Gordon Stubley

Professor, 3M National Teaching Fellow
Gordon Stubley

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Gordon Stubley (https://uwaterloo.ca/scholar/stubley)

Biography summary

Gordon Stubley is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering.

For over 35 years Gordon has been teaching and doing research in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and engineering fluid mechanics. His research interests include the development of basic CFD algorithms for adaptive mesh generation, discretization schemes, multigrid solution methods, and moving surface boundary treatments. To help disseminate CFD technology he has applied CFD to many complex engineering flow situations including those in microfluidic cell sorters, water treatment processes, flow in chemical analysis instrumentation, off-design flows in centrifugal pump passages, and atmospheric boundary layer flows in complex terrains and around buildings. While still actively teaching and developing course materials, he is no longer supervising graduate students, visiting scholars, or post-doctoral fellows.

In the last 15 years his passion for teaching and sharing his research findings has developed into a focus on contributing to the emerging discipline of engineering education. As the inaugural Associate Dean of Teaching (2012 - 2018) he worked extensively with engineering faculty members to improve teaching and learning effectiveness in Engineering. During his tenure in this role he led teaching workshops for faculty development, revamped the TA training workshop, ExpecTAtions, oversaw the student course evaluation process including promoting the effective use for improving course design and delivery, and promoted teaching excellence in Engineering and the University of Waterloo.

Previously, Gordon was the inaugural Academic Director of WatPD-Engineering from 2010 - 2013. During his tenure in this position the academic structure of the program was defined and the two core online professional skills development courses were developed. Additionally, he was the inaugural Teaching Chair for the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering from 2006 – 2010 and the Director of First Year Engineering from 1995 – 2000. He is a committed engineering educator and speaks regularly on and off campus on topics in engineering education.

Research interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Complex Fluid Flows
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)


  • 1981, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, Univeristy of Waterloo
  • 1978, Master's, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1977, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Selected/recent publications

  • J.A. Timermans, C. Bruni, R. Gorbet, B. Moffat, G. Stubley, D. Williams, and T. Holmes, The flourishing care in a multidisciplinary Faculty Learning Community, Int. J. for Academic Development, 23, 2018, 367 - 373
  • Bristow, Michele and Erkorkmaz, Kaan and Huissoon, Jan Paul and Jeon, Soo and Owen, William S and Waslander, Steven L and Stubley, Gordon D, A control systems concept inventory test design and assessment, IEEE Transactions on Education, 55(2), 2012, 203 - 212
  • Baserinia, AR and Stubley, GD, A Simple and Efficient Isotropic Mesh Adaptation Scheme Based on Control-Volume Flux Imbalance, Numerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals, 62(2-3), 2012, 94 - 112
  • Zhang, Jianping and Huck, Peter M and Stubley, Gordon D and Anderson, William B, A comparison of the Eulerian and particle tracking approaches for prediction of ozone contactor performance, Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-Aqua, 60(4), 2011, 197 - 209
  • G. Stubley, 2018, Thinking About Learning ? Inferences From How We Support Curriculum Design, Canadian Engineering Education Association 8th Conference, University of British Columbia, June 2018
  • G. Stubley, 2015, Engineering Elective Course Re-design to Promote Student Engagement, Canadian Engineering Education Association 5th Conference, McMaster University, June 2015, also presented at Opportunities and New Directions Conference, April 2014, University of Waterloo
  • Stubley, Gordon, WHY LEARNING IS HARD: Challenges That MOOCs May Miss Providing?, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, 06 2013, Ecole Polytecnique, Montreal QC
  • Acheson, Katherine and Bhutani, Anish and Cudmore, Dale and Fannon, Anne and Noel, Tonya and Stubley, Gordon and Teertstra, Peter and Kroonenberg, Alanna Vanden and Zink, Murray, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF A PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COURSE, Proceedings of the Canadian Engineering Education Association, 06 2012, Memorial University, St. John's NL

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Graduate studies

  • Not currently accepting applications for graduate students