Dr. Yuri Muzychka receives President's Award

Dec 16th, 2019

By Jackey Locke

Dr. Yuri Muzychka (right) receives his award from Memorial President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gary Kachanoski.
Dr. Yuri Muzychka receives President's Award

At a recent President's Award ceremony at Memorial University’s Signal Hill Campus, Dr. Yuri Muzychka received the university’s most prestigious research award, University Research Professor, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to heat transfer in mechanical engineering, creation of a renowned laboratory and raising Memorial University’s global reputation for innovative research.

Dr. Muzychka is the head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His expertise is in the field of thermo-fluids and his research interests lie in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, multiphase flow, thermal systems and thermal management in micro-electronic packaging.

He has secured approximately $1.9 million in federal and provincial funding and published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers with more than 4,300 citations.

Dr. Muzychka is honoured to receive this President’s Award for his research.

“I feel honoured to be selected for this prestigious university award,” said Dr. Muzychka. “Receiving the title of University Research Professor is a significant career achievement. I am proud to be among a select group of faculty at Memorial who have received this lifetime award.” 

Dr. Muzychka’s contributions have enabled thermal engineers to develop more efficient designs for heat exchangers, electronics cooling and energy systems. He is leading the creation of Memorial’s new Harsh Environment Research Facility – a large new infrastructure project on the St. John’s campus for marine icing and ice mechanics research, among other ocean and ice-related applications. The new facility will further position Memorial as a global leader in technology development for the blue economy.

His dedication to training the next generation of engineers and researchers is impressive, overseeing more than 50 research trainees at various levels throughout his career.

Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is delighted that Dr. Muzychka has received this well-deserved recognition.

“Dr. Muzychka has made significant contributions to thermal engineering, which have important benefits in improving the efficiency of energy systems,” said Dr. Naterer. “His research has developed innovative methods that better predict thermal processes in engineering devices which ultimately reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the environment.”

Dr. Muzychka has also received the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering’s Jules Stachiewicz Medal for his leadership in heat transfer research. He was named a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2019; fellows of both the Canadian and American societies of mechanical engineers, 2017 and 2015 respectively; and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (now Terra Nova Young Innovator Award) in 2004.



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