of a GIS-based framework to locate biomass and municipal solid waste collection points for an optimal waste conversion facility; Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Volume 64, 2021, Issue 5, Pages: 1671-1691
  • Morato, T., Vaezi, M., Kumar, A.; Techno-Economic Assessment of Biomass Combustion Technologies to Generate Electricity in South America: A Case Study for Bolivia; Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume: 134, 2020
  • A. Faghani, S. Sen, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar; Rheology of fiber suspension flows in pipeline hydro-transport of biomass feedstock; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 200, 2020, Pages: 284-297
  • T. Morato, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar; Developing a framework to optimally locate biomass collection points to improve the biomass-based energy facilities locating procedure - a case for a south American country: Bolivia; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 107, 2019, Pages 183–199
  • M. Vaezi, Md. Ruhul Kabir, A. Kumar; Monitoring moisture and inorganic content of forest harvesting residues for energy production purposes: A case study; Canadian Biosystems Engineering, Volume 61, 2019, Pages 8.01-8.12
  • T. Morato, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar; Assessment of energy production potential from agricultural residues in Bolivia; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 102, 2018, Pages 14-23
  • M. Vaezi, S. Verma and A. Kumar; Application of high frequency impedancemetry to determine the slurry flows deposition velocities in pipelines; Chemical Engineering Research and Design; Volume 140, 2018, Pages 142-154
  • Md. Khan, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar; Optimal siting of solid waste-to-value-added facilities through a GIS-based assessment; Science of The Total Environment, Volume 610–611, 2018, Pages 1065–1075
  • B. Nimana, A. Verma, M.M. Rahman, C.E. Canter, B. Olateju, S. Radpour, V. Subramanyan, D. Paramashivan, M. Vaezi, and A. Kumar; A techno-economic assessment of bitumen and synthetic crude oil transport (SCO) in the Canadian oil sands industry: oil via rail or pipeline? Energy, Volume 124, 2017, Pages 665-683
  • M. Ullah, M. Vaezi, J. Bell, A. Kumar; Assessment of the waste-to-energy potential from Alberta’s food processing industry; Canadian Biosystems Engineering, Volume 59, 2017, Pages 8.1-8.9
  • S. Ghatora, M. Kumar, M. Vaezi, A. Kumar, D. Bressler; Monitoring sugar release during pipeline hydro-transport of wheat straw; Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 93, 2016, Pages 144-149
  • Md. Khan, M. Vaezi, and A. Kumar; Development of a decision model for economic comparison of municipal solid waste utilization pathways; Journal of Clean Production, Volume 48, 2016, Pages 548-564
  • M. Vaezi and A. Kumar; Pipeline hydraulic transport of biomass materials: A review of experimental programs, empirical correlations, and economic assessments; Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 81, 2015, Pages 70-82
  • M. Vaezi, B. Nimana, and A. Kumar; Is the pipeline hydro-transport of wheat straw and corn stover to a biorefinery realistic? Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, Volume 5, 2015, Pages 501-515
  • M. Vaezi and A. Kumar; Development of correlations for the flow of agricultural residues as slurries in pipes for Bio-refining; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 127, 2014, Pages 144-158
  • M. Vaezi, A.K. Katta, and A. Kumar; Investigation into the mechanisms of pipeline transport of slurries of wheat straw and corn stover to supply a bio-refinery; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 118, 2014, Pages 52-67
  • M. Vaezi and A. Kumar; Flow of wheat straw suspensions in an open-impeller centrifugal pump; Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 69, 2014, Pages 106-123
  • M. Vaezi, V. Pandey, and A. Kumar; Lignocellulosic biomass particles shape and size distribution analysis using digital image processing for pipeline hydro-transportation; Biosystems Engineering, Volume 114, Issue 2, 2013, Pages 97-112
  • M. Vaezi, M. Passandideh-Fard, M. Moghiman, and M. Charmchi; On a methodology for selecting biomass materials for gasification purposes; Fuel Processing Technology, Volume 98, 2012, Pages 74-81
  • M. Vaezi, M. Passandideh-Fard, and M. Charmchi; Gasification of heavy fuel oils: A thermochemical equilibrium approach; Fuel, Volume 90, 2011, Pages 878-885
  • M. Vaezi, M. Passandideh-Fard, and M. Moghiman; On a numerical model for gasification of biomass materials: an alternative method to combustion; Journal of Fuel and Combustion, Volume 1, 2008, Pages 2-8

Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

Opportunities are available for graduate studies (M.S.) in the area of experimental fluid mechanics and energy systems engineering. If you are interested in these fields and have relevant research/professional experience, you are encouraged to apply. Funding in the form of scholarships will be made available to qualified students.

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