Mark Loewen, PhD, PEng

Professor, Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Contact

Professor, Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
mark.loewen@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-3447
Address
7-289 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

Education

  • Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering, The Joint Program with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1986-1992
  • M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 1983-1984
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 1979-1983

Professional Experience

  • 07/02 - present, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 09/99-06/02, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 07/98-07/99, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography, University of Washington
  • 06/92-06/97, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 01/92-05/92, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 09/86-12/91, Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 03/85-08/86, Construction Engineer, Chevron Canada Resources Ltd., Calgary, Alberta

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • International Association of Hydraulic Research



Research

Research Interests

My general research interests include: air-sea interactions, environmental fluid mechanics and hydraulics of ice covered rivers. My specific interests are in: frazil ice detection, infrared remote sensing of the ocean surface, air-water gas transfer, wave breaking, limnology, wind wave mechanics, air entrainment, and hydraulics.

Research currently in progress

  • Studying the flow around fish habitat structures
  • Developing a technique to detect frazil ice particles using an instrument called the Shallow Water Ice Profiling System
  • Investigating the hydraulics of ice-covered rivers
  • Studying strudel scour that is caused by drainage of spring flood waters through holes in the surface of nearshore ice in the Mackenzie River delta
  • Studying of the fluid mechanics of breaking wind waves
  • Studying mixing in water treatment reactors

Courses

CIV E 330 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

Fluid properties; dimensional analysis; hydrostatics; fundamental equations of fluid motion; laminar, turbulent and inviscid flows; boundary layers and flow around immersed bodies; elementary building aerodynamics. Prerequisite: MATH 209. Corequisite: MATH 201.

Fall Term 2020
CIV E 439 - Water Resources Engineering Design

Design of hydraulic structures and river engineering works, including: dams, spillways, energy dissipators, bridges, culverts, erosion protection and river training works. Students work in teams on a design project. Prerequisite: CIV E 431. Note: Restricted to fourth-year traditional and fifth-year co-op engineering students.

Winter Term 2021
CIV E 631 - Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Navier-Stokes equations and viscous flow. Turbulence and Reynolds equations. Potential flow. Boundary layers. Flow around bodies. Jets and wakes. Related Lab experiments.

Fall Term 2020