Faculty

Mohini Sain, PhD, Dr.hc, FRSC (UK), FCAE, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing

Research: Bionanotechnology, Bio-inspired Advanced Materials, Functional and Lightweight Carbon/Biocarbon Materials

Email: m.sain@utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-3191 | Office: 33 Willcocks Street

Biosketch

Professor Mohini M. Sain is the founding director of the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing at the University of Toronto (U of T). He is the former Dean of U of T's Faculty of Forestry and is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at U of T's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering as well as the Faculty of Forestry.

Sain received his doctoral degree in 1988 under UNESCO award. In the last 30 years of his professional career he has received numerous awards, including the recent Canadian Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017. His work on Biocar has been chosen as one of the top two world changing ideas by Torontonians in 2009 by Toronto Life magazine. His work on advanced biomaterials and nanocellulose technology has made him one of the world’s top researchers in transforming research to business. His current research interests include fuzzy neuro-network in next gen transportation, bio-nano cellulose and carbon material for functional materials, low carbon and carbon-negative technology development for construction and advanced potable electronic devices. Based on ResearchGate, the largest social networking site for researchers, Sain is among the top 2.5% of researchers worldwide.

Sain has published over 400 peer reviewed research papers in a wide spectrum of international journals, and owns over 30 patents related to the development of processing techniques and advanced materials. His current h-index is over 50, RG index is 49 and citations are greater than 17,000. He has also co-authored/edited seven books, two of which are best sellers. Sain has working experience in various countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, USA, Canada and India, besides Singapore.

Sain is highly regarded for his unique ability to transform research to commercialization. His students own multiple spin-off companies covered by his research work including Greencore Inc., GreenNano Technologies Inc. and Nature Affinity Inc. To date, Sain has made more than 50 technology transfers to industries and has helped create new companies for products ranging from biomedical devices to packaging to flexible electronics to building and transportation materials.

Sain’s research activities are documented by global television networks, magazines and radio interviews. He is involved in many global strategic research policy developments, standardizations and research-funding strategic councils in an advisory role. He is a highly acclaimed engineering consultant in materials engineering and works with almost 100 companies worldwide. Sain is a leader in creating non-profit organizations that are highly meaningful to society at large. He is the founding member of the Canadian Natural Composites Council, the Ontario BioAuto Council, the Ontario-Jianshu Nano-Innovation Centre in Suzhou, China and more. He has championed the global WPC industry by actively pursuing his global vision for the emerging green industry and has helped grow this industry to over a one-billion-dollar market.

Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Machine Learning and Large-scale Data Analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Information Retrieval, Social Media, Recommender Systems, Sequential Decision Optimization, Operations Research, Smart Cities Applications.

Laboratory: Data-Driven Decision Making Lab (D3M)

Email: ssanner@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-4871 | Office: BA8104

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering

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Scott Sanner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. Previously Scott was an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University and before that he was a Principal Researcher at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Adjunct Faculty at the Australian National University. Scott earned a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (2008), an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University (2002), and a double BS in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (1999). Scott's research spans a broad range of topics from the data-driven fields of Machine Learning and Information Retrieval to the decision-driven fields of Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research. Scott has applied the analytic and algorithmic tools from these fields to diverse application areas such as recommender systems, interactive text visualization, and Smart Cities applications including transport optimization. Scott has served as Program Co-chair for the 26th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), member of the Editorial Board for the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) and the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ), and Electronic Editor for the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR). Scott was a co-recipient of the 2014 AIJ Prominent Paper Award.

Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering

Research: Data-driven stochastic modelling; optimal control; queueing theory; service and healthcare operations.

Email: sarhangian@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-4020 | Office: BA 8108

Research Areas

  1. Operations Research

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Vahid Sarhangian holds a PhD in Operations Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (2015). Before joining MIE, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the division of Decision, Risk, and Operations at Columbia Business School (2015-2017). Professor Sarhangian’s primary research interests are in data-driven modelling and optimal control of stochastic processing networks that arise in healthcare and service delivery systems. His current research focuses on supply chain management of blood products, and developing analytical models of patient flow in hospitals with the goal of reducing patients’ waiting times and improving health outcomes.
Li Shu, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Wallace G. Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design

Research: Creativity in conceptual design; Systematic identification and application of biological analogies in biomimetic (biologically inspired) design; Identifying and overcoming obstacles to personal environmentally significant behavior.

Laboratory: Psychology-Informed Engineering Design (PIED) Laboratory

Email: shu@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-3028 | Office: MC420

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Human Factors/Ergonomics
  4. Energy and Environmental Engineering

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Professor Shu obtained graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in the fields of human-computer interaction in computer-aided design (SM) and design for remanufacture as an approach to environmentally responsible product design (PhD). Professor Shu’s current research focus is designing products that enable environmentally conscious (also known as pro-environmental or sustainable) behavior in consumers.

Professor Shu is active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), serving as the DTM (Design Theory and Methodology) Committee Chair in 2009, DTM Conference Chair in 2008, and DTM Program Chair in 2007. Professor Shu is a fellow of the CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering Research), and was awarded the CIRP F.W. Taylor Medal Award in 2004. Professor Shu also served on the Advisory Board of the Design Society from 2003-2009 and is on the advisory board/program committee for several international design conferences and editorial board for several journals.

Professor Shu has spent research stays at AlliedSignal Aerospace Canada Inc., in Etobicoke, Ontario; Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York; Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, California; Naval Training Systems Center, Orlando, Florida; and the Technical University of Denmark.
Craig A. Simmons, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
U of T Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology

Research: Cellular mechanobiology; cell, tissue and biomaterial micromechanics; design and application of microdevices that mimic complex physiological environments.

Laboratory: Simmons Lab for Cellular Mechanobiology

Email: simmons@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0548 | Office: 661 University‎, 14th floor

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design

Biosketch

Craig Simmons is the University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as the Scientific Director of the University of Toronto Translational Biology and Engineering Program in the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.

Craig received his B.Sc. (Eng.) from the University of Guelph (1991), S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994), and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2000). He then completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan (2000-2002) and an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (2002-2004) before returning to the University of Toronto faculty in 2005.

Craig leads a talented group of researchers and students to discover new treatments for heart valve, heart muscle, and blood vessel diseases, including strategies to regenerate cardiovascular tissues using stem cells and biomaterials. His group also creates novel microfluidic platforms to model vascularized tissues and organs for improved drug testing.

Craig was the Canada Research Chair in Mechanobiology from 2006-2016 and is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, the McCharles Prize and McLean Award from the University of Toronto, the 2015 CP Has Heart Cardiovascular Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the 2017 Professional Engineers of Ontario Research & Development Engineering Medal. He has also been recognized for exceptional teaching by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering with the 2009 Early Career Teaching Award, the 2015 Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Teaching Award, and the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award, and with the 2017 Northrop Frye Award awarded by the University of Toronto for excellence in linking teaching and research.
Anthony N. Sinclair, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, MAGNA/SCFI M.Eng. program

Research: Non-destructive material characterization by means of ultrasound with applications to nuclear power plants, aerospace, oil/gas pipelines, protective coatings, welds, material interfaces; ultrasonic phased arrays; signal processing and image enhancement.

Laboratory: Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation (UNDEL)

Email: sinclair@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-6953 | Office: MC415

Research Areas

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

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Tony Sinclair is a professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research specialty is Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), with a focus on image enhancement via signal processing, phased arrays, precise measurement of defect size, ultrasonic transducer design, and characterization of material interfaces. His work involves a combination of experimental and numerical modeling techniques, reported in over 200 journal and conference publications, and technical reports. Sponsors of current and past projects have included Ontario Hydro/OPG, NSERC, Pratt & Whitney Canada, NRC Institute for Aerospace Research, Rockwell International, Sigmabond Technologies, Cercast Aluminum, Tower Automotive, Atomic Energy of Canada, DRDC, MITACS, Hatch, Alcan International, ANDEC Manufacturing, Olympus NDT Canada, Advanced Measurement and Analysis Group, Eclipse Scientific, and Groupe Mequaltech.

Tony Sinclair is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), and was Chair of the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, 2004-2009. He is a past winner of the Faculty Teaching Award for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at U of T. He is on the editorial board of NDT&E International, and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates, plus 90 undergraduate thesis students.
David Sinton, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME, FASME, FEIC, FAAAS

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Energy

Research: Energy; environment; fluid mechanics; microfluidics; nanofluidics; carbon management; CO2-to-products; renewable fuels.

Laboratory: Sinton Lab - Fluidics & Energy

Email: sinton@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-1623 | Office: MC226

Research Areas

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

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David Sinton is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microfluidics and Energy. He was the Associate Chair of Research in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as well as the Interim Vice-Dean of Research in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a BASc from University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and PhD from University of Toronto.

The Sinton Lab develops fluid systems for applications in energy and analysis. The group is application-driven and is currently developing fluid systems to produce renewable fuels from CO2, to develop energy efficient industrial working fluids, and to quantify the environmental impacts of future climate conditions. The group previously developed a library of industrial fluid testing systems to improve chemical performance in the energy industry, now commercialized through the startup Interface Fluidics Ltd.

Dr. Sinton was selected to be an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recent University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Lab on a Chip.

Jan K. Spelt, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Mechanics of materials and manufacturing processes; microelectronics packaging; adhesive bonding; erosion and wear in manufacturing; abrasive jet micromachining; wood-based materials; tribology.

Laboratory: Mechanics of Materials and Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Email: spelt@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5435 | Office: MC314
David A. Steinman, PhD, P.Eng., FASME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Hemodynamic factors in cardiovascular disease; integration of medical imaging and computational fluid dynamics (CFD); simulation of medical imaging; flow visualization; intersection of science and engineering with the arts and humanities.

Laboratory: Biomedical Simulation Laboratory (BSL)

Email: steinman@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-7781 | Office: MC333

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering

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Professor Steinman completed his doctoral studies in Computational Hemodynamics at the University of Toronto in 1993. From 1993-1996 he did postdoctoral work in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, after which he became a Robarts Scientist and Assistant then Associate Professor of Medical Biophysics and Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. In 2005 he returned to the University of Toronto, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Professor Steinman is recognized as a pioneer in the integration of medical imaging and computational modelling, and their use in the study of cardiovascular disease development, diagnosis and treatment. His current research focuses on improving rupture risk prediction for cerebral aneurysms; elucidating the nature of turbulence in blood flow; developing an interactive ultrasound training simulator; and developing ‘art-inspired’ flow visualization and sonification techniques. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers, and is the co-founder of the widely-used Vascular Modelling ToolKit. He was previously an Associate Editor for ASME's Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and is currently on the review boards of several international journals, as well as Associate Editor for BMES’s Cardiovascular Engineering & Technology. He was Chair of the Fluids Committee for ASME's Bioengineering Division, and in 2012 was elected Fellow of the ASME. Professor Steinman has also been the recipient of New, Mid-Career, and Career Investigator salary awards from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Pierre E. Sullivan, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Turbulent flows; analytical models based on organized structures in steady and nonsteady flows; turbulent flow in spark ignition engines with laser doppler velocimetry; fibre slurries in high turbulence environments; development of improved PIV and PTV algorithms.

Laboratory: Turbulence Research Lab

Email: sullivan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3110 | Office: MC225

Research Areas

  1. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Energy and Environmental Engineering

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Professor Pierre Sullivan's research interests span flow phenomena, energy conservation and micro-scale electrohydrodynamics. His work has examined novel physical insight into the area of micro-scale jets and electrowetting on dielectric droplet motion. In aerodynamic control, was initiated with acoustic control leading to the current work installing synthetic jets directly onto the wing. This work is focused on low-speed (1-5 kW) wind turbines and micro-air vehicles. This work has included difficult near-wall measurements, flow visualization and careful analysis to describe the actions of the two control mechanisms.

Most interestingly, his group has found a dependence on Reynolds number that allowed the identification of fundamental frequencies important to the shear layer vortices. This improves control schemes for the devices. In addition to this, through a number of collaborations he has embarked on an experimental and numerical study of bileaflet mechanical heart valves. He has developed a unique well-validated particle image velocimetry dataset that is much larger than any previously available and has made this available as an open dataset. This work has recently been modeled with Large Eddy Simulation to fully characterize difficult to measure turbulent stresses and statistics.

Professor Sullivan was named fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2012. He completed his BSME and MSME from Clarkson University in 1988 and 1991 respectively, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in 1995.
Yu Sun, PhD, P.Eng., FIEEE, FASME, FAAAS, FNAI, FCSME, FEIC, FCAE

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Engineering Systems

Research: Robotics and automation at micro-nanometer scales; Precision instrumentation; MEMS and microfluidics; Cell mechanobiology; Experimental cell mechanics and nanomechanics; Manipulation and characterization of cells, molecules, and nanomaterials.

Laboratory: Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory (AMNL)

Email: sun@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0549 | Office: MC419

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation

Biosketch

Yu Sun is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) and is jointly appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Toronto (U of T). He is the Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Engineering Systems. Professor Sun is a former Director of U of T’s central Nanofabrication Centre. He received his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2003. His postdoc training was at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich).

His Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Lab designs and constructs enabling micro and nanosystems (e.g., micro-nano robotic systems and MEMS/microfluidic devices) for automated operation at the micro and nanometer scales. The team manipulates, characterizes, and senses cells, molecules, and nanomaterials for both fundamental studies (e.g., mechanobiology, development biology, and nanomechanics) and clinical/industrial applications (IVF cell surgery, rare cell isolation, blood cell testing, drug screen, and precision instrumentation for industrial automation).

Sun is on the editorial boards of several IEEE Transactions, two Nature sponsored journals (Scientific Reports; Microsystems & Nanoengineering), and the IoP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. He was the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award recipient in 2010 “for contributions to enabling microrobotic and MEMS technologies for automated cell manipulation and characterization in cell biology and clinical applications”. In 2013, he was awarded an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship as one of the six awardees selected from across all fields of natural sciences and engineering across Canada. He was elected Fellow of CSME (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering), EIC (Engineering Institute of Canada), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and CAE (Canadian Academy of Engineering) for his work on micro-nano devices and robotic systems.