Honorary Member

Prof. Dr. Wagdi G. Habashi

Prof. Dr. Wagdi Habashi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. He is the initiator of a modern approach to in-flight icing simulation allowing aerodynamic design and icing protection to be addressed simultaneously, with compatible tools. By blending CFD -EFD-FFD (Computational, Experimental, Flight Fluid Dynamics), OEMs can meet and exceed in-flight icing certification requirements, in record time.

Address CFD Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University
680 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 717
Montreal, QC
Canada H3A 2S6
Contact Prof. Dr. Wagdi G. Habashi
Phone: +1 514 398-3747
Fax: +1 514 398-2203

Personal Profile

Wagdi Habashi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. He holds a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. He tholds  the  NSERC-Lockheed  Martin- Bell Helicopter Industrial Research Chair for  Multi-physics  Analysis  and  Design  of Aerospace Systems.

At McGill, he has established and is directing its Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Laboratory. He is also the founder of the CLUMEQ (Consortium Laval-Université du Québec-McGill and Eastern Québec) Supercomputer Center and was the Director from 2000 to 2007, thrice funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Québec Government (60 M$). Professor Habashi is also an Honorary Professor of TongJi University in Shanghai, China, since 2004 and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2013- 2014.

Professor Habashi is the founder and President of Newmerical Technologies International (NTI) (www.newmerical.com). NTI has become the premier international developer of in-flight icing simulation software and provider of related engineering and aerodynamics services, counting as clients the who’s-who of the aviation industry in 16 countries.

Grants and Awards

He has received numerous scientific and technology transfer prizes, among them the British Association Medal for Great Distinction in Mechanical Engineering, the E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship from NSERC for Outstanding Research in Computational Aerodynamics, the Technology Partnership Award of Pratt & Whitney Canada for Advancing Numerical Technologies of Gas Turbine Applications, the Concordia University Senior Research Fellow Award for Excellence in Research, the Cray Gigaflop Performance Award for the Fastest Computer Code in the World.

His work has been selected as one of the 10 discoveries of 1998 by the Québec Science Magazine and he was selected by The Gazette newspaper as one of the 10 top scientists in Montreal in its series, Montreal the Year 2000.

In books distributed internationally, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation named him as one of Canada’s top 25 scientists and NSERC as one of 12 Great Canadian Stories.

In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and in 2008 Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (FAIAA) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (FASME).

In 2006, the Canadian Society of CFD honored him with one of its two Lifetime Achievement Awards, and in 2009 he received the Pratt & Whitney Canada Honorary Pioneer Award.

In 2009 he also received the Killam Prize for Engineering from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2010, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada awarded him its inaugural James C. Floyd Award for Recent Canadian Aerospace Achievement, and in 2011 he received the McCurdy Award from the Canadian Aerospace & Space Institute for outstanding achievement in the science and creative aspects of engineering relating to aeronautics and space research.

In 2012, he was selected by the Jury of Innovation-Inspiration as one of the 5 most innovative persons in the aerospace sector of the Greater Montreal area, and the McGill Faculty of Engineering awarded him its first Christophe Pierre Award for Research Excellence.

Finally, in June 2012, Professor Habashi received Québec’s highest distinction (Knighthood): “Chevalier de l’ordre national du Québec”, and in September 2012, the Governor General of Canada awarded Professor Habashi “The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal” for his contributions to Canadian science.


Professor Habashi is the author of over 400 published scientific papers and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, a Journal that is celebrating 20 years of excellence.