Sara Shahmohammadi P.Eng., M.Eng.

President & CEO (founder)

Sara Shahmohammadi serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Hybrixcel and founded the company in 2017. Sara has full responsibility for executing strategic direction and the on-going operations of Hybrixcel Corporation. She has over 20 years of technical experience in the oil & gas, mining, energy industries including engineering design, project management, construction and operations with consulting firms in Canada and internationally. She’s also founding director of Geothermal Energy Research Breakthrough (GERB), a non-for-profit organization for geothermal innovation since January 2019.

Sara holds a Master’s degree from the Civil and Mineral Engineering of University of Toronto.

Pooneh Maghoul P.Eng., Ph.D.

Director of Research


Dr. Pooneh Maghoul joined the Hybrixcel as the Director of research in 2018.

Pooneh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Her research interests focus on Renewable Energy (Energy Geo-Structures), SoilStructure Interaction, Energy Efficiency of Basements, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Ground Vibration and Induced Seismicity Associated with Enhanced Geothermal Systems.

She received her M.Sc. in Soil and Rock Mechanics (2007) and her Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering (2010) at Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (Paris Institute of Technology) in France. She received postdoctoral fellowships from NSERC-Hydro-Quebec Industrial Research Chair at Laval University (2010-2012) in Canada.

Dr. Maghoul is a registered professional engineer (P. Eng.) in the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec.