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Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department, founded in 1967, offers undergraduate as well as research and graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering is a very broad field. It encompasses machines, materials, energy, manufacturing, automation, biomedical engineering, aerospace and more. The Department’s expertise and programs fully cover this breadth, offering students a broadly based education and a wide range of career choices.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering accepts around 200 new undergraduate students and 100 graduate students a year.

It currently has 21 full-time professors and four emeritus professors, who are actively pursuing research in cutting edge laboratories and supervising graduate students in six strong research programs: advanced materials and manufacturing engineering, biomedical engineering, solid mechanics and design engineering, dynamics, controls, automation and robotics, aeronautical engineering, thermal and fluids engineering.

Areas of research

Aeronautical and space engineering

Aeronautical and space engineering encompasses all aspects of aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft design, flight stability and propulsion. It also includes structural design, fluid/structure interactions, advanced materials, vibrations and controls — in short, most activities in the field of mechanical engineering.


Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is the most rapidly growing field of engineering. At the interface between engineering and life sciences, it focuses on the development of new technologies for medical applications. Research areas in the Department of Mechanical Engineering include biofluids, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, cardiovascular mechanics, joint implants, rehabilitation engineering, and surface and tissue engineering. The department has been involved in some of these areas for nearly 20 years, and benefits from partnerships with biotechnology firms, hospitals and governmental laboratories.

Biomedical engineering professors are members of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering, a multi-disciplinary institute that combines graduate research resources from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, as well as expertise from medical professionals.


(Cross-appointed professor related to this research: Pascal Fallavolita)

Dynamics, controls, automation and robotics

Mechanical engineering deals with things that move. The fields of dynamics, controls and automation and robotics broadly comprise understanding and measuring the dynamics of complex systems and learning how to control them. Our department’s areas of expertise include mechatronics, robotics and a variety of sensing and instrumentation applications.


(Cross-appointed professor related to this research: Wail Gueaieb)

Solid mechanics and design engineering

Stress analysis and modelling of material responses are the foundation of mechanical design. Well-established techniques such as analytical methods and finite element analysis are being applied to increasingly more complex materials and structures. Computational methods are also being applied more intensively to the design and optimization process itself. Our department offers a broad range of expertise in these areas.


Thermal and fluids engineering

Thermal and fluids engineering is the foundation of almost all energy conversion processes. It plays a major role in aeronautics, biomedical engineering, chemical processes and manufacturing. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers broad coverage of this field, with major research initiatives in aerodynamics, combustion, nuclear engineering and gas turbine engines.


Advanced materials and manufacturing engineering

Advanced materials and manufacturing processes are vital to the creation of new products. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has numerous research projects examining fibre composites, metallic and metal matrix composite materials, advanced coatings and the manufacturing processes required to make these products.


Research chairs

Isabelle Catelas
Canada Research Chair in Bioengineering and Orthopaedics for the Study of Musculoskeletal Diseases

Catherine Mavriplis
NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and Professor

Stavros Tavoularis
Endowed and Sponsored Research Chairs HPCVL - Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering

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