Alison Olechowski

PhD, P.Eng

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Tel: 416-946-0343
Office: MY764
Research Group: Ready Lab

Research Areas

Mechanics & Design
Human Factors

Research Interests

Product design and development; systems engineering; design tools, methods and processes; engineering collaboration and leadership; project management; engineering management.


Alison Olechowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead). She also held a Dean’s Spark Professorship in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (2018-2021). She completed her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying product development decision-making during complex industry projects. Dr. Olechowski completed her BSc (Engineering) at Queen’s University and her MS at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Olechowski studies the processes and tools that teams of engineers use in industry as they design innovative new products. She has studied engineering products and projects in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, medical device and oil & gas industries.

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