Steven Rogak


Professor and Laboratory Director

I studied Mechanical Engineering (BASc ’86) at UBC, Environmental Engineering Science at Caltech (PhD ’91) and consulted to industry and government on air pollution issues before starting at UBC in 1994. Over the years I have taught a variety of thermofluids courses and have worked on many fundamental and applied research projects in collaborations with Westport Innovations, National Research Council, dPoint Technologies, Imasco Minerals, YVR Airport, Stantec, Noram Engineering and Constructors, Environment Canada and academic colleagues around the world.

Since childhood, I have been fascinated by thermofluids science and concerned about global energy-environment issues.  I believe that for the next generation of engineers and researchers to make progress on these critical problems, it will be necessary for them to have

  • a strong foundation of theory (especially thermodynamics!)
  • a desire to observe the world with patience
  • a willingness to alter their opinions based on evidence
  • a good work ethic and focus on things that matter

Outside of work, I love sailing, the outdoors, and making things.

Below, a favorite selfie, mid Pacific Ocean.