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Roberto Paoli
B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. (Rome), Post-doc (Stanford)

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Environmental impact of aviation
  • Turbulence modeling and simulation
  • Modeling and numerical simulation of multiphase reactive flows
  • High-performance computing
  • Hypersonic flows in thermochemical nonequilibrium
  • Atmospheric physics
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2108 Aerospace, aeronautical and automotive engineering
  • 2201 Turbulence
  • 2202 Multi-phase systems
  • 2203 Modelling, simulation
  • 2705 Software and development


Recent publications
Journal article
Zadeh, N.N. & Paoli, R. (2022). Numerical experiments of subsonic jet flow simulations using RANS with OpenFOAM. Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics, 12(02), 230-247. Retrieved from
Journal article
Gritsenko, D., Paoli, R. & Xu, J. (2022). The effect of acceleration on the separation force in constrained-surface stereolithography. Applied Sciences-Basel, 12(1), 11. Retrieved from
Journal article
Li, S. & Paoli, R. (2021). Comparison of machine learning models for data-driven aircraft icing severity evaluation. Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 5. Retrieved from


Pr Paoli is an associate professor at Polytechnique Montréal in the Mechanical Engineering Department since 2022. His research interests and expertise are in the areas of turbulence modeling and simulation, multiphysics modeling for aeronautical and aerospace applications, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and high-performance computing (HPC). He has two engineering degrees and masters in aeronautical engineering and aerospace engineering, and a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University. He worked several years as research scientist at the European Center for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computing (CERFACS) in Toulouse where he contributed to create a new team named Aviation and Environment devoted to the study of the environmental impact of aircraft emissions. He obtained the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse. Before joining Polytechnique Montréal, he was research professor and then assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also held a joint appointment as computational scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.


MEC8200, Computer-based fluid mechanics


  • Bachelor and Master in Aeronautical Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Batchelor and Master in Aerospace Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Post-doc, turbulence modeling and simulation, Stanford University