Mark Loewen, PhD, PEng

Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Office: 3-036 Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility
Phone: 780 492 3447
E-mail: mrloewen@ualberta.ca

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

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