Alexandra Komrakova

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Associate Dean Graduate Students, Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 2014 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • M.Sc. and B.Sc. equiv., Mechanical Engineering, 2010 Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU), Moscow, Russia


  • Associate Professor, July 2021 - present Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Assistant Professor, July 2015 - June 2021 Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, May 2014 – June 2015 Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • Laboratory Assistant, January 2006 – June 2008 Physics of Heat, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia
  • Student Intern, Schlumberger Moscow Research Centre, June 2008 – June 2010 Moscow, Russia


Available upon request

Books I recommend


  • Teaching and learning STEM by R.M. Felder and R. Brent
  • How learning works by S.A. Ambrose, M.W. Bridges, M. DiPietro, M.C. Lovett, M.K. Norman
  • Teaching naked by J.A. Bowen
Writing and Research
  • The craft of research by W.C. Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.M. Williams, J. Bizup, W.T. Fitzgerald
  • The writing workshop. Write more, write better, be happier in academia by B. Sarnecka
  • Style. Ten lessons in clarity and grace by J.M. Williams and I.B. Nadel
  • How to write a lot by P.J. Silvia
  • Writing journal article in 12 weeks by W.L. Belcher
Professional development
  • How to be a happy academic by A. Clark and B. Sousa
  • Dare to lead by B. Brown
  • The ONE thing by G. Keller and J. Papasans
  • The slow professor by M. Berg and B.K. Seebar
  • The coaching habit by M.B. Stanier
  • The surprising power of liberating structures by H. Lipmanowicz and K McCandless
  • Crucial conversations by K. Patterson, J. Grenny, R. McMillan, A. Switzler
Personal development
  • Atomic habits by J. Clear
  • Think again by A. Grant
  • Permission to screw up by K. Hadeed
  • Rising strong by B. Brown
  • Daring greatly by B. Brown
  • The confidence code by K. Kay and C. Shipman
  • Thinking fast and slow by D. Kahneman
  • The happiness project by G. Rubin
  • The four agreements by D.M. Ruiz
  • What do you do with an idea? by K. Yamada and M. Besom