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Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence at the University of New Brunswick. He received his PhD from University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

He then joined Canmet MATERIALS and the University of Waterloo as Visiting Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow, respectively. The main areas of research of Professor Mohammadi are “Metal Additive Manufacturing”, “Additive Repair”, and “Hybrid Additive Manufacturing.” Dr. Mohammadi is leading significant projects on metal 3D printing in marine, defence, energy, and aerospace sectors.

Dr. Babak Amirkhiz is an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick and is also the lead Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) scientist at CanmetMATERIALS, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). His core expertise includes transmission electron microscopy, materials science and metallurgy.

Dr. Amirkhiz has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers in metallurgy and materials science on materials for energy, automotive alloys, welding metallurgy, materials design for GenIV reactor.

Dr. Akindele Odeshi is an associate professor in materials science and metallurgy at the University of Saskatchewan and is the leader of impact and high strain rate testing at MAMCE. Dr. Odeshi’s expertise lies in the field of physical metallurgy, microstructure design, high strain rate testing and evaluation, and Failure/Fracture of materials.

Dr. Odeshi has conducted many experiments on the high strain rate behaviour of additively manufactured stainless steels, aluminum alloys, and titanium alloys with his lab’s Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar.

Dr. Ali Nasiri is an assistant professor at Memorial University and a collaborator at MAMCE studying corrosion resistance of additively manufactured materials. His expertise includes fusion and solid-state welding, metal additive manufacturing, wire arc manufacturing, corrosion science, and lightweight materials and microstructure.

Dr. Nasiri has begun conducting studies to understand the relationship between the corrosion resistance of additively manufactured marine alloys and their microstructure.


Dr. Azizi is a Postdoctoral fellow at MAMCE based at McGill University in Montreal. He received his BSc in Physics from Azad University and his MSc in Condensed Matter Physics from Guilan University in Iran. He then completed his PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at McGill University in 2018.

At MAMCE, Dr. Azizi’s research focuses on numerical modelling of microstructure evolution and the solidification behaviour of alloys produced using the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technique. In this project, he employs a phase-field model to address the question of how cooling rates, laser scanning strategies and build direction can affect the microstructure and thus mechanical properties of the products. Outside of his research, Dr. Azizi enjoys hiking and playing ping pong in his leisure time.

Dr. Dharmendra Chalasani is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. He is presently working on microstructural characterization, evaluation of mechanical properties, deformation behaviour, and corrosion behaviour of additively manufactured Nickel Aluminum Bronze and Ti-6Al-4V alloys. Dr. Dharmendra earned his PhD in 2013 from City University of Hong Kong, and a Masters degree in 2009 in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai, India).

From 2014 to 2017, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Senior Research Associate at McMaster University and City University of Hong Kong and worked on development of upset protrusion joining process, and various new magnesium alloys and their thermomechanical processing for automotive industries, respectively. After work, Dr. Chalasani likes travelling, watching and playing cricket, and watching movies (Tollywood, Bollywood, and Hollywood).

Dr. Cyr is the Director of Programs & Innovation at MAMCE. The additive manufacturing revolution is interrupting the notion of engineering and design dictating a world of parts and assemblies. Moving from synthesis to growth, additive manufacturing, along with computational advancements in machine learning and the internet of things, is opening new avenues in technology and design, changing the way we interact with our world. As MAMCE's Director of Programs & Innovation, Dr. Cyr is discovering new opportunities and challenges fo the role of additive manufacturing in engineering and design for defence, aerospace, and marine industries.

Dr. Cyr was also the inaugural recipient of the McCain Postdoctoral Fellowship in Innovation at UNB, and completed his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He conducted research in computational materials science of automotive alloys in collaboration with General Motors and Waterloo's Centre for Automotive Research.

At UNB, Dr. Cyr's research has focused on microstructure characterization and modelling of 3D printed metals, and cognitive design for additive manufacturing in aerospace, marine, and defence applications. Outside of work, Dr. Cyr is an avid curler and is on the Board of Directors at the Capital Winter Club in Fredericton.

Dr. Ebrahimi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MAMCE in advanced stress analysis and simulation of welding and additive manufacturing. Dr. Ebrahimi completed his BSc at Tehran Polytechnic and his MSc at Sharif University of Technology before completing his PhD in Solid Mechanics at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada.

His wide-ranging expertise includes finite element modeling, fatigue and fracture mechanics, buckling and contact mechanics, multiphysics modeling and fluid-structure interaction. His current focus is on predicting the residual stress and distortion of final products through simulation of melt pool thermodynamics in direct metal laser sintered parts.

Dr. Hadadzadeh is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence currently based at Canmet MATERIALS in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in the field of Materials Science and Engineering, from Sharif University of Technology, Iran before obtaining his PhD in the field of Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada. Prior to joining MAMCE, Dr. Hadadzadeh was a PDF and Research Associate at the University of Waterloo.

His current research focuses on the multi-scale characterization of additively manufactured metallic materials using OM, SEM, XRD, EBSD, TEM and APT, with applications in marine, defence, and aerospace industries. His primary emphasis is on tailoring hierarchical microstructures to achieve superior mechanical properties and to develop a comprehensive knowledge on processing-microstructure-properties relationship for the additively manufactured materials. Outside of work, Dr. Hadadzadeh loves spending time with his family and watching movies!

Dr. Khaksar received her B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and M.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology.

After completing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ladan joined MAMCE to study corrosion behaviour of DMLS Corrax Stainless Steel and hopes to publish her findings in top-ranked materials science journals. Ladans favourite activity when she is not doing research is Yoga.

Dr. Javad Samei is a Postdoctoral Researcher at MAMCE as well as a Visiting Researcher at McMaster University. Previously, Javad was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Windsor (2013-2015), Lehigh University (2015), and McMaster University (2016-2018).

During his time at MAMCE, his research area focused on metallurgy, micromechanics, fracture, and in-situ characterization of advanced metallic materials using electron microscopy, nano-indentation tests, and X-ray computed tomography. Besides his research, Javad is interested in entrepreneurship and martial arts. He has also achieved his Shodan (Black Belt) in AiKiDo from Humbo Dojo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2008.


Reza is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at UNB. Receiving his Bachelor and Masters at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, he is currently studying the elevated strain-rate and shock loading behaviour of Electro-Beam-Melted Titanium alloy Ti64.

Reza has the goal of broadening the AM technology of titanium alloys and high strain rate testing. Outside of his studies, Reza plays the electric guitar and enjoys parkour.

Shirin is a PhD student at UNB in Mechanical Engineering. She received her bachelor degree at Chamran University of Ahwaz, and her Masters at Shiraz University of Technology.

Shirin is researching the microstructure and mechanical properties of Maraging Steels and is investigating the effect of static and dynamic loading, phase transformation, alloying elements, and solidification behaviour. In her spare time, Shirin enjoys painting.

Nathaniel is a graduate student working towards his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. He completed his undergraduate degree at UNB in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.

Nathaniel’s research project is to develop a new design and optimization tool using artificial intelligence for additively manufactured microlattice structures. In his spare time, Nathaniel likes to rock climb and play the violin.

Mohammad is a PhD student at MAMCE. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tehran in materials and metallurgy engineering and his master’s degree in materials engineering-ceramics from Institute of Materials and Energy (MERC). He is now working on austenitic stainless steels manufactured through additive manufacturing techniques.

His ongoing research focuses on the microstructural and mechanical characterization of selective laser melted stainless steel 316L fabricated using different types of lasers. Beyond academic efforts, Mohammad enjoys art history and literature.

Kevin is an Undergraduate Student in Mechanical Engineering at UNB. He received both his certificate in Heavy Duty Equipment Technician as well as his diploma in Mechanical Engineering Manufacturing technology from College of the North Atlantic. He has joined the MAMCE team to learn about the manufacturing processes, parameters and limitations in additive manufacturing, he also aids Mackenzie in his research and lab work.

Kevin has worked at Pratt and Whitney CA as a CO-OP student and wishes to purse aerospace design and fabrication utilizing additive manufacturing. Outside of his studies, Kevin is a CAF Reg Force member and a fitness enthusiast.

Udo is a PhD Student at UNB under the joint-supervision of Dr. Lister from Chemical Engineering and Dr. Mohammadi.

He received his undergraduate degree at Abia State University and his post-graduate diploma at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Udo is currently working on radiation- assisted corrosion of additively manufactured components, fabricated using aluminum alloys, titanium, and stainless steels for marine applications. In his spare time, Udo enjoys soccer, travelling and long road trips.

Mackenzie is a Masters student in Mechanical Engineering. He received his bachelor at UNB in mechanical engineering, and has joined MAMCE to study the effects of processing parameters on selective laser melted metals, specifically refractory alloys such as Niobium alloys used in the aerospace industry.

Mackenzie has worked at the Centre previously during his undergraduate helping to prepare samples and conduct microscopy studies on Corrax and Maraging stainless steels. Outside of his studies, Mackenzie is a pilot instructor and is an active member of the Canadian Forces.

Ayda is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at University of New Brunswick. She received her B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from Tehran polytechnic and her M.Sc. in Corrosion and Protection of Materials from Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran. Ayda is currently studying microstructure as well as mechanical and corrosion properties of CX stainless steel fabricated by SLM method at MAMCE.

With the UNB and MAMCE group, Ayda believes she has the best opportunity to expand her knowledge of materials science while cooperating with sophisticated professors and researchers. Outside of her studies, Ayda enjoys spending time with her family and is eager to be outdoors walking and cycling.

Sajad (also called Mohsen in his family), is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. He received his bachelor's degree at Chamran University of Ahvaz and his master's degree in Materials Engineering at Amirkabir University of Tehran majoring in welding.

His current research is on Hybrid Additive Manufacturing, a novel method to join additively manufactured parts with those conventionally fabricated. This technique can be considered as an assembling or repairing method. Sajad hopes to become a pioneer in this field and convince industries to enjoy hybrid additive manufacturing. He also adores playing the guitar and singing.

Ramin is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at UNB. He received his undergraduate degree and Masters from Shiraz University in Shiraz, Iran.

Currently, Ramin is studying the effect of additive manufacturing on high strength maraging steel and hopes to be able to predict and understand the multiscale behaviour of maraging steels produced through additive manufacturing. Ramin loves to travel the world when he is not busy with his studies.

Joey is currently pursuing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in 3D modeling and simulation of additively manufactured components. Joey completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (BASc. ME), at the University of Ottawa in 2017.

At MAMCe, Joey is researching design optimization for additively manufactured lightweight microlattice structures for energy absorption in ballistic impact situations. During his time at UNB, Joey hopes to develop the necessary skills required to apply the knowledge gained to other areas of the defence industry. Outside of academics, Joey's hobbies include a nice balance between gaming indoors and adventuring outdoors.