It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Sina Ghanbarzadeh, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and co-founder of KA Imaging. Just over a year ago, Sina began his battle with cancer while working towards completing his PhD degree.

He came to Waterloo 10 years ago to begin his master’s research work as part of the Silicon Thin Film Applied Research (STAR) group. During Sina’s graduate studies, he helped transform KA Imaging from a group of three researchers into a vibrant company producing one of the most innovative X-ray solutions in the world. Sina’s ingenuity was instrumental in establishing the unique technology within KA Imaging. 

Representing the best of what it means to be a Waterloo engineer, Sina came to Canada in search of a better future through graduate studies and applied his passion and intelligence to convert his research into an innovative and dynamic business venture. He will be remembered for his Herculean work ethic, resilience and perseverance.

Our thoughts and support are with Saeedeh Ghaffari, Sina’s wife and a graduate of Waterloo Engineering, as well as his family in Iran. The funeral will take place Saturday, February 20, and the University flags will be lowered to half-mast that day as a mark of respect for Sina.

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