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Dr. Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh
Director, Centre for Advancing Engineering Research and Innovation in Aerospace Science (AERIAS)
BASc, MASc, PhD, PEng

Areas of Academic Interest


Computational Fluid Dynamics

Wind Power Generation


Year University Degree
1998 University of Toronto PhD
University of British Columbia MASc
University of British Columbia BASc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
AER 504 Aerodynamics
AE8202 Aircraft Safety and Reliability
AE8121 High Speed Aerodynamics


For most, Downsview Park is a vast, grassy escape from the urban heat of downtown Toronto—a cultural hub that has hosted legendary rock bands like AC/DC or the Rolling Stones. For Paul Walsh, it’s the home for Toronto Metropolitan University's new aerospace research cluster.

Walsh is leading the way in the creation of a new student-focused research space. Neighboured by Bombardier and Downsview Airport, the area will become a flourishing hub of aerospace activity. “They’ve had these clusters in Europe for decades,” explains Walsh. “So why aren’t we doing the same thing here?”

As an educator, Walsh focuses on helping students build the confidence they need to succeed in the industry. In the Capstone Design Course, industry professionals are brought in to watch presentations and provide invaluable feedback. “I tell them to rake the students over the coals—it’s the test of fire! At that point, they’ve earned their degree,” he smiles.

After holding the position of department chair for almost a decade, Walsh has earned his stripes. “It’s all about managing people and facilitating what they want to do,” he says. “You have to enable people to succeed, and I love doing that.”

Paul Walsh

“Learn from your mistakes. Give it another shot and move on.”

  • Associate Fellow, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute