Hani Naguib, PhD, P.Eng., CEng, FIOM3, FASME, FSPE, FSPIE, FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (TIAM), Associate Chair, Research

Research: Manufacturing emerging materials; advanced manufacturing; smart and active materials; nanostructured polymers and composites; metamaterials and bio-based materials. Smart sensors and actuators, energy management materials, batteries and supercapacitors, artificial muscles, smart textiles.

Laboratory: Smart Polymers and Composites Lab (SAPL)

Email: naguib@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-7054 | Office: RS207A

Research Areas

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


Hani Naguib is a Professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing TIAM. His research scope encompasses the area of advanced materials and manufacturing, and enabling materials and technologies. His major expertise is in the area of smart and active materials; nanostructured polymers and composites; and bio-based materials. His group has applied these materials in a range of industrial and health care technologies such as smart sensors and actuators, energy management materials, batteries and supercapacitors, artificial muscles, smart textiles, biomedical and clinical devices. The main goal of his research program is to develop sustainable and transformational materials and manufacturing for the energy management, and health care sectors.

Naguib is the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the Canada Research Chair, the Premier’s Early Research Award of Ontario, the Canada Foundation of Innovation, and the faculty Early Teaching Award. He is a Professional Engineer in Canada, a Chartered Engineer in U.K., a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining IOM3 in UK, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME, Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers SPE, Fellow of International Society of Optics and Photonics SPIE and Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers CSME. He has been serving on the technical divisions’ board of directors for the SPE, ASME and CSME and has been organizing and chairing various conferences, symposia and seminars in national and international conferences. Naguib is the Associate Editor of the IOP Journal of Smart Materials, Journal of Cellular Plastics and Cellular Polymers.

In addition to his research, Naguib is active in teaching topics in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, he has developed both undergraduate and graduate curricula covering series of courses and labs including: Materials Science, Mechanics of Materials, Smart Materials and Structures, Macromolecular Materials, Composite Materials and Advanced Manufacturing. He has also served as the associate chair undergraduate studies for the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society
Director, Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics (IRM)

Research: Autonomous Systems; robotics and mechatronics; assistive devices; service robots/vehicles; robot-assisted emergency response; sensor agents; socially assistive robots; human-robot interaction.

Laboratory: Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics (ASBLab)

Email: nejat@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-5033 | Office: MC418

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  3. Human Factors/Ergonomics
  4. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  5. Biomedical Engineering


Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics (ASBLab) Laboratory. Dr. Nejat is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She received both her BASc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Nejat is a world renowned expert in developing intelligent service/personal robots for applications in health, elderly care, emergency response, search and rescue, security and surveillance, and manufacturing. A major goal of her research is to develop and integrate intelligent socially assistive robots for assistive human-robot interactions (HRI) in healthcare facilities, private homes and for high stress and dangerous jobs. Dr. Nejat’s research is leading the development of intelligent assistive robotic aids that can meet the challenges posed by an aging population. She collaborates with international researchers, healthcare experts and healthcare facilities to develop robots and devices that can be effectively transferred and integrated into people’s everyday lives. Dr. Nejat is helping to change the face of robotics and her work is at the forefront of robotics research. Her research is constantly pushing the envelope of the capabilities of current robots.

In 2008, Dr. Nejat received an NSERC University Faculty Award. She also received the 2012 Professional Engineers of Ontario Young Engineer Medal and the 2013 Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award, both awards are for her exceptional achievements in the field of robotics at a young age.
A. Wilhelm Neumann, Dr.Rer.Nat.

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Thermodynamics of contact angles, wetting and adhesion generalization of the classical theory of capillarity to high curvature situations; Applications of Digital Image Analysis and Processing to interfacial tension and other surface science problems; Modelling of cell and protein adhesion to synthetic and natural biomaterials; Applications of surface thermodynamics to biotechnological problems.

Laboratory: Applied Surface Thermodynamics (LAST) Laboratory

Email: neumann@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3052 | Office: HA301

Research Areas

  1. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  2. Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Neumann has received his Dr.rer.nat in Chemical Physics, at University of Mainz, Germany in 1962, his habilitation in Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, at University of Stuttgart, Germany, 1972. He is currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto.

During his career he has produced approximately 450 publications. His research interests include: Fundamental surface thermodynamic studies from both experimental and theoretical points of view, including: contact angle phenomena and surface energetic; Development of novel methodologies in applied surface thermodynamics: Application of image analysis and computer-aided techniques in measurements of surface thermodynamic properties such as surface tension, contact angle, and line tension; Applications of thermodynamics to process of biomedical relevance: Novel methodology for the energetic characterization of biosurfaces, most recently in lung physiology, specifically the role and function of lung surfactants.