About Me

Hello and welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University, supervised by Prof. Agus Sasmito. My research is focused on developing multi-scale and multi-physics frameworks to model industrial problems involving fluid mechanics, chemical reactions, heat transfer, and mass transport. I use a combination of asymptotic analysis and numerical methods to solve the governing PDEs. Furthermore, I also frequently incorporate supervised machine learning methods to conduct sensitivity and optimization analysis of the fundamental models that I build.

Some of the mathematical and numerical tools that I have used for my projects are as follows:
  1. Asymptotic analysis and perturbation theory
  2. Similarity analysis and separation of variable techniques for PDEs 
  3. Monte-Carlo simulations and gradient-based optimization methods
  4. Artificial and Deep Neural Networks
  5. Finite Difference Method
  6. Computational Fluid Dynamics
To implement the numerical schemes and the mathematical methods enumerated above, I have utilized commercial, academic, and open-source software tools extensively for my research. Prominent examples include MATLAB, Simulink, Python (NumPy, Pandas, SciPy, Scikit-learn, TensorFlow, Keras), GitHub, and ANSYS Fluent. My work benefits from the experimental and field data for validation so I work in close collaboration with other experimentalists and field engineers from the industry.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing music, singing, team sports (Cricket in particular), and exploring the outdoors through hiking, bike touring, mountain biking, and adventure climbing. The cover photo of my website shows the glorious, spire-shaped rock formations of the Bryce Canyon, taken during a visit to Colorado/Utah (Christmas break 2020).

Research Interests

  • Mathematical modeling of transport phenomena
  • Nucleation and interface kinetics
  • Phase-change heat transfer
  • Stefan problem
  • Energy conversion in micro-combustors
  • Finite Element Method (FEM) for multiphysics modeling
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics


Saad Akhtar


+1 (514) 661 3246 

Mining and Materials Engineering

McGill University

127B Frank Dawson Adams Building, Montreal, QC H3A 0E8