Janet Lam

PhD, B.Math, B.B.A

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Industrial Engineering

Email: janet@mie.utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-978-2890
Office: MC306A

Research Areas

Operations Research

Engineering Education

Research Interests

Physical asset management; reliability and maintenance; student motivation and identity; teaching in higher education


Janet Lam is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in operations research with the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

She has been working in the field of maintenance optimization since 2008, with an emphasis on optimal scheduling of inspections for condition-based maintenance.

Janet served as a research associate at the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE) applying academic research directly with industry partners, including those in mining, utilities, transportation, and the military. Janet has a track record of cultivating strong relationships with industry partners and developing maintenance engineering resources that are both useful and current.

She is also a respected engineering educator with more than 10 years of teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. She was a Teaching Specialist for first year engineering students at Michigan State University from 2016 to 2017. She is a Fellow of the National Effective Teaching Institute and a Runner-Up Best Upper Year Instructor in the Skule Student Choice awards 2020-2021.

Janet received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, her B.Math in Operations Research at the University of Waterloo and her B.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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