Academic Appointments

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto is a centre of immense inspiration, remarkable innovation and boundless possibilities.

Our new professors are creating solutions to better the world — from addressing human health to developing sustainable technologies. They are also outstanding teachers, dedicated to educating our highly motivated students.

As the premier engineering institution in Canada and one of the best in the world, we have earned a reputation for excellence. That reputation has enhanced our ability to recruit top academics and students from around the globe.


2016–2017 Appointments


Fae Azhari

Fae Azhari (MIE, CivE)

Professor Fae Azhari (MIE, CivE) began her civil engineering studies at Isfahan University of Technology in Iran and received her PhD in Structural Engineering and Mechanics from the University of California, Davis. She specializes in structural health monitoring of bridges and other engineering systems to advance sustainable infrastructure management.
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Erin Bobicki

Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE)

Professor Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE) completed her PhD at the University of Alberta, where she studied mineral processing and carbon sequestration, before spending two years working at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon. She aims to improve the sustainability of mining operations by developing novel techniques for mineral processing that reduce energy and water use.
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Merve Bodur

Merve Bodur (MIE)

Professor Merve Bodur (MIE) studied at Boğaziçi University in Turkey, as well as the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received her PhD. She conducted postdoctoral research at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on new mathematical methods and big data analytics to optimize complex processes. Read more »

Chris Bouwmeester

Chris Bouwmeester (IBBME)

Professor Chris Bouwmeester (IBBME) completed both his undergraduate and PhD degrees at the University of Calgary. As a teaching-stream professor, he uses design-based projects to foster innovation in both core and capstone courses. For example, in his courses students are encouraged to observe health professionals in their everyday practice in order to identify open-ended clinical problems and provide solutions.
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Jennifer Farmer

Jennifer Farmer (ChemE)

Professor Jennifer Farmer (ChemE) is a teaching-stream faculty member who received her PhD in chemistry from York University. She will bring her expertise in synthetic and organometallic chemistry, as well as her passion for teaching excellence, to undergraduate courses.
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Naomi Matsuura

Naomi Matsuura (MSE, IBBME)

Professor Naomi Matsuura (MSE, IBBME) completed her PhD in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at U of T and has worked as a researcher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 2005. Her research focuses on the application of nanotechnology, including injectable nanoscale contrast agents, to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
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Alison Olechowski

Alison Olechowski (MIE, ILead)

Professor Alison Olechowski (MIE, ILead) completed her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University and will soon complete her PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She studies the decision-making tools that teams of engineers use in industry as they design and develop innovative new products.
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I. Daniel Posen

I. Daniel Posen (CivE)

Professor I. Daniel Posen (CivE) studied at Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy. He specializes in system-scale environmental sustainability analysis. His current focus is on greenhouse gas emissions in the chemical industry and fuels sector.
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Vahid Sarhangian

Vahid Sarhangian (MIE)

Professor Vahid Sarhangian (MIE) studied at the Iran University of Science and Technology before receiving an MASc in industrial engineering from U of T. He completed his PhD at U of T’s Rotman School of Management and conducted post-doctoral research at Columbia Business School. He specializes in modelling and optimization of complex stochastic systems with an emphasis on applications in the service and healthcare industries.
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Shoshanna Saxe

Shoshanna Saxe (CivE)

Professor Shoshanna Saxe (CivE) studied at McGill University, MIT and the University of Cambridge, where she completed her PhD. She is an expert on public transit, in particular the impact of public infrastructure investments on the environment.
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Patricia Sheridan

Patricia Sheridan (ILead)

Professor Patricia Sheridan (ILead) is currently completing her PhD in the Collaborative Program in Engineering Education at U of T Engineering. With a background in robotics, she has devoted her PhD to developing novel tools to teach and evaluate team effectiveness and leadership competencies in undergraduate engineering courses.
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Hamid Timorabadi

Hamid Timorabadi (ECE)

Professor Hamid Timorabadi (ECE) completed his PhD in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at U of T. He is a teaching-stream faculty member who specializes in lab-based courses relating to power electronics and computer organization.
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Marianne Touchie

Marianne Touchie (CivE, MIE)

Professor Marianne Touchie (CivE, MIE) completed her PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering at U of T and has worked for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. Her research focuses on improving the energy performance and indoor environmental quality of existing buildings to make them more comfortable, healthy and sustainable through comprehensive retrofits.
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Chirag Variawa

Chirag Variawa (First Year Program)

Professor Chirag Variawa (First Year Program) received his PhD from the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at U of T. He has recently returned to U of T after several years as an Assistant Professor in Boston designing and teaching first-year engineering courses. He is a teaching-stream faculty member who applies multidisciplinary evidence-based approaches to improve the design of engineering learning environments.
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2015–2016 Appointments


2014–2015 Appointments


2013–2014 Appointments


2012–2013 Appointments


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