Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies

Research: Active-vision and dynamic-camera systems; humanoid robotics; vision-based feedback and control; time-varying geometry object sensing and action recognition; embedded robotic/vision systems; personal robotics.

Email: mackay@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5746 | Office: MC319


Matthew Mackay is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, specializing in teaching mechatronics, electronics, control systems, microcontrollers, and computer-aided design. His research areas include robotics, active vision, humanoid robotics, robotic control and robotic systems, and embedded systems. To date, he has contributed a number of refereed publications, conference papers, presentations, and other publications to the field. He will also be the faculty advisor for the newly-formed student Baja team. Lastly, he is actively involved in managing design projects and other student activities related to mechatronics and robotics.

Dr. Mackay completed his PhD thesis in the areas of Active Vision and Robotics in 2011 at the University of Toronto by pursuing the fast-track option. His research was funded by the NSERC scholarship program and the University of Toronto Fellowship. As part of his continued studies in the field, he has received a number of honors and awards, including the Dean’s Scholar Award from Queen’s University, and the Thomas F. LaPierre Award. He has also been actively involved throughout his studies in on-campus and off-campus robotics programs, such as FIRST robotics.
Viliam Makis, PhD, Dipl Ing, LEL, FISEAM

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Modelling, control, and development of estimation procedures for partially observable systems subject to condition monitoring. Applications in multivariate quality control, maintenance, medical screening, production and inventory control.

Quality, Reliability and Maintenance Laboratory
Vibration Monitoring, Signal Processing, and CBM Laboratory

Email: makis@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-4184 | Office: MC223

Research Areas

  1. Operations Research


Professor Viliam Makis received his PhD from Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague in 1981 and is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto.

His research and teaching interests are in stochastic modeling, quality assurance, maintenance, reliability, production and inspection control, with special focus on investigating structural properties of the optimal policies for stochastic controlled systems. His recent research contributions have been in the area of modeling, estimation, and optimal control of partially observable processes with applications in condition-based maintenance and multivariate quality control. He has authored or co-authored 72 research articles published in refereed journals, 80 papers published in Conference Proceedings, more than 100 conference presentations, 3 books as the first author, 6 chapters in books, and 8 IP Disclosures. He successfully completed his Administrative responsibilities as the Chair of the Engineering Science Option: Manufacturing Systems at the University of Toronto in 2004. He has been serving as an editorial member of several reputed journals such as Advances in Operations Research (as an Editor), ISRN Probability and Statistics (as an Editor), Central European Journal of Engineering (as an Editor, Industrial Engineering), Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, and the International Journal of Performability Engineering.

Professor Makis is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, American Society for Quality, a member of INFORMS and CORS. He was honoured as a Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (FISEAM) in October 2011.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies
Director, CADIFT

Research: Thermal and optoelectronic non-destructive techniques (thermophysics and photovoltaics); biothermophotonic and biophotoacoustic imaging science and instrumentation; cancer, dental caries, bone and blood glucose diagnostics.

Laboratory: Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Technologies (CADIPT)

Email: mandelis@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5106 | Office: MC334

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  3. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  4. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering


Professor Andreas Mandelis is a Full Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. Dr. Mandelis’ fundamental research interests are focused on studies of physical processes in condensed and biological matter as they impact instrumentation science and signal generation. Examples are thermophysics, non-radiative and radiative physics of electronic, optical and biomedical materials, photoacoustic, photothermal and diffusion-wave phenomena in manufactured, electronic, biological and photonic media. Current interests include building theoretical and experimental system foundations of biothermophotonic and biophotoacoustic transport phenomena and frequency-domain instrumentation for imaging in hard (dental, bone) and soft tissues, novel biosensors and high-performance diagnostic imaging techniques. Culminating in his work on the foundations of the field of photoacoustic and diffusion waves in matter, his applied research interests span all aspects of instrumentation and measurement development for photoacoustic, photothermal, and diffusion-wave high-precision, high-dynamic-range analytical techniques leading to advanced non-destructive (non-invasive) inspection and monitoring technologies. Current application examples are in the fields of alternative energy conversion devices (e.g. solar cells, nano-optoelectronic devices), industrial manufactured products (steels, metal composites) and biomedical and dental diagnostics with major focus on advanced dynamic imaging instrumentation.

Professor Mandelis is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies and a Fellow in the Academy of Sciences of The Royal Society of Canada. He has been selected for the Alexander von Humboldt Professor Award twice (in 2003 and 2012). He is the 2007 (inaugural) recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Discovery Award in Science and Engineering. He received the ASME 2009 Yeram Touloukian Award (and Medal) in Thermophysics, the Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association, and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics. In 2010 he was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2012 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science and of the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. In 2013 he was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the APS, the SPIE, the AAAS and the ASME.
Susan McCahan, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Research: Design of the engineering learning environment for accessibility and
inclusivity; Universal instructional design; Conceptualizing the learning environment as an information system.

Laboratory: Engineering Learning Environment Design Group

Email: mccahan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-0490 | Office: BA1007

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering
  2. Human Factors/Ergonomics


Susan McCahan is currently the Vice Dean, Undergraduate in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. She joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Toronto in 1992. From 2006 to 2011 she served as Chair of First Year for the Faculty. Her research area is energy systems and engineering education. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of contributions to engineering education has been the recipient of several major teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada. She was also part of the team of instructors that received the Alan Blizzard Award for collaborative teaching in 2007. She has developed and taught courses on energy systems, heat transfer, and combustion. Professor McCahan's current research focuses on the design of the engineering education environment.
Shaker A. Meguid, PhD, P.Eng., CEng, SAIAA (Lifetime), FIMechE, FASME, FEIC

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Aircraft design; multifunctional nanocomposites; NEMS beam switches; computational nanomechanics; multiscale modelling; coupled field problems; smart materials; dielectric elastomers; fracture & failure analysis; crashworthiness.

Laboratory: Mechanics and Aerospace Design Laboratory (MADL)

Email: meguid@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5741 | Office: MB102

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design


Professor Shaker Meguid obtained his PhD in Applied Mechanics from UMIST, England. He taught different branches of Applied Mechanics in 4 continents, including Oxford University, Cranfield University (England), University of Toronto, Cairo University (Egypt) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU-Singapore). His research activities have contributed significantly to the areas of nanoengineering, computational mechanics, advanced and smart composites, fracture mechanics and failure prevention. He has published over 400 papers in leading tier-1 scientific journals and international conferences and symposia including the most recently the 4th International Conference on Integrity, Reliability and Failure in June 2013. He not only organised but also contributed to numerous symposia as keynote and plenary speaker. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design, Guest Editor to a number of Journals, Former Technical Associate Editor, for two consecutive terms, of ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, and a member of the editorial board of numerous journals. He is also the Editor of six international conference proceedings and author of two textbooks. Professor Meguid is the founding head of the Aerospace Division of NTU, Singapore. He holds the titles of Distinguished Visiting Professor in Tongji University (China), Porto University (Portugal), external examiner to Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of Putra Malaysia (Malaysia), and an Engineering Consultant to the United Nations. He is a lifetime member of AIAA, member of the American Academy of Mechanics, Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (P.Eng.), Chartered Engineer in Great Britain (CEng), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of IMechE. He works closely with the aerospace and automotive industries and is regularly approached by members of the media for clarification of engineering issues. Professor Meguid and his students have won many awards including the recent innovation award in nanoengineering by ASME. Professor Meguid is currently hosted by Peking University as Globex Fellow to teach Mechanics of Solids under the Global Exchange Program.

Paul Milgram, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Human Factors issues related to navigation, manipulation and control in 3D environments; human-machine interfaces for teleoperation; human factors issues in medicine, especially surgery and anaesthesiology; modelling of attentional workload.

Laboratory: Ergonomics in Teleoperation and Control (ETC)

Email: milgram@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3662 | Office: RS319

Research Areas

  1. Human Factors/Ergonomics


Paul Milgram is a Professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto, where he specialises in Human Factors Engineering. He is also cross-appointed to the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering. He teaches courses in engineering psychology, research methods in human factors, and calculus.

Professor Milgram’s research theme relates to display, control and navigation issues in 3D (mixed reality) environments. His recent research has extended his long-term work with stereoscopic augmented reality to focus on applying digital imaging processing for enhancing operator displays.
Application domains for his research include surgery, anaesthesiology, telerobotics, air traffic control and automobile driving.

Before joining U of T in 1986, Professor Milgram worked for 4 years as a senior human factors engineer at the National Aerospace Laboratory, in Amsterdam, prior to which he was a post-doctoral researcher at the TNO Institute for Perception, in Soesterberg, Netherlands. His research leaves abroad have included ATR in Kyoto, Japan (1993-94); the Centre d'Etudes de la Navigation Aérienne (CENA) in Toulouse, France (1999-2000); the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (2004); the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (2010); and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in India (2011).

In the 1980s, Dr. Milgram developed the PLATO visual occlusion spectacles, and his company, Translucent Technologies, currently provides these worldwide, for research on, among other things, automobile interface design, visual perception, psycho-motor coordination, sports medicine, neurological disorders, and cognitive sciences.
James K. Mills, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Robotic assembly; automotive sensing/control; smart structure vibration control; convex control; MEMS sensor/actuator design/control; micro-scale automation; control of automated robotic biological tasks; meso-machine tools.

Laboratory: Nonlinear Systems Control Laboratory

Email: mills@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-2454 | Office: MB113

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. Applied Mechanics and Design


James K. Mills joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1988. His research interests encompass a number of related areas, including: robot control, control of multi-robots, smart structure sensing and control, design of actuators, localization, development of fixtureless assembly technology, design and control of high speed machines, MEMS 3D assembly, MEMS robotic assembly task execution, micro-scale biological task control and automation. Collaborative work with colleagues in Hong Kong has led to methods for micro-scale cell task automation. He has published over 400 journal and conference papers and supervised over 50 MASc and PhD students and a number of Postdoctoral fellows and research engineers in these various research areas.

Professor Mills serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Information Acquisition, Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation. He has served on the program committees of numerous international conferences. He has been an Invited Visiting Professor at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Bangalore, India, a Visiting Professor at the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as City University, Hong Kong in the last several years.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Centre for Advanced Coatings Technologies (CACT)

Research: Advanced coatings, thermal plasmas; thermal spray coatings; arcs; radio-frequency inductively coupled plasmas; computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Laboratory: Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT)

Email: mostag@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5604 | Office: BA8260

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering


Dr. Javad Mostaghimi is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and the director of the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT). He received his BSc degree from Sharif University, Iran, in 1974, and MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1978 and 1982, respectively. Before joining the University of Toronto in 1990, he held positions at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueil, Quebec, and the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

His main research interests are the study of thermal spray coatings, including superhydrophobic coatings, thermal barriers, corrosion and wear resistant coatings. He has performed comprehensive studies on the flow, temperature, and electromagnetic fields within arcs and RF inductively coupled plasmas . Professor Mostaghimi has done extensive simulation of the dynamics of droplet impact and solidification in thermal spray processes and automotive spray painting as well as the design of novel DC and RF plasma torches.

Professor Mostaghimi is a fellow of the following professional societies: RSC, ASME, ASM, CSME, EIC, CAE, AAAS, IUPAC, and Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He is a member of the Qingdao Academician Park academy. He is a recipient of the 75th Anniversary Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division, the recipient of the 2013 Robert W. Angus Medal of the CSME, 2012 Heat Transfer Memorial Award of the ASME, 2011 Jules Stachiewicz Medal of the CSME, 2010 NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize and the 2009 Engineering Medal in R & D from the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

He is a member of the editorial board of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing and a member of the International Review Board of the Journal of Thermal Spray.