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, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Biomedical Engineering


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.

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


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
Dean’s Catalyst Professor
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: MY794

Research Areas

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


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 to 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.