Michael Lipsett PhD PEng is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. As Ernest and Gertrude Poole Chair in Management for Engineers, Mike teaches in the areas of engineering design, technology investment analysis, operations management, entrepreneurship, and modeling & simulation of technological and business processes. He also conducts research projects that link engineering aspects of technology, processes, and people. He has chaired a number of national research committees.
Before he began his role with the University of Alberta, Mike was an industrial researcher for Syncrude Canada Ltd. His research included mining automation and extraction processes. Prior to that, he was involved in reliability research, where he developed remote tooling and robotic systems for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL).
Mike is currently working on automating inspection and diagnostics methods for machinery faults and monitoring environmental conditions, which contributes to making industrial processes more sustainable. Mike consults on energy systems engineering through Trekker Engineering, provides satellite systems design support to Wyvern Space, develops embedded monitoring methods and field robotic systems with Copperstone Technologies, and works on novel applications of optical reflectance spectrometry with SpectraSight Inc. Mike is also a faculty advisor to student groups developing cube satellites and robotic vehicles.