Student Alumni

Owen Pintar

Owen graduated from Queen's University in 2020 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering and completed his Master of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

Owen worked with Dr. Kim and KCTECH on using multi-material topology optimization and finite element analysis in aircraft seat design. Outside of the lab, Owen enjoys various outdoor activities including running, hiking, and kayaking.

Melissa Young

Melissa graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020. During her undergraduate studies she was involved with the Queen's Aero Design Team, with a focus on structural design and composites. In her final year, she was also elected to be the Undergraduate Mechanical President.

Melissa completed her Masters of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. Kim. Outside of her studies, Melissa enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and hanging out with her cat.

Tim Sirola

Tim graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering, and completed his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim.

Tim worked with Dr. Kim and KCTECH on advanced vehicle design utilizing topology optimization and lightweight composite materials. He also led an internal Queen’s project focusing on urban air mobility design. Outside of his studies, Tim enjoys travelling, hockey, photography, collecting vinyl, and playing guitar.

Jonathan Ryu

Jonathan graduated from Carleton University in 2020 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student Jonathan gained valuable experience with computer aided design, multidisciplinary design analysis, finite element analysis, and hands-on testing by working on automotive steering and suspension parts through a 12-month internship placement at Mevotech.

Jonathan completed his MASc with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design (SMSD) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Kim, while working on various projects related to FEA and multidisciplinary design optimization.

Andrew Hardman

Andrew graduated from Queen’s University in 2020 with a BASc. in Engineering Physics, specializing in Mechanical Engineering, and obtained his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group under Dr. Il Yong Kim’s supervision while working on industry projects with KCTECH, Bombardier Aerospace, and NRC. Beyond academia, Andrew enjoys car racing, photography, baseball, and helping his friends at the Formula team whenever he can.

Haifeng Xia

Harvey graduated from the University of Alberta and obtained his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 2017. He worked for the Alberta Paving Company for half of a year as a field technician and was responsible for the road asphalt work.

In 2020, he joined Dr. Il Yong Kim’s group to pursue his master's degree. His focus was on the finite element method and topology optimization. Outside of his work in the lab, he enjoys playing drums, video editing, and travelling.

Chris Douglas

Chris graduated from Queen’s University in the Spring of 2019 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering, and completed his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design team.

Chris had started his research under the supervision of Dr. Kim in September of 2019. He focused on industry projects related to multi-disciplinary design optimization, finite element analysis, and research thereof. Outside of his studies, Chris enjoys skiing, boating, hockey and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Rubens Bohrer

Rubens graduated from Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, with his BSc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. He obtained his Master's in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), in 2014. During his master's, he worked with stacking sequence optimization of composite plates subjected to buckling load using lamination parameters.
Rubens’s work with Dr. Kim was focused on topology optimization applied to the automotive industry. He also studied composite optimization applied to different structures. Beyond his studies, Rubens enjoys soccer, and brews beer as a hobby.

Dr. Brad Taylor

Bradley completed his undergraduate studies in 2013 with a degree in Engineering Physics. During his undergraduate studies, he focused primarily on computer aided design, and fluid mechanics. He has employment experience with mechanical design of aircraft parts, and also has extensive experience in finite element modelling, and topology optimization, and obtained his PhD. in design optimization under Dr. Kim.

Bradley works primarily with aircraft and turbine engine component design. His research revolved most heavily around the coupling of thermal and structural problems in topology optimization. Outside of his studies, Bradley enjoys basketball, ultimate Frisbee, taking table tennis much too seriously, and his dog.

Dr. Mengqian Sun

Mengqian Sun graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology, and obtained her bachelor’s and Master’s degree in 2013 and 2016, separately. She then worked for the Chinese University of Hong Kong for half a year. Her previous research work was mainly about designed and analysis of medical devices which were used to correct bony deformities. She has experiment in biomechanics, finite element analysis applied in bone remodeling. She also has experiment in parallel mechanism, involving screw theory, the kinematics and dynamics of parallel mechanism.

Mengqian graduated from Dr. Il Yong Kim’s SMSD group with her doctoral degree. She focused on developing FE methodology to study impact on sandwich panel for aircraft. Outside of her studies, Mengqian enjoys badminton and table tennis.

Dr. Braden Warwick

Braden graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics and 2019 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering under the supervisor of Dr. Il Yong Kim and Dr. Chris K. Mechefske. Braden’s PhD work was focused on the vibro-acoustic analysis and optimization of an aft-fuselage twin-engine mounted aircraft. Braden’s industry experience includes stints at Valcoustics Inc. and Bombardier Aerospace. Braden completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Systems Dynamics and Structural and Multidisciplinary System Design research groups. Braden’s current research interests include:

    • Vibro-acoustic analysis and topology optimization of traditional aircraft and eVTOLs.
    • Finite element model updating.
    • Damping model of powder metallurgy components.

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Ben Shiff

Ben graduated from Queen’s University in the spring of 2018 with a BASc. In Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student, he took an interest in mechanical design, joining the Queen’s Baja team in his first year. In his third year, he lead the chassis sub-system, designing and testing the frame of the 2017 vehicle. His work on the chassis sub-system contributed to a 6th place finish for the team. He worked as a team lead in his final year, managing multiple projects and acting as a mentor for all team members. He was also a member of a capstone design team responsible for designing the first iteration prototype of a continuous variable transmission (CVT) for the Baja Team. In recognition of his work, he won the George Christie Design Award for the most outstanding senior design project in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Ben is completed his Masters of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. He worked on projects with General Motors Canada, with a focus on multi-material and multi-joint topology optimization for advanced vehicle design. Outside of work, Ben is an avid hiker and camper, enjoying all things outdoors.

Dr. Vishrut Shah

Vishrut obtained his Masters and Bachelors in Mechancial Engineering from SVIT Vasad and IIT Mandi in 2014 and 2016. During his Masters at Indian institute of Technology Mandi he worked on wideband vibration energy harvesting using piezoelectric materials. He developed the finite element model of the nonlinear bistable piezoelectric energy harvesting system and studied it experimentally. He also performed an internship at GREMEN lab in France working towards FEM analysis of a ZnO nanowire / polymer composite for mechanical energy harvesting.

Vishrut obtained his Ph.D. in Dr. Kim ’s SMSD lab. His research focused on CAE and optimization for vehicle structures. Outside his research, he enjoys hiking and treking, swimming and badminton.

Dr. Matt Schmitt

Matt graduated from Queen’s University in 2016 with a BASc. in Mining-Mechanical Engineering.  As an undergraduate student Matt worked with the Queen’s University Formula SAE Design & Race Team from 2011 to 2016; completing design and manufacturing projects in areas including suspension control arms, aerodynamics, driver controls, steering systems, drivetrain, and bodywork.  During his second season with the team, Matt served as the Composites Manager and Recruitment Manager.  Subsequently during his third season, Matt also took on the role of the Finance Manager.  Concluding his undergraduate career with the team, Matt served as the Team Captain during the 2015-2016 season.  Throughout his undergraduate degree, Matt has also accumulated 20 months of internship experience from industry work in both Canada and the United States as a Field Engineer, Estimating Engineer, and Systems Engineer.  Matt has extensive experience in SolidWorks, Mastercam, carbon manufacturing, CNC milling, CNC plasma cutting, database management, and system optimization.

Matt has obtained his PhD in Dr. Il Yong Kim’s Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab, with focus on the modelling of ultra-high strength steels (UHSS) in hot forming processes.  Matt also worked on projects in structural composite systems, focusing specifically on the numerical modelling of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) systems. Beyond academia Matt is an avid skier, water-skier, dirt biker, runner, and skydiver.

Dr. Stephen Roper

Stephen graduated from Queen’s University in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Materials Science, and obtained his PhD with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab directed by Dr. Il Yong Kim.

While at Queen’s Stephen has actively combined his interests for mechanical design and optimization through various professional and academic projects. As a lead designer for the Queen’s Space Engineering Team (QSET), Stephen managed the development and analysis of critical mechanical components for the team’s prototype mars rover, placing 2nd in North America at the 2016 University Rover Challenge. Complimentary to this project, Stephen has developed skills in computer aided engineering and applied tools like SolidWorks, ANSYS and HyperWorks to multiple projects including a vehicle loop-wheel design, robotic manipulator, and composite electric bicycle frame. Before entering his final year at Queen’s, Stephen completed a 16-month internship with Ottawa-based company Neptec Technologies Corporation where he worked closely with the mechanical engineering division on product development and production. His primary responsibilities included mechanical design of advanced LiDAR sensors and even participated in a three-week technical field trial in North-Western Australia.

Stephen completed work with Dr. Kim and General Motors on multi-material and multi-joint topology optimization for advanced vehicle design. Outside of his PhD, Stephen plays the drums, follows everything Elon Musk, and is now working on a next-generation rover design for QSET.

Dr. Kee Seung Oh

Kee Seung graduated from Ajou University in South Korea in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree and 2018 with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering under the supervisor of Dr. Jin Woo Lee.

Kee Seung’s PhD work was focused on topology optimization for obtaining the inside layout of an optimal muffler to enhance noise attenuation performance in the frequency range of interest by performing multi-physics analysis (fluid flow, heat transfer and acoustics). Kee Seung also performed researched with commercial and defence industries, Hyundai and Tizen, to improve acoustic performance for the existing muffler on a vehicle and military tow truck, respectively.

Kee Seung completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the SMSD lab under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. He worked on projects with SNC-Lavalin. Outside of his work in the lab, Kee Seung enjoys playing the drums.

Rosalie Morin

Rosalie obtained her Masters of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab under Dr. Il Yong Kim's supervision.

Rosalie graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering. Over the course of her degree, Rosalie was committed to the newly formed Aeronautics and Rocketry club where she helped design and validate a static test stand and pressure vessel for a hybrid rocket to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. In her final year at the University of Ottawa, Rosalie completed a design project of a fully passive transfemoral prosthetic where she modeled and optimized a polycentric knee joint with the primary objective of achieving cost and weight reductions. In addition to these academic projects, Rosalie took on a leadership position with the University’s Outreach Department where she taught students how to use emerging technologies such as 3D printers and laser cutters, in order to promote studies in STEM. After graduating, Rosalie completed a professional internship with Mecan Hydro in Granby, Quebec as a Mechanical Designer; she was responsible for designing hydroelectric equipment with SolidWorks and working alongside manufacturers to produce high quality products for clients throughout Canada and the United States.

Rosalie completed industry projects with Dr. Kim and SNC Lavalin. Outside of her work in the lab, Rosalie enjoys travelling, staying active, and spending time with friends and family.

Logan Kupchanko

Logan obtained his Masters of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab under Dr. Il Yong Kim's supervision.

As an undergraduate student Logan dedicated his extracurricular time to the Queen’s Formula SAE Design & Race Team. In his third year he became the Manufacturing Lead for the team, responsible for the manufacturing and quality assurance of many of the team’s custom machined components. Logan developed his interest in the Vehicle Dynamics aspect of the formula car while becoming the Vehicle Dynamics Lead and Co-Technical Director in his fourth year. In this role he led the ground up development and implementation of a new lightweight suspension system, as well as optimizing the braking system as a capstone project.

Logan worked with Dr. Kim and Bombardier Aerospace on industry projects related to topology optimization and additive manufacturing, as well as performing research in these areas. Beyond his studies, Logan enjoys skiing, golf, archery, and woodworking.

Kiarash Kashanian

Kiarash graduated from Queen’s in 2018 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Materials Science, and obtained his Master’s of Applied Science with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Lab under Dr. Il Yong Kim's supervision.

As an undergraduate student, Kiarash was involved with the Queen’s University Formula SAE Design & Race Team from 2015 to 2018; completing design and manufacturing projects within a variety of vehicle sections. He has been responsible for a multitude of internal projects including shifting, drive-train, vehicle intake, engine tuning, and cooling. During his third season with the team, Kiarash completed his independent design project on the exhaust system.  He served as the Team Captain and Co-Technical Director during his final year, with heavy involvement in the brake system as his capstone project, along with power-train design, machining, and the day-to-day operations of the team. Kiarash has worked in a multitude of industries, taking on summer internships in PCB design at the Focused Ultrasound Lab of Sunnybrook Research Centre, Dr. David Rival's lab at Queen's, and a summer position at SMSD.

Kiarash worked with Dr. Kim and General Motors on multi-material topology optimization for next-generation vehicle design. Beyond academia, he enjoys tennis, snowboarding, scuba diving, and helping out his friends at QFSAE.

Emily Dowdell

Emily graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2018. During her undergraduate studies Emily was a tutor with the Queen’s Engineering Society, tutoring students one-on-one, teaching exam preparation workshops, and creating study resources. Emily was also on the executive committee for the Conference on Industry and Resources for Queen’s University Engineers (CIRQUE), a conference that exposes engineering students to various industries to demonstrate the versatility of their engineering degree. In her final year of undergrad, Emily completed a research project with Dr. Ugo Piomelli to study the effect of confinement on an accelerating flat plate normal to the flow using MATLAB simulations. Emily has spent time working with Toromont Cat Power Systems as an engineer and project manager.

Emily obtained a Master’s of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD). Emily worked with Dr. Kim on an industry project with Bombardier Aerospace.

Beyond her studies Emily enjoys spending time at her cottage and doing watersports, as well as outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.

Kevin Conklin

Kevin graduated in 2018 from Queen’s with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Master’s of Applied Science under the guidance of Dr. Il Yong Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD).

His work experience includes completing a 16-month professional internship at Celestica, working in a manufacturing engineering role for their aerospace and defense division. His main tasks focused on increasing manufacturing efficiencies by implementing process and tooling improvements. During the final year of his undergraduate degree, Kevin completed a project using computational fluid dynamics to design a natural ventilation system for a community theatre.  During these experiences, Kevin gained strong proficiencies in various engineering tools such as SolidWorks, NX, CATIA, ANSYS, Matlab, and OpenFoam.

Kevin worked with Dr. Il Yong Kim’s Structural and Multidisciplinary System Design laboratory on projects with Bombardier Aerospace using topology optimization and additive manufacturing to generate new designs. Outside of research, Kevin enjoys hockey, tennis, and the outdoors.

Evan Munroe

Evan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2018, and went on to continue his studies under Dr. Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD) by pursuing a Master’s degree.

As an undergraduate, Evan competed in the consulting category of the Queen’s Engineering Competition. Tasked with proposing a holistic solution to a complex, multi-faceted engineering problem in a limited amount of time, Evan and his team were able to progress to the provincial level and compete against rival schools in Ottawa. Later in his undergraduate degree, Evan also acted as a Problem Analysis Mentor to first year engineering students. In addition to leading tutorial sessions by challenging students to think critically and creatively in the classroom, he performed assignment marking duties and provided sound feedback to struggling students. Coupled with valuable industry experience working at Hatch and DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Evan also has a firm grasp of engineering intuition from his passion for motorsport. Having competed in the Canadian National Rally Championship as a co-driver, Evan now focuses his spare time on building his race car with the eventual goal of vying for the 2-wheel-drive championship title.

Evan was partnered with General Dynamics helping to optimize various systems with the help of computer aided design.

Jack Olsen

Jack graduated from Queen’s University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He completed a Master’s of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group.

In Jack’s undergraduate studies, he found an interest in mechanical design and was a key member of the Queen’s Supermileage team. His main projects were to design and manufacture the drivetrain, and to tune the engine to increase fuel economy. For industry experience, Jack has completed three summer internships with Canadian Natural Resources as a field engineering student. During this time, he was able to operate and increase, both natural gas and heavy oil production.

Jack worked with Dr. Kim and Pratt and Whitney Canada on topology optimization in metal additive manufacturing. Outside of work, Jack enjoys hockey, golf, 3D printing, and travelling.

Neil Trivers

Neil graduated from Queen’s University with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. His work experience includes completing a 15 month professional internship at Sanofi Pasteur, working primarily in project management roles during design and upgrade projects for manufacturing facilities. In the final year of his undergraduate degree, he completed a research project supervised by Dr. Kim, studying the topics of modal analysis and frequency applications in large-scale topology optimization.

Neil has completed his MASc in Dr. Kim’s Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group, where he worked on industry projects with Bombardier Aerospace. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, playing golf, and following his Toronto Blue Jays.

Garrett Vierhout

Gary graduated from Queen’s University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He finished his Master’s of Applied Science under Dr. Il Yong Kim as a member of the Structural and Multi Disciplinary Systems Design Lab.

As an undergraduate student, Gary was involved in the Queen’s Eco Vehicle Team; a student team that designs and builds prototype vehicles for high levels of fuel efficiency. As a Body Team member and eventually the Body Team head, his major projects were the design and build of a light weight composite shell and a composite carbon fibre monocoque vehicle. In his final year, Gary led the team as the Team Captain to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon 2017 in Detroit, achieving a team record fuel efficiency. Off campus Gary has held roles as an Engineering Student in Building Engineering Consulting at D.G Biddle and Associates and as a Nuclear Engineering Internship Student at Ontario Power Generation Nuclear. In these roles Gary has gained experience in Project Management, Costing and Scheduling as well as a Computer Aided Engineering and associated tools.

Gary worked with Dr. Kim on an industry project with General Motors. Outside of research, Gary enjoys rugby, hockey, music, and the outdoors.

Michael Nucci

Michael graduated from Queen’s University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, and finished his MASc under the supervision of Dr. Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab.

As an undergraduate Michael worked as a part of the Queen’s FIRST Robotics Club, in which he worked as a mentor for high school students working as part a team participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition program. In the FIRST Robotics Competition, the teams of high school students have six weeks to design, build and program their robots to meet a set of objectives set out at the beginning of the six weeks. As a mentor, Michael taught valuable design and manufacturing skills to the students on the team. Additionally, during his undergraduate degree Michael gained work experience from Scotiabank as a summer student, where he worked on internal automation programs to assist in data migration.

Christopher Carrick

Chris graduate from Queen’s with his BASc. in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2014. As an undergrad, Chris was involved in the Queen’s Baja SAE Design team since his first year at Queen’s. Throughout the years, Chris took on larger projects and more responsibilities. In his second year, Chris was head of the design and manufacture for the steering system. In third year, he was the suspension design and manufacture lead. Finally, in his culminating year, Chris took on the responsibility of design lead for the entire vehicle and shared the title of project manager. Chris’s duties on the team were not only limited to design and manufacture of the Baja vehicle components; he was the main person in charge of the new members to the team, and dedicated his time to teaching and training the rookies. During his time on the team, Chris has gained countless hours of experience in SolidWorks CAD software, Mastercam CAM software and use of all the machines in Queen’s machine shop, including CNC mills and lathes, welding machines and a plasma cutters among others. During his summers, Chris has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Jack Jesweit, researching advanced metal forming, and has also furthered his practical knowledge working for Pure Ingenuity in Kingston as a junior engineer and shop hand.

Chris was a part of Dr. Il Yong Kim’s SMSD group, working on his PhD and taking part in projects with GM Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, and Pratt and Whitney Canada. His primary focus was in multi-objective topology optimization. Beyond his school life, Chris enjoys cycling, being outdoors, spending time with his friends and family, and getting muddy with the Baja team.

Benjamin Blackford

Ben graduated from Queen’s University in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During his four years of undergraduate studies, Ben was involved in the Queen’s Fuel Cell Team. Beginning as a general member, and eventually rising to mechanical manager, Ben worked to build a prototype vehicle running exclusively on hydrogen, that could carry its driver at 25 km/h while optimizing fuel efficiency. Ben and the QFCT team traveled to Detroit in 2016 for the Shell Eco Marathon – Americas, and placed first in their category. In addition to the fuel cell team, Ben is a member of the Queen’s Varsity Ultimate Team. With his team, Ben has won a silver and two gold medals at Nationals over the past four years, with the role of Captain for the most recent gold.

Ben started his studies with Dr. Kim and the SMSD team starting in the Summer of 2017, working closely with Pratt & Whitney. When not in the lab, he will continue to pursue both Ultimate and QFCT.

Patrick Kendall

Patrick graduated in 2017 from Queen’s with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specific focus on Materials Science. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Applied Science under the supervision of Dr. Kim and Dr. Mechefske of Queen’s and Dr. Wowk of the Royal Military College. Pat works alongside all the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Team in Jackson Hall.

As an undergraduate, Pat took an interest in the Queen’s Baja SAE design team at Queen’s and became one of the senior members with the role of advising and mentoring younger members in the areas of vehicle dynamics. Pat’s primary project with the team was to develop a computer model that broke the car into masses, springs, dampers, and inertial properties. The software could then simulate the vibrations in the car and the resulting vibrations could be related to vehicle performance. The team was able to place 6th in California out of over 100 teams through the United States and abroad.

Patrick focused his academics on computer aided design and materials science at an undergraduate level and used the skills that he gained to aid his three advisors in the design of aircraft sandwich panels. Outside of research he enjoys drumming in his cover band, playing golf, hockey, soccer, and snowboarding.

Kevin Fritz

Kevin completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University in 2013 with a BASc. in Mechanical Engineering. While studying, he completed a design project with the Baja SAE design team for the design and manufacture of the gearbox, and focused his studies on aerospace and automotive topics ranging from FEA to turbomachinery thermodynamics. He has several years of work experience as a Mechanical Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry with industrial equipment inspection, and fitness evaluation.

Kevin completed his MASc. in FEA and design optimization under Dr. Kim. Outside of work he enjoys windsurfing, wakeboarding, mountain biking and working on his car. He is a Canadian certified ski instructor and a backcountry skier, and loves all things winter and mountains.

Vlad Florea

Vlad graduated in 2016 from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics specializing in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Applied Science under the guidance of Dr. Il-Yong Kim with the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design Group (SMSD).

During his undergraduate career, Vlad took a keen interest in mechanical design for the Queen’s Space Engineering Team’s (QSET) Mars rover project. As the Mechanical Manager, and later as the Technical Consultant, Vlad lead a multidisciplinary group in tackling QSET’s most challenging design problems. In his final year, the team achieved second place in North America at the University Rover Challenge in Utah. During his time with the team, Vlad specialized in robotic manipulator design and in situ sample retrieval, testing and storage.  Throughout these experiences, and many other projects, Vlad has developed a deep understanding of computer-aided engineering using tools such as SolidWork, MATLAB, ANSYS, HyperWorks and OpenFoam.

Vlad worked with Dr. Kim on projects with General Motors Canada, Bombardier Aerospace and The Power Collective focusing on structural design optimization using Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE). When not at work, Vlad can be found pursuing his passions for traveling, photography and skiing.

Graeme Sabiston

Graeme completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering Physics in 2016 at Queen’s University with a focus on mechanical engineering. He continued his studies at Queen’s the following academic year, and transferred from a Master’s of Engineering in January 2017 to a M.A.Sc with the SMSD Group under the supervision of Dr. Kim.

Early in his undergraduate career, Graeme found an interest with the Queen’s Space Engineering Team and has since stepped into the role of Chief Technology Officer of satellite design for the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. Graeme has had employment experience with the National Research Council where he was a lab assistant in the Molecular Beam Epitaxy Lab, eventually moving on to become the project manager and systems engineering lead on a tuneable-diode laser absorption spectrometer for mobile flight applications.

Graeme’s work with Dr. Kim focused on topology optimization in metal additive manufacturing in collaboration with Pratt and Whitney Canada. Beyond his studies, Graeme enjoys all things fitness, baseball, rocking out with his band, motorcycling, and working with his team on the CubeSat.

Wennian Yu

Wennian Yu received his B.Sc. in 2010 in mechanical engineering and automation from Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China; his M.Sc. in 2013 in mechatronic engineering from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China and his Ph.D. in 2017 in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. The title of his Ph.D. thesis is the “Dynamic modelling of gear transmission systems with and without localized tooth defects”. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Mechefske and Dr. Kim. His research focus is on the dynamic modelling of gear transmission system, and condition monitoring of gear system for diagnostics, prognostics and health management. Wennian is currently involved with an industry project with the CheckFluid Inc., which requires a predictive health management (PHM) system for their products.

Daozhong Li

Daozhong obtained his Master and Bachelor degrees in Engineering Mechanics in Dalian University of Technology, in 2007 and 2004, respectively. He then worked for MSC.Software as an application engineer and project manager for many years. His research and works were the analysis of the mechanical properties of aerospace crafts and components--such as strength, dynamics, thermal performance, etc.--for major aerospace companies in China. He also developed simulation tools to help customers to execute FEA quickly and easily.

He completed his Ph.D at Dr. Kim ’s SMSD lab to. His research focus was on CAE and optimization for vehicle structures. Outside his research, he enjoys soccer, swimming, and music.

Jaryd Traer

Jaryd Traer graduated from Queen’s Engineering in 2015 with a BASc. In Mechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate degree he specialized in Biomechanics, Kinematics of Human Motion, and Engineering Design. In his third year of undergraduate studies Jaryd was approached to begin a small business with a group of fellow engineers. The business plan was to offer students of Queen’s and the people of Kingston easy and affordable access to 3D Printing and Design Consultation Services. He was appointed the roles of lead technical manager and lead designer. He spent most of his time consulting with clients to help design components for projects as well as printing the final models. He is now the sole proprietor of the business and handles all operations.

Jaryd finisheds his MASc. with Dr. Il Yong Kim on a project for Pratt and Whitney Canada, with his research focusing on the use of topology optimization in metal AM, specifically attempting to create an optimization algorithm that will take into consideration the limitations of 3D printing and create an optimal design.

Jaryd is a huge sports fan and enjoys spending time on the golf course and watching anything sports related.

Luke Ryan

Luke graduated from the University of Calgary in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a specialization in Mechatronics Engineering. During his undergraduate he spent most of his time working with the Baja SAE team (Schulich Off-Road), starting out as a junior member and fabricator. In his final year on the team he became lead designer, lead fabricator, and team captain. His major design projects included a chassis design where he implemented an integrated nodal suspension mounting system, and a lightweight gearbox that reduced weight by more than 40% over the previous design. Between the third and fourth years of his degree he took a year to live and work in Switzerland at the Paul Scherrer Institute. While there he worked as an experimental researcher in the Laboratory for Thermal Hydraulics, gaining experience with a variety of optical fluid measurement methods, equipment, and software. After graduating Luke worked with medical physicists at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary developing modeling methods and manufacturing techniques for patient specific devices using 3D printing and composite materials.

Luke completed his Master's in Dr. Kim’s Structural and Multidisciplinary System Design laboratory on projects with Life Prediction Technologies Inc. and General Dynamics Canada-Mission Systems related to thermal/structural coupling and optimization. Outside of school Luke enjoys mountain biking, hockey, and helping out the Baja team back home.

Christopher Woischwill

Christopher graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Dr. Kim’s Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab. During his undergraduate studies, Christopher was a founding member and director of the Queen’s Eco-Vehicle Team, a student team that designs and manufactures ultra fuel-efficient vehicles. His work experience includes developing work management software for the Canadian nuclear industry as well as developing curriculum materials for undergraduate courses in computer modeling and project management.

Christopher completed his Master's with Dr. Kim and General Motors on researching multi-material and large-scale topology optimization for automotive chassis design. Outside of academics, his interests include cycling, hockey, and playing guitar.

Jon Wong

Jon graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with a BASc degree in Mechanical Engineering. During the third and fourth year of his undergraduate degree, Jon played a lead role as a structural designer for the Queen's Aero Design Team. For his capstone design project, Jon was part of the team involved with the PACE - Reconfigurable Shared-Use Mobility System (RSMS) Project, which required teams composed of multiple universities from around the world to work together and develop innovative electric vehicle designs to redefine mobility. The Queen's team was able to travel to South Korea, to collaborate with the other universities in their team. In addition, the team also participated in the Annual PACE Forum 2015, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil! (More Details Here) For industry experience, Jon has worked two summers at Nexen CNOOC Ltd as a Technical Summer Student under both Technical Services and Facilities Engineering for NEBC Shale Gas.

Jon completed his MASc degree under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim, working on research projects in topology optimization and multidiscplinary analysis with both General Dynamics Canada - Mission Systems and Safran Landing Systems.

When not working 30 hours a day, 8 days a week, Jon enjoyeds snowboarding out in the rockies, photography with his D750, and cars!

Yingchun Bai

Dr. Yingchun Bai received his Bachelor and PhD degree from Hunan University (China) in 2007 and 2013, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design (SMSD) lab at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. His research interests included: Structural Optimization, Design under Uncertainty, Vehicle Crashworthiness Design, and Topology Optimization. He also did research on vehicle lightweight design by developing large-scale topology optimization methods, under the supervision of Dr. Il Yong Kim. Beyond academic research, he was interested in swimming and economics-related reading as well.

Dan Foresi

Dan Foresi graduated from Queen’s University in 2014 with a BASc. In Mechanical Engineering.  During his undergraduate degree he played a lead role in the engine development of the school’s Formula SAE race car.   For his undergraduate thesis Dan worked to design an automated racing transmission which was eventually used in competition and administered performance rivaling that of modern day supercars.  Since his second year at Queen’s, Dan has been working as a student at Magna Automotive in their powertrain division.  There, he has had a multitude of responsibilities from design work to component testing.

Dan finished his MASc. which was focused on manufacturing optimization.  Specifically, he was investigating the cold working effects of the stamping process on normal and high tensile strength steels.  Outside of the office Dan enjoyed keeping up with the FSAE team, motorcycles, cars and pretty much anything with an engine.

Ryan Pitre

Ryan graduated from Queen's University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student he focused primarily on solid and fluid mechanics as well as computer modelling. During the summers of his undergrad he worked for Canadian Natural Resources where he was introduced to pipe stress analysis. This lead to a complete focus on solid mechanics and computational analysis. Ryan was a lead designer for the Queen's Aero Design Team where he designed and optimized the fuselage and tail structures for the micro class plane, leading the team to place 5th out of 30 teams in an international competition. Ryan's interests include space exploration, space technologies, aerospace technologies, hockey, and socializing.

Ryan worked with Dr. Il Yong Kim and Neptec Ltd. in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab on the structural and thermal design of a next generation lunar rover chassis for the NASA RESOLVE mission. His career goal is to advance humanity's capacity to explore and eventually colonize our solar system.

Chao Li

Chao graduated from Hunan University, China in June 2008 with a bachelor degree in Vehicle Engineering. With strong undergraduate standing, he was offered admission by the same university for M.Sc. Study without taking the normal entrance examination. In June 2011, he received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in the structural design and optimization of automotive bodies. His master's thesis subject was the Lightweight Method of Automotive Door with Tailor-Welded Blank Structure. The method proposed in his thesis overcame certain difficulties of structural design and computer aided engineering (CAE) of the automotive body, put forward some innovative thinking and gave a tentative design method for TWB structure.

With passion in the principles and methods of structural optimization, he decided to further his academic study abroad as a Ph.D. student and finally joined in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab at Queen's University under Dr. Il Yong Kim. His research was focused on the application of topology optimization and finite element analysis (FEA) to the structural design of electric vehicles. With aspiration, inspiration, and perspiration, he believes in himself that he will create something which will someday improve factories' productivity and efficiency, and simultaneously reduce environmental pollution and energy consumption. Beyond academics, he is also interested in dancing, singing and cycling.

Michael Baker

Michael graduated from Queen's University in 2012 with a BASc. in Engineering Physics (mechanical option) and a Bachelor of Computing (general). In both these degrees Michael enjoyed the mathematical aspects being readily applied in meaningful ways to the world. During his degree in Engineering Physics he really enjoyed studying electricity and magnetism where vector calculus was readily applied; whereas in computer science he would take mathematical equations/processes and simplify them into code to be applied in various contexts.

After taking Dr. Il Yong Kim's course of computer aided design (MECH 465) in his final year, he was fascinated with the prospect of expanding his knowledge in this field. The combination of structural analysis, computer design/modeling, and the consequent improvement of said designs with the use of optimization algorithms, seemed like a perfect combination of his interests.

Michael worked with Dr. Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary System Design lab. His research was in the area of Multi-material topology optimization as it applies to ladder frames.

Jeremy Bakker

Jeremy started his undergraduate education in the field of physics at the University of Guelph, for which he received his Bachelor of Science. During this time he worked on a number of engineering projects which shifted his interests from the theoretical nature of physics to the more practical field of engineering. Projects such as Formula SAE and research centring on the finite element analysis of equine pulminary artery stress have given Jeremy some experience in the field of FE modeling and analysis. After completing undergrad and working with a Formula BMW America's team for a season Jeremy decided to return to the scholastic life to further develop his engineering skills and began a Master's of Engineering at Queen's University.

Following the completion of his coursework Jeremy began working with Dr. Kim in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab working on the optimization of Electric Vehicle (EV) battery cooling systems alongside Anthony Jarrett and Ben Banks on their respective projects. This research focused on the full battery pack level thermal control for the purpose of extending the life and range of EV battery packs.

Jeremy is an avid motorsports fan, and competed with the Queen's University FSAE team and enjoys motorcycling and astronomy (weather permitting!).

Ben Banks

Ben graduated from Queen;s University in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate student he was interested in many fields spending summers working for Ontario Power Generation, and Component Repair Technologies. However later in his degree he found a passion for structural analysis and aerospace design and for his fourth year project he helped design a landing gear for a lunar lander module. During his fourth year he also took a Finite Element Method course peaking his curiosity in optimization and structural analysis and lead to his desire to do a Master's.

Ben worked with Dr. Il Yong Kim and Anthony Jarrett in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Systems Design lab on an Auto 21 project for analysis of cooling plates. The research involved optimizing cooling plates for an electric vehicle battery pack. This research involved the use of computational fluid dynamics and multidisciplinary optimization and is leading on from Tony's previous research.

Sun Yong Kim

Sun Yong received his mechanical engineering undergraduate degree in 2005 from Dong-eui University in Busan, South Korea. Throughout this period, he expressed great interest in the reduction of noise and vibration using optimization and participated in an associate research project with Dr. Doo Ho Lee. This later strongly motivated him to pursue graduate studies in mechanical engineering also at Dong-eui University. His research focus was material parameter identification for noise reduction materials using FEA and experimental testing. He has been involved in several industry commissioned projects including Hyundai Heavy Industries and the Korean Science and Engineering Foundation.

Sun Yong worked with Dr. Il Yong Kim and Dr. Chris Mechefske at Queen's University as a Ph.D student. His research focus was effective damping material placement using topology optimization to reduce the vibration/acoustic amplitude of MRI gradient-coil.

After graduating from Queen's in 2011, Sun Yong returned to Korea to take a position with Samsung.

Ryan Willing

Ryan graduated from Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University in May 2005, filling his fourth year of Undergrad with classes in bio-engineering, bio-mechanical design, stress / strain analysis and manufacturing methods. Ryan and his MECH 460 / 462 group-mates were awarded the L.M. Arkley prize for the best paper, supported by an oral presentation, on their Active Noise Suppression device.

Ryan spent his first 2 summer vacations working as a machinist in the Research and Business Development building at Dupont's Kingston site. During those summers, he learned the importance of designing parts for manufacturability and maintenance, as well as gaining first hand experience with various manufacturing methods.

During his Master's, Ryan will be applied the tools of Multi-Disciplinary Optimization to Bio-Mechanical design. Ryan's first project was optimization of an artificial knee, where Ryan's experiences with CAD software, in the machine shop, and in bio-mechanical design were of great help.

Outside of school, Ryan likes boating, camping, Seadooing, skiing, snowboarding, skating, music, movies, and going out on the town.

Since completing his doctoral studies with the SMSD group at Queen's, Ryan has moved on to post-doctoral studies at the Bioengineering Research Lab at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre which is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, the Lawson Health Research Institute, and St. Joseph's Health Centre in London, Ontario. Ryan is developing computational models to compliment the cadaver based in vitro experiments performed in the lab, for studies focused on improving implant designs and surgical techniques. Ryan is supported in part by the Joint Motion Program (JuMP) - A CIHR training program in musculoskeletal health research and leadership.

Hossein Kashani Zadeh

Hossein Kashani Zadeh got his Bachelor of Science from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Amir Kabir University, Tehran, Iran on August 2003. As an undergraduate student he was interested in fluid mechanics and heat transfer and did his final thesis on the design of micro heat pipes.

For his Master's degree he moved to University of Tehran, Iran on September 2003. During his Master's program he became more interested in finite element analysis and optimization of manufacturing processes and worked on Tube Hydroforming process under the supervision of professor Mosavi. In collaboration with industry, he did experiments as well as finite element analysis, and published four journal and four conference papers. During his Master's he worked for Iran Marine Industrial Company (SADRA) for the project "Development of shipyards", doing project management working with vendors, consultants and contractors and collaborating in the maintenance of equipment with project contractors. He also worked for POUYA Research Company studying technology foresight initiatives in five countries.

Being interested in numerical analysis of manufacturing processes and their optimization he came to Queen's University on September 2006 to pursue his studies in a Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Kim and Dr. Jeswiet.

He worked on numerical simulation and experimental analysis of metal powder compaction. He won the outstanding paper award at NAMRC 37 (North American Manufacturing Research Conference).

Some of the research projects that he did were: the design of a brake system for an electric car, automobile exterior design, CAD modeling of hood and trunk and their assembly for a government funded AUTO21 project, study of analytical formulations to find stress intensity factors in functionally graded materials, finite element simulation and optimization of the structure of Boushehr Dry Dock under critical loading conditions using ANSYS, coding genetic algorithm and steepest descent optimization methods using Borland Delphi and applying them to numerous optimization problems during his Master's degree and programming using Borland Delphi to develop a software for heat-pipe design as his undergraduate final project.

Besides work he enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and any outdoor activities.

Chris Boyle

Chris graduated from Queen's University in 2008 with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering. He has always been interested in mechanical systems; constantly wondering how and why they work. He learned mechanical engineering theory during the school years of his undergrad degree and applied it during the summers, working as an outboard engine mechanic at his family's marina.

Chris then participated in a 16-month internship at Honda of Canada Mfg. before completing 4th year. Working with both the weld maintenance and weld engineering groups, he was able to learn a variety of skills including: advanced computer modeling and finite element analysis using CATIA (a high performance computer aided design package), project management of equipment installations, and communication skills via daily meetings, oral presentations to management, and written technical documents. This position allowed him to gain an intimate understanding of the design and manufacturing of the monocoque automotive chassis and body.

Chris' research focused on multi-scale Structural Topology optimization using the finite element method and how it was applied to practical problems in the fields of bio-mechanics and automotive design to create robust and cost effective design solutions.

Outside the research, Chris likes to hang out with family and friends, particularly at his family's cottage.

Paolo Nava

Paolo graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Italy in 2006. As an undergraduate student he was mainly interested in Computer Aided Engineering; he was introduced to Finite Element Analysis during an automotive project on a six-wheel car carried out together with Covini Engineering.

During 2006-2007, Paolo worked at Fumagalli SRL, a leading company in plastic lighting, where he was in charge of injection mould design and engineering. His experience as a teacher of Mechanical Technology for high school students and as a trainer in Ficep, an Italian CNC Machines and Systems for steel construction industry, improved his communication and organization skills.

Paolo started working as a research assistant in the SMSD laboratory in May 2008 and will begin his Master's in September 2008, co-supervised by Prof. Il Yong Kim and Prof. Jack Jeswiet. During his Master's he applied FEM and Optimization to sustainability for manufacturing processes.

Outside his research, Paolo enjoys playing basketball, travelling, camping and playing music.

Dr. In Gwan Jang

In Gwun graduated from mechanical engineering in KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in Feb 1997. During his undergraduate course In Gwun was interested in structural design and optimization. This strongly motivated him to get a master's and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in KAIST under prof. Byung Man Kwak who is a worldwide specialist in the field of structural optimization. In detail, master's thesis was about optimal design of a nuclear fuel rod support structure based on contact stress analysis. During second year of master courses and first year of Ph. D courses, In Gwun cooperated with KAERI (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute). His doctoral thesis was about evolutionary topology optimization using design space adjustment and refinement. During his Ph. D studies, In Gwun had been involved in several industrial and commissioned projects including Samsung Heavy Industries, Samsung Electronics, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

In Gwun's recent interest is in biomechanics, especially bone remodeling and its simulation. In Gwun focused his research on the optimal design of hip implants, where his knowledge of structural optimization and experience with various CAE softwares proved to be positively beneficial.

Nicolas Lalonde

Nicolas graduated from McGill University in Montreal in May 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. Throughout his last year at McGill, he worked as a Mechanical Designer at Mechtronix Systems in Montreal, who were also collaborators with his final school project, designing a seat shaker for an ATR flight training device. His time there allowed him to gain extensive knowledge and experience with Pro Engineer Wildfire, group dynamics and problem solving. He completed the Value Engineering Module 1 in his last year at McGill, working with the McGill electric snowmobile team to optimize the drive train system.

He was enrolled as a Master's student under Dr. Il Yong Kim at Queen's University, focusing his research on the design of an automotive chassis for a zero emission vehicle. His research considered crashworthiness, mass, and sustainability, using multiple design tools: topology optimization, finite element analysis and design under uncertainty. This was his first venture in sustainability, which was the center piece of his thesis research.

Outside of Mechanical Engineering, Nicolas' interests lie in camping, skiing and other outdoor activities.

Chris Manu

Chris Manu graduated from Queen's University in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Chris' current Master's research work is being co-supervised by Dr. Birk and Dr. Kim. The project's objective is to create a material model that will simulate the high temperature failure of SA 455 steel using a FEA package such as ANSYS or ABAQUS. This time dependent non-linear material model will then be applied to predict failure times in propane tanks that are exposed to accidental fires. Material models will be verified with high temperature tensile creep tests performed with an instron machine and a specimen furnace. Predicted propane tank failure times will be verified with Dr. Birk's experimental BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion) results. Chris was the proud recipient of a McLaughlin Fellowship Award for the 2006-2007 school year.

Chris has had great work experience, working with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited for two summers. He spent most of his time working on simulating manufacturing processes such as shrink fitting, welding and rolling using ANSYS FEA computer code.

Chris spent the 2005 summer term studying at the International Centre in Herstmonceux, East Sussex, England and loves to travel. Other favourite pass times include snowboarding, hiking and rock climbing.

Shane Smith

Shane graduated from Queen's in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In fourth year, Shane was able to focus on his areas of academic interest: automotive design, stress and strain analysis, and the business of manufacturing. Shane first became exposed to FEA and design optimization when taking MECH 465 with Dr. Kim.

Shane's automotive design interest stems from his active involvement in the Queen's Baja SAE Student Design Team. In fourth year, Shane and his MECH 460/462 group members took on the task of designing, optimizing, and manufacturing the chassis for the 2006 Queen's Baja. The optimization portion of this project coincided with Shane's participation in MECH 465, resulting in modeling and optimization experience in ANSYS.

As a Baja team member, Shane was also involved in suspension design and extensive CNC manufacturing, gaining experience in Solid Edge and Mastercam. Shane has participated in a total of eight Baja competitions all across North America since first joining the team in 2003. At the conclusion of the 2006 competition season in Elkhorn, WI, the Queen's Baja team was awarded the Iron Car Award for the highest cumulative score at the three North American competitions.

Shane began working as a research assistant under Dr. Kim in July 2006, and started his Master's in September of the same year. Shane's Master's focus was on automotive chassis design, with investigation into structural stiffness, crashworthiness, and weight.

Outside of school, Shane was actively involved in the Queen's Baja Team. He enjoys watching nearly every sport, particularly college basketball and baseball, and watches too many TV shows to list. He also enjoys the occasional BEvERage.

George Matsoukas

George graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University in May 2004. In September 2004, George registered in the course work Master's Program at Queen's, and took 4 courses in the fall term and 4 in the winter term. One of the courses George took in the winter term was MECH 465, a Finite Element Analysis and Design Optimization course with Dr. Kim. For the project portion of the course, George and group members Charlie Man and Chris Sager performed a finite element analysis and design optimization of a femoral component in total hip arthroplasty. This allowed George to gain experience in the use of ANSYS 9.0, and an interest in design optimization applied to biomechanical devices.

George began working under the direction Dr. Kim in May 2005 in the area of MDO applied to biomechanical systems. Although George's research goal has not yet been formally defined, George is looking at applying MDO to the design of an artificial hip. George's other interests include mechatronics and robotics. While an undergraduate at Queen's, George and group members Charlie Man, Mark Couillard and Larry Li designed and constructed an autonomous robotic fish as part of the MECH 460/462 undergraduate design project course. This won the group a first place prize in the Procter and Gamble design competition held at Queen's in April 2004.

Nick Cristello

Nick's main research interest is in MDO applied to Mechatronics; with a particular interest in Kinematics, Dynamics and Control. Primary applications include automotive and robotic engineering.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Nick completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in May of 2003. Graduating in the field of Systems Design Engineering, Nick also specialized in Mechatronics - a synergistic interaction of electronics, mechanics and computing.

The University of Waterloo affords its engineering students with a co-operative education program that provides invaluable industrial work experience. Through a combined two-year total of industry experience, Nick became well versed in several standard engineering software applications such as Unigraphics, ADAMS, AutoCAD and Pro-Engineer.

A particular interest in Kinematics, led Nick to work on a project known as "Hexplorer" at the University of Waterloo. Hexplorer - a continuing project in the

Systems Design Department - is a 6-legged walking robot, with a circular body to facilitate motion in any direction. Nick and fellow UW classmate Damian Kwok, worked on electrical and mechanical modifications required to achieve the necessary walking gait. Information on the 2002-2003 Hexplorer project, can be found here.

After graduation from Waterloo, Nick worked in Belleville, Ontario in the Research and Development department at Halla Canada. A manufacturer of automotive air-conditioner components, Halla conducts business with all North-American automotive manufacturers. This experience allowed Nick to gain further experience with such CAD tools as EFD.Lab, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, CATIA and IDEAS. After approximately one and half years, Nick registered at Queen's University to continue education at the Master's level.

Registered in September, 2004 Nick began studies at Queen's University under the direction of Dr. Kim. Nick's research at Queen's was divided into two separate, but equally important projects. The first portion of his research concentrated on the shape optimization of a universal joint (as an assembly), and more information can be found here. The second portion of his research (and basis for his thesis) considered the optimization of a zero emission vehicle chassis, by incorporating crashworthiness and hydroformability, and more information can be found here. During this time, Nick was also a TA for Dr. Kim's MECH465 course. These responsibilities have given Nick expert experience in ANSYS, MATLAB, and LS-DYNA.

Since graduation in September of 2006, Nick has taken up full time employment with DEW Engineering and Development, in Ottawa Ontario.

While "all-work-and-no-play" makes Nick a dull boy, Nick's hobbies and interests include Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Rock-Climbing, Mountain Biking and general fitness. Living in Kingston near the lake, summers are typically filled with boating, swimming, canoeing and other water-oriented activities.

Dr. Jin Sun Hong

Jin Sun Hong received his Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) at Seoul National University in Korea (1989). He has worked as a Researcher for R & D Center of Daewoo Heavy Industries Co. (1983-1984), as a Research Engineer for Iljin Electric Co. (1984-1985), as a Researcher for the Engineering Research Institute of Seoul National University (1989-1990), and as a Senior Researcher for Agency for Defense Development in Korea (1990-1992). He is currently a professor in the Department of Precision Mechanical Engineering at Gangnung National University in Korea.

He is a Mechanical Engineer specialized in Dynamics and Vibration of solid elements. His research interests include vibration of nearly axi-symmetric structural elements, such as a circular ring or an axi-symmetric shell. One of his earlier research topics was 'Vibration and Acoustic Characteristics of an Axi-symmetric Shell with Local Deviation'. In this study, he found out analytically that there occurs beat phenomenon by the presence of local deviation of mass and/or stiffness. The results can be used in frequency tuning of a circular ring or axi-symmetric shell. He is also interested in the study of vibration of a rotating ring and its application to Gyroscope.

He visited Queen's University to work with Dr. Kim in July 2005. His expertise lies in dynamics and vibration methods as it pertains to MDO. He stayed approximately one year in Kingston.

Anthony Jarrett

Tony graduated from The University of Birmingham, UK in 2002 with a degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Following a fourth year industrial project investigating the influence of foreign object damage on aero-engine gas turbine blades, he found a job with QinetiQ, the UK defence research agency. This included work in material testing and characterisation, and aircraft structural integrity assessments.

After three years, Tony moved to the north of England and took a position in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at Siemens Power Generation as a steam turbine design engineer. Here he became experienced in the use of the finite element method for stress and thermal analysis of turbine components, and saw first hand the typical industrial design process. In 2007/2008, he spent seven months in Germany contributing to the design of Siemens' next generation nuclear turbines.

Having developed an interest in the use of computer aided design, Tony was keen to further his knowledge in an academic environment, and found an opportunity at Queen's University in the Structural and Multidisciplinary Design Lab. His research here involved the optimisation of cooling systems for electric vehicle batteries, using computational fluid dynamics and multidisciplinary numerical methods.

Tony has been playing the double bass for many years and got involved with several of the music groups at Queen's. In his first year here he is played in the opera company's production of Hansel and Gretel.