University of Alberta plans memorial for 10 students, profs killed in Iran plane crash

Jan 10 2020, 2:25 pm

The University of Alberta is hosting a memorial service Sunday for its 10 students, faculty, and alumni who died in a plane crash in Tehran, Iran this week.

The Edmonton victims were among the 176 passengers killed when the Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 went down shortly after taking off. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said evidence indicates the aircraft was likely shot down by an Iranian missile.

“We are grieving for lost colleagues, classmates, teachers, and mentors, as well as loved ones, family, friends, and roommates,” David H. Turpin, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta said in a statement.

The university identified the following people as victims of the crash:

  • Mojgan Daneshmand, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Radio Frequency Microsystems for Communication and Sensing, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Pedram Mousavi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Integrated Sensors and Antennas, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Pouneh Gorji, student, Master of Science, Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science
  • Elnaz Nabiyi, student, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Accounting, Operations and Information Systems, Alberta School of Business
  • Arash Pourzarabi, student, Master of Science Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science
  • Nasim Rahmanifar, student, Master of Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Saba Saadat, student, Bachelor of Science student, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science
  • Amir Saeedinia, student, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
  • Sara Saadat, alumna, 2019 Bachelor of Science, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science
  • Mohammad Mahdi Elyasi, alumnus, 2017 Master of Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

“These individuals were integral to the intellectual and social fabric of our university and the broader community,” Turpin said.

The memorial will take place on Sunday, January 12 from 3 to 5 pm at the Saville Community Sports Centre.

Pledge forms will be available at the event for attendees who want to donate to a fundraiser to create a scholarship in memory of the Edmonton residents killed in the crash.

About 30 Edmontonians were killed in the crash, and families in Toronto and British Columbia are remembering their loved ones lost as well.

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Where: Saville Community Sports Centre — 11610 65 Avenue NW
When: Sunday, January 12, 2020
Time: 3 to 5 pm; doors open at 2 pm