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CARD is a medium- to long-term research & development initiative in collaboration with industry, dedicated to responsible, cost-effective hydrocarbon development in Arctic regions.

Researcher profiles

Rocky Taylor, Ph.D., P. Eng.; Principal Investigator, Ice Mechanics

Rocky Taylor has been with CARD since its inception in 2011, as Senior Research Engineer in the Ice Mechanics Group.  A graduate of Memorial University, he holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, as well as an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Taylor's research encompasses a variety of interesting ice-engineering problems, particularly those related to ice load estimation for the design of offshore structures and the mechanics of compressive ice failure. Much of his work is focused on fracture processes in ice, and the analysis of associated scale effects.

He currently holds an RDC Ignite grant focused on investigating spalling, non-simultaneous ice failure and extension of the probabilistic fracture mechanics (PFM) model developed during his doctoral studies, which were supported by C-CORE. Dr. Taylor is also co-investigator (with Dr. Ian Jordaan, Professor Emeritus and University Research Professor in the at Memorial University) on a Statoil-RDC funded initiative focused on an investigation of dynamic interactions between ice and compliant structures and serves as CARD Chair in Ice Mechanics with Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

For profiles of other members of the Ice Mechanics Team, click on their names, below:

Eleanor Bailey, Ph.D.; Researcher, Ice Mechanics

Ian Turnbull, Ph.D.; Researcher, Ice Mechanics

Lei Liu, M.Eng.  Numerical Modeller

Robert Sarracino, Ph.D.,  Visiting Research Advisor, Numerical Modelling