Faculty

Ridha Ben Mrad, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Mechatronics; precision design; smart materials; piezoceramics; thin film piezoelectrics; nonlinear and real-time control; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microfluidics.

Laboratory: Mechatronics and Microsystems Design (MMDL)

Email: rbenmrad@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0689 | Office: MC224

Research Areas

  1. Robotics
  2. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Applied Mechanics and Design

Biosketch

R. Ben Mrad, P.Eng., FCSME, is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He joined the University in 1997, having previously held research positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan. He received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994.

Professor Ben Mrad’s research interests are Mechatronics and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) with a special focus on the design of pieozceramic actuators and sensors, microactuators and microfluidic systems, MEMS fabrication, thin film pieozoelectrics and development of smart materials based devices. His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 9 US patents/patent applications. He has supervised the research of over 55 graduate students and researchers, received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002, and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 and 2015.

He serves on the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Grants Committee (2008-2011), chairs the IEEE Industrial Electronics Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology, and serves on the Executive Board of the CanSmart Group. He is currently a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Editor of IE Tech News, and serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE/ASME JMEMS. He was also a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He also served as a founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-11).
Beno Benhabib, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Design and mathematical analysis of modular and multi-arm robots; machine vision; robotic sensors; supervisory control of manufacturing systems; automatic quality control; computer aided design.

Laboratories:
Manufacturing Instrumentation & Virtual Manufacturing (MIVM) Laboratory
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory (CIMLab)

Email: benhabib@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3447 | Office: MC417

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Robotics
  4. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  5. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Beno Benhabib, P.Eng., joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1986, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are in the area of design and control of intelligent autonomous systems. He is also a member of the NSERC Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in Machining Technology. His research in the past 25 years was supported by over 100 Masters and Doctoral Students, as well as a large number Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Engineers, with an overall funding level of almost $4M. Their combined effort has resulted in over 325 international journal and conference publications, as well as several book chapters. He is also the author of the book Manufacturing: Design, Production, Automation, and Integration.

Professor Benhabib serves as the Editor-at-Large, Americas, for the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, and as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Quality and Standards. He is also a member in the Canadian Council for Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, as well as in the Mechatronics Technical Committee, the International Federation of the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms.
Amy Bilton, PhD, P.Eng.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director of the Center for Global Engineering (CGEN)

Research: Energy systems; water purification and desalination; design for the developing world; computer-aided design methods; design optimization under uncertainty; control system design.

Laboratory: Water and Energy Research Laboratory (WERL)

Email: bilton@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0622 | Office: MC311

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Robotics
  3. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  4. Energy and Environmental Engineering

Biosketch

Amy Bilton joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering as an Assistant Professor in January 2014. She completed her BASc at the University of Toronto in Engineering Science (Aerospace Option) and her MS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautics and Astronautics. After completing her MS, Dr. Bilton worked as a Systems Engineer at Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell Aerospace. She then returned MIT where she completed her PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics and continued as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Dr. Bilton's research lies at the intersection of developing theoretical design and control techniques and developing new physical electromechanical systems. Applications of her research include water purification systems, desalination systems, and renewable energy. Her current work is focused on deployment of a newly developed solar-powered water purification system in the developing world.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Micro-scale robotics; bio-inspired design; magnetic actuation; dynamics and control; mobile robotics; manipulation; wireless actuation; non-invasive medical devices.

Laboratory: Microrobotics Laboratory

Email: ediller@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-1214 | Office: MC310

Research Areas

  1. Robotics
  2. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Applied Mechanics and Design

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Eric Diller received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, where he continued as a postdoctoral researcher before joining the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in 2014.

Dr. Diller’s work focuses on micro-scale robotics and bio-inspired novel locomotion systems, and features fabrication and control relating to remote actuation of micro-scale devices using magnetic fields, micro-scale robotic manipulation, smart materials, and swimming at low Reynolds number. He received first place in the NIST Mobile Microrobotics Microassembly Challenge in 2012 in St. Paul, MN and received the G. Sundback Graduate Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.
Andrew A. Goldenberg, PhD, PEng, FAAAS, FIEEE, FASME, FEIC, FCAE

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Consulting Engineer

Research: Mobile robots for defense and security; Industrial robots for manufacturing and modular robot arms for space applications; Custom robotics for nuclear plants, gas pipes, and laboratory automation; Robots for image-guided medical surgery; Personal robots for remote telecommunication, domestic help, and private security.

Laboratory: Robotics and Automation Laboratory (RAL)

Email: golden@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-595-5519- | Office: N/A

Research Areas

  1. Robotics
  2. Mechatronics and Instrumentation

Biosketch

Dr. Goldenberg is the founder of the field of Robotics at University of Toronto where he has been since 1982 as a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, cross appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and previously cross-appointed in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Goldenberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University and Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P.R. China. From 1975-1981 Dr. Goldenberg has been an employee of SPAR Aerospace Ltd., of Toronto, working on the development of the first Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (Canadarm).

Dr. Goldenberg has supervised the largest number of graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (46 PhD and 64 MASc). He has an exceptional publication recordwith over 4500 citations (128 archival journal papers, 294 papers in major conferences, 15 book chapters and 55 patents granted and applied). The citations count is the highest in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and one of the highest in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

Though now a Professor Emeritus, since 2011, he maintains a full time load of graduate students and research. He is currently involved in technology development projects that include: mobile and modular robots, medical surgery robots, robots for hazardous environments, smart materials, and expert systems.

Dr. Andrew Goldenberg, PhD, is the founder and President of Engineering Services Inc. (ESI) - www.esit.com, established in 1982. ESI is a high-technology company involved in the development of robotics-based automation. Under his leadership the company has achieved significant growth and a global leading role in a wide range of industrial sectors. From 2000-2001 Dr. Goldenberg was also the President of Virtek Engineering Science Inc. (VESI), a high-technology company formed after the acquisition of part of ESI by Virtek Vision International Ltd., a publicly-listed company. Dr. Goldenberg is also President of Anviv Mechatronics Inc. (AMI), which he founded in 2006. Anviv is a high-technology company involved in the development of mechatronics products. Since May 2015 ESI has been acquired by a Chinese consortium located in Shenzhen, P.R. China. Dr. Goldenberg is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEng), and a Designated Consulting Engineer in Ontario. He is the recipient of the 2010 PEO Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship and the 2013 EIC Sir John Kennedy Medal for Outstanding Merit in the Engineering Profession.

Dr. Goldenberg is a former editor of the archival international journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and a member of the editorial boards of Robotica, Robotics in Japan, Journal of Robotics, Robotics Journal, Scientific World Journal, Industrial Engineering and Management Journal, SOJ Robotics and Automation and International Journal of Automation and Computing.

Dr. Goldenberg obtained his PhD in 1976 from the University of Toronto, and his MSc and BSc degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1969 and 1972, respectively. Dr. Goldenberg was born in Bucharest, Romania.

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

Biosketch

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

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

Biosketch

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.
Yu Sun, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME, FEIC, FASME, FCAE, FIEEE, FAAAS

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. Robotics
  2. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. Biomedical Engineering

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.