Principal Investigator

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Dr. Sami Khan

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Simon Fraser University



Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2020

S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016

S.M. Technology and Policy Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016

B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2012


Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, September 2020 - present

Science and Technology Advisor, Natural Resources Canada, April - August 2020



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Selected Honours and Awards:

  • Action Canada Fellow (2021) (link)

  • Finalist, Hydrogen Can Science Slam Competition held at the Berlin Science Week (2020) (link)

  • Marcel Pourbaix Prize (1st place) for Best Poster, Annual NACE Corrosion Conference (2019)

  • William Stewart Award for Leadership and Student Service, received from MIT’s Chancellor (2019) (link)

  • Best Research Pitch, MIT Microsystems Technical Lab Annual Research Conference (2018 and 2014) 

  • Public Service Fellowship received from the MIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (2017)

  • NSERC PGS-D Graduate Award (2016-2019) (link)

  • Finalist, Patagonia Eco-Innovation Business Case Competition (2016)

  • Young Researcher Award received at the World Hydropower Congress in Beijing (2015) (link)

  • Hydro Research Foundation Award from the US Department of Energy (2014) (link)

  • Ernest Walton medal received from the President of Ireland for undergraduate thesis (2012) (link)

  • Gordon Cressy Leadership Award, received from the President of University of Toronto (2012) (link)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for graduate studies (awarded) (2012)

  • German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholarship for summer internship in Munich (2011) 

  • Accenture Scholarship for academic performance and volunteerism (2011)

  • Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto Section Book Prize (2010)                                               

  • Robert G. Auld Student Paper Award, 2nd place, CSChE Conference, Saskatoon (2010)               

  • Risings Stars of Research Conference Participant, UBC (2010)                                        

  • R.W. Missen Prize - for highest class mark in Engineering Thermodynamics (2010)                   

  • SAP North America Scholarship (2009)


Dr. Sami Khan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at Simon Fraser University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the supervision of Dr. Kripa K. Varanasi. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Khan pursued a Bachelors' degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Toronto with a minor in Sustainable Energy, and a Masters in Technology and Policy Studies from MIT. In his Ph.D. research, Dr. Khan studied the role of interfacial engineering towards impacting electrochemical phenomena, including CO2 electroreduction. Dr. Khan has obtained two years of professional engineering experience in the rare-earth mining industry and has worked in the nuclear industry through an internship at Ontario Power Generation. He has taught engineering design to first year undergraduate students as well as served as an industrial advisor to final year energy engineering students in their capstone projects. 

Masters Students

Gahee Im

Gahee is a MASc student at the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at SFU. She received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Gangneung-Wonju National University. She studied biodiesel production using waste as feedstocks and catalysts in her university's Bioenvironmental Energy Lab.
Gahee enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and drinking coffee.

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Oz Oren

Oz is a MASc student at the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at SFU and is co-supervised by Dr. Sami Khan and Dr. Gordon McTaggart-Cowan. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion). He worked for 10 years in petrochemical plants in Israel as a process and project engineer. Oz enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and painting.

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Omar Nemir

Omar joined the EISEn group as an MASc student in Summer 2022. He received his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Master of Engineering (MEng) from University of Nottingham. In his MEng thesis, he worked on a study related to carbon-constrained electricity trading across Canadian provinces. In his free time, Omar enjoys soccer, tennis and travelling.

Undergraduate Students

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Emma Hannaford

Emma is a fourth-year Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) undergraduate student at SFU and joined the EISEn group in September 2022. She was the President of the SEE Student Society from May 2021 - May 2022 where she led an executive team to help support student learning and promote student engagement. Emma spent her last Co-op at Modulous in London, UK. Her work experience centered around assessing the environmental performance of modular housing through a whole life carbon analysis. Beyond academics, Emma enjoys travelling, distance running, hiking and skiing.

Group Alumni

Yoonsoo (Clara) Park

Clara is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Sustainable Energy Engineering program at SFU. She did three co-op terms with the EISEn lab between September 2020 and Fall 2021. She was awarded the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) by NSERC and received the Vancouver Korean Foundation Scholarship during her tenure with EISEn. Clara enjoys travelling, baking and acrylic painting!


Ishaan Aggarwal

Ishaan is a third year undergraduate student in Applied Physics at SFU. Ishaan did one co-op term with the EISEn lab between in Spring 2022. Ishaan was awarded first place at the AMPP NACE Poster competition in Edmonton in April 2022 for his research.