Serhiy Yarusevych, PhD, PEng (He/Him)

Serhiy Yarusevych, PhD, PEng
Location: E3 3152
Phone: 519-888-4567 x35442


Serhiy Yarusevych is a Professor in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and is the principal investigator in the Fluid Mechanics Research Lab
His research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. Specific areas of interest include but not limited to experimental fluid mechanics, flows over lifting surfaces at low Reynolds numbers, flows over buff bodies, flow induced vibrations, flow control, energy harvesting from fluids, industrial aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, wind turbines, and unmanned air vehicles.
Professor Yarusevych’s research combines experimental, numerical, and analytical approaches to gain insight into key flow phenomena and estimate main performance parameters. The laboratory has a wide range of experimental facilities used to study boundary layer development, laminar-to-turbulent transition, separated flows, wakes, and other external and internal flows of interest in fundamental fluid mechanics and engineering applications.
An important aspect of the research conducted by his research team is improving existing experimental methods and developing new techniques for experimental research in fluid mechanics. Both flow visualization and quantitative flow diagnostic are of interest.
Professor Yarusevych’s research has been sponsored by national and international funding agencies, including NSERC, Ontario Centres of Excellence, DFG, as well as numerous industrial partners, including Bombardier Aerospace, Babcock & Wilcox Canada, GTAA, RWDI, Suncor, and Stratotynamics.

Research Interests

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbulence
  • Boundary layer Separation
  • Transition
  • Flow Control
  • Airfoil
  • Hot Wire Anemometry
  • Laser Doppler Velocimetry
  • Particle Image Velocimetry
  • Low Reynolds Number Flows
  • Flows Over Bluff Bodies
  • Flow Induced Vibrations
  • Wind Turbines
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Noise Control
  • Fluid Structure Interactions

Scholarly Research

Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, Aerodynamics, Flow control, Renewable Energy. My research is concerned with fluid flows occurring in a wide range of important engineering applications. Specific applications of interest include the design and operation of lifting surfaces for wind turbines, micro air vehicles, and cascades of gas turbine blades, as well as aircraft operation at low speed or high altitude. I am an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Industrial Research

The results of my research are of interest in the design of a variety of engineering systems, including wind turbines, gas turbines, and unmanned aerial vehicles. We actively collaborate with industrial partners to help address design challenges and improve system performance.


  • 2006, Doctorate Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2002, Master's Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1999, Bachelor's Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Ukraine, Ukraine


  • 2020, AIAA best conference paper award, AIAA ground testing
  • 2019, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • 2019, Mercator Fellow, DFG
  • 2018, Associate Fellow, AIAA
  • 2018, Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo
  • 2017, Distinguished Performance Award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 2012, Outstanding Performance Award, University of Waterloo
  • 2006, Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSERC


  • ME 362 - Fluid Mechanics 2
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • ME 562 - Experimental Methods in Fluids
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022
  • ME 662 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • ME 765 - Special Topics in Fluid Mechanics
    • Taught in 2022
  • ME 770 - Special Topics in Numerical Methods, Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer
    • Taught in 2021

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