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Michael Lipsett, PhD, PEng



Mechanical Engineering

About Me


  • Ph.D. Queen's University (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Graduate Diploma, Kyoto University, Japan (Applied Systems Science),


My research interests focus on the reliability of complex energy systems, especially in oilsands. Reliability is the likelihood that some system will remain operating properly for a required length of time. As systems become more complex, it becomes harder to predict whether something will last, and what to do as a system begins to fail.

I am currently working primarily on integrated oilsands systems, an area which combines systems modeling and analysis, reliability engineering, and classification techniques. I conduct research on improving the reliability of railway brake systems in cold weather. I am also interested in robotic systems for remote and hazardous environments, such as robotic aircraft to monitor pipelines for leaks, and rovers for ensuring that tailings deposits are safe. This work, which includes remote sensing as well as direct sampling of soils is part of making industrial processes more sustainable.

As Ernest and Gertrude Poole chair in Management for Engineers, I coordinate teaching in the areas of engineering finance, operations research, modelling and simulation of technological and business process, and management of people. I also conduct research that link engineering aspects of technology, processes, and people.


(Partial List, journals only since 2012)

A Kotchon, DS Nobes, MG Lipsett*. “Damage Detection in Tires Using Image-Based Strain Measurements.” Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention (JFAP-16-03-1217 accepted).

N,A. Olmedo, M.G. Lipsett* (2016). “Design and field experimentation of a robotic system for tailings characterization.” J Unmanned Vehicle Systems. (juvs-2015-0034 accepted).

R. Sabbagh, M. G. Lipsett, C. R. Koch, D. S. Nobes. “Predicting Equivalent Settling Area Factor in Hydrocyclones; A Method for Determining Tangential Velocity Profile,” Separation and Purification Technology Journal, (SEPPUR-D-15-01191, accepted).

R. Sabbagh, M.G. Lipsett, D.S. Nobes* (2105). “Hydrocyclone Performance and Energy Consumption Prediction: A ‎Comparison with Other Centrifugal Separators.” J Separation Science & Technology V50, No6, 2015, pp 788-801 DOI:10.1080/01496395.2014.978463.

M. Speta, B. Rivard*, J. Feng, M. Lipsett, M. Gingras (2015). “Hyperspectral imaging for the determination of bitumen content in Athabasca oil sands core samples.” AAPG Bulletin 01/2015; DOI: 10.1306/03021514121

A. Setayashagar, M. G. Lipsett, C.R. Koch, D.S. Nobes* (2015). “Particle Motion in a Macro-Scale Multi-Wavelength Acoustic Field.” Journal of Fluids Engineering (FE-14-1010), accepted.

M. Hajizadeh, M.G. Lipsett* (2015). “Anomaly detection in mining haul truck suspension struts.” Int’l J Condition Monitoring LSST-2014-7571 Vol 5 No 1 March 11 pp. DOI:10.1784/204764215814981602.

A Gustafson, M Lipsett, H Schunnesson, D Galar, & U Kumar, U. (2014). “Development of a Markov model for production performance optimisation: Application for semi-automatic and manual LHD machines in underground mines.” International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 28(5), 342-355. 10.1080/17480930.2013.862026

C. Poveda, MG Lipsett (2014). “An integrated approach for sustainability assessment: the Wa-Pa-Su project sustainability rating system.” Int’l J Sustainable Development & World Ecology 01/2014; 21(1). DOI:10.1080/13504509.2013.876677

A. Fotouh, J. D. Wolodko, M. Lipsett* (2014). “Fatigue of Natural Fiber Thermoplastic Composites.” J Composites Part B: Engineering. DOI:10.1016/j.compositesb.2014.02.023 37 pp.

A. Fotouh, J. D. Wolodko, M. Lipsett* (2014) “Characterization and Modeling of Strain Rate Hardening in Natural-Fiber-Reinforced Viscoplastic Polymer”, J Polymer Composites, DOI: 10.1002/pc.22894 8 pp.

AR Farahani*, M.G. Lipsett (2013). “Framework for Designing Effective Condition Monitoring and Maintenance Systems.” Int’l J Cond Monitor’g & Diagnostic Eng Mgmt Vol 16, No4, pp 41-54.

C.A. Poveda*, M.G. Lipsett (2013) “Design of Performance Improvement Factors (PFIs) for Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) Metrics for Oil Sands Projects with Application to Surface Mining Operations Based on Continual Performance Improvement (CPI).” J Sustainable Development Vol. 6, No. 8, August 2013 DOI:10.5539/jsd.v6n8p52 pp 52-70.

M.G. Lipsett*, R. Gallardo-Bobadilla. (2013). “Modeling Risk in Discrete Multi-State Repairable Systems.” Asset Condition, Information Systems and Decision Models: Engineering Asset Management Review 2013 (10.1007/978-1-4471-2924-0_10), Springer, pp. 187-205.

T.P. Michailides, M.G. Lipsett*. “Surveying Employee Attitudes on Corporate Social Responsibility at the Frontline Level of an Energy Transportation Company.” J Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Management DOI: 10.1002/csr. 1297, July 2012, 25 pp.

R. Yousefi Moghaddam, A. Kotchon, M. G. Lipsett*. “Estimation of Soil Parameters during Excavation.” J Terramechanics 49 DOI 10.1016/j.jterra.2012.05.002, July 2012, pp. 173-189.