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Dr. Paul Walsh announced as Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering

December 19, 2011

Dr. Paul Walsh

Dean Lachemi is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Walsh, as Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science for the period January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2016. Dr. Walsh brings considerable academic experience and a strong and committed academic leadership to this position.

Dr. Walsh joined the School of Aerospace Engineering in 1999, at which time the program was administered within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Walsh has taught undergraduate courses in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, low speed aerodynamics, viscous fluids and both aircraft and spacecraft capstone design projects. At the graduate level, he has taught courses in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and high-speed aerodynamics. His research interests are aerospace applications of computational fluid dynamics, high speed aerodynamics, and urban wind power systems.

Dr. Walsh received his M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia while working in the Alternative Fuels Laboratory on the development of CFD algorithms for internal combustion engines. In 1992, he moved to the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies to work towards his PhD through his research on CFD applications to aerodynamic analysis. While a student at the University of Toronto, Dr. Walsh was awarded the student paper prize by the CFD Society of Canada for his submission to their 1996 annual conference. In 1997 he received the G.N. Patterson award from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) for his work in CFD. In the same year, Dr. Walsh received a research fellowship from the National Research Council of the United States for post-doctoral work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center in California. At NASA, Dr. Walsh conducted CFD algorithm development for applications to high-speed turbulent flows.   

Dr. Walsh’s research work in aerodynamics has continued at Ryerson through funding grants totaling in excess of $500,000 from programs such as NSERC Discovery, RTI, CRD, and Manufacturing and Materials Ontario. He has collaborated on projects with Boeing Toronto, EXMD Airframes, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Bombardier Aerospace. He has supervised and co-supervised 41 undergraduate thesis students and 21 graduate students, and has authored or co-authored more than 25 publications appearing in scholarly journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Walsh’s administrative experience and service to his profession is extensive. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the public relations committee chairman of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Between 2004 and 2006, he was the chair of the Aerospace Curriculum Committee, which saw the creation of the new avionics option within the aerospace program. He was the associate chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering from 2008 until he assumed the role of Interim Chair in August 2011. Dr. Walsh has overseen the preparations for the CEAB accreditation review in 2012 and the implementation of the new CEAB graduate attribute assessment process. Since Dr. Walsh started at Ryerson, he has been involved with the Ryerson CASI student branch, and for the past four years has been a board member on the CASI national council. 


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