Activities by Faculty

There are a wide variety of research interests in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, broadly grouped in the four areas of BioMechanical and Materials Engineering, Energy and Fluid Systems, Design and Manufacturing and Materials Engineering. The nature of particular research projects in these areas ranges from applied research and development to the acquisition of fundamental scientific knowledge. Separate laboratories, each supplied with special purpose instruments and apparatus, support the four areas. Information on facilities in the first three areas can be found at the Research by Laboratory site. Funding comes from major granting agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and contract work has been undertaken with, for example, ALCAN, CAMM, CANMET, DND, IDRC, MIROC, MMO and Transport Canada.

Biomechanical Engineering

J. Tim Bryant
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Knee Mechanics
  • Ergonomics
T. Claire Davies
  • Assistive Technology
  • Biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
Kevin Deluzio
  • Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Data Analysis Techniques
Geneviève A. Dumas
  • Spine Mechanics
  • Biomechanics
Randy Ellis (cross-appointment from Computing and Information Science)
  • Computer-Enhanced Surgery
  • 3D Image Registration
  • Biomechanics
Qingguo Li
  • Biomechanical Systems Design
  • Bio-Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Locomotion
Michael J. Rainbow
  • Emerging techniques in MRI and CT imaging
  • Computation modeling 
  • High speed x-ray motion capture

Energy and Fluid Systems

A. Michael Birk
  • Gas Turbines
  • Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosions
  • Fluid Mechanics/Thermodynamics/Heat Transfer
Gaby Ciccarelli
  • Explosion Physics and Prevention
  • Pulse-Detonation Engines
  • Combustion
Stephen J. Harrison
  • Solar Energy
  • Energy Conservation
  • Thermal Calorimetry and Measurement Techniques
Darko Matovic
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Combustion
Patrick Oosthuizen
  • Convective Heat Transfer
  • Experimental Methods
  • Heat Transfer/Thermodynamic
Jon Pharoah
  • Membrane Separation / Water Purification
  • Application of CFD to design
  • Fuel Cell Transport
Ugo Piomelli
  • Large eddy and direct simulations
  • Turbulence simulations and modelling
  • Transition modelling, Computational fluid dynamics, Geophysical flows
Andrew Pollard
  • Fluid Dynamics & Turbulence
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics
David E. Rival
  • Experimental fluid dynamics
  • Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics
  • Wind and water turbines
  • Biomimetics and bioinspiration
  • Biomedical flows
Richard W. Sellens
  • Optical Measurement Techniques
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Biomechanics

Design and Manufacturing

Ronald J. Anderson
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Multibody Dynamics
Laeeque Daneshmend (joint appointment with Mining Engineering)
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Maintenance Management
  • Robotics for Unstructured Environments
Jacob Jeswiet
  • Metal Forming
  • Single Point Incremental Forming
  • Friction in Metal Forming
  • Energy and Carbon Emissions in Manufacturing
  • Powder Metallurgy
Il-Yong Kim
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • CAD/CAM/CAE
  • Mechanical Systems Design Using FEM (Finite Element Method)
Yong Jun Lai
  • Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Bio-MEMS bio-manipulations, biomechanics testing, biosensors, etc
  • Vehicle navigation and laser micromachining for rapid MEMS prototyping
Chris Mechefske
  • Vibration Based Monitoring of Machines
  • Manufacturing System Dynamic Analysis
  • Biomedical/Biomechanical System Analysis
Leila Notash
  • Manipulator Kinematics
  • Fault Tolerant Operation
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
David Strong (cross appointment from Applied Science)
  • Design Engineering Education
  • Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
Brian Surgenor
  • Intelligent Automation
  • Automatic Control Systems
  • Mechatronics Engineering
Gene Zak
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Plastic Composites
  • Injection Molding

Materials Engineering

J. Doug Boyd
  • Steel Physical Metallurgy
Brad Diak
  • Microstructural Phenomena in Metals and Alloys
  • Materials for Transportation Applications
  • X-ray/Electron Scattering Techniques
Mark Daymond
  • Micromechanisms of Deformation in Metals, Ceramics and Composites
  • Advanced Neutron and X-ray Scattering Techniques
  • Engineering Mechanics, Components and Processes
Richard Holt
  • Nuclear materials/zirconium alloys
  • Crystallographic texture/anisotropy
  • Modeling materials behaviour
Vlad Krstic
  • Ceramics Processing and Properties
  • Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Thin Films
A. Keith Pilkey
  • Material Failure Mechanisms
  • Metallographic Image Analysis
  • Metal Forming
Zhongwen Yao
  • Characterization of Micorstructures
  • Radiation induced defects in nuclear materials