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Electricity is one of the world’s most vital resources; it powers industry, moves agriculture and enhances society’s standard of living. Globally, a race is underway to develop the cleanest, most energy efficient and sustainable sources of electrical-power generation. A life’s work, Igor Pioro, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, is exploring ways to improve the thermal efficiencies of nuclear power as the key energy for future generations. Founding Editor of the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science, Dr. Pioro’s co-authored paper Nuclear Power as a Basis for Future Electricity Generation comprises an extensive study on the current and future status of global electrical-power generation. Working within the areas of supercritical pressures/fluids and participating in development of Canada’s next generation SuperCritical Water-Cooled Reactor (SCWR) concept, Dr. Pioro has co-authored the world’s first and most comprehensive review on Heat Transfer and Hydraulic Resistance at Supercritical Pressures in Power Engineering Applications. In collaboration with his students, Dr. Pioro has devised the world’s most accurate empirical heat-transfer correlation to calculate heat transfer to supercritical water flowing in a bare tube. Using this correlation, he is examining how efficiently a reactor’s fuel rod will be cooled with water, and his goal is to increase the water temperature inside a reactor and bolster thermal efficiency, thus generating more electricity and reducing wasted energy. Throughout his esteemed career, Dr. Pioro has been named Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has authored/co-authored more than 425 publications, including nine technical books, and received 26 patents for his inventions. He joined UOIT in September 2006 as associate professor and served as director of the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program from 2008 to 2013. He was appointed professor in 2011; and associate dean of the faculty in 2013. Previously, he spent six years as a senior scientist in the Thermalhydraulics Branch of Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd., and was a research associate and part-time professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Ottawa between 1992 and 2000.

Expertise


Fellow, Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME)

June 1, 2015

Appointed Fellow of the CSME in recognition of excellence in engineering, and for services rendered to the profession and to Canada.

2014 Service Recognition Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

August 1, 2014

Dr. Pioro received the 2014 Service Recognition Award from the ASME Nuclear Engineering Division for his contributions to nuclear engineering and his role in launching the ASME Journal of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science.

Chief Scientific Investigator, International Atomic Energy Association

January 1, 2014

Dr. Pioro is leading the investigation under two coordinated research projects entitled: Application of Advanced Low Temperature Desalination Systems to Support Nuclear Power Plants and Non-Electric Applications, and Understanding and Prediction of Thermal-Hydraulics Phenomena Relevant to Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactors (SCWRs), between 2014 and 2017.

Honorary Degree, National Technical University of Ukraine

June 1, 2013

Received a 2013 Honorary Doctor of the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev Polytechnic Institute for his commitment to nuclear engineering education.

Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC)

April 1, 2013

Appointed Fellow of the EIC in recognition of excellence in engineering and for service to the profession and society.

Fellow, ASME

March 1, 2012

Appointed Fellow of the ASME for his valued services in advancing the engineering profession as chair, Nuclear Engineering Division from 2011 to 2012.

UOIT Research Excellence Award

September 21, 2011

Recipient of the Senior Research Award for his contributions to education and research.

Chair, International Conference On Nuclear Engineering

September 1, 2011

Dr. Pioro was the first Canadian appointed to chair the world's largest International Conference On Nuclear Engineering (ICONE20 – POWER2012).

Education and Communication Award, Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)

July 1, 2011

Recipient of the CNS Education and Communication Award for his significant efforts in improving the understanding of nuclear science and technology among educators, students, and the public.

Chair, Executive Committee, ASME Nuclear Engineering Division

January 1, 2011

Dr. Pioro was named the first Canadian to chair the Executive Committee of the ASME Nuclear Engineering Division comprised of more than 2,000 members, from 2011 to 2012.

Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1992
Doctor of Technical Sciences - Thermal Physics

Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1983
PhD - Thermal Physics

Kiev Polytechnic Institute, National Technical University of Ukraine

1979
MASc - Thermal Physics
(Diploma of Honour)
  • Advanced Fundamental Studies on Supercritical Fluids

    $22,000  | April 1, 2015

    Awarded by: NSERC Discovery Grant
    In collaboration with his students, Dr. Pioro has developed the most accurate heat-transfer correlation for supercritical water and other fluids flowing inside tubes.

  • Integration of Water Splitting Technologies for Clean Hydrogen Production in Industrial Applications

    $40000  | July 28, 2011

    Awarded by: Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Program
    2011-2016. Dr. Pioro's is part of a 33-member, UOIT-led research team leading an international consortium to developing the first integrated and large-scale water splitting technologies called the copper-chlorine (Cu-Cl) cycle, as well as solar photocatalysis. This research will have major implications in the global production of hydrogen.

  • Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • Engineering Institute of Canada

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • Canadian Nuclear Society

  • Professional Engineers Ontario

  • American Nuclear Society

Involvement


  • Media appearances

    UOIT Professor Dr. Igor Pioro receives honorary doctorate in Ukraine
    UOIT online

    June 10, 2013

    The Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS) proudly salutes Dr. Igor Pioro, Professor, Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate Program upon receiving an honorary doctorate from the National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Pioro was presented with the distinction on June 3 in Kiev, Ukraine.

    The Leading Professor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Igor Pioro became an honorary doctor of NTUU "KPI
    National Technical University of Ukraine online

    June 3, 2013

    At the meeting of the Academic Council the first associate provost of the University academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Yuriy Yakymenko handed a diploma, gown and memorable sign of Honorary Doctor of NTUU "KPI" to Igor Leonardovich Pioro who is a Professor of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada). Dr. Pioro has long-standing and strong relationships with NTUU "KPI".

    UOIT nuclear engineer receives international honour
    UOIT online

    April 2, 2012

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) proudly announces that Dr. Igor Pioro, professor and director of the Graduate Program, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science has been inducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a Fellow. The recognition of Dr. Pioro as a Fellow represents the highest grade of membership within ASME, which promotes the art, science and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the world. Only 2.5 per cent of ASME’s international membership has been awarded a Fellowship.

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Innovative Approach to Correlate Heat Transfer Data to SuperCritical CO2 Flowing Upward in a Bare Tube in Forced Convection Regime

      Chiba, Japan
      May 19, 2015

      23rd International Conference On Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 23)

    • Chair and Panelist, National Future Energy Strategy, Nuclear Energy Strategic Plan, and Nuclear Power Basis for Future Energy Production in the World as

      Prague, Czech Republic
      July 11, 2014

      22rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 22)

    • Specifics of Thermophysical Properties and Heat Transfer at Supercritical Pressures

      Campinas, Brazil
      December 8, 2013

      Workshop on Supercritical Fluids and Energy (SFE'13)

    • Chair, Plenary Session, Nuclear Power Reactors and Fuel Cycle/Uranium Supply

      Xi'an, China
      September 26, 2013

      BIT's 3rd New Energy Forum 2013

    • Keynote Lecture: Nuclear Power as a Basis for Future Electricity Production in the World

      Bled, Slovenia
      September 12, 2013

      22nd International Conference on Nuclear Energy for New Europe (NENE) September, 2013

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