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Rafiq Ahmad, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor


Mechanical Engineering

About Me

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in May 2016. He has established and leading research in the Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA) Click to visit LIMDA.

He is currently serving as a board member (Co-UofA Student Section Advisor) in the International Society of Automation (ISA-Edmonton) and a Local Cahir for ICCMA international conference 2017.

He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Ecole Arts et Metiers Paris respectively, in France. He has recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Luxembourg.

His research interest in "Design and Manufacturing" bridges the gap between fundamental research and their advanced applications into industry.


  • 2014-2015 ~ Postdoc., Mechanical Engineering, (Advanced manufacturing and Robotics automation) University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
  • 2009-2012 ~ Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Advanced manufacturing), IRCCyN, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France.
  • 2008-2009 ~ M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (Knowledge Integration in Mechanical Production and Design), Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris, France.
  • 2002-2007 ~ B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, NWFP University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan.


  • Received the prestigious NSERC Discovery funding for five-year research project at University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Received the highly competitive NSERC RTI funding for research equipment at University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Received the highly competitive AFR-FNR funding for two-year research project at FSTC, University of Luxembourg, awarded by the government of Luxembourg.
  • Received young researcher’s award travels money to represent Luxembourg at the ESOF EuroScience Open Forum conference 21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Received the highly prestigious CNRS + Region Scholarship for PhD studies for three years at IRCCyN, Ecole central de Nantes, France, awarded by the French Government.
  • Received Merit Scholarship during engineering programme for high academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities.
  • Served vice-president of Association of Doctoral Students in Ecole Centrale Nantes, France.


His research orientations are divided into three major areas:

Hybrid Manufacturing and Remanufacturing (CNC machining, 3D-Printing, Laser-assisted additive manufacturing and repair, Reverse Engineering & Hybrid ERP-Lean Manufacturing):
Design and development of systems for hybrid and smart manufacturing. This include, hybrid manufacturing i.e. combined additive and subtractive technologies, intelligent manufacturing & control of CNC machining, 3D Printing (multi-colour, multi-material, freeform surfaces), Intelligent process design for Remanufacturing, Rapid Reconfigurable Manufacturing systems, Micro-machining, Laser additive and joining, Hybrid ERP-Lean manufacturing, topology optimization

Intelligent systems/machine design and development for Industry 4.0:
Sustainable design of both product and innovate manufacturing systems to produce it with high level intelligence, interoperability and transparency. This include, Machine and system design for construction and food automation, Software system design and development for data collection and integration, Design for X (Manufacturing, Assembly, Disassembly, Hybrid Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing).

Industrial Automation (Robotics):
Intelligent system design and development for smart and safe manufacturing. This include, Robot design and prototyping (manipulator and parallel kinematic), intelligent system development for assembly & disassembly (maintenance), mechanical and mechatronics systems design for industry 4.0, vision and knowledge-based systems, path planning, human-robot collaboration (HRC) and multi-pass welding, cladding and additive manufacturing.