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Professor, Systems Design Engineering
Canada Research Chair in System Dynamics

Contact Info:

Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario  N2L 3G1

Email:  mcphee[at]
Phone:  1-519-888-4567, ext.35341
Fax:    1-519-746-4791

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In general, my research is devoted to the modelling, simulation, and optimal design of dynamic physical systems.  Quite simply, I study things that move.

This research can be described in terms of several related areas of investigation by the Motion Research Group:



  • Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, 2016
  • Best Paper Award at 3rd International Conference on Control, Dynamic Systems, Robotics, 2016
  • NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, 2015
  • Best Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2013
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, since 2011
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, since 2005
  • Best Paper Award from the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2003
  • I.W. Smith Award from the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2001
  • Premier's Research Excellence Award, Province of Ontario, 2000
  • Sandford Fleming Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, 1998
  • NATO/NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 1990-1992




Courses Taught:

  • SD 181: Physics 1 (Statics)
  • SD 182: Physics 2 (Dynamics)
  • SD 281: Mechanics of Deformable Solids
  • SD 382: Modelling and Simulation of Mechanical Systems
  • SD 553: Advanced Dynamics
  • SD 652: Dynamics of Multibody Systems



  • MapleSim: research spin-off software for dynamic modelling
  • Animations from the Motion Research Group
  • Hexplorer:  6-legged walking robot research
  • WatFlex:  Waterloo Flexible Link Experimental Robot Facility
  • The Pheasants: intramural basketball team
  • Sports Technology at Queensland Sports Technology Cluster, Australia


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