Information for Prospective Students

Peter Oshkai
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria
PO Box 3055 STN CSC
Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 3P6
Tel: (250) 721-8922
Fax: (250) 721-6051

Peter Oshkai > Research

If you are interested in graduate work at the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UVic, you can use the links on this page to learn about our recent and ongoing research projects, funding opportunities for graduate students, as well as our department and life in Victoria.


Experimental research in fluid mechanics provides the students with the unique exposure to a wide range of activities, including the operation of the state-of-the-art laser and digital imaging equipment, development of theoretical and semi-empirical models, as well as computer programming for the purposes of data acquisition and analysis. A typical project involves design of the experimental apparatus, various aspects of hardware and software interfacing, digital data acquisition, image processing, and data analysis. All these activities are complemented by simultaneous consideration of the theoretical models of the flow system and/or by numerical investigations using various computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques.

The candidates are expected to be genuinely interested in their research and to be enthusiastic about learning new skills.

Strong background in one or more of the following areas is a definite asset:

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Funding opportunities

Students are expected to actively pursue various opportunities for funding their graduate research. This involve applying for National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) scholarships (if eligible) and seeking other types of financial aid. Please, use the following links for more information:

It should be noted that these awards and bursaries are highly prestigious and as such are valuable additions to the students' CVs.

Also, please note that NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS) deadlines are early in the fall. Therefore, undergraduate and Masters students should apply early in the fall of their final academic year in order to receive the scholarship for their next degree.

If you are interested in applying for these awards, please contact me for assistance in preparing the research proposal.

If you are not eligible or are not able to secure one of the above mentioned scholarships, student support funds may be available through my research grants. Please email me to discuss current research opportunities.

Graduate program

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