Dr. Patricio Mendez
Prof. Patricio F. Mendez joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in January 2009. He is the inaugural Weldco / Industry Chair in Welding and Joining, as well as the Director of the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining.
Patricio holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). His areas of research and teaching focus on welding and materials processes and their mathematical modeling including heat transfer, fluid flow, phase transformations, and their simultaneous interactions. Before joining UofA in 2009, Patricio taught and researched on physics of welding, casting, and phase transformations at Colorado School of Mines, and before then he was a consulting engineer for two years at Exponent Inc. In 1995 Mendez co-founded Semi-Solid Technologies Inc. in Cambridge, MA, where he participated in the invention and development of an aluminum casting process that was licensed to manufacture OEM engine parts for the Ford Focus between the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Patricio enjoys riding and repairing bicycles and playing piano and electric bass. He won his age category in the Westlock sprint triathlon in 2009 but credits the low number and speed of the competitors, not his athletic prowess for the feat.