The main areas of research are Mechatronics design, precision positioning, Microfluidics and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) with a special focus on  design of linear motors and precision positioners, design of microactuators, and integrated microfluidic systems, MEMS design and fabrication, and instrumentation and signal processing.  Application areas include photonics, biomedical devices, instrumentation, genomics and proteomics, positioning in space applications, adaptive optics and automotive systems.

Prof. R. Ben Mrad is the Director of the MMDL Laboratory.  He is supported by a group consisting of an Adjunct Professor, Research Engineers and Graduate Students.  Prof. Ben Mrad can be reached at:

Ridha Ben Mrad, PhD, P.Eng., FCSME


Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

University of Toronto

5 King’s College Road

Toronto, ON    M5S 3G8, Canada


Tel: 416-946-0689; Fax: 416-978-7753

Overview of MMDL

Back Row - L to R: James Chong, Jacky Lau, Jemin Hwangbo, Sadegh Davoudi, Dr. Paul  Chiarot, Hirmand Nouraei, Dr. Mike Schertzer, Vainatey Kulkarni.  Front Row - L to R: Jalal Ahamed, Dr. Sergey Gubarenko, Dr. Ridha Ben Mrad, Dr. S. Eswar Prasad.