- Ph.D., Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, 2014
- M.S., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2008
- API 653 - Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector
Dr. Delshad specializes in failure analysis, corrosion, fatigue, welding engineering, and non-destructive examination across diverse industries, with a strong foundation in materials characterization, microstructural evaluation, and mechanical testing. With his experience in inspection and maintenance of heat exchangers and pressure vessels, pipeline integrity and storage tank engineering, Dr. Delshad offers comprehensive solutions to the complex challenges faced by various industry sectors. His knowledge of welding metallurgy and materials science allows him to identify and evaluate potential risks in the design, fabrication, and operation of these assets. Additionally, Dr. Delshad possesses American Petroleum Institute certifications as a Pressure Vessel Inspector (API 510) and an Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector (API 653).
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Delshad was involved in inspection and maintenance activities on heat exchangers and steam generators in power generation plants in Ontario, Canada. This work included employing various non-destructive examination (NDE) techniques to determine degradation mechanisms of heat exchanger tubes, conducting and evaluating visual inspections, and developing and executing tube plug welding and mechanical repair strategies. Prior to this role, Dr. Delshad carried out failure analysis and investigations for a diverse range of industries, such as oil and gas, power generation, pipeline, automotive, construction, and electrical.
During his graduate studies at the University of Alberta, Dr. Delshad's research focused on the rapid solidification of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. He utilized the single fluid atomization technique to produce powder particles and additive manufactured components. He employed a blend of modeling and laboratory testing, including optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to analyze the mechanical properties and microstructures of these materials. Through his investigations, Dr. Delshad enriched the knowledge of these materials' performance qualities, uncovering ways to refine microstructures and improve mechanical properties particularly for applications in the aerospace industry.