Prof. Ridha Ben Mrad,
University of Toronto, Canada

R. Ben Mrad, P.Eng., FCSME, is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto. He joined the University in 1997, having previously held research positions at the National Research Council of Canada in Vancouver, BC, and the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan. He received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994.
Professor Ben Mrad’s research interests are Mechatronics and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) with a special focus on the design of pieozceramic actuators and sensors, microactuators and microfluidic systems, MEMS fabrication, thin film pieozoelectrics and development of smart materials based devices. His research led to a number of patents and inventions including 9 US patents/patent applications. He has supervised the research of over 55 graduate students and researchers, received the Faculty Early Career Teaching Award in 2002, and the Connaught Innovation Award in 2013 and 2015.
He serves on the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Grants Committee (2008-2011), chairs the IEEE Industrial Electronics Committee on MEMS and Nanotechnology, and serves on the Executive Board of the CanSmart Group. He is currently a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Editor of IE Tech News, and serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE/ASME JMEMS. He was also a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He also served as a founding Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics at the University of Toronto (2009-11).

Research Interests
Mechatronics; precision design; smart materials; piezoceramics; thin film piezoelectrics; nonlinear and real-time control; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and microfluidics.



Prof. Dr. Yongsheng Ma
University of Alberta, Canada

Y.-S. Ma has been a full Professor of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering since 2013 with the University of Alberta. Dr. Ma has also been a registered Professional Engineer with APEGA, Canada since 2009. Currently he teaches capstone design projects, engineering economics and manufacturing processes. His research areas include interdisciplinary heavy oil recovery production tooling engineering, feature-based product and process modeling, plastic molding simulation and mold design optimization, CAD/CAE integration, CADCAM, ERP informatics modeling, and product lifecycle management. Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 1986, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from UMIST, UK in 1990 and 1994 respectively. Before joining U of A, from 2000 to 2007, he had been an Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and from 2007 to 2013, with University of Alberta. He served as an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering from 2009 to 2013; and since 2012, has been an editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Dr. Ma won ASTech award sponsored by Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation jointly with Drader Custom Manufacturing Ltd in 2012. He started his career as a Lecturer from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore in 1993, and then from 1996 to 2000, he was a Senior Research Fellow and Group Manager at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).



Prof. Songgang Qiu,
West Virginia University, USA

Dr. Songgang Qiu began his professional career as a senior principal engineer at a Research and Development company in 1997. He was quickly promoted to Vice President. In 2004, he led to create a R&D division to pursue government projects. He joined Temple University as a full professor in 2012. Currently, he is the full professor at West Virginia University. Over the last twenty years, he has served as principal Investigator for several dozes of government and industrial sponsored research projects. His current sponsored research projects are focused on power generation, energy conversion, solar energy, and energy efficiency.