Faculty

Kamran Behdinan, PhD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design
Director, Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI)

Research: Design of lightweight airframe structures; characterization, modeling, and analysis of advanced materials and structures; MDO of aerospace/automotive systems; bridging FE-MD method for multi-scale modeling of solids; application of biofuel in aviation (material compatibility).

Laboratories:
Advanced Research Lab for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures (ARL-MLS)
Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE)

Email: behdinan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-3631 | Office: MB 116

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Professor Kamran Behdinan earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 1996, and has considerable experience in both academic and industrial settings. Dr. Behdinan was appointed to the academic staff of Ryerson University in 1998, tenured and promoted to the level of associate professor in 2002 and subsequently to the level of Professor in 2007 and served as the director of the aerospace engineering program (2002-03), and the founding Chair of the newly established Department of Aerospace Engineering (2007-03 and 2007-11). He has joined the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, in the rank of Full Professor in September 2011. He is the NSERC Chair in Multidisciplinary Engineering Design, sponsored by NSERC, University of Toronto, and thirteen companies including Bomabardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Goodrich, Magna, Ford, and DRDC Toronto. He is the founding director of the Institute for Multidisciplinary Design & Innovation (UT-IMDI) an industry centred project-based learning institute in partnership with major aerospace and automotive companies.

Professor Behdinan is the past President of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (2010-2012), and served as a member of the technical and scholarship committees of the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory. He is the founding director and principal Advanced Research Laboratory for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Research Fund.

His research interests include design and development of light-weight structures for aerospace, automotive, and nuclear applications, multidisciplinary design optimization of aerospace and automotive systems, multi-scale simulation of nano-structured materials and composites at elevated temperature. He has supervised 17 PhDs, 60 Masters, and 9 postdoctoral fellows. He has also published more than 90 peer-reviewed journal papers and 140 conference papers, and 6 book chapters. He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and recognitions such as the Research fellow of Pratt & Whitney Canada, fellow of the CSME, and the Ryerson FEAS research awards in 2004 and 2010.
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. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Robotics
  5. Mechatronics and Instrumentation

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.
Tobin Filleter, PhD, P.Eng.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Erwin Edward Hart Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Research: Nanomechanics of advanced materials; Nanotribology of ultrathin films and lubricants; MEMS based in-situ SEM/TEM characterization; Energy efficient nanomaterials; Multiscale mechanics of hierarchical fibers/composites; Tribology of MEMS/NEMS.

Laboratory: NanoMechanics and Materials Laboratory (NanoM2)

Email: filleter@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5877 | Office: MB115

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Tobin Filleter is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the MIE department at U of T, Dr. Filleter was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University (2009-2012). Dr. Filleter received a BSc (Eng.) in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University (2003) and PhD in Physics from McGill University (2009). During his PhD Dr. Filleter also spent time in Germany as a visiting scientist at the INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials.

Professor Filleter's research interests are in nanomechanics and nanotribology. Specific areas of research include size-scale plasticity in nanostructures, energy efficient nanomaterials, friction and wear of ultrathin films, in-situ electron microscopy testing, MEMS, and multi-scale mechanics. He has authored papers in many top international journals including Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Small, and Physical Review Letters. He is the recipient of several major awards including the 2014 I.W. Smith Award.

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

Research: Fluid flow and transport at small length scales; organized soft materials; microsystems design; micro and nanofabrication; fluidic microprocessors; high-throughput screening; small blood vessel structure and function.

Laboratory: Guenther Lab – Fluidic Microprocessors for Life & Material Sciences

Email: guenther@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-1282 | Office: MC416

Research Areas

  1. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
  2. Biomedical Engineering
  3. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

The Guenther Research Group draws from the areas of fluid mechanics, colloidal material synthesis, as well as micro/nanofabrication. We investigate fundamentals of transport processes associated with micro/nanoscale flows and aim at translating these fundamentals into unique and powerful technical solutions. We are particularly interested in realizing dynamically changing microenvironments for applications in materials science and biomedicine. Current applications include the controlled preparation of colloidal nanostructures in microreactors, high-throughput platforms for functional tests of small blood vessels with relevance to biopharmaceutical drug discovery, and microfluidic strategies for probing cellular decision processes.
Olivera Kesler, ScD, P.Eng.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cell Materials and Manufacturing

Research: Solid oxide fuel cells; fuel cell materials and manufacturing; graded and multi-layered materials; plasma spray and sol gel processing; increasing reliability; durability and decreasing cost of clean energy conversion technologies.

Laboratory: Fuel Cell Materials and Manufacturing Lab

Email: kesler@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3835 | Office: MC332

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Energy and Environmental Engineering

Biosketch

Olivera Kesler joined the University of Toronto in 2007 and initiated the Fuel Cell Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory, FCMML. The goal of all of the research work in FCMML is to enhance environmental sustainability by developing cleaner energy conversion technologies that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions compared to combustion-based power generation methods. Research projects are conceived with the goal of tackling the largest challenges preventing the widespread use of fuel cell technologies – cost, durability, and reliability. The ultimate objective of the work is to facilitate the widest and fastest possible adoption of cleaner energy conversion technologies in order to maximize their environmental benefit.

The main focus of the research in FCMML is on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. SOFCs are the most efficient known energy conversion device for the production of electricity from a variety of fuels, including renewable biomass, hydrogen, or natural gas, with no smog-forming emissions. However, their use remains severely limited by high costs, as well as by low durability and reliability. Current projects are aimed at drastically lowering the cost and improving the durability of fuel cells through the use of new materials and processing techniques to produce fuel cells more rapidly using a process that is easily scaleable for mass production. Work is also focused on understanding the electrochemical performance and degradation behaviour of SOFCs, in order to develop strategies to increase their durability.
Andreas Mandelis, PhD, LEL, FRSC, FCAE, FAAAS, FASME, FAPS, FSPIE

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies
Director, CADIFT

Research: Thermal and optoelectronic non-destructive techniques (thermophysics and photovoltaics); biothermophotonic and biophotoacoustic imaging science and instrumentation; cancer, dental caries, bone and blood glucose diagnostics.

Laboratory: Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave and Photoacoustic Technologies (CADIPT)

Email: mandelis@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5106 | Office: MC334

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
  3. Energy and Environmental Engineering
  4. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Professor Andreas Mandelis is a Full Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. Dr. Mandelis’ fundamental research interests are focused on studies of physical processes in condensed and biological matter as they impact instrumentation science and signal generation. Examples are thermophysics, non-radiative and radiative physics of electronic, optical and biomedical materials, photoacoustic, photothermal and diffusion-wave phenomena in manufactured, electronic, biological and photonic media. Current interests include building theoretical and experimental system foundations of biothermophotonic and biophotoacoustic transport phenomena and frequency-domain instrumentation for imaging in hard (dental, bone) and soft tissues, novel biosensors and high-performance diagnostic imaging techniques. Culminating in his work on the foundations of the field of photoacoustic and diffusion waves in matter, his applied research interests span all aspects of instrumentation and measurement development for photoacoustic, photothermal, and diffusion-wave high-precision, high-dynamic-range analytical techniques leading to advanced non-destructive (non-invasive) inspection and monitoring technologies. Current application examples are in the fields of alternative energy conversion devices (e.g. solar cells, nano-optoelectronic devices), industrial manufactured products (steels, metal composites) and biomedical and dental diagnostics with major focus on advanced dynamic imaging instrumentation.

Professor Mandelis is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies and a Fellow in the Academy of Sciences of The Royal Society of Canada. He has been selected for the Alexander von Humboldt Professor Award twice (in 2003 and 2012). He is the 2007 (inaugural) recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Discovery Award in Science and Engineering. He received the ASME 2009 Yeram Touloukian Award (and Medal) in Thermophysics, the Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association, and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics. In 2010 he was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2012 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science and of the CAP-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. In 2013 he was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 University of Toronto Inventors of the Year Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the APS, the SPIE, the AAAS and the ASME.
Shaker A. Meguid, PhD, P.Eng., CEng, SAIAA (Lifetime), FIMechE, FASME, FEIC

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Aircraft design; multifunctional nanocomposites; NEMS beam switches; computational nanomechanics; multiscale modelling; coupled field problems; smart materials; dielectric elastomers; fracture & failure analysis; crashworthiness.

Laboratory: Mechanics and Aerospace Design Laboratory (MADL)

Email: meguid@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5741 | Office: MB102

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Professor Shaker Meguid obtained his PhD in Applied Mechanics from UMIST, England. He taught different branches of Applied Mechanics in 4 continents, including Oxford University, Cranfield University (England), University of Toronto, Cairo University (Egypt) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU-Singapore). His research activities have contributed significantly to the areas of nanoengineering, computational mechanics, advanced and smart composites, fracture mechanics and failure prevention. He has published over 400 papers in leading tier-1 scientific journals and international conferences and symposia including the most recently the 4th International Conference on Integrity, Reliability and Failure in June 2013. He not only organised but also contributed to numerous symposia as keynote and plenary speaker. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design, Guest Editor to a number of Journals, Former Technical Associate Editor, for two consecutive terms, of ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, and a member of the editorial board of numerous journals. He is also the Editor of six international conference proceedings and author of two textbooks. Professor Meguid is the founding head of the Aerospace Division of NTU, Singapore. He holds the titles of Distinguished Visiting Professor in Tongji University (China), Porto University (Portugal), external examiner to Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), University of Putra Malaysia (Malaysia), and an Engineering Consultant to the United Nations. He is a lifetime member of AIAA, member of the American Academy of Mechanics, Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (P.Eng.), Chartered Engineer in Great Britain (CEng), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Fellow of IMechE. He works closely with the aerospace and automotive industries and is regularly approached by members of the media for clarification of engineering issues. Professor Meguid and his students have won many awards including the recent innovation award in nanoengineering by ASME. Professor Meguid is currently hosted by Peking University as Globex Fellow to teach Mechanics of Solids under the Global Exchange Program.

Recent Publications

2014

Y.L. Li, S.A. Meguid, Y.M. Fu, D.L. Xu, “Nonlinear Analysis of Thermally and Electrically Actuated Functionally Graded Material Microbeam”, Proc. R. Soc. A, 470 (2162), 20130473, 2014.

S.I. Kundalwal, M.C. Ray and S.A. Meguid, “Shear Lag Model for Regularly Staggered Short Fuzzy Fiber Reinforced Composite”, J Appl Mech-T ASME, Accepted June 1, 2014.

Z. Chen, F. Yang, S.A. Meguid, “Three Dimensional Finite Element Simulations of Arc-Height Development in Shot-Peened Almen Strip”, ASME J. Eng. Mater. Technol., Accepted April 19, 2014.

X.W. Yin, P. Verberne and S.A. Meguid, “Multiphysics Modelling of the Coupled Behaviour of Precision-Guided Projectiles Subjected to Intense Shock Loads”, Int J Mech Mater Des, DOI 10.1007/s10999-014-9255-0, 2014.

Y. Wang, G.J. Weng, S.A. Meguid and A.M.S. Hamouda, “A Continuum Model with a Percolation Threshold and Tunneling-Assisted Interfacial Conductivity for Carbon Nanotube-Based Nanocomposites”, J Appl Phys, 115, 193706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4878195, 2014.

J.M. Wernik and S.A. Meguid, “Multiscale Micromechanical Modeling of the Constitutive Response of Carbon Nanotube-Reinforced Structural Adhesives”, Int. J. Solid Struct., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.03.009, 2014.

S.A. Meguid, Z. Chen and F. Yang, “Effective Mitigation of Shock Loads in Embedded Electronic Packaging using Bi-layered Potting Materials”, ASME J Electron Packag, DOI:10.1115/1.4026542, 2014.

S.A. Meguid and F. Al Jahwari, “Modeling the Pull-out Test of Nanoreinforced Metallic Matrices using Molecular Dynamics”, Acta Mech, 225 (4-5), pp.1267-1275, 2014.

J.M. Wernik and S.A. Meguid, “On the Mechanical Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Epoxy Adhesives”, Mater. Des., 59, pp.19-52, 2014.

F. Yang, Z. Chen, S. A. Meguid and M. Guagliano, “Realistic 3D FE Modelling of Peening Residual Stresses of Strain-Rate Sensitive Materials with Oblique Incident Angles”, Experimental Mechanics, 8, pp.215-220, 2014.

F. Yang, Z. Chen and S.A. Meguid, “3D FE Modeling of Oblique Shot Peening using a New Periodic Cell Model”, Int J Mech Mater Des, 10 (2), pp.133-144, 2014.

2013

W.S. Bao, S.A. Meguid, Z.H. Zhu, Y. Pan and G. J. Weng, “Effect of Carbon Nanotube Geometry upon Tunneling Assisted Electrical Network in Nanocomposites”, J. Appl. Phys., 113 (23), 234313, 2013.

F. Yang and S.A. Meguid, "Efficient Multi-scale Modelling Technique for Determining Effective Board Drop Reliability of PCB Assembly”, Microelectron Reliab, 53 (7), pp.975-984, 2013.

S.A. Meguid, J.M. Wernik and F. Al Jahwari, "Toughening Mechanisms in Multiphase Nanocomposites", Int J Mech Mater Des, 9 (2), pp.115 - 125, 2013.

Y.L. Li, S.A. Meguid, Y.M. Fu and D.L Xu, “Unified Nonlinear Quasistatic and Dynamic Analysis of RF-MEMS Switches”, Acta Mech, 224, pp.1741–1755, 2013.

Y. Pan, G.J. Weng, S.A. Meguid, W.S. Bao, et al., “Interface Effects on the Viscoelastic Characteristics of Carbon Nanotube Polymer Matrix Composites”, Mech. Mater., 58, pp.1-11, 2013.

P.F. Yang, S.A. Meguid and X. Zhang, “Accurate Modelling of the Crush Behaviour of Thin Tubular Columns using Material Point Method”, Mechanics & Astronomy, 56 (6), pp.1209 - 1219, 2013.

2012

M.S. Attia, S.A. Meguid and H. Nouraei, “Nonlinear FEA of the Crush Behaviour of Functionally Graded Foam-Filled Columns”, Finite Elem Anal Des, 61, pp.50–59, 2012.

W. S. Bao, S. A. Meguid, Z. H. Zhu, and G. J. Weng, “Tunneling Resistance and its Effect on the Electrical Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites”, J. Appl. Phys., 111 (9), 093726, 2012.

J.M. Wernik, B.J. Cornwell-Mott and S.A. Meguid, “Determination of the Interfacial Properties of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polymer Composites using Atomistic-based Continuum Model”, Int J Solids Struct, 49 (13), pp.1852 – 1863, 2012.

Z.H. Zhu, M.A. Post and S.A. Meguid, “The Potential of Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Measurement of Residual Stresses by Modal Frequency Spacing using Leaky Lamb Waves”, Exp Mech, 52 (9), pp.1329 – 1339, 2012.

W.S. Bao, S.A. Meguid, et al., “A Novel Approach to Predict the Electrical Conductivity of Multifunctional Nanocomposites”, Mech. Mater., 46, pp.129 – 138, 2012.

V.P. Galantai, A.Y.N. Sofla, S.A. Meguid, “Bio-inspired Wing Morphing for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles using Intelligent Materials”, Int J Mech Mater Des, 8 (1), pp.71-79, 2012.

2011

Y. Pan, G.J. Weng, S.A. Meguid, et al., “Percolation Threshold and Electrical Conductivity of Two-Phase Composite Containing Randomly Oriented Ellipsoidal Inclusion”, J Appl Phys, 110 (12), pp.123715 - 123715-5, 2011.

W.S. Bao, S.A. Meguid, Z.H. Zhu, M.J. Meguid, “Modeling Electrical Conductivities of Nanocomposites with Aligned Carbon Nanotubes”, Nanotechnology, 22 (48), 485704, 2011.

F. Sabri and S.A. Meguid, “Flutter Boundary Prediction of an Adaptive Morphing Wing for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”, Int J Mech Mater Des, 7 (4), pp.307-312, 2011.

J. Hoover and S.A. Meguid, “Performance Assessment of the Suspended-Load Backpack”, Int J Mech Mater Des, 7 (2), pp.111-121, 2011.

A.I. Hussein, J. C. Stranart, S. A. Meguid and E. R. Bogoch, “Biomechanical Validation of Finite Element Models for Two Silicone Metacarpophalangeal Joint Implants”, J Biomed Eng-T ASME, 133 (2), 024501, 2011.

J.M. Wernik, and S.A. Meguid, “Recent Developments in Multifunctional Nanocomposites using Carbon Nanotubes”, Applied Mechanics Reviews, 63 (5), 050801 (40pages), 2011.

 

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

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.
Javad Mostaghimi, PhD, P.Eng., FAAAS, FIUPAC, FASME, FASM, FCSME, FCAE, FEIC, FRSC

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Distinguished Professor in Plasma Engineering
Director, Centre for Advanced Coatings Technologies (CACT)

Research: Advanced coatings, thermal plasmas; thermal spray coatings; arcs; radio-frequency inductively coupled plasmas; computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Laboratory: Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT)

Email: mostag@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-5604 | Office: BA8260

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering

Biosketch

Dr. Javad Mostaghimi is the Distinguished Professor in Plasma Engineering in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and the director of Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT). He received a BSc degree from Sharif University, Iran, in 1974, and MSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1978 and 1982, respectively. Before joining University of Toronto in 1990, he held positions at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueil, Quebec, and the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

His main research interests are the study of thermal spray coatings, transport phenomena and electromagnetics in thermal plasma sources; in particular, study of the flow, temperature, and electromagnetic fields within arcs and RF inductively coupled plasmas . Professor Mostaghimi has done extensive simulation of the dynamics of droplet impact and solidification in thermal spray processes and automotive spray painting.

Professor Mostaghimi is a fellow of the following professional societies: ASME, ASM, CSME, EIC, CAE, AAAS, and IUPAC. He is a recipient of the 75th Anniversary Medal of the ASME Heat Transfer Division, the recipient of the 2013 Robert W. Angus Medal of the CSME, 2012 Heat Transfer Memorial Award of the ASME, 2011 Jules Stachiewicz Medal of the CSME, 2010 NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize and the 2009 Engineering Medal in R & D from the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

He is a member of the editorial board of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing and a member of the International Review Board of the Journal of Thermal Spray.
Hani Naguib, PhD, P.Eng., CEng, FIOM3, FASME, FSPE, FSPIE, FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (TIAM)

Research: Manufacturing emerging materials; advanced manufacturing; smart and active materials; nanostructured polymers and composites; metamaterials and bio-based materials. Smart sensors and actuators, energy management materials, batteries and supercapacitors, artificial muscles, smart textiles.

Laboratory: Smart Polymers and Composites Lab (SAPL)

Email: naguib@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-7054 | Office: RS207A

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Hani Naguib is a Professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing TIAM. His research scope encompasses the area of advanced materials and manufacturing, and enabling materials and technologies. His major expertise is in the area of smart and active materials; nanostructured polymers and composites; and bio-based materials. His group has applied these materials in a range of industrial and health care technologies such as smart sensors and actuators, energy management materials, batteries and supercapacitors, artificial muscles, smart textiles, biomedical and clinical devices. The main goal of his research program is to develop sustainable and transformational materials and manufacturing for the energy management, and health care sectors.

Naguib is the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the Canada Research Chair, the Premier’s Early Research Award of Ontario, the Canada Foundation of Innovation, and the faculty Early Teaching Award. He is a Professional Engineer in Canada, a Chartered Engineer in U.K., a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining IOM3 in UK, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME, Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers SPE, Fellow of International Society of Optics and Photonics SPIE and Fellow of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers CSME. He has been serving on the technical divisions’ board of directors for the SPE, ASME and CSME and has been organizing and chairing various conferences, symposia and seminars in national and international conferences. Naguib is the Associate Editor of the IOP Journal of Smart Materials, Journal of Cellular Plastics and Cellular Polymers.

In addition to his research, Naguib is active in teaching topics in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, he has developed both undergraduate and graduate curricula covering series of courses and labs including: Materials Science, Mechanics of Materials, Smart Materials and Structures, Macromolecular Materials, Composite Materials and Advanced Manufacturing. He has also served as the associate chair undergraduate studies for the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.
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. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  3. Applied Mechanics and Design
  4. Robotics
  5. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  6. Human Factors/Ergonomics

Biosketch

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.
Chul B. Park, PhD, P.Eng., FRSC, FCAE, FKAST, FNAEK, FAAAS, FASME, FCSME, FEIC, FSPE

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Microcellular Engineered Plastics

Research: plastic foaming technology; fundamental understanding of foaming phenomena; computational modelling of foaming; super high R value foams; sound insulation foams, biodegradable foams; environmentally safeblowing agents.

Laboratory: Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory (MPML)

Email: park@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3053 | Office: RS210A

Research Areas

  1. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering

Biosketch

Chul B. Park is a world leader in the development of innovative, cost-effective technologies for the foamed plastics. Dr. Park has been extensively involved in industrial projects both in consulting and research contracts on various foam processes including microcellular processing, inert gas-injection processing, rotational foam molding, wood-fiber composites, and open-cell foams.

Since 1993, he directed the Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Toronto and has been involved in pioneering work on the concepts of microcellular foaming. The laboratory is recognized as the leading facility in the world for research and development of microcellular plastic foams.

Dr. Park’s innovative research in this area indicates that the successful production of microcellular automotive parts could have a major impact on industry. Metallic components, for example, could be replaced with plastic ones, resulting in crucial weight reduction; the introduction of microcellular foams could further reduce part weights, as well as production and operational costs. These weight reductions could also contribute to improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

For over a decade, he has led the Consortium for cellular and Microcellular Plastics (CCMCP) with 20+ industrial sponsors from Canada and around the world. The Consortium has developed state-of-the-art technologies for manufacturing process and production in plastic foaming, which have been widely adopted by a large number of companies in their production.

In recognition of his outstanding research achievements, he has received numerous honors and awards in his career. The recent awards include: the NSERC Strategic Network Grant ($5M) in 2010, the Julian C Smith Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2010, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2010, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012, the C.N. Downing Award from the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2012, the M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers / Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2012, and Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science of Technology in 2012.
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
  2. Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. Applied Mechanics and Design
  4. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

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.
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: MC228

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

Biosketch

Publications

Dr. Jan K. Spelt, P.Eng., has been a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto since 1988, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. He is also an adjunct professor at Ryerson University. Prior to this he worked with Alcan International. His research interests include microelectronic packaging, adhesive joining, and applications of controlled erosion such as abrasive jet micro-machining and vibratory surface finishing.

Professor Spelt collaborates with many companies in his research, and is a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME). He has supervised or co-supervised 25 PhD students, 43 MASc students, 27 MEng students, and 13 postdoctoral researchers. He is the author or co-author of more than 156 journal publications, 14 book contributions, and has participated in a large number of national and international conferences.