I am a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, and hold the Canada Research Chair in Energy Systems and Computaional Modelling. I received a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Polytechnic), UK...
I am a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, and hold the Canada Research Chair in Energy Systems and Computaional Modelling. I received a Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield Polytechnic), UK; a Master's degree in Aeronautics from Imperial College, UK; and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Prior to joining UVic in 1991, I was an Aerodynamicist with the Canadair Aerospace Division, Bombardier Inc., in Montreal. At UVic I have taught and developed research programs in thermofluids, computational fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, fuel cells and energy systems. I have also served as Associate Dean of Engineering, Executive Director of IESVic (Institute for Integrated Energy Systems), President of the CFD Society of Canada, and Interim Director of PICS (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions). I am a member of several research networks, including WESNet and H2Can, and collaborate with leading researchers in Canada, the US, Europe and China.
My current research interests center around fuel cell technology and sustainable energy systems. The fuel cell related research combines experiments, theoretical modelling and numerical simulations of a variety of transport phenomena (fluid, flow, heat and mass transfer, charged species transport) using laser diagnostics, fibre optic sensors, advanced microscopy, computational fluid dynamics and other simulation tools. The work is aimed at reducing cost and improving durability of fuel cells, and at innovative design of components and stack architectures.
The energy systems work focuses on integration of renewable energy in the electricity grid, including investigation of smart grid technology and demand side management strategies. The objectives are to identify and analyze control and integration approaches that can mitigate the variability of wind and enhance the economics of large scale wind penetration.