Hadia holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in architecture. She is currently a last-year PhD candidate at the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at the UofA.
Hadia has a passion for such topics as the integration of renewable energies into buildings, building science, indoor human comfort, meteorology, and buildings’ impact on climate change, thus she has worked on innovative energy-efficient wall systems and building integrated solar photovoltaics (PV). In addition, she has given public talks in several venues about solar PV, as this topic has become a hot button issue where the role of young researchers to spread new knowledge is critical. She believes that research related to climate change is becoming increasingly crucial, especially in the construction and facility management sectors, given that building operation accounts for 30-40% of global greenhouse gas emissions today.
As evidence of her achievement and growth, Hadia has received several grants and awards acknowledging excellence in academic accomplishments and contributions to industry. Such as the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship as a reward to her high level of achievement in research and academic contribution. She has also collaborated extensively with industry, where her research findings are being directly implemented to improve the industry partner’s products and services. Industry partners with whom she has collaborated include but are not limited to Landmark Group of Companies, Solarmax Power Inc., NEWBuildS/FIBRE, and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF).