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

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

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

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

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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.
Tobin Filleter, PhD, P.Eng.

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

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

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.

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. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  2. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  3. 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.
Hani Naguib, PhD, P.Eng., CEng, FIOM3, FASME, FSPE, FSPIE, FCSME

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

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

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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.
Craig A. Simmons, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
U of T Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology

Research: Cellular mechanobiology; cell, tissue and biomaterial micromechanics; design and application of microdevices that mimic complex physiological environments.

Laboratory: Simmons Lab for Cellular Mechanobiology

Email: simmons@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-0548 | Office: 661 University‎, 14th floor

Research Areas

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design

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Craig Simmons is the University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Mechanobiology in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as the Scientific Director of the University of Toronto Translational Biology and Engineering Program in the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.

Craig received his B.Sc. (Eng.) from the University of Guelph (1991), S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994), and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (2000). He then completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan (2000-2002) and an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (2002-2004) before returning to the University of Toronto faculty in 2005.

Craig leads a talented group of researchers and students to discover new treatments for heart valve, heart muscle, and blood vessel diseases, including strategies to regenerate cardiovascular tissues using stem cells and biomaterials. His group also creates novel microfluidic platforms to model vascularized tissues and organs for improved drug testing.

Craig was the Canada Research Chair in Mechanobiology from 2006-2016 and is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, the McCharles Prize and McLean Award from the University of Toronto, the 2015 CP Has Heart Cardiovascular Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the 2017 Professional Engineers of Ontario Research & Development Engineering Medal. He has also been recognized for exceptional teaching by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering with the 2009 Early Career Teaching Award, the 2015 Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Teaching Award, and the 2016 Faculty Teaching Award, and with the 2017 Northrop Frye Award awarded by the University of Toronto for excellence in linking teaching and research.
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, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

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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

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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.
Pierre E. Sullivan, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research: Turbulent flows; analytical models based on organized structures in steady and nonsteady flows; turbulent flow in spark ignition engines with laser doppler velocimetry; fibre slurries in high turbulence environments; development of improved PIV and PTV algorithms.

Laboratory: Turbulence Research Lab

Email: sullivan@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-978-3110 | Office: MC225

Research Areas

  1. Thermal and Fluid Sciences Engineering
  2. Applied Mechanics and Design
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Energy and Environmental Engineering

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Professor Pierre Sullivan's research interests span flow phenomena, energy conservation and micro-scale electrohydrodynamics. His work has examined novel physical insight into the area of micro-scale jets and electrowetting on dielectric droplet motion. In aerodynamic control, was initiated with acoustic control leading to the current work installing synthetic jets directly onto the wing. This work is focused on low-speed (1-5 kW) wind turbines and micro-air vehicles. This work has included difficult near-wall measurements, flow visualization and careful analysis to describe the actions of the two control mechanisms.

Most interestingly, his group has found a dependence on Reynolds number that allowed the identification of fundamental frequencies important to the shear layer vortices. This improves control schemes for the devices. In addition to this, through a number of collaborations he has embarked on an experimental and numerical study of bileaflet mechanical heart valves. He has developed a unique well-validated particle image velocimetry dataset that is much larger than any previously available and has made this available as an open dataset. This work has recently been modeled with Large Eddy Simulation to fully characterize difficult to measure turbulent stresses and statistics.

Professor Sullivan was named fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) in 2012. He completed his BSME and MSME from Clarkson University in 1988 and 1991 respectively, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in 1995.