Dr. Park

Dr. Simon Park, PhD



Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Office: +1 (403) 220-6959


Office: MEB525



Educational Background

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 1997

Doctor of Philosophy Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2004

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 1999


Dr. Park is a professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary. He is a professional engineer in Alberta, and is an associate member of CIRP (Int. Academy of Production Engineers) from Canada. Dr. Park received bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada. He then continued his PhD at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  He has worked in several companies including IBM manufacturing where he was a procurement engineer for printed circuit boards and Mass Prototyping Inc. dealing with 3D printing systems. In 2004, Dr. Park has formed the Multifunctional Engineering, Dynamics and Automation Laboratory (MEDAL) to investigate the synergistic integration of both subtractive and additive processes that uniquely provide productivity, flexibility and accuracy to the processing of complex components. His research interests include micro machining, nano engineering, CNT nanocomposites and alternative energy applications. He held a strategic chair position in AITF Sensing and monitoring. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Manufacturing Processes, SME (Elsevier) and International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology (Springer).


Areas of Research

Nano-micro-meso mechanical machining

The miniaturization of components, to accommodate the demand for shrinking component size with high accuracy, is becoming increasingly important for various modern industries such as aerospace, biomedical, electronics, environmental, communications, and automotive. With the recent widespread use of nano and micro-electro-mechanical systems (NMEMs), the implications of the technology are far reaching in the enhancement of our quality of life and in economic growth. The common methods of manufacturing miniature components have been based on semiconductor processing techniques, where silicon materials are photo-etched through chemical processes. However, the majority of these methods are limited to a few silicon-based materials and to essentially planar geometries. Furthermore, the demands to interface nano- and micro-scale components by means of packaging and handling to the macro world have become increasingly important. To overcome the limitations imposed by the existing micro-meso fabrication technologies, we propose to utilize the subtractive ultra-precision nano, micro-machining setup to fabricate nano-micro-mesoscale components that have complex three-dimensional sculpted shapes and are made from a variety of metallic alloys, composites, polymers, and ceramic materials at a fraction of the cost of other micro-fabrication methods. We utilize the ultra-precision machining centre and the atomic force microscope (AFM) to fabricate machine desired shapes.

This includes:

  1. Prediction of micro and nano cutting forces
  2. Monitoring of micro-machining processes through sensor fusion
  3. Tribology
  4. Vibration and laser-assisted machining
  5. Adaptive control
  6. Robust chatter stability
  7. Machining of novel materials
  8. Dynamics testing of micro systems
  9. Substructure coupling of substructures
  10. Micro mold fabrications
  11. 5-axis micro machining
  12. Nano patterns to reduce frictions
  13. AFM-based machining
  14. Composite machining
Nanocomposites; sensors and monitoring; printed electronics

Highly accurate, miniaturized components comprised of a variety of materials play key roles in the future development of a broad spectrum of products such as wearable devices, lab-on-chips, chemical and biological particle screens, subminiature actuators and sensors and more. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, the development of wearable, cost-effective and reliable miniature devices is vital to improving quality of life and enhancing economic growth. The broad commercialization of nanocomposite products has been limited due to an inability to manufacture accurate 3D components in an economically efficient manner. It has been further limited by a lack of effective packaging and interfaces between nano, micro and macro domains.

The goal is to overcome the limitations posed by existing fabrication technologies. We will accomplish this by deposition of metallic nanopowder alloys to manufacture multifunctional nanocomposites. These processes do not require the expensive setups of photolithographic methods, nor are they as environmentally unfriendly as the electrochemical machining process. The nanocomposite manufacturing process can be achieved through the depositing of conductive, insulating, sensing, and actuation materials onto polymeric substrates. This approach allows for the rapid fabrication of micro- and nano-scale components using a variety of materials at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods. 

This includes:

  1. Sensors for mechanical, chemical and environment
  2. Actuator developments
  3. Industry 4.0/ IoT/cyber-physical systems 
  4. Artificial intelligence 
  5. Mechatronics
  6. Smart systems
  7. Printed electronics
  8. Wearable devices
Pipeline engineering
  • Leak detections – computational pipeline monitoring using AI
  • Non-destructive tests – ultrasonic, magnetic flux leakage (MFL), non-contact
  • Composite coatings
  • 24/7 sensing and monitoring
  • Drag reductions
  • Integrity analysis
  • In-line inspection tools
  • Stress/strain monitoring
Micro engineering applications

Alternative Energy Applications
The ever-growing global energy demand, depletion of oil reserves and escalation of pollution in urban areas have increased demand for feasible low-cost renewable energy resources.

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) offer the advantages of increased absorption of visible light, high-efficiency potential, lower energy usage, low-cost manufacturing processes, colourable designs, and light-weight material options. DSSC cells are capable of operating in low-light environments and are suitable for indoor uses. We are in process of utilizing innovative designs and manufacturing processes to improve the efficiency and model the DSSCs. We utilize a potentiostat/electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to analyze the system.

Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs)

Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) is becoming increasingly popular especially for small electronic devices which draw power from a methanol-oxygen reaction. Unlike PEMFCs which use hydrogen, DMFCs work with liquid methanol and thereby eliminates the onboard hydrogen storage problem as well as be able to operate at moderate temperature compared to solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). In addition compared to conventional batteries, methanol has a higher energy density than even the best lithium-ion batteries.  We are currently optimizing different bipolar geometries and modelling the entire DMFC system.

Micro pumps

One of the fundamental components of fuel cells or fluidic devices is micro-pumps. A micro-pump provides fuel cells with a precisely controlled flow of fluid or gas. Micro-pumps can also be used for other applications such as bioscience research and medical devices such as lab-on-chip (LOC), drug delivery, and other point-of-care (POC) applications.  The cost-effective, disposable, and bio-friendly characteristics of the polymeric micropumps are also ideally suited for these applications. We have been developing micropumps and manufacturing small volume prototypes.

Nanocomposite applications

Electromagnetic interference shielding - through the use of CNT-based nanocomposites

Carbon Fiber

Development of carbon fibers and carbon nanofibers using lignin and asphaltenes. Fibers are first spun through electrospinning and melt extrusion.

Stabilization and carbonization are performed through conventional methods, as well as energy efficient photo-electromagnetic techniques including:

  1. Microwave
  2. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  3. Laser


Course number Course title Semester
ENME 61943 LEC 03 03 Special Problems 2020
ENME 61968 LEC 01 01 Special Problems 2021


  • Schulich School of Engineering Achievement Award, University of Calgary. 2017
  • AITF Strategic Chair, Alberta Innovates. 2017
  • Great Supervisor Recognition from FGS, 2014
  • President of International Institution for Micro Manufacturing (I2M2), I2M2. 2015
  • Professor of the Year, Mechanical Engineering, Schulich School. 2013
  • Schulich School Department Professor of the Year, 2013
  • Schulich School Department Research Award, 2013
  • Associate Member at Academy of Production Engineers (CIRP), 2010
  • Schulich School of Engineering Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, 2009
  • Schulich School of Engineering Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • UC Young Innovator's Award, 2005


  • Design, Fabrication, and Robust Control of Miniaturized Optical Image Stabilizers. J Chu; M Chiao; P Zhao; Dan Zhang; Simon S Park; R Nagamune; Bin Wei (eds.); K Yuan; A Alizadegan. Springer Publishing Switzerland. 189-207. (2017)
  • Micro Milling Operations. G Garcia; M Jun; Simon S Park. John Wiley and Sons Inc.. Chap 17. (2013)
  • Investigation of CNT Nanocomposite Scribing using AFM probe. Y* Wei; Park CI*; A* Sandwell; Simon S Park. (2019)
  • Smart Jaw: gripping force measurements in turning operations. H* Mostaghimi; A* Sandwell; Simon S Park; M* Sanati. (2019)
  • Direct Laser-assisted Machining of Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers through a Sapphire tool. C* Park; Simon S Park; X Jin; Y* Wei. (2019)
  • Near field electrospinning of nanowires for multi-modal hydrogen sensing. Simon S Park; A* Sandwell; D* Wong. 109690K. (2019)
  • Investigation on Drag Reduction Through Dimple Machining. Z* Kockerbeck; L* Howell; M* TabkhPaz; Ronald Hugo; Simon S Park. (2019)
  • Investigation into the direct laser-assisted machining ofcarbon-fiber-reinforced polymers through a sapphire tool. Y* Wei; Simon S Park; X L Jin. (2019)
  • Robust Nanocomposite Coatings Inspired by Structures of Nacre. M* TabkhPaz; Ronald Hugo; Z* Kockerbeck; Simon S Park. (2019)
  • Pipeline Rupture Detection Using Real-Time Transient Modelling and Convolutional Neural Networks. J* Chae; Simon S Park; S Learn; J* Smith; Ronald Hugo. (2019)
  • Pipeline rupture detection using Real-time transientmodelling and convolutional neural networks. Ronald Hugo; S Learn; J* Smith; J* Chae; Simon S Park. (2018)
  • RapidMicro-patterning of Hybrid Copper Nano-Inks using Selective IPL. Simon S Park; Z* Kockerbeck; A* Sandwell. (2018)
  • Development of Integrated Nanocomposite based strain sensors. Simon S Park; M* Tabkhpaz; M* Senati; A* Sandwel. (2019)
  • Reduction of friction using electrospun polymer composite microbeads emulsified in mineral oil. Simon S Park; D* Wong; Philip Egberts; Resendiz JJ*. (2019)
  • Experimental Evaluation of Direct Laser Assisted Turning through a Sapphire Tool. Simon S Park; Y* Wei. (2019)
  • Study of Piezoresistive PVDF-CNT composite nano sensors with Transformable Micro structures. Z* Kockerbeck; C* Yim; Simon S Park; M* Tabkhpaz; A* Sandwell. (2019)
  • Hybrid Copper Silver Graphene Nanoplatlet Inks. C* Yim; Simon S Park; Z* Kockerbeck. (2019)
  • CO2 Migration Monitoring at Geological Storage. Simon S Park. (2019)
  • Investigation of Zinc and Carbon-Nanoparticle-Based Nanocomposite Coatings. Simon S Park; David Park; M* TabkhPaz. (2016)
  • Robust Direct Hydrocarbon Sensor Based on Novel Carbon Nanotube for Leakage Detection. Park S.S.; Park CI*; K* Parmar. (2016)
  • Minimallyinvasive pseudo-continuous blood glucose monitoring: Results from in-vitro andin-vivo testing of the e-Mosquito. Orly Yadid-Pecht; C. Andrews; M. Poscente; Park S.S.; G. Wang; Martin Mintchev. 321-324. (2016)
  • Investigation of Boring Bar Dynamics for Chatter Suppression. M* Sanati; Simon Park; Y* Alammari; T Freiheit. 768-778. (2015)
  • Investigation of Surface Texture Effects in Sapphire Tool Cutting. Y* Wei; Simon Park. (2015)
  • An Integrated Approach for Precision Machining and Inspection of Freeform Surfaces. P Gu; Simon Park; Deyi Xue; V Mehrad; A Lasemi. (2015)
  • Flexible Strain Sensors Using Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites. K* Parmar; J* Lee; Seonghwan Kim; Simon Park. (2015)
  • Development of Humidity Detection Sensors on Au/Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Decorated Carbon Nanotubes. Simon S Park; J* Lee; Seonghwan Kim. (2015)
  • Chatter Stability Improvement in Micro Milling with Axial Vibrations. Simon S Park; P Parenti; C* Park. (2015)
  • Ultrasonic Vibration Assisted Electrochemical Polishing with Graphenes. H Siller; Simon S Park; G* Garcia; K* Parmar. (2015)
  • Direct Hydrocarbon Leakage Detection of Pipelines Using Novel Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites. K* Parmar; Simon S Park. (2014)
  • Effects of Foaming through Leaching on Electrical Behavior of PS/CNT Composites. K* Parmar; M* TabkhPaz; A* Mohammed; Simon S Park. (2014)
  • Development of Novel Multi-Axis Force Sensor based on Polymeric Carbon Nanotubes Composites. K* Parmar; Simon S Park; M* TabkhPaz; X* Wei. (2014)
  • Vibration Assisted Nano Mechanical Machining Using AFM Probe. M* Mehrpouya; C* Park; Simon S Park; M* Mostofa. (2014)
  • Identification of Joint Dynamics in 3D Structures through the Receptance Coupling Method. Simon S Park; M Sanati; M* Mehrpouya. (2014)
  • Generating the Directional Friction Surfaces through Asymmetrically-Shaped Dimpled Surfaces Patterned Using Inclined Flat End Milling. Simon S Park; M* Mehrpouya; P* Resendiz; P Egbert; Y* Alammari. (2014)
  • Investigationon Drag Reduction in Pipes through Dimple Machining. Simon S Park; M* TabkhPaz; Z* Kockerbeck; L* Howell; Ronald Hugo. (2018)
  • Robust Pipeline Coatings Inspired by theStructures of Nacre. Z* Kockerbeck; M* TabhkPaz; Ronald Hugo; Simon S Park. (2018)
  • Room temperature VOCs sensor based on microwave-Intensive pulsed light treated TiO2-SnO2/CNTs hybrid nanocomposite. Simon S Park; D* Wong; S* Mostafa; Seonghwan Kim; O* Abuzalat. (2018)
  • Developmentof a new sensing system for chuck jaw gripping force measurement. A* Sandwell; M* Sanati; C* Park; Simon S Park. (2018)
  • Developmentof Nanocomposite-based Strain Sensors for Machining operations. M* Sanati; H* Mostaghimi; A* Sandwell; Simon S Park. (2015)
  • Development of Polymeric CNT Nanocomposites based Smart Sensor Network. K* Parmar; X* Wei; Simon S Park. (2014)
  • Inclined Ball End Milling of Micro-Dimpled Surfaces for Polymeric Components. Simon S Park; C* Park; E* Graham. 557-566. (2013)
  • Joint Dynamics Identification on a VerticalCNC Machine. C* Park; M Law; Simon S Park; Y Altintas; M* Mehrpouya. (2013)
  • Comparison of Robust Chatter Stability withEdge Theorem and LMI. R Nagamune; M* Mehrpouya; Simon S Park; E* Graham. (2013)
  • Characterization and Micro End Milling of Graphene Nano Platelet (GNP) and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Filled Nanocomposites. Simon S Park; M* TabkhPaz; M* Mahmoodi. (2013)
  • In-Situ Modal Response Characterization of Pipe Structures Through Reynolds Number Variation. Ronald Hugo; Simon S Park; H Chen. (2019)
  • CNT Nanocomposite based Force Sensor. Simon S Park; K* Parmar; M* TabkhPaz; M* Mostofa. (2013)
  • The Application of Commercial Injection Molding Software to Micro-Component Design and Process Development. T Freiheit; S Khalilian; Simon S Park. (2013)
  • Development of Elliptical Vibration System for Vibration Assisted Micro Machining. C* Park; S* Oh; Simon S Park. (2013)