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Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering



The Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering provides students with a high-quality engineering education through teaching and research excellence. Ontario Tech University is the only university in Canada with a dedicated Automotive Engineering program, one of a handful of universities in Canada that offers a dedicated program in Mechatronics Engineering. Our innovative and leading-edge programs produce graduates who are prepared to thrive and excel in the evolving 21st-century workplace, and develop solutions to world issues such as; autonomous vehicle design, electric and hybrid vehicles, and robotics and automation. 

We advance the ideas generated by our outstanding faculty and students, who conduct research that leads to transformative cultural, economic and scientific progress worldwide. By seeking answers to big questions, we solidify our reputation for engineering excellence.


The Research Rundown

Season 3 Episode 02 - AI and Model Predictive Controls

In this latest episode of the Research Rundown, get to know one of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's newest professors, Dr. Meaghan Charest-Finn! In this conversation, she sits down with Mechatronics student Nicholas Varas to discuss her ongoing research in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and model predictive controls. They also talk about her journey going from a small Maritime town to postgraduate education, AI vs. Machine Learning, and her future plans for her new research lab at Ontario Tech. If you are interested in AI and its role in our daily lives, or are debating pursuing postgraduate education, you will not want to miss this episode.


Dr. Meghan Charest-Finn, Assistant Professor, Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering


Nicholas Varas, 4th year Mechatronics Engineering Student

Season 1 Episode 06 - Exploring Heavy Vehicle Dynamics

In our final episode of 2020, host Fiona Man, a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering student is joined by Ontario Tech Alumni and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Zeinab El-Sayegh, who discusses her innovative research understanding off-road vehicle performance, taking an in-depth look at Tire-Terrain Interaction, Advanced Multi-Objective Crash Analysis Optimization and the Vehicle Dynamics and Crash Analysis Lab in which she works. Dr. El-Sayegh also gives insight into what it’s like to be a Postdoctoral Fellow, and shares words of advice with Fiona about the Ontario Tech Racing Team.


Dr. Zeinab El-SayeghPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering


Fiona Man, 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Student

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