First recipient of Mousavi-Daneshmand Engineering Innovation Award

March 13, 2021


Calgary, AB Alireza Gharaati has been named the inaugural recipient of the RGL Mousavi-Daneshmand Engineering Innovation Award. His work on wireless communication systems will ensure the memory of former research partner Dr. Pedram Mousavi lives on.
RGL Mousavi-Daneshmand Engineering Innovation Award is a $2,500 award gifted annually to a student enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral program in the Faculty of Engineering. Selection is based on academic achievement and relevance of the student's research related to the areas of digitalization, data capture, application of data analytics for the energy industry, mechanical actuation systems, or wireless shifting technologies. This award was created to honour the work and research efforts of Dr. Pedram Mousavi and his wife Dr. Mojgan Daneshmand.
The connection between the recipient and the award honourees is significant—Gharaati was supervised by Dr. Pedram in his research and attended a course taught by Dr. Daneshmand.
Gharaati’s research is aimed to better the energy industry by improving the ability for operators to track flow of oil operations using antennas in site vehicles. By improving the quality of GPS signals to be as precise as 1 metre or less, the application can be used for location tracking and transparency efficiencies.
Research Overview
Nowadays, antennas have many applications in wireless communication systems. There are many different types of antennas designed for different applications. Transparent antennas have received much attention due to their various applications in wireless communication systems. Additionally, circularly polarized antennas have been used widely because of their advantages over the linearly polarized antennas. These kinds of antennas have lots of applications like Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, wearable applications, and more.
Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) antennas are another type of antennas used for navigation systems. Having transparent antennas working in GNSS frequency bands have lots of applications in different wireless areas. One of the applications potentially targeted are vehicular platforms, as circularly polarized antennas play important role in GNSS.
“In my research, a transparent GNSS antenna with special characteristics has been designed,” said Gharaati. “The antenna should meet some especial specifications in order to be able to work with a desired and acceptable performance. The research also includes the fabrication and measurement tests. The measurement and simulation results should be close to each other in a way that the performance of the antenna be acceptable.”
Gharaati holds a BSc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran in Iran. He is currently pursuing his MSc degree in electromagnetics and microwaves program with the University of Alberta, where he is currently a graduate research assistant with the Intelligent Wireless Technology (IWT) Lab. His current research interests include antenna and propagation, internet of things (IoT), and RF/Microwave circuits.
Some of Gharaati’s research presented at the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting:
About Dr. Mousavi and Dr. Daneshmand
Dr. Mousavi, an electrical engineer, led an RGL-partnered research group at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering focusing on wireless downhole power and data transfer. His team is developing intelligent wireless devices that will work toward making oil and gas operations safer and more cost effective.
Dr. Mousavi’s wife, Dr. Mojgan Daneshmand, was also an engineering professor with the electrical and computer engineering department at U of A. The couple's two daughters, Darina and Darya, were aged 10 and 15, respectively. The family was among 176 people killed on Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 that crashed after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport outside of Tehran. All 176 people aboard the flight perished—of which at least 30 were from the city of Edmonton.
About the Mousavi-Daneshmand Engineering Innovation Award
The award received over 100 applications. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research nominates each recipient and completes the process by administering the award to each successful recipient.
The Faculty review and select the recipients allows us to 'spread the wealth' to ensure various deserving students receive support, and that we target awards based on their unique criteria,” said Ashley Davis, Associate Director, Development at the University of Alberta. “Our Associate Chairs in each Department know many students and their work and can assist with this match-making process.”
Dr. Mousavi’s RGL-partnered research project started in 2018 and focused on Wireless Data and Power Transmission through completion Liners especially for Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) operation. The results of the project could be useful with downhole monitoring in thermal wells, which is essential for the future of the thermal operations.
“His project was a part of a larger research program for downhole monitoring,” said RGL Research and Development Manager Dr. Vahid Fattahpour. “Oil and gas production requires accurate downhole information, such as pressure, temperature, fluid profile, fluid regime, and solid ingress, from along the well to operate the reservoir. Current downhole monitoring systems usually lack continuous measurement along the well and/or coverage of the above-mentioned parameters.”
Essentially, this helps operators to achieve optimized operation with minimum environmental effect and emission.
Dr. Fattahpour worked with Dr. Mousavi throughout the partnership.
“He has a very caring character, especially regarding his team in the university,” he said. “He was well-informed about the industry and economy in general, and always would like to direct the R&D projects toward application. It was an extremely tragic incident, and it was deeply painful to lose him and Dr. Daneshmand. “
RGL has been working with University of Alberta since 2013 on several R&D projects.
“We believe in the cooperation and collaboration with research centers and great minds like Dr. Mousavi,” said Dr. Fattahpour.