RGL mourns loss of researcher Dr. Pedram Mousavi to fatal air accident

January 08, 2020

Leduc, AB – It is with a heavy heart that RGL Reservoir Management Inc. acknowledges the tragic loss of one of our esteemed researchers, Dr. Pedram Mousavi. Dr. Mousavi, his wife, and their two daughters were among the 63 Canadians who perished in a plane crash last evening in Iran.
 
Dr. Mousavi, an electrical engineer, led an RGL-partnered research group at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering focusing on wireless downhole power and data transfer. His team is developing intelligent wireless devices that will work toward making oil and gas operations safer and more cost effective.
 
Dr. Mousavi’s wife, Dr. Mojgan Daneshmand, was also an engineering professor with the electrical and computer engineering department at U of A. The couple's two daughters, Darina and Darya, were aged 10 and 15, respectively. The family was among 176 people killed on Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 that crashed after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport outside of Tehran. All 176 people aboard the flight perished—of which at least 30 were from the city of Edmonton.
 
“He was a great guy,” said RGL’s Research and Development Manager Vahid Fattahpour, who worked with Dr. Mousavi in recent years. “He was kind and friendly and had a great sense of humour. He was a really caring person.”
 
Dr. Mousavi graduated from the Iran University of Science & Technology in 1995 and later earned a master's degree and PhD from the University of Manitoba.
 

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