W. David Lubitz

Portrait of Dr. W. David Lubitz

Email: 
wlubitz@uoguelph.ca
Summary: 

I combine experiments, simulations, and theory to tackling problems like improving small hydropower systems, modeling the climate inside greenhouses, and studying airflow in both industrial processes and outdoors.

Program

Engineering

About my research…

My research is focused on solving practical problems to reduce the environmental impact of human activity and transition to more sustainable energy sources. I combine experiments, simulations, and theory to tackling problems like improving small hydropower systems, modeling the climate inside greenhouses, and studying airflow in both industrial processes and outdoors.

How my Research Improves Life…

As we develop new ways to generate electricity from renewable sources like water flowing over old dams, those sources can replace conventional systems that produce waste products, whether greenhouse gases, air pollution or nuclear materials, that damage the environment. Improving our understanding of microclimates inside greenhouses not only provides Ontario farmers new tools to produce local, organic food, but also produces knowledge and tools that can be applied to huge problems like reducing the environmental impact of heating buildings by improving energy efficiency.

Why you should choose Guelph…

Graduate students in the School of Engineering at Guelph are working in a truly interdisciplinary environment that is not common in departmentalized engineering schools. Students studying topics as diverse as water treatment, advanced robotics, and synthesizing new biomaterials share the same offices. This cross-pollination leads to more innovative thinking and a fuller education. There is also a different feel here at Guelph: come for a visit and you will see.