Workshop on Scholarly Publication: How to Survive the Peer Review and Practice the Peer Review

This workshop will focus on how to navigate the peer review process for a scientific paper from reviewer and the reviewee perspectives. The format of the workshop is a combination of short talks, case study/example discussion, and then live hands-on review of a manuscript that will be provided to the participants ahead of the workshop.

The participants of this workshop have the opportunity to learn about the most up to date issues regarding the peer review process form the following experienced presenters:

All successful participants will receive a Certificate for completing the Workshop that will be presented by the Elsevier.


June 5, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm


Room 217, Bergeron Building
York University, Toronto (see map)

Who should attend:    

New faculty members, PDFs, and especially graduate students


To participate in the workshop send your application form to: by end of day on June 2nd.




Dr. Phillip Choi, Ph.D., P.Eng., Professor
University of Alberta, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta

Phillip Choi is Professor of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Prof. Choi is also an active consultant to various multinational organizations on issues related to polymer products development and polymer failure analysis.
He received his BASc (1988) in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia and his MASc (1992) and PhD (1995) from the University of Waterloo. His teaching and research interests lie in the areas of chemical thermodynamics and design/development of synthetic and bio-based polymers for food packaging applications, respectively.
He has authored and co-authored 3 book chapters, 103 referred journal publications and 1 US patent. He is also a coauthor of a textbook entitled “The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering,” 3rd edition published by Elsevier. Prof. Choi was named the McCalla Professorship in 2007 and won the Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008 at the University of Alberta recognizing his dedication to undergraduate education. He received a National Young Innovator Award from Petro Canada Inc. in 2001 and an international IUPAC Travel Award in 2002, respectively, recognizing his work on polymer research.


Over the past several decades, the food packaging technology has improved dramatically. Such improvement is somewhat driven by the fact that packaged food needs to travel longer journeys from farms or factories to reach their consumers as well as to have longer shelf life.
This in turn puts great demands on packaging materials, particularly their barrier properties. A suitable packaging material must be able to protect food from oxygen (which causes oxidation and deterioration of the food), loss of carbonation, transport of moisture (loss or gain on moisture), contamination and infection, permeation of solvents and odours and flavours of the food, and absorption of flavour components by the packaging material. Obviously, selection of the right packaging material for the food item in hand is not a trivial task. And in many cases, polymers are the preferred materials.
In this seminar, he will present our recent studies on the barrier properties of a few food-packaging polymers. In particular, the discussion will be focused on how does the structure of such polymers affect the diffusivity of small molecules (e.g., water) using the techniques of molecular dynamics simulation and inverse gas chromatography.


Professor Nima Tabatabaei Develops clinical device for early detection of dental caries

Development and clinical translation of a high-resolution photothermal coherence tomography clinical device for detection and 3-D mapping of early dental caries.

Professor Nima Tabatabaei from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to partner with Quantum Dental Technologies and distinguished researchers at University of Toronto, Professors Mandelis and Finer to develop a dental diagnostic imaging technology.

The proposed device is expected to reveal dental demineralization at very early stages when the lesion can still be remineralized or healed, creating a painless, cost-effective and non-invasive treatment for tooth decay instead of the conventional drilling and filling approach.

Over the next three years, $300,000 out of the $717,294 funding will support the operation of this project at Professor Tabatabaei’s Hybrid Biomedical Optics laboratory.

Khaled Youssef received two prestigious scholarships for his doctoral studies with Professor Pouya Rezai

Khaled Youssef, a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at York University, has recently received two prestigious scholarships to continue his doctoral research at ACµTE under the supervision of Professor Pouya Rezai. The Ontario Trillium Scholarship is a competitive provincial award for attracting top ranked international students to Ontario for their PhD studies. The Carswell Scholarship is an award from Lassonde School of Engineering to incoming PhD students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements. Congratulations, Khaled !

Professor Pouya Rezai Has Received Funding from NSERC and OCE to Partner with Dairy Quality Inc. for Developing a Bacterial Biosensor

Professor Pouya Rezai from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has received funding from NSERC and OCE to partner with Dairy Quality Inc on a project that aims to develop a portable  biosensor for detection of microbial pathogens in milk and dairy products. A microfluidic device for sample processing and separation of target pathogens from milk will be developed in phase I of this project. The microchip will then be integrated with an iOS-based microscopy and target detection tool in phase II. The academic and industrial team aim to bring this technology to market in 2018.

Explaining the Flipped Classroom

Professor Alidad Amirfazli at the UK-Canada Frontiers in Science 2016

This was an invited talk given by Professor Alidad Amirfazli at the UK-Canada Frontiers in Science 2016, explaining fascinating world of droplets.


Congratulations to Professor Dan Zhang

Prof. Dan Zhang has been elected as the Fellow of the The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a professional association that promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe” via “continuing education, training and professional development, codes and standards, research, conferences and publications, government relations, and other forms of outreach. ASME is an engineering society, a standards organization, a research and development organization, a lobbying organization, a provider of training and education, and a nonprofit organization. Founded as an engineering society focused on mechanical engineering in North America, ASME is today multidisciplinary and global.

The new home of Mechanical Engineering

We have moved to the new Bergeron Center of Engineering Excellence. This recently constructed building contains state of the art facilities and equipment to facilitate the best learning and collaboration environment.

New Website for Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the brand new website for the mechanical engineering department. This site was designed to have the student and faculty in mind!