Dr. Etienne Mansard, a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Etienne is one of the leading experts in laboratory wave generation and analysis. He developed (and co-developed) several state-of-the-art concepts for the generation and analysis of sea states in laboratory basins, in order to advance the understanding of the complex physics involved in wave-structure interactions. Many of his concepts are used widely by international laboratories.
From 2000 to 2008, he served as the Executive Director of the National Research Council of Canada’s Technology Centre, formerly known as the Canadian Hydraulics Centre (NRC-CHC), which was one of the world's premier hydraulics laboratories dedicated to applied research and commercial studies related to civil engineering hydraulics, coastal engineering, port and harbour developments, and offshore engineering projects. NRC-CHC’s specialization also included deploying a large number of sophisticated numerical modelling tools to investigate a wide array of issues, such as: flows in rivers, lakes, reservoirs & waterways, coastal processes, sediment transport, siltation & scour, etc.
In addition, CHC’s expertise also included solving ice engineering problems through the use of field and laboratory studies, data mining and numerical models.
Etienne, a long-time member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), served this organisation in several senior positions, including as its President for two terms of 2 years from 2004. In 2009, Etienne was awarded an Honorary Membership in this Organisation in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of Maritime Hydraulics and his many contributions and devoted service to the development of IAHR.