Ronald Hanson earned B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, where he received the G.N. Patterson Award. Prior to joining York University, Dr. Hanson worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southampton in the UK and the University of Toronto while consulting for industry, and as the aerodynamicist for Cervelo Cycles in Toronto.
Dr. Hanson’s research takes a primarily experimental approach and is centred on the control of flow and turbulence with the underlying motivation of improving the performance of fluid/aero dynamic reliant applications from aircraft to racing bicycles. In particular, his research focuses on the underlying physics of fluid dynamic phenomena and the application of passive and active control strategies for drag reduction. The latter relies on the ability to sense and manipulate the flow and these topics form a close nexus to his central theme.