Amir Shabani, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Amir Shabani,
Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor / NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRCC)


Amir Shabani is currently NSERC’s Industrial Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Smart Connected Buildings where his research team is collaborating on several applied research projects with multiple industry partners on the product development and validation of intelligent building/home automation technologies and systems.

Amir joined School of Engineering Technologies at George Brown College in September 2013. He taught courses in the Mechatronics (Electromechanical) Engineering field, including PLC-Programmable Logic Controller (Omron, Allen Bradley), Electro-pneumatic Systems, Motors and Controls, and Electronic Devices.

Amir received his PhD from Systems Design Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Canada, with the focus on time-series data analytics. He has extensive R&D experience in hardware and software design for advanced automation systems. He worked as hardware design engineer in electronics industry before moving to automotive industry. As Control and Instrumentation Engineer in job-sharing projects with international companies, he worked on multi-million-dollar automation projects for design and commissioning of new production lines at a car manufacturing plant

Academic Credentials

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Smart Connected Buildings, 2015-2020

P.Eng., Professional Engineers of Ontario, 2016

Postdoc: Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University, 2011

Ph.D.: Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo,2011

MSc.: Electronics Eng., University of Science and Technology, 2004

BSc.: Electrical & Electronics Eng., University of Science and Technology, 2000

Areas of Specialization

Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Expertise


Automation Systems

Instrumentation and Control

Data Analytics

Image/Video Processing

Career Highlights

2015-present: NSERC Industrial Research Chair

2013-present: Professor of Engineering, George Brown College

2012-2014: Professor of Engineering, Sheridan College

2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

2009-2010: Research Support Eng., Wilfrid Laurier University

2007-2011: Research Assistant, University of Waterloo

2001-2006: Senior Instrumentation and Control Engineer, TAM IK Co.

1999: Electronics Engineer

Other Activities

NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Smart Connected Buildings

Member of Research and Innovation Advisory Board (RIAC) at GBC


Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC), NSERC Canada, 2015

Ontario Graduate Scholarship for Science and Tech., Ministry of Ontario, 2011

Graduate Student Award, University of Waterloo, 2010

Graduate Student Award, University of Waterloo, 2009

Best Poster Presentation Award at UW-GSR Conf., University of Waterloo, 2009

Dean’s honor, Master’s in Electrical Eng., Univ. of Science & Technology, 2003