Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group Chapter founder and president

Samira is Postdoctoral researcher at Family Medicine Department of Université Laval, Canada.

She did her PhD in Industrial and System Engineering at Université Laval (2016), her training in Healthcare Leadership: Focus on Change Leadership at Cornell University (2016); and her BEng in Industrial and System Engineering (2011).


  • Centre de recherche sur les soins et les services de première ligne de l’Université Laval (CERSSPL-UL)
  • Réseau 1 Québec
  • Québec SPOR SUPPORT unit
  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec – Student member
  • Founder and President, IEEE Young Professionals, Quebec section (2017 – Present)
  • Founder and President, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Quebec section (2014 – Present)

Areas of interest:

Shared Decision Making; Patient Decision Aids; Knowledge Translation; Health System Management; Quality Improvement; Risk Management; Artificial Intelligence

Recognitions and awards:

  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Mitacs Canada (June 2018)
  • ICR Travel Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), (April 2018)
  • Travel Scholarship, North American Primary Care Research Group PBRN Conf. Travel Scholarship, (May 2017)
  • Travel Grant, IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Travel Grant, ( Jan. 2017)
  • Travel Grant, Quebec Population Health Research Network (RRSPQ), (Nov. 2016)
  • Doctoral Scholarship – Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, IRDPQ, (2014-2016)
  • IEEE Women In Engineering Leadership Appreciation Award, IEEE Women in Engineering Canada, (Sep. 2016)
  • Travel Grant, IEEE Women in Engineering Canada, (Sep. 2016)
  • Exemption from differential tuition fee for international students (Extendible for 6 years) Université Laval, (2012- 2016)
  • Women in Engineering Prize (IEEE Canada), (Apr. 2015)