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Ron Hugo


Professor, Li Ka Shing Foun Chair in Edu In

(403) 220-2283

ME 404 / ICT 236



  • 2006 - ESS Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2005 - Students' Union Teaching Excellence Honorable Mention
  • 2004 - Department of MME Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2004 APEGGA Summit "Excellence in Education Award." - This award is to honor members of APEGGA who have made exemplary contributions to teaching and learning at a recognized post-secondary teaching establishment in Alberta.
  • 2004 - Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2003 Faculty and Departmental Teaching Excellence Awards
  • 2002 Department Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2002 Students Union Teaching Excellence Honorable Mention Award
  • 2001 Department Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2001 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
  • "2001 Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Professor of the Year"
  • Winner for the 1999-2000 Student Union Teaching Excellence Awards
Research Activities: 

Thermo-Fluids, Energy Systems & Environment

Dr. Hugo came to the department in July of 1999 after spending four years as a research scientist with the US Air Force Research Lab in Albuquerque, NM where he performed basic and applied research in support of the Airborne Laser program. Dr. Hugo's research interests involve the development of high-temporal bandwidth optical-wavefront measurement systems and their application to non-intrusive flow interrogation. Of current interest is the flow of an axisymmetric jet exhausting into either a quiescent or a cross-flow environment, and the application of both passive and active flow control methodologies to enhance the mixing process under varying external conditions. These flows are of industrial concern in applications such as process burners, process heaters, incinerators, jet-engine combustion and exhaust, and flare-stack burners.

Non-intrusive optical wavefront measures of the Shack-Hartmann variety provide a means of understanding the spatial development of the jet's evolving vortical structure at high-temporal bandwidth. These measurements, coupled with more traditional measurement techniques involving micro-thermocouple temperature probes, hot-wire anemometers, and gas sampling probes are used to assess, understand, and improve the methods of jet-flow control. The resulting benefits of such research are improved combustion efficiency in the case of energy release, improved destruction efficiency in the case of incineration, and a reduction in acoustical emissions in the case of engine exhaust.

Current Research Interests

  • Optical-wavefront measurement hardware development
  • Axisymmetric-jet flow control, passive and active techniques
  • "High speed optical tomography system for quantitative measurement and visualization of dynamic features in a round jet," Experiments in Fluids, pp. 249-256, vol. 26, 1999.
  • "Time-resolved wavefront measurements through a compressible free shear layer," AIAA Journal, 35, No. 4, April 1997.
  • "Non-intrusive linearized stability experiments on a heated axisymmetric jet," AIAA Paper Number 97-1965, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, June 1997.

BSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary, 1989
MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1991
PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1995