New Faculty Members Winter 2023

This semester, the Faculty of Engineering welcomed two new professors:


Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture

Alan Dunyo Avorgbedor
Assistant Professor

Alan Dunyo AvorgbedorProf. Alan Dunyo Avorgbedor is an architectural historian, critical theorist, artist, and attorney admitted to practice law in Washington D.C. His architectural research focuses on culturally embodied dwelling practices in natural and built environments in sub-Saharan Africa and across the diaspora. Artistically, he works within the poetics of the image using analog media, grounded in marginal African and diasporic cultural identities and histories.

He earned his interdisciplinary doctorate from Concordia University in Montreal, his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, and his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The Ohio State University. In 2018, he completed a Doctoral Residency at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Areas of research: African architecture; African technicity and embodied spatiality; race and architecture; post-phenomenology

Courses you teach/will be teaching: I will offer core courses in architectural history in the undergraduate program (ARCH 355: Architectural History 4) and advanced seminars on African technicities and aesthetics for graduate students. I’m currently teaching an advanced seminar, ARCH 543: Architecture & the Postcolony.

Things you’re excited to get started at McGill: I am excited to join the School of Architecture and begin collaborating with faculty and students to enhance architectural education and representation through my research program and grant-funded opportunities.

Favourite aspect of your work: I enjoy developing and sharing new ideas with students and inspiring their creativity for good in the world.

Last book you read: Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born

Instruments you play: Guitar. I also generate sonic textures using modular and analog noise sources.

What’s on your work/research/lab playlists? Some music that is in varying but constant rotation: Congolese Soukous, Bachata, Amapiano, Aphex Twin, Charles Gayle, and billy woods. All augmented by pink noise.

Mechanical Engineering

Mathieu Francoeur
Associate Professor

Mathieu-FrancouerProf. Mathieu Francoeur’s research focuses on near-field thermal radiation and its application to energy conversion and thermal management. His research interests include: modeling of near-field radiative heat transfer in complex geometries, radiative property control via man-made structures, near-field radiative transfer devices, thermophotovoltaic power generation, electromagnetic scattering, and extreme near-field heat transfer.

He received his B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from l’Université Laval in 2002 and 2004 respectively, and he obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2010. Prior to joining McGill, he was a tenure-track Assistant Professor (2010-2016) and a tenured Associate Professor (2016-2022) at the University of Utah.

Areas of research: Radiation heat transfer; light-matter interactions; nanoscale heat transfer

Courses you teach/will be teaching: Thermodynamics 1; Heat Transfer

Things you’re excited to get started at McGill: I am excited to establish my research team and laboratory which will focus on near-field thermal radiation modeling and experiments applied to energy conversion and thermal management. I am looking forward to working with McGill’s students and establishing collaboration with my new colleagues.

Research/career highlight you’re most proud of: In 2019, my group published an article in Nature Nanotechnology on near-field radiative heat transfer devices that could be used to convert waste heat into electricity. The article was reported in various media outlets, including television, radio, podcasts, and newspapers.

Favourite aspect of your work: Working with students

Last place you lived: Salt Lake City, Utah

Favourite subject in school: Physics

Something you like to do during your time off: Run

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