VIDEO: Mechanical & Materials Engineering seeks four new faculty members

Posted on March 01, 2017

More details about the positions, including application procedures.

Learn more about Kevin Deluzio, Mark Daymond, Il Yong Kim, Clarie Davies.

  • Video transcript:

    My name is Kevin Deluzio. I'm the head of the department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering here at Queen's University. We're going through an exciting period of growth and faculty renewal right now. We're actually recruiting for four positions in the areas of additive manufacturing, mechatronics and nuclear materials.

    It's a really exciting time for nuclear materials at Queen's we've had continued and strong industrial support over the last - more than a decade - and that's culminated in the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory. The RMTL is an accelerator-facility that allows us to study materials and simulate, if you like, some of the conditions that occur inside a nuclear reactor.

    We're also fortunate enough to be part of the significant investment ;associated with the CFREF/CAPRIinitiative and that's building connections with the high-energy physics community. I think that's going to lead to some really interesting opportunities in terms of detector development, in terms of modelling of high-energy particle interaction with matter. As well as opportunities to interact just with the physics community. I think the combination of the CFREF/CPARC, the RMTL and really strong university and industrial collaborations means opportunities for growth for at least the next decade.

    There are three reasons why I strongly believe this is the best place for young, enthusiastic researchers in mechatronics and additive manufacturing. The first is excellent funding opportunities. We are closely working with world-class, multi-national companies and by joining the research team, you are going to have an excellent opportunity to attract funding from industry and from government as well.

    Second is the best students. Queen's engineering students have the highest academic standing in Canada. I'm sure you will truly enjoy teaching these bright, young minds, and this will also help you recruit top-notch graduate students.

    The third is excellent collaboration opportunities. In our department, we have an excellent culture of collaboration and you are going to have great opportunities to collaborate with your colleagues in a similar research area to yours and from various different disciplines in the department and the in the faculty.

    I finished my undergraduate degree at Queen's University 20 years ago. Since then I've been at three other institutions as well as spent some time in industry and now I've returned to Queen's because I love the strong traditions and the attitudes of all the students.

    My research focuses on designing different devices for people with disabilities. I find that even at the undergraduate level we can join engineers and occupational therapists together. Last year we had 24 teams of three occupational therapists, three engineers, and one end user. That end user decided what they wanted designed for them and each individual team designed those devices for that end user. That allowed then engineers to learn what the occupational therapists do, the occupational therapists to learn what the engineers do and the end user to be involved in the entire design process.

    One of the most important things that we do as a department is hire new faculty. We pride ourselves on providing the atmosphere that allows new faculty to flourish by providing them the resources and the support they need early in their careers.

    If you have research interests and believe you can contribute to the outstanding work that's being done here in the areas for nuclear materials, additive manufacturing, or mechatronics, we really look forward to you contacting us for more information.