Michael W. Carter, PhD, LEL, FCAE

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Healthcare human resource planning and forecasting; capacity planning; operating room planning and scheduling; wait list management; healthcare system modelling; patient flow simulation; cancer screening capacity; clinic planning.

Email: mike.carter@utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-8661 | Office: RS311D

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Operations Research


Michael Carter is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto (since 1981) and Director of the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering. He received his doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1980. Since 1989, his research focus has been in the area of health care resource modeling with a variety of projects in hospitals, home care, rehab, long term care, medical labs and mental health institutions. He has supervised more than 160 engineering students in over 100 projects with healthcare institutions. He currently has 17 graduate students (7 doctoral, 10 masters) working in the area. He was the winner of the Annual Practice Prize from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) four times (1988, 1992, 1996 and 2009). In 2000, he received the CORS Award of Merit for lifetime contributions to Canadian Operational Research. He also received an “Excellence in Teaching” Award from the University of Toronto Student Administrative Council. He is on the editorial board for the journals “Health Care Management Science”, “Operations Research for Healthcare”, “Health Systems” and “IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems”. He is a member of the “Nursing Effectiveness, Utilization and Outcomes Research Unit” and a mentor in the “Health Care, Technology and Place” program at the University of Toronto. He is on the Advisory Board for the Regenstreif Centre for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University, an Adjunct Scientist with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto and a member of the Faculty Advisory Council for the UofT Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. In 2012, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and in 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of INFORMS, the international society for Operations Research and Management Science.

Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health
Director, Centre for Healthcare Engineering (CHE)

Research: Operations research; optimization under uncertainty; mathematical programming; probabilistic analysis of systems; applications to radiation therapy; health care operations; sustainability; sports analytics.

Applied Optimization Laboratory (AOL)
Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (CHE)

Email: tcychan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-5721 | Office: MC315

Research Areas

  1. Operations Research
  2. Biomedical Engineering


Timothy Chan is the Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health, an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received his BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia (2002), and his PhD in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007). Professor Chan was an Associate in the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm (2007-2009). During that time, he advised leading companies in the fields of medical device technology, travel and hospitality, telecommunications, and energy on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations.

Professor Chan’s primary research interests are in optimization under uncertainty and the application of optimization methods to problems in healthcare, medicine, global engineering, sustainability, and sports. He received the George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award from INFORMS (2007), an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation of Ontario (2012), an Early Career Teaching Award from both the U of T Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2012) and the U of T Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (2013), second place in the INFORMS Section on Public Programs, Service and Needs best paper competition (2012), and first place in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference research paper competition (2013). His research has been featured by the CBC, CTV News, the Toronto Star, and Canadian Business magazine.

Sanjeev Chandra, PhD, P.Eng., FAAAS, FASME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Heat transfer; fluid mechanics; thermal spray coating; spray painting; heat exchangers; heat pipes; impact of liquid drops; ink jet printing; waste heat recovery, electronic cooling.

Laboratory: Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT)

Email: chandra@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5742 | Office: BA8254

Research Areas

  1. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering


Sanjeev Chandra is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Toronto, which he joined in 1990. He received his BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1981) his MS from Vanderbilt University (1983) and PhD from Cornell University (1990). He has served as the Acting Chair, Associate Chair (undergraduate studies), Associate Chair (graduate studies) and Vice-Chair of the MIE Department, and Acting Vice-Dean (undergraduate studies) of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

Professor Chandra is known internationally for his research on the dynamics of droplets and sprays. His research spans the areas of combustion, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and materials science and has also been applied in spray coating, spray cooling, fuel combustion and waste heat recovery. Prof. Chandra has published over 200 papers in referred journals and international conference proceedings. He teaches courses in thermodynamics and heat transfer and has served as visiting professor at the University of Limoges (France) Korea University (S. Korea), University of Bremen (Germany) and the University of Darmstadt (Germany).

In 2015 Professor Chandra was awarded the Jules Stachiewicz medal for Heat Transfer by the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. In 2010 he was awarded the The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research, awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to recognize outstanding collaborative research. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Human factors approaches to information technology; mobile computing; healthcare ergonomics; social computing; advanced user interface design; smart internet and personal web. Applications to healthcare and e-commerce.

Laboratory: Interactive Media Lab

Email: chignell@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-8951 | Office: BA8171A

Research Areas

  1. Human Factors/Ergonomics
  2. Information Engineering


Mark Chignell has been a member of the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering faculty since 1990. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California from 1984 to 1990. Professor Chignell taught in the Psychology Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia from 1980 to 1982. He has a PhD in Psychology (University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1981), and an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). He is currently the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto, and the BUL Chair in Human Computer Interaction. He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto since 2002 and he was a visiting scientist at Keio University from 2005 to 2010.

Professor Chignell has co-authored books on expert systems and intelligent databases (published by John Wiley & Sons) and he has co-edited three books. He has many journal and conference papers on topics such as hypertext and information retrieval, user interface design and healthcare applications. His research has been funded by the Bell University Laboratories, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, TELUS, Oki Corporation, Ricoh Corporation, and Apple Computer. He has founded two start-up companies, and currently runs Vocalage Inc., a high tech consulting and product development firm.

Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Data management and the web; big data and analytics; linked data on the web; data visualization; information retrieval; data modelling; business process engineering; privacy and healthcare data management; autonomic systems.

Email: consens@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-8851 | Office: BA8128

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering


Mariano Consens received his PhD and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. He also holds a Computer Systems Engineer degree from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay. Professor Consens has over 60 publications, including journal publications selected from best conference papers and several patents.

Professor Consens has been a faculty member in Information Engineering in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, since 2003. Before that, he was research faculty member at the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, from 1994 to 1999. In addition, he has been active in the software industry as a founder, director, and CTO of a couple of software start-ups. He was as a Visiting Scientist at Yahoo! Research during his sabbatical, and is currently a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies in Toronto.
Iain G. Currie, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering

Email: currie@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0343 | Office: MC308

Research Areas

  1. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering


Iain G. Currie holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He has taught fluid mechanics at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Toronto since he joined the academic staff in 1966. During the period 1993 to 1998 he served as the Chair of the Department. This period includes the merger of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Industrial Engineering in 1996 to form the present Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Dr. Currie’s research involves fluid structure interactions, and recently he has become involved in studying low Reynolds number flows involving both Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. He is the founder and Director of the Flow Measurements Laboratory, a facility which utilizes LDA and PIV flow measurement techniques. He is the author of the well known graduate text entitled Fundamental Mechanics of Fluids, the 4th edition of which was published by CRC Press in 2012.