Professor Javad Mostaghimi received his BSc in mechanical engineering from Sharif University (Iran) in 1974. Following employment with Iran National Steel in Isfahan, he began his graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota. He received his MSc in 1978 under the supervision of Professors Emil Pfender and Ernst Eckert, and received his PhD degree in 1982 under the supervision of Emil Pfender. Following the completion of his PhD, Professor Mostaghimi accepted a postdoctoral position with the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec under the supervision of Professor Maher Boulos. In 1984, Professor Mostaghimi joined Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he studied heat transfer to turbine blades. In 1985 he returned to the University of Sherbrooke to continue his work in the area of plasma processing.
In 1990, Professor Mostaghimi accepted the position of Associate Professor and NSERC Junior Chair in Nuclear Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. In 1993, he was appointed Associate Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1996. In 1998, Professor Mostaghimi became the
founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT). In 2002, he was appointed for a term of seven years as Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Advanced Coating Technologies. That same year, he was appointed Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. In 2008, Professor Mostaghimi was named Distinguished Professor in Plasma Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Javad Mostaghimi has been instrumental in starting two spin-off companies for commercializing technologies developed in his lab. Simulent Inc. was founded in 1993 and was a 2010 recipient of the Award of Merit from Consulting Engineers of Ontario. Ablazeon Inc. was founded in 2008 to commercialize an innovative DC plasma technology which utilizes CO2 and CH4 as plasma gases. Ablazeon Inc. is also involved in the development of an innovative antibacterial coating for both organic and inorganic surfaces.
Professor Mostaghimi holds four patents, has published 148 refereed journal articles and has extensively presented his research internationally. He has more than 2,600 citations with an h-index of 27. Professor Mostaghimi holds the rank of Fellow in the following organizations: Canadian Academy of Engineering, American Association for Advancement of Science, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), Massey College (University of Toronto), Faculty of Engineering (University of Tokyo) and the Institute for Advanced Studies (University of Bologna).
Professor Mostaghimi was the recipient of the 2009 Ontario Professional Engineers Research and Development Medal and a 20 10 recipient of the NSERC Brockhouse Award. In 2011, he received the CSME Jules Stachiewicz Medal for Excellence in Heat Transfer and in 2012 he was awarded the Engineering Institute of Canada's Julian C. Smith Medal. He also received the 2012 ASME National Heat Transfer Memorial Award in the Science category.
Professor Mostaghimi organized and chaired the International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (2005) and the Gordon Conference on Plasma Processing Science (2002). He has spent his research leaves in Japan (Kanazawa University in 1996-97 and the University of Tokyo in 2010 and 2005) and in Italy (University of Bologna, 2007). He was recently invited by the Italian
Government to serve as a foreign member of the National Scientific Qualification Committee.