Steady growth in two important areas of Faculty life

Fall 2012

The number of professors and students at the Faculty of Engineering continues to grow. Total graduate and undergraduate enrolment is up approximately 35 per cent since 2005—from 3,200 to 4,330—and the number of professors has increased 19 per cent during the same period—from 128 to 152.

Four recent Faculty hires are J. Matt Kinsella, from the University of California, Mustafa Kumral, from Inonu University (Turkey), Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, from École Centrale de Nantes (France), and Michael Kokkolaras, from the University of Michigan. The following are short descriptions of their research specializations.

• Bioengineering Professor J. Matt Kinsella, a graduate of St. Xavier and Purdue universities, creates nano-particles for a range of medical applications, from helping to target drug delivery to specific cells in the body to providing a contrast agent used in aid-imaging technologies. He also explores ways of using the interface between cells and engineered materials to prompt stem cells to grow in particular patterns or towards specific cell types.

• Mining Engineering Professor Mustafa Kumral, a graduate of Hacettepe, Cukurova and Leeds universities, has developed mathematical algorithms to assess the risks associated with a particular mining project. His research fills a gap between mining engineering and mineral economics, integrating business and technical concerns to give a broad profile of the factors that will determine the likelihood of a mine’s success or failure.

• Mechanical Engineering Professor Yaoyao Fiona Zhao, a graduate of the Beijing Institute of Technology and the University of Auckland, works in manufacturing informatics, developing models of the design process in order to find ways of streamlining the divergent flow of digital data between contractors and suppliers, and across hardware and software programs. Her research also involves enhanced product sustainability, focusing especially on energy consumption, material efficiency, and potential for recovery and recycling in other applications.

• When individual components come together in a complex engineering system, such as an aircraft, they must be integrated well to manufacture the best possible product. Mechanical Engineering Professor Michael Kokkolaras, a graduate of the Technical University of Munich and Rice University, is contributing to this process by developing algorithms that help to ensure the optimal design of complex and multidisciplinary engineering projects. His future research plans include optimizing the design of complex “systems of systems,” for example, multi-faceted energy networks that integrate different energy sources to satisfy varying demands across time and geography.

 

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