Yves Bourgault, Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Ottawa
585 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1N 6N5
telephone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 3506, fax: (613) 562-5776
Yves Bourgault is born in Quebec City, Canada. He obtained his B.Sc. in mathematics from Laval University in 1986. He then completed at the same institution a master degree in 1989 and a doctoral degree in 1996 under the supervision of Professor Michel Fortin. His doctoral thesis was on the analysis of the conservation properties of finite element methods when used to compute supersonic flows with shock waves. From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Bourgault worked as a research associate at the Swiss Polytechnic Federal Institute of Lausanne, in particular on the parabolized Navier-Stokes equations modelling hypersonic flows. In 1995, he joined the team of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of Concordia University, headed by professor Wagdi G. Habashi, initially as a research associate and then as a research assistant professor. He was the technical coordinator of a university-industry consortium on the numerical simulation of in-flight icing, still a major concern for aircraft safety. As part of this project, his main contributions are the development of an Eulerian model of icing droplet impingement and a thermodynamical model of ice accretion. DROP3D, the Eulerian droplet impingement model, is now commonly used in the aerospace industries all over Canada, the United States and Europe. In July 1999, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Ottawa. He became a full professor in June 2009. In 2006-2007, he was a visiting professor at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne.
Yves Bourgault is interested in the development of numerical methods, in particular finite element methods, for solving partial differential equations (PDE). His team uses these methods for modelling the heart, for instance for the construction of a reliable geometrical model of the heart through medical image segmentation, for the propagation of electrophysiological waves in this realistic geometry and for modelling the mechanical contraction of the heart. His team also develops generic finite element tools that can be used on high-performance computers to simulate physical systems with space and time dependence. Recent applications also include multi-phase flows of aerosol in lung airways and reacting flows in fuel cells.