R.E. Khayat


Ph. D. - Chemical Physics, McGill University (1989)
M. Eng. - Civil Eng. (App. Mech.) McGill University (1982)
B. Eng. (Hon.) - Mechanical Eng. McGill University (1980)

Dr. Khayat is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Western University. Dr. Khayat received his B. Mech. Eng. (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering, his M. App. Sci. degree in Applied and Theoretical Mechanics, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from McGill University in 1980, 1982 and 1989, respectively, with specialization in theoretical fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics and kinetic theory.

Between 1982 and 1984, Dr. Khayat worked as Research Assistant at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada in Montreal, conducting theoretical analysis on the motion of flexible slender fibers in suspension. After completing his doctoral degree, he was hired as Research Officer at the NRC Industrial Materials Institute, where he conducted and directed research for nine years on the theoretical and numerical modelling of polymer and material processes such as injection and blow moulding, thermoforming and die casting. He also made significant fundamental contributions and became internationally known for his work on chaos theory in non-Newtonian flows.

After working at NRC, he took up a professorship at Western University in 1998 as Associate Professor, and was tenured and promoted two years later to the rank of Full Professor.

Dr. Khayat has supervised close to 50 graduate researchers and has published more than 150 journal papers, including numerous papers in the most prestigious journals such as Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, and Physical Review Letters. His area of research remains in theoretical fluid mechanics and heat transfer, focusing on thermal convection, rotating flow, linear and nonlinear stability, and free-surface flow of Newtonian and complex fluids.

Employment History

  • Jun 2003 - : Full Professor
    Mechanical & Materials Engineering and Applied Mathematics, the University of Western Ontario

  • Jul 2003 - Jul 2005 : Associate Chair
    Mechanical & Materials Engineering, the University of Western Ontario

  • Jan 1998 - Jun 2003 : Associate Professor
    Mechanical & Materials Engineering, the University of Western Ontario

  • Jul 1989 - Dec 1997 : Research Officer
    Industrial Materials Institute, NRC

  • Sep 1996 - Apr 1997 : Lecturer
    Applied Mathematics, McGill University

  • Nov 1981 - Aug 1983 : Research Assistant
    Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada