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Dr. Robert Fleisig, P.Eng.

Program Lead, M.Eng. Engineering Design

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Associate Member

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

design thinking; human-centred design; design for health, wellness, and aging; product design
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Dr. Fleisig is a permanent teaching professor in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology (W Booth School) and Engineering 1 with a passion for inspiring empathy, creativity and interdisciplinary thinking in undergraduate and graduate students as well as in academic and local communities. Dr. Fleisig believes that for the university and graduates to make impactful contributions to society, it is no longer sufficient to only have disciplinary expertise. The ‘T-shaped’ graduate is one who is equally at home in the knowledge-centred work of their discipline (i.e., the stem of the ‘T’) and in work with individuals of diverse education, language, culture, beliefs, and values both within their organization and outside (i.e., the arms of the ‘T’). Key to his teaching are empathy, experience and reflection. In Dr. Fleisig's first-year engineering course, undergraduate and graduate students from three faculties work together to create a device to help members of the local community with a complex and unique problem. In Dr. Fleisig's graduate teaching at the W Booth School, his students work with university researchers, hospitals, and local business to identify important problems in health and sustainability to design, prototype, and implement innovative solutions that are meaningful to the community and have an economic impact. 

Dr. Fleisig was awarded the 2017–2018 OCUFA (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations) Teaching Award.


B.A.Sc. (Waterloo); M.Eng. (McMaster); Ph.D. (McMaster)

Did you know…

Dr Fleisig has taught more than 10,000 undergraduate students and have impacted students across three faculties, local organizations, researchers, and a broad range of companies.


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  • 2019–2020 Faculty of Engineering, Faculty Leadership Fellow
  • 2017–2018 OCUFA Teaching Award
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (P.Eng.)
  • MacPherson Leadership in Teaching and Learning Fellow 2016–2018
  • Winner of the 2015–2016 MSU Community Engagement Teaching Award 
  • MIIETL Learning Portfolio Fellow 2015
  • 2015 Woodbridge Award for Best Video at the 2015 AUTO21 Annual Conference
  • 2014 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning
  • 2013 Woodbridge Award for Best Video at the 2013 AUTO21 Annual Conference