Spencer Smith, Chair, PACE Committee
Director, Engineering 1 Program
Associate Professor, Computing and Software
Current research areas include: Kinetics and Thermodynamics of High
Temperature Reactions in Materials Processing and Service.
Program Chair, Automotive and Vehicle Technology
Assistant Professor, McMaster-Mohawk
Bachelor of Technology Partnership (B.Tech.)
Research and teaching areas include automotive engineering, computer aided design, manufacturing, mechanics, machine design, machine dynamics, multi-body dynamics, modelling and simulation, numerical analysis, applied mathematics, thermo fluids, and programming.
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Technical research interests include human-machine interfacing,
embedded systems, signal processing, informatics, and machine
learning for the augmentation, rehabilitation, and enhancement
of human attributes. For pedagogical research, I am focussed
on enhancing engineering student engagement and improving
academic integrity verification methods. PACE activity includes
running a first year engineering Cornerstone dissection and
modelling project that concludes with a PACE course competition.
PACE activity includes running a first year engineering
Cornerstone dissection and modelling project that concludes
with a PACE course competition.
Dr. Robert Fleisig
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
My research interests lie in the field of engineering design,
particularly with respect to the early stages of the product
design process. My goal is to empower the design team with
practical methodologies, scientific knowledge, and information
technologies to aid them in bringing innovative products
to market faster. My main areas of interest are in Computer
Aided Industrial Design (CAID), product visualization and
graphics, decision-based design, and design pedagogy.
Dr. Saeid Habibi
Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests include: Fluid Power and Hydraulics,
State and Parameter Estimation, Variable Structure Systems
Theory, Intelligent and Multivariable Control, Actuation
Systems, Design Optimization, Fault Detection and Diagnosis. Applied
areas of research involves: Aerospace, Robotics,
Micro/Nano Precision Actuation, Water Distribution System
(Energy Optimization and Leak Detection), Sensors for Water
Quality Determination, Automotive.
Dr. Vladimir Mahalec
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Director, Centre for Engineering Design
Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice
Member of the McMaster Advanced Control
Research interests in software engineering and application
design, development, and implementation (advanced process control,
process engineering and design, planning, scheduling, plant
optimization, feedstock selection, trading and logistics).
Expertise in value chain optimization in petroleum, petrochemicals,
and other process industries.
Dr. Allan Spence
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Research interests are centred in dimensional metrology, computer
aided design, and manufacturing automation. A variety of Coordinate
Measuring Machine (CMM) and CAD/CAM/CAE tools are used in the
research. Currently available software includes MATLAB, AutoCAD
and Mechanical Desktop, SDRC I-DEAS, MDI ADAMS, the ACIS solid
modelling kernel, Origin CheckMate, and the Phar Lap ETS real-time
kernel. Computer languages primarily used are Microsoft VisualC++
and VisualBASIC. Computing facilities include a variety of
Pentium computers running Window NT 4.0, including Stereo Vision
equipped Silicon Graphics 320 workstations.
Projects currently underway include sensor integration with
an open architecture CMM motion controller, elevated temperature
geometric error compensation, laser digitizing, and reverse