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Mohamed S. Ghidaoui, Professor,

招捷達 教授

Department of Civil Engineering,

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST),

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Phone: (852)2358-7174; Fax: (852) 2358 1534; Email: ghidaoui@ust.hk

         
   

Research Interests: My general interests are in the fields of hydraulics, water resources and environmental fluid mechanics. In particular, modelling of surface, sub-surface and closed conduit flows: unsteady friction in conduits; turbulence modelling of fast transients; flow stability; numerical modelling of surface and closed conduit flows; water quality modelling; parameter estimation; inverse analysis and water quality; modelling of island wake flows; Boltzmann theory and its application in hydraulics. 

 

A Non-Technical Description of Field of Expertise:  My expertise is in the field of hydraulics and environmental fluid mechanics. These fields deal with all issues related to water on earth. Some of the related practical applications include high-impact issues such as water supply, water quality, floods, tsunamis, surges, irrigation, navigation, drainage, land reclamation, water forces on coastal structures, red tides, hydraulic structures such as dams etc.
 

         

Biography: Mohamed Ghidaoui, born in 24th of August 1964 in Tunisia, received the BASc, MASc and Ph.D. all in Civil Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, in 1989, 1991 and 1993, respectively. Since July 1993, he has been with the Department of Civil Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), where he is now a Professor. He has spent his sabbatical leave at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA and the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Canterbury, NZ.  Recently he was a Visiting  Erskine fellow at University of Canterbury, NZ.     

 

He is the recipient of the Arthur Ippen Thomas Award, which is the most prestigious prize that the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering & Research (IAHR) can bestow on a member of water engineering and science community. Ghidaoui’s other awards include Albert Berry Memorial Award, American Water Works Association; runner-up for the Hilgard Award for best paper, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Erskine Fellow; University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and two Teaching Excellence Awards, School of Engineering, HKUST. He is an advisory board member of the Journal of Hydroinformatics and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Research, (IAHR), and Associate Editor of the new journal entitled Journal of Hydro-environment Research, IAHR-APD.

 

Ghidaoui’s research work has been published in leading international journals such as Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE; Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR and Journal of Fluid Mechanics. His research paper on the application of extended irreversible thermodynamics has earned him the Hilgard Award, mentioned above. His research on waterhammer with his former Ph.D. student, Zhao Ming, resulted in the John F. Kennedy student paper competition award (third place) at the 29th International Association for Hydraulic Research Congress, September 2001. Two of his students were also finalist in John F. Kennedy student paper competition award at the 30th International Association for Hydraulic Research Congress, August 2003. He has written two invited review papers on waterhammer theory and practice, one of which is to the Applied Mechanics Review, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the other to the Special Issue on Hydraulic Transients, Urban Water Journal. He has also contributed an invited paper to Technische Mechanik, Special Issue in memory of Professor Rimrott.

 

Mohamed Ghidaoui is serving his 2nd term as the chairperson of the International Association of Hydraulic Research (IAHR)-Hong Kong Chapter and was one of its founders. He is a member of IAHR and ASCE. He is a member of the fluid mechanics section IAHR, a member of the advisory group on unsteady friction and fluid-structure interaction, Dundee, UK. He is a founding member of the Centre for Scientific Computation at HKUST. He served in the office of external relations/publicity, as well as the office of Student Liaison, IAHR-HK.  He is an elected executive committee member of Centre of Scientific Computation, HKUST. He serves as an external examiner to Department of Civil Engineering, Chu Hai College, Hong Kong. He served as a member of the organization committee and as an advisory board member in a number of international conferences both. He has chaired a number of sessions and been an invited speaker at universities, organizations and international conferences.   He has been involved in consulting projects and continuing education courses.

 

Mohamed Ghidaoui has been highly successful in securing research funds from competitive sources. He was awarded 19 research grants and 2 travel grants.  He is the principal investigator in 15 out the 18 grants; co-investigator in 2 grants and participant in one grant 2 grants. His research interests include modeling of surface water flows and waterhammer. His current research focuses on modeling unsteady friction in conduits; turbulence modeling of fast transients; turbulent shallow shear flows; flow stability of time dependent flows and of turbulent shallow shear flows; numerical modeling of surface and closed conduit flows; applications of Bolzmann theory in hydraulics; and inverse analysis.

 

Since joining the Department of Civil Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) in 1993, Professor Ghidaoui has been highly active in administrative tasks at the departmental, school and university levels. He leads 2 out 3 university senate committees, namely, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Studies, and Chairman of the Senate Research Committee. He is also served as the of the departmental Teaching and Learning Quality and Curriculum committee. He has been elected 3 times to serve as Member of the Uuniversity Senate; a member of the Senate Research committee. In addition, he represents the hydraulics and water resources group in the Academic Planning Committee. He developed and taught a wide range of undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing education courses. He has excelled in teaching and received the Teaching Excellence Appreciation award from the School of Engineering, HKUST, in 1996 and 2001. He maintains high teaching rating in all his courses.

 

He has been highly active in the local academic and engineering community. He was a founding member of IAHR-Hong Kong chapter. He has helped organize a number of international conferences in Hong Kong. He served as consultant to government and consultants. He has taught a number of courses to local engineers. As a chair of IAHR-HK, he organized forums, seminars, courses, field trips and social events to the local academic and engineering community and introduced the student chapter of IAHR-HK.

 

Mohamed Ghidaoui speaks three languages: English, French and Arabic. His hobbies include soccer, traveling and reading history books on science and engineering.

 
 

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