Pouria Ghods, PhD, P.Eng. | President and Co-Founder

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Pouria Ghods, President & Co-Founder of Giatec

Dr. Ghods has more than 15 years of experience in civil engineering projects related to the inspection and condition assessment of reinforced concrete structures such as bridges. He has extensive knowledge of the concrete industry and has developed a strong network through interactions with the leaders in the construction industry. Over the course of his career, he has accumulated more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Ghods' unique expertise on the corrosion of steel is at the heart of Giatec’s technologies. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2011 OCRI Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work at Giatec, Morris Cohen Graduate Student Award of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Corrosion Division, NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Foundation Academic Award and has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Prior to co-founding Giatec, he co-established Construction Materials Institute to provide knowledge-based services to the construction industry.

Licences/Certification

Professional Engineer – Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario
May 2012 – Present

Education

  • 2010-2012 University of British Columbia
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Materials Engineering
  • 2005-2010 Carleton University
    PhD, Civil Engineering
  • 2001-2004 University of Tehran
    M.Sc., Concrete Materials Engineering
  • 1997-2001 University of Tehran
    B. Eng., Civil Engineering

Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2018 Forty Under 40
    Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal
  • 2012 Ottawa's 100 Rising Stars
    Invest Ottawa
  • 2011 OCRI Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI)
  • 2010 Morris Cohen Graduate Student Award
    Electrochemical Society (ECS) Corrosion Division
  • 2010 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

  • 2010 Graduate Student Nomination for the Senate Medal
    Carleton University
  • 2010 NSERC Most Outstanding Nomination for Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize
    NSERC, Selected by Engineering A Committee, Canada
  • 2009 Academic Award
    National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) Foundation
  • 2008 Corrosion Student Poster Travel Award
    National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
  • 2008 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2007 Jag Mohan Humar Graduate Student Fellowship
    Carleton University
  • 2007 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
  • 2005 Graduate and Research Academic Excellence Scholarship for International Students
    Carleton University
  • 2005 Doctoral Scholarship
    Carleton University
  • 2001 Distinguished Student Researcher Award
    Iranian Concrete Institute (ICI)
  • 2001 Distinguished Research Award on High Strength Concrete
    Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran
  • 2001 Distinguished Research Award on Ultra High Strength concrete
    University of Tehran
  • 2000 Minister of Science, Research and Technology Award for Scientific and Cultural Achievement
    Tehran, Iran
  • 2000 ACI Student Award - 3rd Prize Winner in High Strength Concrete Competition
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Patents

Electrical methods and systems for concrete testing - January 30, 2014

Areas of Expertise

  • Concrete materials science
  • Bridge engineering
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Non-destructive testing
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