Graduate and Post. Doctoral Opportunities
I have several opportunities for ambitious and skilled graduate students and research
assistants interested in working in my laboratory in the general fields of fluid
dynamics, combustion, diagnostics, and air pollution / emissions. Ongoing and potential
research projects cover a range of applied and fundamental research areas and provide
opportunities for exciting work in a very interesting and important field! Special
funding opportunities are available for Canadian students and permanent residents above
and beyond any scholarship funding (e.g. NSERC or OGS).
Selected Current Openings (Partial list)
Post Doctoral Fellow: Pollutant Emissions Detection and Modelling
Funding is available for a highly qualified, post doctoral fellow with experience in
fluid mechanics, modelling, and optical diagnostics. The successful candidate will
help lead a team on a challenging project to develop a
new technique for detecting fugitive
emissions in industrial facilities. Interested candidates may contact me for more
details and should provide a CV and reference letters.
Ph.D. Student: Experimental Measurements and Modelling of Emissions from Gas Flares
An estimated 150 billion cubic meters of
gas are flared globally each year. Despite the obvious
environmental and greenhouse gas concerns associated with this
practice, we still lack basic, fundamentally based models to
quantify emissions necessary to enable reduction strategies such as
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects supported by World Bank.
We are seeking a talented Ph.D. student to tackle a challenging,
experimentally-based project to develop experimentally-backed
practical models for flare emissions. The ideal candidate will have background and
experience in non-premixed combustion and laser diagnostics (tunable
diode laser absorption spectroscopy) and will lead large-scale wind-tunnel experiments in
collaboration with National Research Council. The focus of the Ph.D. will be to develop
improved models for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from flares that can be adopted
nationally and internationally (in conjunction with World Bank) to enable mitigation
M.A.Sc. or Ph.D. Student:
Fugitive Emissions Detection
In many types of industrial facilities typical of the energy industry, unmonitored,
so-called fugitive gas emissions are a very large, 'invisible' pollution contributor.
Indeed these types of emissions may be the single largest unmonitored source of industrial
greenhouse gas emissions. In a typical gas plant or refinery there are thousands of
potential sources, often along miles of piping. We are working on a novel approach to
detecting and quantifying these types of emissions using a clever combination of CFD,
optical diagnostics, and data analysis. We are seeking a talented Ph.D. student with
strong computational and experimental skills to join this high-profile and well-funded
project that currently draws support from Natural Resources Canada, USEPA, and the Canadian
Association of Petroleum Producers.
opportunities exist for talented graduate students. Because of
funding limitations, preference will be given to Canadian students
and permanent residents. Students with NSERC funding who wish
to work on one of my externally funded projects are guaranteed
additional financial support above and beyond any additional funds
provided by the University.
In collaboration with Prof. Edgar Matida, we have an opportunity for
an M.A.Sc. student to continue work with a novel human nasal cavity
geometry developed in our group. Using a combination of experimental
measurement and numerical modelling, and in association with the
Ottawa Civic hospital, the student will investigate the effects of
various types of nasal surgery on air flow and deposition patterns in
the nasal cavity.
Graduate Studies Application Forms: