B.Eng. (Memorial), M.A.Sc., PhD (Waterloo), P.Eng.
Associate Dean (Research)
Petro-Canada Young Innovator, 2004
I graduated from Memorial University (1993) with a bachelor of mechanical engineering. I attended the University of Waterloo from 1993-1999 and obtained a master of applied science (1995) and PhD (1999) in mechanical engineering. During this period, I worked in the Microelectronics Heat Transfer Laboratory (MHTL) on numerous problems in electronic packaging, heat exchanger design and analysis, tribology, and heat transfer and fluid flow fundamentals in internal flows. My PhD was a collaborative endeavour with DANA Corporation - Long Manufacturing Division, a manufacturer of automotive compact heat exchangers.
Before joining Memorial, I held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Waterloo between 1999 and 2000, and was also a part time research consultant for R-Theta, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic cooling systems. As a thermo-fluid analyst, my research focus is on the development of robust models for characterizing transport phenomena using fundamental theory. These models are validated using experimental and/or numerical results. I have published approximately 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in these areas, in addition to three handbook chapters (CRC Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Handbook - 2011 and the CRC Handbook of Fluid Dynamics - 2013) and two book chapters. Many of my research contributions have been cited in over 20 books and handbooks.
Presently, my research is focused on the modeling of complex fluid dynamics and heat transfer problems in internal flows. These include transport in porous media, compact heat exchangers, two phase flows, slip flows, micro-channel flows, and non-Newtonian flows. I also undertake applied research in electronics packaging, contact heat transfer and thermal design/optimization of energy systems.
My undergraduate teaching activities include fundamental courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, mechanical equipment and mechanical systems. At the graduate level, I have taught advanced fluid dynamics, advanced transport phenomena and engineering analysis.
I am a registered professional engineer with the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL) and a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
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