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January 5, 2009

MIE Professor Javad Mostaghimi has been appointed University of Toronto Distinguished Professor in Plasma Engineering for a five-year term as of Jan. 1, 2009.

Designed to advance and recognize faculty with highly distinguished accomplishments and who display exceptional promise, the prestigious University of Toronto Distinguished Professor awards are limited to no more than 3% of the tenured faculty in a Faculty.

“The recognition of Professor Mostaghimi’s research accomplishments and outstanding service to the Faculty by this prestigious award is richly deserved and brings great honour to the Faculty,” said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. “He exemplifies the qualities that the University of Toronto seeks to encourage with the new Distinguished Professor award.”

Professor Mostaghimi’s main research interests are the study of thermal spray coatings, transport phenomena and electromagnetics in thermal plasma sources. He has published more than 100 papers in refereed journals and has been cited approximately 1,500 times. His research has also resulted in four patents. In 1998, he founded the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT), which is internationally recognized for its fundamental and applied multidisciplinary research in thermal spray coatings.

From 2002-2006 he served as the Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, overseeing a nearly 50% increase in the number of doctoral students in the Faculty and coordinating the creation and implementation of a number of international agreements.

Professor Mostaghimi is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He is a Senior Fellow at both Massey College and the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna. In addition, he is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Ontario Research Fund and the Board of Management of the Centre for Materials and Manufacturing – Ontario Centres of Excellence.

During the term of the Distinguished Professor Award Professor Mostaghimi proposes to focus on the impact and solidification of metal droplets in thermal spray coating procedures. Increased understanding of the thermal spray process could lead to more effective methods of protecting combustion engines and turbines from heat, improving their thermal efficiency and resulting in substantial savings in fuel and lower emissions of greenhouse gases.

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