Computer Science

Jeffrey Davis

Engineering Lead, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Transfer
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Transfer
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

PhD (ETH Zürich), M.A.Sc. (Toronto), B.Sc. (Alberta), P.Eng.

5-172E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Davis began his career by obtaining a degree in civil and environmental engineering, specializing in fluid mechanics and the dispersion of pollutants in rivers, from the University of Alberta. From there, he joined the turbulence research group at the University of Toronto completing his M.A.Sc. research on turbulent flow modeling in combustion engines. Interested in modeling and numerical simulations, Dr. Davis went on to complete a doctorate in the Institute of Energy Technology at ETH Zurich specializing in multiphase flows and thermal hydraulics in nuclear reactors. He then went on to work as a Post Doctoral Fellow on the 2008 Phoenix Mars Mission. There, his research focused on modeling heat and mass transfer around the Mars Lander through numerical simulations on parallel computer clusters.

With a passion for teaching, Dr. Davis is currently researching pedagogical methods with projects focusing on problem-based learning, development of student assessment and feedback software, and risk assessment model for the retention of students in post-secondary institutions. In addition, he mentors students with interdisciplinary projects focusing on developing smart technologies using sensors.

Dr. Davis is open to collaboration and encourages students, researchers and industry to contact him.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Problem-based learning, pedagogical software development, algorithm design, numerical methods, modelling, computational fluid dynamics

Teaching and Research Interests

Teaching interests:

  • ENGG100/101 Introduction to the Engineering Profession I/II
  • ENGG130/131 Engineering Mechanics
  • ENCP100 Programming for Engineers          
  • Introduction to Robotics 

Research Interests:

  • Problem solving
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Pedagogical software
  • Neural networks
  • Machine learning
  • Data structures
  • Sustainable development
  • Pattern recognition
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • J. A. Davis and S. Lorimer. (2014). A Cognitive Model for Automatic Student Assessment: Classification of Errors in Engineering Dynamics. Proceedings of the 121st annual ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, USA.
  • K. Fyfe and J. Davis. (2013). Automated Generation of Randomizable Problem Sets and Detailed Solutions - Engineering Statics. Proceedings from NW Regional ASEE Conference, WA, USA.
  • J. A. Davis and C. F. Lange. (2012). Simulations of three dimensional buoyant laminar plumes in a Martian environment. Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A, 62, 843-860.
  • R. Davy, J. A. Davis, P. A. Taylor, C.F. Lange, W. Weng, J. Whiteway, H.P. Gunnlangson. (2009). Initial analyses of air temperature and related data from the Phoenix MET station and their use in estimating turbulent heat fluxes. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, E00E13, doi:10.1029/2009JE003444.
  • J. Davis and G. Yadigaroglu. (2004). Direct contact condensation in Hiemenz flow boundary layers. International Journal of Heat Mass Transfer, 47, 1863-1875.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Fellowship, MacEwan University (2015–2018)
  • Teaching Innovation Fund, MacEwan University (2014–2015)     
  • Research, Scholarly Activity and Creative Achievement Fund, MacEwan University  (2014–2015)
  • Research, Scholarly Activity and Creative Achievement Fund, MacEwan University (2013–2014)     
  • Best Paper Award, American Society for Engineering Education (2013)
  • NASA's Group Achievement Award, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2009)
  • NSERC PGS-A, National Science and Engineering Research Council (1997–1999)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Alberta Professional Engineers and Geophysicists of Alberta, Professional Engineer 
  • American Society for Engineering Education