Murray J. Thomson, PhD, P.Eng. FEIC, FCSME, FCAE

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, NSERC CREATE Program in Clean Combustion Engines

Research: Alternative energy; combustion experiments and modelling; biofuel flames and engines; air pollution formation and control; spectroscopy and optical sensors.

Laboratory: Combustion Research Laboratory (CRL)

Email: murray.thomson@utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-573-1022 | Office: MC335

Research Areas

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


Dr. Murray Thomson is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is the Director of the Combustion Research Laboratory. He is also cross-appointed with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. He received a BEng from McGill University (1986) and PhD from University of California, Berkeley (1994).

Professor Thomson is the Director of the NSERC CREATE Program in Clean Combustion Engines. He is on the organizing committee of the biennial International Sooting Flame Workshop, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Section of the Combustion Institute. He is a member of the Research Management Committee and a Theme Leader of the BiofuelNet Canada NSERC National Centre of Excellence.

Professor Thomson’s research is in the area of combustion with a focus on pollutant formation, biofuels, combustion modeling and optical sensors. He has supervised the thesis research of 61 graduate students and published 62 journal publications. He has developed 4 sensors that had patent applications and were commercialised with Canadian partner companies (Tenova, Unisearch and Resonance). He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).
Marianne Touchie, PhD, P.Eng.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Building science; building energy use; indoor environmental quality; thermal comfort; energy modeling; building environmental monitoring; building retrofits; occupant behavior; heat pump technology; low-energy buildings.

Laboratory: Building Energy and Indoor Environment (BEIE) Lab

Email: touchie@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5919 | Office: GB314B

Research Areas

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


Marianne Touchie joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in July 2016 and is cross-appointed in the Departments of Civil Engineering and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. She completed her BASc (2009) and PhD (2014) in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr. Touchhie became the Building Research Manager at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. Dr. Touchie’s research focuses on improving the energy performance and indoor environmental quality of existing buildings to make them more comfortable, healthy and sustainable through comprehensive retrofits. This work includes monitoring and characterizing building energy performance and environmental parameters such as temperature, mean radiant temperature, relative humidity, air velocity and leakage, lighting levels and contaminant concentrations to determine the influence of potential retrofit approaches, both active and passive. Much of her research has been in the multi-unit residential sector and particularly social housing buildings. Dr. Touchie is also the Academic Director and Chair of the Building Science Specialist of Ontario (BSSO) Committee for the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) and the Vice-Chair for the ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.1 Physiology and Human Environment.