Amin Engarnevis

Project: The Effects of Humidity, Temperature, and Particle FoulingProfile Image on Permeation Properties of Composite Polymer Membranes

Supervisors: Steven Rogak and Sheldon Green

Amin is a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at UBC. He holds a MASc in Mechanical Engineering-Energy Systems from KNTU (2011) and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering-Thermo-Fluids from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (2009). His doctoral research focuses on characterizing the effects of air pollution and environmental factors on the performance of building energy recovery ventilators (ERV). He has undertaken theoretical and experimental research projects in Canada, including design and commissioning of an aerosol wind tunnel to study particulate fouling processes in HVAC systems. His current research focuses on theoretical and experimental evaluation of permeation properties of modified dense polymer membranes for ERV systems.



Amin’s past experience includes energy performance evaluation of industrial facilities and design of hybrid cooling and dehumidification systems. He has been involved in the design and coordination of a number of major energy audit and HVAC improvements on power plants and industrial facilities. His experience with energy audit and retrofit projects include changes to major facilities such as the Shazand thermal power plant in Arak, Iran, and a 143.2MW gas turbine at Gilan combined-cycle plant in Rasht, Iran.

Honors & Awards:

  • ASHRAE Graduate Grant-In-Aid, ASHRAE, 2016-2017.
  • Sustainable Building Science Program Fellowship, The University of British Columbia, 2012-2016.
  • Department Elite Scholarship, Merit Based M.A.Sc. Achievement, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, 2012.
  • M.A.Sc. Excellence Award (Ranked 2nd in Class of 2009), K. N. Toosi University of Technology, 2011.
  • Graduate Thesis Grant-In-Aid Award, Tehran Oil Refinery Co., 2010-2011.



  1. Engarnevis, Amin, Majid Amidpour, and Hadi Jafari. “Replacing of mechanical compressors by gas ejectors in flare gas recovery systems.”International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology 6.4 (2013): 422-448.
  2. Engarnevis, R. Huizing, A. Vaseghi, S. Green, S. Rogak, (2016) “Fouling of Membrane-Based Energy Recovery Ventilators by Aerosols”, Proceedings of 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference, January 23 – 27, 2016 | Orlando, FL, USA.
  3. Jafari, A. Behbahani-nia, A. Engarnevis (2012), “Two-objective optimization of using combined cycle power plants waste for heating application”, Modares Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 12 (4): 120-132.
  4. Engarnevis, A., Rogak, S.N., and Green, S.I.,”Fouling of HVAC finned-tube heat exchangers by aerosols: impact on HVAC design”, Final Report to Cancoil, NSERC Engage Grant EGP 45286-13, July 2014.
  5. Engarnevis, A., Huizing, R.N., and Rogak, S.N.,“Fouling of membrane cross-flow energy exchanger cores by aerosols”, Final Report to dPoint Technologies, NSERC ENGAGE Grant EGP 461388-13, November 2014.
  6. Engarnevis, James F. Montgomery, Sheldon I. Green, Steven N. Rogak, “Optimal Cleaning Strategies for HVAC Heat Exchangers”, poster presentation in 32nd AAAR annual conference, September 30 – October 4, 2013, Portland, Oregon.