January 8, 2023 marks the third anniversary of the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, which was shot down shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport. Tragically, all 176 people onboard lost their lives, including 63 Canadians. Among those were four members of the UBC community: Niloofar Razzaghi, Zeynab Asadi Lari, Mohammadhossein Asadi Lari, and Dr. Mehran Abtahi, who was a postdoctoral research fellow in our Department.
Born and raised in Iran, Dr. Abtahi came to UBC in 2019 after completing his PhD in Process and Environmental Engineering at the Université de Toulouse, University of Twente, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His doctoral research focused on the removal of micropollutants from wastewater using bioaugmented-moving bed biofilm reactors, nanofiltration membranes, and annealed polyelectrolyte multilayer-based membranes. Dr. Abtahi published numerous refereed papers and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development.
In response to the downing of Flight PS752 and other air disasters, January 8 has been declared as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters. On the third anniversary of this tragic event, we are thinking of the families, friends, and colleagues of not only Dr. Abtahi, but of all the individuals who were lost to the disaster.
Iranian Student Memorial Award
UBC has joined members of the Iranian-Canadian community in establishing the Iranian Student Memorial Award. This fund will provide awards annually to students in memory of those who lost their lives in this tragedy.
Event: Justice Prevails: The 3rd Anniversary of the Downing of Flight PS752
January 8, 2023 | 2:00 pm
North Vancouver – March from Ray Sergeant Park to the Shipyards.