Amir Shoolestani is a third year Civil Engineering PhD student, is one of the seven aspiring entrepreneurs and UBC Applied Science PhD students who have won full entry into the Applied Science Entrepreneurial PhD (e-PhD) Program. Shoolestani is devising an integrated decision making framework for SAMA, a UBC startup that offers automated decision analytics solutions for sustainable infrastructure. In addition to balancing performance, cost and risk, this intelligent application is intended to minimize the overall impact of our built infrastructure on the natural environment and human health, including reducing consumption of natural resources, generation of waste and pollution, and harm to the wellbeing of building inhabitants.

Supervisor: Professor Thomas Froese

Research interests: Green buildings, Sustainability (Economic, Environmental and Social), Project & Construction Management, Infrastructure Asset Management

Member of the UBC Climate Action Plan Committee

Member of the UBC Student Sustainability Council

Member and Award Recipient of the British Columbia Construction Roundtable

More than 12 years research and professional work experience:

• asset management

• decision support systems

• linear and non-linear optimization

• life cycle costing of energy intensive systems

• risk analysis

• reliability & planning

• resource management

• design, coordination and consultancy of hydropower projects (>50 projects)

• pipelines and pressure vessels

• hydrotechnical studies

• plant supervision, QC, O&M

• international marketing

• tender proposals (technical & financial)

• contracts

Shoolestani, A., Shoolestani, B., Froese, T., Vanier, D.J. (2015). SocioBIM : BIM-to-end user interaction for sustainable building operations and facility asset management. Proceedings of ICSC15: The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 5th International/11th Construction Specialty Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. June 7-10.


Shoolestani, A., Shoolestani, B. (2015). Sustainability thinking in engineering education : data-intensive research, computational sustainability and multidisciplinary research. Proceedings of EESD15: The 7th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. June 9-12.


Shoolestani, A., Vanier, D.J., Froese, T. (2012). A need for a sustainable asset management framework for hydroelectric run-of-river infrastructure. Proceedings of CSCE12: The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference/1st International Conference for Sustaining Public Infrastructure Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. June 6-9.