Faculty

Susan McCahan, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education

Research: Design of the engineering learning environment for accessibility and
inclusivity; Universal instructional design; Conceptualizing the learning environment as an information system.

Laboratory: Engineering Learning Environment Design Group

Email: mccahan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-0490 | Office: BA1007

Research Areas

  1. Information Engineering
  2. Human Factors/Ergonomics

Biosketch

Susan McCahan is currently the Vice Dean, Undergraduate in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. She joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Toronto in 1992. From 2006 to 2011 she served as Chair of First Year for the Faculty. Her research area is energy systems and engineering education. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of contributions to engineering education has been the recipient of several major teaching awards including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship and the Medal of Distinction in Engineering Education from Engineers Canada. She was also part of the team of instructors that received the Alan Blizzard Award for collaborative teaching in 2007. She has developed and taught courses on energy systems, heat transfer, and combustion. Professor McCahan's current research focuses on the design of the engineering education environment.

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

Biosketch

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.
Li Shu, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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: SHUlab

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

Research Areas

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

Biosketch

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.