Mahmoud Alzoubi

Ph.D., P.Eng., Assistant Professor


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I am an assistant professor at The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. My lab works on the advancement of novel technologies that can support the development of sustainable, energy-efficient mining operations; and addressing the associated technical challenges via cutting-edge research.

My research expertise lies in the area of transport phenomena in porous media, including fluid mechanics, conjugate heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and subsurface fluid-structure interaction. My research addresses various engineering problems with application in advanced energy technologies such as energy storage and extraction, artificial ground freezing (AGF), optimization of heat recovery, and solar-geothermal hybrid system. I approach these problems from experimental and numerical perspectives.

Prior to my current role, I worked as a research scientist at Natural Resources Canada. I joined the Critical Minerals and Industry Support (CMIS) division to work on a comprehensive assessment of using hydrogen as a clean fuel alternative. The initiative focuses on developing innovative hydrogen-driven technologies, specifications, and practices that could be integrated into contemporary diesel-based systems/equipment. Before that, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at L'Université de Sherbrooke . My postgraduate and postdoctoral training was predominantly in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, experimental heat and mass transfer in porous media, phase-change thermofluids, data analytics, and scientific computing.

During my postgraduate studies, I have generated and conducted new research ideas, wrote and executed software using HPC clusters, mentored graduate and undergraduate students, collaborated with industry and academia, and published 32 peer-reviewed articles, in addition to securing research grants of more than $466,000 in the form of direct fund ($381,000) and high-performance computational resources ($85,000).

In addition to my research experience, I have seven years of professional experience (2005 – 2012). First, I worked as a research and development engineer for an international air conditioning manufacturer. After that, I worked as a senior sales engineer for several regional firms. Prior to pursuing my post-graduate studies, I held a position as an Area Sales Manager at SMITH International, a subsidiary of Schlumberger International. During my work, I led teams of mechanical and electrical engineers. I was involved in creating sales strategies and business development plans. In addition, I organized, chaired, and participated in several technical workshops for engineering consultant firms. Through this experience, I have developed outstanding communication skills, excellent illustration techniques, and organizational habits.

Research Interests

My research interests are tuned toward the development of modern energy practices and addressing the associated technical challenges with application in advanced energy technologies such as: 
  • Phase-Change Heat Transfer
  • Renewable Thermal Energy Storage
  • Microfluidics Devices 
  • Micro-3D Printing 
  • Ground Freezing









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