Zoheir N. Farhat, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor in Materials Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University.


Dr. Zoheir Farhat earned his PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in 1996 for the fabrication and tribological behaviour of nano-laminated composite coatings. Since receiving his PhD, Dr. Farhat has held many positions in academia, industry and government research laboratories. In 2005, he joined Dalhousie University and was later appointed Chair of the Materials Engineering Program in 2007.

Dr. Farhat is the founder and Director of the Advanced Tribology Laboratory (ATL) and is a member of the Institute of Research in Materials (IRM) at Dalhousie University. To-date, his lifetime research has resulted in over 140 journal papers and conference contributions, and over 40 technical reports. With over 25 years of experience in the field of degradation and micro-mechanical characterization of advanced materials and coatings, Dr. Farhat's work has been published in some of the most prestigious international journals. He has attracted over $10M in research funding and trained over 60 graduate students (MASc, PhD), postdocs, senior undergrad students and research engineers.

Dr. Farhat has organized and chaired Corrosion and Wear of Materials symposia and he has established many national and international collaborations with industry and academia. Dr. Farhat is an active member of many professional societies and a former member of the board of review and key reader in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, TMS.


Undergraduate Courses
MATL 3520: Structure of Materials
MECH 4120: Metal Working Processes  
MECH 4110: Ferrous Alloy 
MECH 4130: Failure Analysis 
MATL 4700/MATL4800: Materials Design Project

Graduate Courses
MECH 6050: Wear of Materials 
IDIS 6003: Advanced Topics in Engineering Materials (Graduate Course)

Recent Positions Held & Professional Activities

  • Chair of the Materials Engineering Program at Dalhousie University, 2007- present
  • Director, Advanced Tribology Laboratory (ATL), 2005-present
  • NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) 2017-2018 pear review committee member.
  • External examiner for a PhD candidate at McGill University, 2017.
  • Sessions Chair and Judge, Canadian Materials Science Conference, Halifax, 2015.
  • Founding member of an initiative to establish a national Academic Research Network in pipeline engineering, 2014
  • NSERC site visit for a renewal of a senior chair in Corrosion Control and Materials Performance in Nuclear Power Systems at the University of Toronto 2014
  • External examiner for a PhD candidate at McGill University, 2014
  • External examiner for a PhD candidate at the University of Windsor, 2011
  • Former Chair of the “Materials Integrity and Performance Section” of the Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM), 2007-2010
  • Former Vice Chair of the “Materials Integrity and Performance Section” of the Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM), 2005-2007
  • Member of the Board of Directors of MetSoc-CIM, 2005- 2010
  • Member of the Board of Review and Key Reader in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, TMS, 2006-2010
  • Member of Canadian Materials Engineering Education Council (comprising of Materials Engineering Chairs from all Canadian Universities), 2007-2010
  • Member of Killam proctorial scholarship committee, 2007-2010
  • Manager of XRD facility at Dalhousie University, 2006-2010
  • Chair, “Wear and Corrosion of Materials” Symposium, Conference of Metallurgist, COM 2008, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Member of the technical committee, COM 2008, Winnipeg, MT.
  • Editor for conference proceedings, COM 2008, Winnipeg, MT.
  • Co-Chaired a Symposium on “Materials Performance in Sulfur Plants” in COM 2009, the Conference of Metallurgists, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Aug. 2009
  • Editor, Corrosion and Wear of Materials, Conference Proceedings, COM 2008, Winnipeg, MT.
  • Member of the technical Committee for COM 2008 and COM 2009
  • Registered as Professional Engineer with the association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS)
  • Reviewer for many of the most prominent journals, such as, Wear, Metall, and Mat. Trans., Mat. Sci. and Eng. A and Trib. Trans. Also acted as reviewer for NSERC, CFI and others

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