Wagdi G. Habashi

NSERC-Lockheed Martin-Bell Industrial Research Chair for Multi-Physics Analysis and Design of Aerospace Systems                 
Ph.D. Cornell University
M.Eng. McGill University
B.Eng. McGill University
CFD Lab 688 Sherbrooke Street West, #717 Map External Website 

514-398-3747 [office]
514-398-6005 [Administration]
514-996-1024 [System Administration]

Research Interests

Primary Research Theme: Computational Fluid Dynamics
Research Group/Lab: CFD Laboratory

Professor Habashi’s research group at the McGill CFD Lab have made significant and original strides in the fields of computational aerodynamics (subsonic, transonic and hypersonic flows) and in the simulation of all aspects of in-flight icing (aircraft, rotorcraft, jet engines). They continue to address in a multi-physics manner important issues in these fields, by developing new mathematical models that can be incorporated into computational codes usable by practitioners. The CFD Lab maintains a very strong interaction with industry and academia, worldwide, to the benefit of all sides, with graduate students well prepared for a career industry or academia.

Recent Publications, 2015-2019

International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics (IJCFD)

Professor Habashi is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics (IJCFD)


The inaugural Christophe Pierre Research Excellence Award
McGill Faculty of Engineering, 2012.

The McCurdy Award
from the Canadian Aerospace & Space Institute for outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research, 2011.

The inaugural James C. Floyd Award
from the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada for Recent Canadian Aerospace Achievement, 2010.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada Honorary Pioneer Award, 2009.

The Killam Prize for Engineering
from the Canada Council for the Arts, May 2009.

Lifetime Achievement Award
from the CFD Society of Canada, 2006.

Concordia University Senior Research Fellow Award, 1999

The Pratt & Whitney Canada Technology Partnership Award
for Advancing Numerical Technologies for Gas Turbine Applications, 1998.

Corporate-Higher Education Forum Certificate of Merit
for Distinguished Achievement in Furthering University-Industry Research Co-Operation”, 1992.

The Computerworld Smithsonian Award
for the fastest scientific code, worldwide, 1991.

The Cray Gigaflop Award
for the fastest scientific code on a Cray supercomputer, worldwide, presented at Rockefeller Center, 1990.

The NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
for Outstanding Research in the Field of Computational Aerodynamics”, 1988.

The British Association Medal for Great Distinction in Mechanical Engineering
upon graduation form McGill, 1967.


Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec
Knighted by the Québec Government, June 2012.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
for contributions to Canadian Science, September 2012.

One of the 5 most Innovative Personalities in Aerospace in the Greater Montreal
Jury of Innovation-Inspiration, 2012.

Elected Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2009.

Elected Fellow, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada, 2008.

Featured in Special Issue, McGill, 50 years of Engineering, 2004.

Elected Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2002.

Essays by Leading Canadian Researchers
Canadian Foundation for Innovation special book, distributed worldwide, 2002.

First External Research Fellow of Pratt & Whitney Canada, 2000 – present.

One the 10 top scientists in Montreal (only engineer)
Vote by The Gazette journalists, in its series “Montreal, The Year 2000”.

12 Great Canadian Success Stories
NSERC special volume, English and French, distributed worldwide, 1998

Work featured as “The 10 discoveries of 1998”, by “Quebec Science Magazine”, 1998

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1996.


Courses Taught

MECH 535 Turbomachinery & Propulsion 3 Credits 

MECH 661 CFD by Finite Element Methods  3 Credits