Working Experience

 

SKC Logo SKC Engineering - a Division of Applus RTD

 (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

February 2015 - Present

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Manager of Adv. Engrg. & Digital Twins - Machine Learning in Manufacturing (Senior Consulting Engineer)  

Applus+ , with over 20,000 employees, delivers technical excellence in industrial sectors across the globe. SKC Engineering – a division of Applus+ in Canada, leads high-end services through digital engineering, machine-learning, simulation and modeling solutions, digital twins, control and automation. The focus here is the manufacturing and fabrication sectors serving over 250 clients located throughout Canada, the United States and Asia. My department is a well-recognized provider of such a service in the region. (Link to SKC Engineering)(Link to Applus RTD)

Applus+ Canada offers hybrid digital twins that combine simulation tools with machine learning algorithms for data-driven prediction using limited data for engineering applications, which is different from typical big data analysis. This service becomes more attractive when our engineers deal with complex processes or structures with CPU time as the bottleneck of engineering decisions. Some applications based on this approach are:

  • - Digital twin for active exploration of different welding scenarios.  Weld engineers can immediately evaluate the distortion profile for any overlay welding pattern. This tool enables them to quickly explore any possible overlay pattern on regular smart devices and automation to recommend the best one. We help our clients to find the best weld sequence in structures comprising multiple welds. This work is a result of the innovation project DeepWeld: development of a distortion control planner for welding based on simulation and artificial intelligence, funded through the Industrial Research Assistant Program (IRAP) from the government of Canada.

  • - Digital twin for dynamic assessment of softening in pipeline welding. Combining finite element analysis (FEA), artificial neural network (ANN), machine learning (ML), and physical simulation, we constructed a hybrid digital twin to examine the welding’s heat-affected zone (HAZ) softening from multiple welding scenarios. This project leads to a smart computer application where users can take or upload a macro picture of a pipe cross-section with weld(s) and see an embedded Heat-Affected Zone (HAZ) softening map (i.e. Yield Strength and Hardness) around the weld in the picture. The users can define the information on welding’s heat-input and travelling speed. The government of Canada funded this project through the Industrial Research Assistant Program (IRAP).

As Canada’s premier provider of welding engineering services, we use modern high power computing methods for designer-driven optimization for Thermal, Microstructure, and Stress Weld Modeling of welded structures and related welding procedures for all levels of application. Combining these computational capabilities with our extensive practical experience, our welding engineers apply their creativity, expertise, and skill to develop innovative solutions to welding challenges.

When repairing isn’t possible, we offer Fitness-For-Service (FFS) assessment at levels 1, 2 and 3 (API 579/ASME FFS-1, BS 7910) using state-of-the-art computer modeling packages. Based on these computations, the criticality of flaws detected by our visual and non-destructive methods can be determined, and the remaining life of the component/asset is predicted under service conditions.

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Innoweldive Engineering Services 

Zencrack is the state-of-the-art software tool for 3D fracture mechanics simulations, including non-planar crack growth predictions for fatigue and time-dependent load conditions.. My recent work with the R&D team of Zencrack in the UK led to developing an exclusive capability of growth prediction on metallurgical notch effect in material such as in the weld fusion line. Sold License to Enbridge.

Contact me for your fracture modeling in welded structures.

  • Developing customized applications for the SIMULIA(Abaqus) suit (Link to QWeld App)

Qustom Apps was founded by Mike Shubert, whose 28 years of development and product support experience within the Abaqus and Abaqus/CAE groups at Dassault Systèmes provides the expertise required to develop high quality, easy-to-use applications within those environments. I joined shortly after the founding as the consulting and training manager to develop customized welding applications for the Abaqus computational platform. We focus on exceptional customer service, integrating cutting-edge technology into our apps, ease-of-use, and full integration within the Abaqus environment. Please visit (Our Apps) for the latest development.

Contact me for your customized welding application.

  • Training Provider, Advanced Weld Engineering and Fracture Mechanics

In my interest and contract-based, I deliver training courses to various audiences on topics related to Computational Weld Modeling and the use of many simulation software such as VrWeld, Abaqus-AWI, QWeld, Simufact,... for solving real welding problems. I also deliver specific Fitness For Service and Fracture courses in Welded Structures using computational fracture mechanics software and concepts.

Contact me for your special training package.

 

Enteknograte Logo Enteknograte Corp. (Toronto, ON, Canada)

August 2012 - January 2015

Co-founder & CEO

Advanced FEA, CFD, Multiphysics, and Digital Twin Where Scientific computing meets, Complicated Industrial needs. (Compnay Website)

Enteknograte is a virtual laboratory supporting Simulation-Based Design and Engineering with the state-of-the-art full spectrum services. Founded in 2012 with a worldwide presence. Calling upon our broad base of in-house capabilities covering strategic and technical consulting, engineering, manufacturing and analytical software development – we offer each of our clients the individual level of support they are looking for, providing transparency, time savings and cost efficiencies.

Enteknograte engineers participate in method development, advanced simulation work, software training and support. Over experiences in engineering consulting and design development enables Enteknograte's engineering team to display strong/enormous client focus and engineering experience. The Enteknograte team supports engineering communities to leverage CFD-FEA simulation software and methodologies. It leads to creating tailored solutions, aligned with the overall product development process of Enteknograte clients.

Highlights;

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA): Crash Test, Manufacturing Processes, Acoustic & Vibration, Fracture & Damage, Multibody Dynamics.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD): Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Combustion, Multiphase flow, Turbomachinery.
  • Multiphysic: Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI), Multi-objective Optimization.
  • Industry Served: Automotive, Aerospcae, Civil, Energy, Medical Device, Materials, Shipbuilding, etc.
  • Mathematical Development: CFD and FEA based Fortran, C++, Matlab and Python Programming.

 

University of Ottawa Logo Fracture Lab, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

May 2011 - May 2012

Industrial PDA with Life Prediction Technologies Incorporation (LPTi)

Position: PDA and R&D Associate

The Material Fracture Laboratory at the University of Ottawa hosts the leading facilities in conducting projects in the field of fracture of materials, the design of damage tolerant materials, X-ray tomography, femtosecond laser machining, and material characterization (tensile machines, microscopes,…), for several applications including for welding and welded structures. I have been closely collaborating with Life prediction Technologies Incorporation (LPTi), a world-class company in delivering prognostics systems and life assessment services for turbines and other high-temperature structures. (Link)

Highlights;

  • Integrated extensive computational data set from predictive models with experimental data for stochastically creep life prediction of materials.
  • Constructed creep deformation mechanisms map (DMM) for high-temperature alloys including Inconel 718, Waspaloy, Inconel 901, P91 Steel, and brazing filler SAC alloy.
  • Investigated creep analysis, scripted R-project code for analyzing data and constructing DMM, and setup and performed creep tests for gas turbine’s fracture analysis.
  • Developed a validated model for the effect of manufacturing pre-strain on void growth and coalescence in Aluminum and extendable to other material.

 

GTI Logo Goldak Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, ON, Canada)

September 2009 - April 2011

P/T while doing Ph.D., my supervisor's company

Position: Computational Weld Modeling Analyst

The company is a global provider of “Computational Welding Mechanics” technology and the software package “VrWelde” developed for thermal, microstructure and stress analysis of welding and welded structures. (Link)

Highlights;

  • Implemented several advanced methods and algorithms for optimization and control of the customer-defined performance on industrial scale welding problems.
  • Employed many large sets of measured data to process the parts' temporal state under welding to calibrate and adjust the model in real-time.
  • Constructed several algorithms to optimize control parameters quicker than real process-time involving continuous and discontinuous design space and response surface.
  • Designed and conducted 35 test-matrices, including more than 500 Computational weld mechanics tests.
  • Examined the projects engaged in uncertainty analysis, sensitivity analysis, and randomness in variables on performance.

 

Automotive Sector;

SAPCO Logo SAPCO (Supplying Automotive Parts Co.)

November 2002 – August 2007

Tehran, Iran

Position: Director of Engineering Dept. at Industrial & Scientific Services (ISS)

The company is a tier 1 supplier of Irankhodro OEM – the major Peugeot joint venture in the Middle-East with a 50 % market share. SAPCO supplies parts to four Peugeot production lines, one Renault production line, one Suzuki SUV production line, and design support and part supply to seven domestic-designed car brands. (Link)

Main Duties;

  • Proactively supported the specific tasks and assigned works to the engineers' team to maintain the project schedule and budget.
  • Ensured technical standards, reference materials, quality procedures, metallurgical specifications, and validation activities are applied correctly to the assigned projects' engineering jobs.
  • Evaluated and audited metallurgical specifications of quality control & assurance standards, namely PSA Peugeot Citroen and TUV Rheinland, i.e. German testing & certification for auto components.
  • Managed the development of engineering projects, including consulting in related projects, leading, controlling and evaluating related technical matters and preparing proposals.
  • Adhered to quality procedures to ensure the smooth running of ISO/TS 16949 meets the company's requirements of quality management systems department..
  • Identified, developed and directed the implementation of Reverse Engineering methodology for automotive units and batches including Configurational Item (CI) modeling, Statistical Process Control (SPC), Design of Experiment (DOE), Design/Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA/PFMEA), Value Engineering/Analysis (VE/VA), Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and Design for X (DFX).
  • Lectured and Trained in industrial settings on topics, namely Reverse Engineering, Taguchi Method, Mistake-Proofing (or Poka-Yoke), Material Engineering and Testing, Welding Technology, and Activity-Based Costing (ABC).

Shetabkar Logo Shetabkar Co.

September 2001 – October 2002

Tehran, Iran

 

The company is a tier 2 automotive steering systems and parts manufacturer to SAPCO. An automotive part manufacturer with well-developed production facilities and technologies, international level quality and advanced engineering capability.

Position; Batch and Product Engineering

Main Duties;

  • Implemented reverse engineering methodology and developed ideas for new products and production systems , focusing on steering systems’ batch and parts.
  • Researched and developed functional aspects of the steering system and design principles in the automotive concept providing design support at all stages of the design process.
  • Ensured that all QA tests are carried out on time and in full and against the OEM standards.
  • Maintained all quality documents, mainly SPC data, up-to-date and available to parties.
  • Worked with minimal supervision or as part of a cross-functional team in analyzing material failures.

 

Teaching Experience

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Lectured / Instructed:

  • Academic

    MTRL 472: Welding and Joining Materials, Fall 2019 UBC; Please read about the course on the description of Fall 2017 below. I had 34 students, including 4 graduate students and 30 undergraduate students. Seven student-groups innovatively developed and presented a welding distortion plan for a panel structure using Abaqus Welding Interface software package (Group Photo - December 2019). (Official Evaluation).

    MTRL 472: Welding and Joining Materials, Fall 2018 UBC; Please read about the course on the description of Fall 2017 below. I had 38 students, including 13 graduate students and 25 undergraduate students. Six student-groups innovatively developed and presented a welding distortion plan for a panel structure using Abaqus Welding Interface software package (Group Photo - December 2018). (Official Evaluation).

    MTRL 472: Welding and Joining Materials, Fall 2017 UBC; (my signature undergraduate course) – A blended 4th-year course including a broad understanding of welding processes, technology, inspection, metallurgy, and simulation theory and lab, none of the 30 students have ever experienced welding simulation. At the end of the semester, they learned about the software; more importantly, they learned and implemented how to address a frequent welding challenge by using the software. In the last session of the class, my students presented term-projects where they teamed up in different groups to innovatively develop a welding distortion plan for a panel structure using Abaqus Welding Interface software package (Group Photo - December 2017) (Official Evaluation). The course was highlighted in the Canadian Welding & Lifestyle Magazine - Welding Education Issue (Spring 2018).

    MCG 5138-H: Welding Models and Computational Welding Mechanics, Winter 2014 UOttawa; (my signature graduate course) – I developed the course for the first time in Canada and delivered at the graduate level (University of Ottawa), received good evaluations from both audiences and the department, and hits the highest number of registration among five elective courses of mechanical engineering (Official Evaluation). The course was included a welding simulation lab, and students delivered a weld sequence planning project using VrWeld software (Group Photo - April 2014). The course was highlighted in the Canadian Welding Association Journal (June 2015).

    ME 538: Welding Design, Fabrication, and Quality Control, Winter 2015 UOttawa; I developed the course for the first time at the University of Ottawa; managed and co-delivered together with an industrial instructor (Kevin Bagheri) and vice-president of services and safety from the Canadian Welding Bureau (Craig Martin). The course was highlighted in the Canadian Welding Association Engage Publication (July 2015).

    Welding and Joining of Materials; I was a guest lecturer in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 sessions (UBC-Materials) invited by Dr. Thomas Garcin, the primary instructor, to lecture on welding modeling and simulation aspects of welding engineering..

    Finite Element Analysis; Co-instructed, graduate-level, together with Prof. John Goldak at Carleton University

    Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analyses; Co-instructed, graduate-level, Ref. Bell, along with my up-to-date Research on Creep and Fatigue

    Material I ; (Undergraduate, Ref. Callister I)


  • Industry

    Computational Fracture Mechanics Training, SKC Engineering, May 10, 2018, Vancouver BC.
    Computational Weld Mechanics Training, SKC Engineering, May 8, 2018, Vancouver BC.

    Welding Technology
    Welding Metallurgy
    Welding Design
    Welding Inspection
    Reverse Engineering
    Mistake Proofing (Poka-Yoke)

 

Industrial & Scientific Services Company (ISS Co.)

     These courses were designed for industrial audiences as in-service training and were partly instructed in manufacturing sites. I taught over 5 courses to 20-35 trainees per topic. I was fortunate to deliver such industrial courses because not only did I develop my lecturing skills, but I also interacted with industrial staff and had a chance to understand the practical aspects of welding theory. I conveyed my knowledge in a realistic setting and gained experience in actual problems. Such an experience is an asset that I use in my teaching. I designed several laboratory tests to be performed at the manufacturing site for trainees to see practical applications in routing engineering.