Mahmoud Alzoubi


Université de Sherbrooke

Biography


Over the past ten years of my research career, I have accomplished various research projects on topics related to ejector-based supercritical CO2 HVAC systems, artificial ground freezing, microfluidic devices, and phase-change energy storage. My research is focused on developing computational frameworks and building lab-scale experimental setups of multi-scale and multi-physics processes of advanced energy technologies. In my current role as a postdoctoral research fellow at L'Université de Sherbrooke, I am working with Sébastien Poncet on various state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary projects. One of them discusses designing a seasonal cold-energy storage system as an integrated part of novel cooling technology for server platforms and data centers. The unique feature of this system is the use of a closed-loop two-phase thermosyphon coupled with phase change material (PCM) immersed in a 3D printed porous metal structure to store the cold energy. The study cuts across several disciplines such as Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model, multi-objective optimization algorithms, machine learning, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, additive manufacturing, and computational fluid dynamics.

Before my current position, I obtained my doctoral degree at McGill University, where my training was predominantly in phase-change heat transfer, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, scientific computing, and optimization analysis based on statistical methods. For these projects, 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 addressing challenges for current and future development of the Canadian sustainable energy resources. My research is focused on developing lab-scale experiments and computational frameworks of multi-scale and multi-physics processes with application in advanced energy technologies such as: 
  • Phase-Change Heat Transfer
  • Microfluidics Devices
  • Renewable Thermal Energy Storage 
  •  Micro-3D Printing 
  • Ground Freezing

Education




M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering


SEP 2012 - JUN 2014




B.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering


SEP 2000 - JUN 2014


Contact


Mahmoud Alzoubi


Postdoctoral Researcher