Mahmoud Alzoubi

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

Research Experience

Assistant Professor
AUG 2023 - Present
Queen's University
  • Advancement of novel technologies that can support the development of sustainable, energy-efficient mining operations.
  • Addressing the associated technical challenges via cutting-edge research.
  • Minimizing the environmental and climate footprint of the mining operations by scaling up energy-efficient practices.
Research Scientist
DEC 2022 - JUL 2023
National Resources Canada
  • Worked at the Critical Minerals and Industry Support (CMIS) division to study the potential of implementing hydrogen as a clean fuel alternative in mine heating and haulage systems.
  • Led the experimental and numerical research of the Canadian Hydrogen initiative in the mining industry. 
  • Member of the Canadian Hydrogen in Mining Advisory Committee (CHIM-AC).
Research Associate
SEP 2022 - DEC 2022
McGill University
  • Mentored newly hired 3 Ph.D. students to re‐initiate and continue the work on the experimental setup that I used during my Ph.D. studies.
  • Co‐authored with my PI two fundamental research proposals on (i) recycling industrial wastewater and recovery of valuable elements and (ii) using microwave irradiation as a continuous mining technique.
Postdoctoral Researcher
JUN 2019 - SEP 2022
Université de Sherbrooke
  • Executed cross-disciplinary experimental and numerical projects in the area of transport phenomena in porous media, including multi-phase heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and fluid-structure interaction in various engineering applications.
  • Currently working on constructing a thermal storage tank consisting of a 3D printed porous metal structure filled with phase-change material as an integrated part of a novel sub-zero temperature energy storage and extraction apparatus.
  • Implemented a computational model that predicts the mixing performance of T‐shape micro-mixers/micro-heat-exchangers equipped with 3D printed Gyroid matrices.
  • Numerical and Experimental evaluation of a turbulent two‐phase flow inside a decantation tank used for wastewater treatment.
  • Published and co-authored 11 scientific papers in reputed, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Research Engineer
JAN 2019 - MAY 2019
McGill University
  • Developed a numerical model of a ‘renewable energy’-based artificial ground freezing for containing hazardous waste under groundwater seepage.
  • Co-authored with my PI various research grants resulted in securing more than $466,000 in research funds.
  • Successfully fulfilled various fundamental research projects in the fields of phase-change heat transfer, fluid flow, and energy storage.
Research Engineer
OCT 2019 - FEB 2021
McGill University
  • Implemented a conjugate heat transfer numerical model to simulate the thermal performance of a laser-produced plasma source (LPPS) bulb for more safely and optimal performance.
  • Optimization analysis of the laser beam diameter in Python using Pandas, Numpy, and Matplotlib.
Research Assistant - Ph.D.
JAN 2015 - DEC 2018
McGill University
  • Conceived and developed a novel, fully-controlled lab-scale experimental setup (unique to Canada) that mimics an artificial ground freezing process under various design and operating conditions.
  • Derived and validated a fully conjugate heat transfer numerical model that effectively incorporates the multi-physics, multi-scale transport phenomena in artificial ground freezing process.
  • Examined the impact of various design and operating parameters on the advancement of the frozen body and the overall energy consumption of the artificial ground freezing process.
  • Fulfilled other experimental and numerical research projects in the field of geothermal energy storage and extraction.
  • Coordinated and attended several academic seminars, safety workshops, and high-performance computing (HPC) related meetings and courses.
  • Published and co-authored 15 scientific papers in reputed, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Research Assistant - M.Sc.
SEP 2012 - Dec 2014
Masdar Institute
  • Design analysis of gravity-fed solar receiver that uses desert sand particles as thermal energy storage media.
  • Designed and built an innovative test-bed of a recuperator-based compact vapor mechanical compression cycle using environmentally friendly refrigerants.
  • Developed comprehensive components and cycle-level models of the proposed vapor compression cycle using MATLAB ODE23 solver.
  • Published and co-authored 3 scientific papers in conference proceedings.

Industrial Experience

Area Sales Manager
SEP 2011 - AUG 2012
SMITH International
  • Team leader of the engineering and sales team in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
  • Secured 160% of the annual sales target in the first year.
Senior Sales Engineer
MAR 2010 - AUG 2011
El Concorde Trading and Marketing
  • Created sales strategies and business development plans for the sales team.
  • Secured $1.25 million orders of various mechanical equipment.
Senior Sales Engineer
NOV 2006 - FEB 2010
SAM Engineering and Trade Company
  • Designed steam networks for a pharmaceutical plant in collaboration with Spirax Sarco, UK.
  • Secured the largest order for the company in 2008 with a value of $1.5 millions of submersible pumps.
R&D Engineer
JUN 2005 - OCT 2006
Petra Engineering Industries Company
  • Responsible for all technical data in product catalogs and installation manuals.

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