Dr. Noboru (Nobo) Yonemitsu has worked in the Department of Civil Engineering in several different capacities since February 1992. He studied Engineering Physics at Hokkaido University, Japan, where he specialized in Turbulent Fluid Dynamics and Instrumentation of Non-destructive Testing (NDT) and received his M.A.Sc. from the same institute before coming to Canada in 1986. He earned a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Alberta, based on his research in Environmental Fluid Mechanics. From 1990-2009, Nobo worked as a research scientist/project engineer/NDT consultant with various organizations including: Northwest Hydraulics Consultants (Edmonton, Vancouver), NASA (Johnson Space Center), UBC, UNBC, BCIT, Oki Electronics, Intel, various defence departments, nuclear power plants, and some of the world’s major airline companies.

Research Interests

IR-NDT technologies, Turbulent Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Ecological Fluid Mechanics, Waste water treatment.


CIVL 303 Computational Tools in Civil Engineering
CIVL 315 Fluid Mechanics II
CIVL 316 Hydrology and Open Channel Flow
CIVL 416 Environmental Hydraulics
CIVL 445 Civil Engineering Design Project I
CIVL 446 Civil Engineering Design Project II
IGEN 230 Introduction to Engineering Design

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2019, 3rd Year Student Appreciation Award, Civil Engineering Undergraduate Student Society
  • 2002, Civil Engineering Teaching Award, UBC Department of Civil Engineering
  • 1987-1989, Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education Scholarship, University of Alberta


  • B. Goffin, Banthia, N., and Yonemitsu, N., “Use of Infrared Thermal Imaging to Detect Corrosion of Epoxy Coated and Uncoated Rebar in Concrete”, Construction and Building Materials, In Press.
  • T. M. Hoover, Marczak, L. B., Richardson, J. S., and Yonemitsu, N., “Transport and settlement of organic matter in small streams”, Freshwater Biology, vol. 55, no. 2, 2010.
  • T. M. Hoover, Richardson, J. S., and Yonemitsu, N., “Flow-substrate interactions create and mediate leaf litter resource patches in streams”, Freshwater Biology, 2006.
  • D. S. Mavinic, Yonemitsu, N., Koch, F., and Britton, A., “Fluidized Bed Wastewater Treatment”, 2005.
  • T. M. Hoover, Richardson, J. S., and Yonemitsu, N., “Do drifting stream insects need to see the streambed to find it? The relative importance of visual and flow-related settlement cues for mayfly larvae.”, Entomological Society of Canada Annual Meeting. Canmore, Alberta, 2005.
  • T. M. Hoover, Yonemitsu, N., and Richardson, J. S., “Dispersal strategies of drifting insects: are they velocity dependent? ”, North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, 2004.
  • T. M. Hoover, Yonemitsu, N., and Richardson, J. S., “The role of physical factors in stream insect drift”, Entomological Society of Canada Annual Meeting. Kelowna, BC, 2003.