Dr. Babak Soltannia

NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow



Babak Soltannia is currently an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus under the co-supervision of Dr. Dana Grecov and Dr. Abbas Milani working on the project entitled “Studying the Effect of Ligand Chain for Friction Reduction and Wear-resistance Enhancement of Environmentally Friendly Functionalized Nano-enhanced Greases”. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, in 2021. Prior to joining the department, he completed his second M.Sc., in Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University. He has received multiple international, national and provincial awards including NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, partial IBM Scholarship, Alexander Graham Bell NSERC Doctoral Scholarship, AITF, QE II Graduate Scholarship, Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award, and appreciation certificate from the Government of Alberta for his services to Albertans. He knows English, Russian, Persian fluently, and he has just started learning French. He was President of MEGSA during 2015-16, and the University of Alberta GSA President and Vice-Chair of ab-GPAC during 2017-18, and an APEGA E.I.T. He taught Vibrations to undergraduate students as a sessional instructor at Dalhousie University, during winter 2020. He worked on Keystone and Coastal GasLink pipeline stress analysis, as well as Soil-Structure Interaction (SSI) for Wood Group as a Pipeline Stress Engineer during spring/summer 2020.

The complete list of his publications can be found on his Google Scholar, Scopus, and ORCID.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
  • MASc, Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University, Canada

Research Interests

  • Surface Science and Engineering
  • Adhesion
  • Friction
  • Microfabrication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Vibration
  • Elasticity
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Complex Fluids

Teaching Experiences

  • MECH 4500 “Vibration”, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University
  • MECH 386 “Industrial Fluid Mechanics” (Applied Fluid Mechanics), Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC – Vancouver Campus
  • NAME 522 “Ship Production and Industrial Engineering” (Mechanical Behavior of Polymer Composites), Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC – Vancouver Campus (to teach)

Selected Awards

  • NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
  • Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF)
  • Alexander Graham Bell NSERC Doctoral Scholarship
  • President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction