Dr. Rafiq Ahmad

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Alberta, Director and Founder of Sustainable & Smart Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (SUMS Lab) & Aquaponics 4.0 Learning Factory (AllFactory) 10-326 DICE Building, 9211 116 Street, NW, T6W2R3, Edmonton.

  • Contact InfoEmail: Rafiq.Ahmad@ualberta.ca
    Phone: +1 (780) 492 7180
    Websites: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~rafiq1/aboutus.html

About Dr. Rafiq Ahmad

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Nasseri School of Building Sciences and Engineering at the University of Alberta. He is the founder and director of the “Smart & Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (SMART Lab)”, which focuses on systems design and engineering. Dr. Ahmad is also the founder and director of “Aquaponics 4.0 Learning Factory (AllFactory),” a unique learning factory researching system design and development for plants and fish production in an indoor, vertical, symbiotic ecosystem soil-less environment. His research interest includes smart engineering systems design, technologies development, digitization, lean manufacturing, hybrid manufacturing, additive manufacturing, robotics, and green technologies (3Rs: recycling, remanufacturing, and repair). Dr. Ahmad is a Ph.D. in advanced manufacturing from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, and Master’s in design and manufacturing from ENSAM-Paris, France. He holds a BSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the UET-Peshawar, Pakistan. Dr. Ahmad obtained a two-year Post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Luxembourg. Dr. Ahmad is a board member of the International Society of Automation - Edmonton (as Co-UofA Student Section Advisor) and a member of APEGA, CSME, and ASME. He is also an active editor, reviewer, and organizer of numerous international conferences and journals. Dr. Ahmad is the recipient of the prestigious Edmonton’s 2022 Top 40 under 40 Award by Edify Magazine for his serial innovation and streamlined technology development to impact our society. He is also the director and founder of the Canadian not-for-profit ProBEEs Digital Education Society.


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1. Received the highly competitive AFR-FNR funding for two-year research project at FSTC, University of Luxembourg, awarded by the government of Luxembourg.
2. Received young researcher’s award travels money to represent Luxembourg at the ESOF EuroScience Open Forum conference 21-26 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark.
3. 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.
5. Received Merit Scholarship during engineering programme for high academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities.
6. Served vice-president of Association of Doctoral Students in Ecole Centrale Nantes, France.
7. Secretary Debates and head of Literary & debating society, UET, Peshawar, Pakistan.

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