Our Instructors

Dr. Saeed (Sam) Nejatian: Academic Coordinator and Lead Instructor

Saeed's professional career started at US Naval Academy and Maine Maritime Academy as a Marine (Steam & Diesel) engineering officer. Later, he worked for 25 years at GE aviation as the Director of Global Sales for the military fighter jets and helicopters programs.

For the past 30 years, Saeed held senior executive management roles in the Defense, Aerospace, Power, Energy, Education, and Business Consulting industries.

Saeed has a BS degree in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime, a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, a MS degree and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. His educational experience includes teaching assignments at US Army, Northeastern University, University of California, University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

He also has over 30 professional certifications and diplomas including Professional Engineer (PE), Engineering Leadership Programs (ELP), Manufacturing Management Programs (MMP), Project Management (PM), Sustainability Management, Occupation Health & Safety (OSH) to name a few.

Saeed is currently an academic coordinator for Lean Six Sigma, Sustainable Enterprise and Green Economy programs, as well as a lead instructor and digital program developer at Ryerson University.

Dr. Amir Tavangar: Instructor and CKSS 102 Course Supervisor

Dr. Tavangar is currently a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University and a lecturer at Ryerson University and Humber College. He has taught Engineering, Energy and Sustainability topics at several Canadian and international academic institutions. In particular, he has taught the following courses: Renewable Energy and Green Technology, Fundamentals in Sustainability in Sustainability Management, and Environmental Engineering and Green Economy at The Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University since 2014. He has also supervised 12 capstone projects in the Sustainability program.

Dr. Tavangar's research interest centers on nanotechnology and the applications of nano systems in the field of biomedical and sustainable energy. He has been involved in several sustainability and green energy projects in academia and with industrial partners at London Hydro and S2E Technologies. His research so far has led to 15 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact international conferences and journals. Dr. Tavangar received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University, his MSc. and BSc from IUST, and AUT in Tehran, Iran.

Wesley Gee: Instructor

Wesley combines academic expertise with extensive professional experience that leads The Works’ sustainability practice. He provides guidance in stakeholder engagement, materiality and performance measurement, as well as CSR/sustainability communications and reporting. Wesley contributed to the development of the GRI G4 guidelines and serves on sector working groups with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He is a judge for CPA Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards. He also lectures for the CSR certificate program at the University of Toronto and for the Sustainability certificate program at Ryerson University. Before joining The Works, Wesley was the senior sustainability consultant at Stantec and the senior CSR advisor at the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. He holds a Masters in Sustainable Business from the University of Leeds.

Dr. Morteza Zohrabi: Instructor - Lean Six Sigma

Dr. Zohrabi (PMP, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt & CPHQ) has been the lead director in the implementation of several high profile projects in both the public and private sectors which include working with many cutting edge manufacturers, hospitals, universities, and banks.

Dr. Zohrabi saved millions of dollars by implementing Lean Six Sigma projects. He has achieved outstanding results in reducing the backlogs and processing times and increasing productivity.

Dr. Zohrabi has been applying Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen for the last 17 years.

Dr. Alireza Maleki: Instructor - Lean Six Sigma

Alireza has been teaching Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lead Auditor in Quality Management Systems and Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001) and Lead Assessor for European Business Excellence Award Model. In addition to his experience as a senior consultant, he has led more than 200 audits in the government, service sector, and different manufacturing companies in more than ten countries. He has also assessed many organizations based on EFQM Business Excellence Model including three companies for the European Excellent Award in Spain, Belgium and Turkey.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in Health Management.