Biography of Dr. Groulx
• Ph.D - Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC
• B.Sc. - Physics, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC (Canada), 1999
Dominic Groulx was born in Melocheville, a small town on the south shore of
Montreal in 1977. At the age of 16, after having received the Canada
Governor general's medal for academic excellence in high school, he started
on his path to becoming a scientist by enrolling at the CEGEP de Valleyfield
in pure science. Two years later, he moved out of his parent house to attend
l'Université de Sherbrooke.
• Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN) Engineering Sub-Committee (2014 - present)
• NSERC Industrial R&D Fellowships, College of Reviewers (2013 - 2014)
• American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME) (2012 - present)
• NSERC Engineering Scholarships/Fellowships Selection Committee, Chair (2011 - 2013)
• NSERC Engineering Scholarships/Fellowships Selection Committee (2009 - 2013)
• FQRNT Group Research Project Grant Selection Committee, Chair (2009 - 2010)
• FQRNT "Établissement de nouveaux chercheurs" Grant Selection Committee (2009 - 2010)
• Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (APENS) (2009 - present)
• Institute for Research on Materials (IRM) (2007 - present)
• Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME): Vice-President for the Atlantic Region (2007 - present)
• CSME Member (2007 - present)
• Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) (2003 - present)
• Ph.D program evaluation committee (CEP), Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke (2003 - 2005)
• Master's and Doctorate Committee (CPMD), Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke(2001 - 2006)
• President of the Engineering Graduate Student Association (G3), Université de Sherbrooke (2001 - 2004)
Dominic received both his Bachelor's Degree in Physics in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2005
from l'Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada). During his years as an undergraduate student,
he was involved in research in physics, mechanical and chemical engineering on subject as various as liquid
crystal dynamics, quantum wells, one-dimensional electrons systems, resistance of ceramics coating to heat
induced stress and plasma welding. Some of this work was supported by NSERC's Undergraduate Student
Research Awards (USRA).
His doctorate work focused on the fundamental study of close contact melting of phase change materials,
particularly on the effect of convection and inertia forces on the heat transfer and phase change processes. From
1999 to 2004, he received scholarships from NSERC, FQRNT and the special energy research scholarship from
the resources ministry of Québec. Also, in 2004, he was awarded the highest distinction given by the Faculty of
Engineering at l'Université de Sherbrooke, the Leonardo Da Vinci medal of merit. These medals acknowledged
the merit and excellence of the recipients from their scholarly, professional and extracurricular activities.
Dr. Groulx also started is teaching career as a lecturer during is graduate years at l'Université de Sherbrooke.
He taught is first courses at the age of 23 in 2001 and kept on teaching for the remainder of his graduate studies.
In all, he taught 8 different courses between 2001 and 2006 both at the undergraduate (Thermal Fluid I and II,
Fluid Mechanics, Introduction to Linear Algebra, Modeling in Bioengineering and Engineering's Mathematics)
and graduate (Advanced Heat Transfer and Pedagogical Formation in Engineering) levels for a total of 18
In 2007, he accepted a position as a tenure-track professor in Thermal Fluid in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at Dalhousie University and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was granted tenure and
promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2012.
Since then, his time has been divided between teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and
performing/supervising fundamental and applied research. His research interests focus mostly on phase change,
multiphase and heat transfer processes. This includes solid-liquid phase change, close contact melting, phase
change material and the application of the inverse heat transfer method, ranging from fundamental studies to
applications as diverse as latent heat energy storage systems, thermal storage, thermal managment and control.
Industrial research is also performed in the general area of thermal energy analysis and heat transfer
applications. Research related to tidal power engineering has also been started by Dr. Groulx, both from a
numerical and experimental point of view.
Over the years, Dr. Groulx has been in charge of undergraduate recruitment in the department, the cooperative
program coordination, 1st year student advisor, teaching assistance coordination, REID scholarship allocation,
the DREAMS program management committee and the new thermal fluid curriculum changes in Mechanical
Since 2007, Prof. Groulx is also the vice-president, Atlantic region, for the Canadian Society for Mechanical
Engineering (CSME), and was name a fellow of CSME in 2015. He is also a member of the American Society for
Mechanical Engineering (ASME).
He chaired the NSERC Scholarship and Fellowship Committee for 2 years (being a member of the committee for
a total of 4 years), and was on the NSERC RTI evaluation committee in 2015-2016. He was also on the College of
Reviewers for NSERC Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowship and participated on various grant evaluation
committees for FQRNT. He is currently on the scientific council of both the Assembly for International Heat
Transfer Conference (AIHTC) and the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT)
Finally, from 2006 to 2010, Dominic was working with "Les éditions Grand Duc", an editing house in Québec,
writing science and technology books for grade 9 to 11 for the province of Québec.
In his spare time, Dominic is an avid amateur astronomer. He's started observing with the Club of Amateur
Astronomer of Sherbrooke (CAAS) before moving to Halifax. He also plays golf as much as weather permits in
Nova Scotia as well as playing Basketball during his spare time at the University.
2012 American Chemical Society's Awarded to the DREAMS Program for Incorporating Sustainability into
2009 Best Technical Paper Award, COMSOL Conference 2009.
2008 Leaders Opportunity Funds (LOF) awards from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
2006 NSERC Visiting fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (VF).
2004 Leonardo da Vinci medal for merit - Faculty of Engineeing, Université de Sherbrooke.
2001 - 2004 Graduate fellowship (PhD) from the Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l'aide à la
recherche du Québec (FCAR) - natural resources ministry, energy domain.
2001 - 2003 Graduate fellowship (PhD) from NSERC.
2001 Graduate fellowship (PhD) from FCAR.
1999 - 2001 Graduate fellowship (Master's degree) from NSERC.
1999 - 2001 Graduate fellowship (Master's degree) from FCAR - natural resources ministry, energy domain.
1999 Graduate fellowship (Master's degree) from FCAR.
1999 Undergraduate Scholarship Research Award from NSERC.
1996 Award for excellence in science at the CEGEP de Valleyfield.
1994 Canada Governor general's medal for academic excellence in high school (Polyvalente de Beauharnois).