Student Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to get involved with the groundbreaking research conducted by over 50 research groups at MIE.

Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering students interested in working with research groups or pursuing a thesis project may:

  • browse research opportunities in the table below, including thesis projects
  • contact faculty members directly to inquire about research opportunities or potential thesis project supervision

Master of Engineering (MEng) students interested in pursuing an MEng project may:

Master of Applied Science (MASc) and PhD students conduct research with the support of their supervisor.

Interested postdoctoral candidates can browse open positions on our Careers page

Prospective graduate students interested in getting involved in research at MIE should review our Programs Overview page.

Date AddedTitleContactResearch AreaProgram
Fall 2019Predicting wall pressure fluctuation in process piping systems due to high velocity fluid streams Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Fri. Oct 11, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Development of an Innovation Process Map for Manufacturing Firms in Small Island States of the Caribbean: A Collaborative Project of The University of the West Indies and the University of Toronto Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Fri. Oct 11, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Monitoring of Power Plant Ash Dams using Drone Technology Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Fri. Oct 11, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Resilient and Adaptive Wheels with 3D Cellular Lattice Structures Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Wed. Oct 16, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Flexible/Stretchable Actuation of Shape Morphing 3D Lattice Structures Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Wed. Oct 16, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Fluid-impregnation of 3D architectured solid structures Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Wed. Oct 16, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Energy Absorption Design with 3D Architectured Structures Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Wed. Oct 16, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019Toilet of the future Kamran Behdinan (contact Matthesa Gregg directly to apply)

Deadline: Wed. Oct 16, 2019
Mechanics and DesignMEng Multidisciplinary Project
Fall 2019 Data-driven modelling of the decision of patients who leave the emergency department without being seenVahid SarhangianOperations ResearchMEng Project
Fall 2019Lattice Boltzman Method applied to Aerodynamic control on a low Reynolds airfoil with realistic synthetic jet geometries
Pierre SullivanThermofluidsMEng Project
N/AOptimization of a catheter tip design to maximize visibility in the aortaEdgar AcostaComputational Fluid DynamicsMEng Project
Fall 2018Evaluating the impact of workflow communication tools on the Gamma Knife workflow at the Odette Cancer Centre Dionne AlemanOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AModel Refinement and Validation in Simulation-based Design OptimizationCristina AmonThermofluidsMEng Project
N/ASimulation of Wind Turbine Wakes using CFD TechniquesCristina AmonThermofluidsMEng Project
N/ATransistor-Level Transient Modelling of Thermal Transport in Electronic Devices
Cristina AmonThermofluidsMEng Project
Fall 2018A Machine Learning System to Optimize the Performance of Spray Nozzles
Nasser Ashgriz

ThermofluidsMEng Project
Fall 2018Characterizing the Breakup of a Liquid DropletNasser AshgrizThermofluidsMEng Project
Fall 2018Development of Pharmaceutical AerosolsNasser AshgrizThermofluidsMEng Project
N/AJob Shop Scheduling Problems and Mixed Integer Programming Pre-solversChristopher BeckInformation EngineeringMEng Project
N/AScheduling in Queueing Network Environments with Flexible Servers and Setup Times
Christopher BeckInformation EngineeringMEng Project
N/ARobotic Vision, Mobile Robotics, 5-axis Milling Machine Design

- Contact Instructor for more details
Beno BenhabibRoboticsMEng Project
N/AOperations Research, Optimization, Radiation Therapy, Healthcare Operations

- Contact Instructor for more details
Timothy ChanOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AMonte Carlo Simulation of the Impact of Distributional Properties on the Effectiveness of Cluster Boosted RegressionMark H. ChignellInformation EngineeringMEng Project
N/AData Management and the Web, Analytics, Information Retrieval and Visualization, Data Modeling and Business Process Engineering, Healthcare Data Management

- Contact Instructor for more details
Mariano ConsensInformation EngineeringMEng Project
N/ALarge Scale Data Analytics and VisualizationMariano ConsensInformation EngineeringMEng Project
Fall 2018Fabrication and Testing of Medical MicrorobotsEric DillerRoboticsMEng Project
N/AMicro-mechanical characterization of solid 3rd bodies created in dry lubricated contact within space mechanismsTobin FilleterMaterials MEng Project
Fall 2018Ontologies for Representing and Measuring City Performance (multiple projects) Mark FoxInformation EngineeringMEng Project
Fall 2018An Ontology for Building Management and EvacuationMark FoxInformation EngineeringMEng Project
Fall 2018Smart Cities: Intelligent Agents for the Urban Operating System (multiple projects)Mark FoxInformation EngineeringMEng Project
Fall 2018Handheld bioprinter design for deposition of multilayered engineered skin graftsAxel GuentherThermofluidsMEng Project
N/AExperimental and Numerical Studies of Fluid Properties and MeasurementsDavid JamesThermofluidsMEng Project
Fall 2018Finding Yourself in Virtual Reality Navigation Task
Greg JamiesonHuman FactorsMEng Project
Fall 2018Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

- Various projects dealing with materials-processing-microstructure-property relationships for component designs to be used in clean energy applications. Contact Instructor for more details
Olivera KeslerMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/ASolid oxide fuel cells, high-efficiency electrolysis, oxygen separation membranes, clean energy

- Contact Instructor for more details
Olivera KeslerMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Machine learning to classify underpayment claimsChi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
Winter 2019Reinforcement learning for optimal inventory rationing
Chi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
Winter 2019Optimal waiting time quotationChi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AMatching shippers and carriers with constraints

- Heuristic algorithm is to be developed to optimally match shippers and carriers over time considering service requirements. Contact Instructor for more details
Chi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AResource sharing in healthcare system

- Quantitative analysis of the benefits from shared resources in healthcare system when the demands are uncertain. Contact Instructor for more details
Chi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ANonparametric methods for reinforcement learningChi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ADynamic correlations in bond portfolios
Chi-Guhn LeeOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AArtificial Neural networks for Israeli option valuationChi-Guhn LeeMachine Learning, FinanceMEng Project
N/AHedging Israeli options
Chi-Guhn LeeFinanceMEng Project
Fall 2018Polymer/Composite Coextrusion Foaming
Patrick LeeMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Fall 2018Visualization of Plastic Crystallization and Foaming Behaviors under Stress
Patrick LeeMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Fall 2018Nanofibers Enhanced Strain Hardening of Linear Polymer
Patrick LeeMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Fabrication and Testing of Stretchable Conductive Electrodes for Soft Robotics
Xinyu LiuFluid MechanicsMEng Project
Winter 2019Design and Control of A Soft Wall-Climbing RobotXinyu LiuFluid MechanicsMEng Project
Winter 2019Design and Testing of a Microfluidic Device for Cancer Cell Studies
Xinyu LiuFluid MechanicsMEng Project
Winter 2019Paper-Based Microfluidic Biosensors
Xinyu LiuFluid MechanicsMEng Project
N/AMultiproject job schedulingViliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AImplementation of SPC and DE Techniques in Automotive IndustryViliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ASPC and DE for Process Improvement with a Practical Application
Viliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AQuality Control and Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma Approach
Viliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ATransmission Oil Data Modeling for Condition-Based Maintenance Decision-Making
Viliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ADevelopment of models for bus fleet maintenance and replacementViliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ADevelopment of a Stochastic Dynamic Model for a Make-to-Order Production System
Viliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/AOptimal scheduling of repairs for several production facilities
Viliam MakisOperations ResearchMEng Project
N/ANon-Destructive Diffusion-wave Techniques and Imaging for Solar Cells and Clean Energy Conversion Optoelectronic DevicesAndreas Mandelis (with Dr. Alexander Melnikov)Thermal SciencesMEng Project
N/ADynamic Imaging of Solar Cell Optoelectronic Quality using a Near-Infrared CameraAndreas MandelisThermal SciencesMEng Project
N/AWearable Technologies for Digital Eye Glass (computerized seeing and memory aid) with health monitor
Steve MannMEng Project
N/ABirdstrike and Novel Design of Fan Blades

Shaker MeguidMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/ADesign, Analysis and Development of Micro Gas Turbine for propulsion of Micro UAVs
Shaker MeguidMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/ADesign, Analysis and Optimisation of Novel Morphing Chevron Nozzle in Gas Turbine EnginesShaker MeguidMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AMorphing Wing Design for UAVShaker MeguidMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AMultifunctional Nanocomposites for Self Health Monitoring
Shaker MeguidMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2020Development of Environmentally Benign Nanocomposite with Thermal Stability
Hani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2020Development of new thermoplastic composites for applications under extreme conditions
Hani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Fall 2018Smart Materials Based Environmental Sensing
Hani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AInvestigation of the Processing Parameters of Functionally Graded Closed-Cell Bio-Compatible Cellular MaterialsHani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AProject 4: Investigation of the Processing Parameters of Biocomposites Materials
Hani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Fall 2018Functionalized Porous-Carbon Composite with Attached Metal Nanoparticles for CO2/CO Capture and UtilizationHani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/ADevelopment of thermoplastic composites for high pressure and temperature applicationsHani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AMultifunctional Nano Porous Organic Aerogels with Enhanced Mechanical & Physical PropertiesHani NaguibMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/ARobots learning their behaviorsGoldie NejatRoboticsMEng Project
N/AService and Assistive Robotics, Social and Personal Robots, Robot Sensory Systems, AI and Control, and Human-Robot Interaction

- Contact Instructor for more details

Goldie NejatRoboticsMEng Project
N/ACAD models and design reviews: survey data analysis
Alison OlechowskiMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AInjection Foam Molding of Polymer NanocompositesChul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AVisualization of Plastic Foaming Process in Injection Foam MoldingChul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/APolymer based silica aerogel production and optimization for thermal insulation applicationsChul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AFundamental studies on cellular structure development in foam injection molding process
Chul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/ALow-density extrusion foaming of engineering polymers
Chul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Hybrid nanofibrillar polymeric composites with improved physical-mechanical properties
Chul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Production of nanocomposite with tailored properties

Chul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Functional Nanofiber-Reinforced Nanocomposites Foams for Wearable Electronics

Chul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019The development of high performance EMI shielding materials for next generation wearable electronicsChul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Production of flexible thin film aerogel
Chul ParkMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AApplying lead-user methods to identify and overcome obstacles to environmentally significant behavior.

- Contact Instructor for more details
Li ShuHuman Factors & ErgonomicsMEng Project
N/ANuclear power plant design and operations, materials evaluation, nondestructive testing, signal processing

- Contact Instructor for more details
Anthony Sinclair Mechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AArtificial photosynthesis: Design materials to convert CO2 into hydrocarbons
Chandra SinghMEng Project
N/ADamage and failure analysis of wind turbine composite blades
Chandra SinghMEng Project
N/ANanomechanics of graphene-polymer nanocomposites
Chandra SinghMEng Project
N/AUltrastrong, ultralight nanocrystalline hybrid materials for future aerospace technologiesChandra SinghMEng Project
Fall 2018Silicon on Insulator (SOI) for high temperature pressure measurements Pierre SullivanThermal SciencesMEng Project
Fall 2018Comparison of image processing options for microarrays
Pierre SullivanThermal SciencesMEng Project
Fall 2018GPU based particle image velocimetry
Pierre SullivanThermal SciencesMEng Project
N/ADesign and construction of a medical device (urethro-vesical stapler)


Yu SunMechanics and DesignMEng Project
N/ASolar Chimney with Wind Catcher in High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

Marianne TouchieThermal SciencesMEng Project
N/ABio-oil use in burners and engines

Murray ThomsonThermal SciencesMEng Project
N/AInvestigating First-year Engineering Student Resilience

Chirag VariawaMEng Project
N/AData Analysis and Strategic Development: Engineering Student Workload
Chirag Variawa
MEng Project
N/ADesign and Fabrication of a Microfluidic Device for Tissue Engineering
Lidan YouMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Design and modelling of a lung-on-a-chip airflow system for studying particle inhalation and deposition in airways
Young, EdmondMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Design and fabrication of 3D-printed interconnects and manifolds for open microfluidic devices

Young, EdmondMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Advanced manufacturing and novel materials for biomicrofluidic and organ-on-a-chip systems
Young, EdmondMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Design considerations for multi-organ microphysiological systems



Young, EdmondMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
Winter 2019Design and development of a portable organ-on-a-chip incubator



Young, EdmondMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AStudying Wetting Properties of Different Coatings

Prof. Chandra & Prof. NejadMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AMEng project with specialty LED lighting manufacturer
Professors J.K. Spelt and F. AzhariMechanics and MaterialsMEng Project
N/AMinimization of a makespan for multiproject job schedulingViliam MakisOperations ResearchUndergraduate
N/AApplication of SPC and DE in Automotive IndustryViliam MakisOperations ResearchUndergraduate
N/ADevelopment of a Stochastic Dynamic Model for a Make-to-Order Production SystemViliam MakisOperations ResearchUndergraduate
N/AQuality Control and Improvement Using Lean Six Sigma ApproachViliam MakisOperations ResearchUndergraduate
N/AOptimal scheduling of repairs for several production facilities considering a single repair crewViliam MakisOperations ResearchUndergraduate
N/AConducting Polymer Based Pressure Sensors for smart Skin ApplicationsHani NaguibMaterialsUndergraduate
N/ADevelopment of shape memory materials actuator for soft robotics applicationsHani NaguibMaterialsUndergraduate
N/ASmart Materials Based Environmental Sensing Hani NaguibMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AThe development of high performance EMI shielding materials for next generation wearable electronicsChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AFoaming behavior of immiscible polymer blends in a gas assisted foam injection molding processChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AFunctional Nanofiber-Reinforced Nanocomposites Foams for Wearable ElectronicsChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AHybrid nanofibrillar polymeric composites with improved physical-mechanical properties
Chul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AImpact of model foam processing into the physical chemistry of various polyolefinPatrick C. LeeMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AInvestigating the foaming behaviour of branched and linear NylonChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AA microfluidic system for cancer cell biologyXinyu LiuThermofluidsUndergraduate
N/ADesign and control of a soft robotXinyu LiuRoboticsUndergraduate
N/AFabrication and Testing of Stretchable Conductive ElectrodesXinyu LiuRoboticsUndergraduate
N/APaper-based microfluidic biosensorsXinyu LiuRoboticsUndergraduate
N/ATailoring polymer property by developing in-situ nanofibrilsChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/ASystem for Investigating Foam Processing Methods under High Pressure (P) and High Temperature (T)Chul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AProduction of nanocomposite with tailored propertiesChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/AProduction of flexible thin film aerogelChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/ANanocomposites with exfoliated graphene nanoplateletsChul B. ParkMaterialsUndergraduate
N/ADynamic flow delivery in microfluidic systemLidan YouMechanics and MaterialsUndergraduate
N/ADevelopment of a Catheter for Photoacoustic Endoscopy Imaging of Coronary Artery LipidsAndreas MandelisThermofluidsUndergraduate
N/AInvestigation of learning methods and collaboration strategies in Multi User Computer Aided Design toolsAlison Olechowski
Mechanics and Design Undergraduate
N/AHardware Accelerated Exact OptimizationJ. Christopher BeckUndergraduate
2018-2019Polymer Composite Coextrusion FoamingPatrick LeeThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Small Animal ImagingAndreas MandelisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Thermophotonic Dynamic ImagingAndreas MandelisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Dynamic Imaging of Solar CellAndreas MandelisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Evaluation of the Mechanical PerformanceAndreas MandelisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Minimization of a makespanVilliam MakisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Application of SPC and DEVilliam MakisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Development of a Stochastic Dynamic ModelVilliam MakisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Quality Control and ImprovementVilliam MakisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Optimal Scheduling for repairsVilliam MakisThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Civilian use of a novel augmented reality navigation displayGreg A. JamiesonThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Machine learning classification of mental stateGreg A. JamiesonThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Product Design for Pro Environmental BehaviorProf. L ShuThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Simulating the impact of brain lesions on the communication between memory and oculomotor systemsProf. L ShuThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019ML-led microfluidics to optimize industrial fluid formulationsDavid SintonThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019A microfluidic platform for the treatment of infertilityDavid SintonThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Improving a Bayesian optimization method for small-scale hydro energy harvestersAmy BiltonThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Classifying valid simulations during optimization for automated design using computational fluid dynamics modelsAmy BiltonThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Silicon on Insulator (SOI) for high temperature pressure measurementsPierre E. SullivanThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Comparison of image processing options for microarraysPierre E. SullivanThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019GPU based particle image velocimetryPierre E. SullivanThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Dispersion and Distribution of BNNTsAzadeh ZandiehThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Synthesis and characterization of Polymer-based aerogelsSolmaz KaramikamkarThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Hybrid nanofibrillar polymeric composites with improved physical-mechanical propertiesIman Soltani, PhDThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Confining graphene at the continuous interface in multi-percolated polymer blend systemsJun WangThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Development of computational models for scaling up of sponge-based wastewater filtration systemPavani CherukupallyThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Development of bio based and bio inspired materials and compositesHani NaguibThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Multifunctional Nano Porous Organic Aerogels with Enhanced Mechanical & Physical PropertiesHani NaguibThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Development of thermoplastic composites for high pressure and temperature applicationsHani NaguibThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019The Google Docs of CAD Fully synchronous collaboration in designAlison OlechowskiThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Energy storage and conversion, fuel cells, and hydrogen productionOlivera KeslerThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Rigid amorphous fraction in PLA and solubility measurementsRuosong LiThesis ProjectUndergraduate
2018-2019Generation of steam by spraying water droplets on hot metal massesSanjeev ChandraThesis ProjectUndergraduate