Dr. Dan (Vahid) Mashatan

Professor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology, FAST

Dr. Dan (Vahid) Mashatan, PhD. PEng., is a professor in Sheridan’s School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology (MEET). He received his BASc in Mechatronics engineering from the University of Waterloo (2008) and his PhD in Mechatronics engineering from the University of Toronto (2013).

Applied research and industry projects have been integral parts of his professional career over the past nine years. His research has been focused on mechatronic systems and their applications in automotive and automation industries, and he has published and presented his scholarly works and contributions on mechatronics in several journals and at international conferences.

The following list outlines his main research interests and field of expertise:

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)
  • Mechatronic systems & product development
  • Internet of Things (IOTs)
  • Factory Automation
  • Modular and multi-arm robots
  • Smart actuation systems: piezoceramic and electromagnetic

Dan’s long-term research objective is to design, develop and integrate Mechatronic and Mobile Robotic Systems for applications including automotive, automation, infrastructure, health care, consumer products, media production, and entertainment. He is also very keen to explore opportunities to expand the applications of industrial robots beyond the industrial arena into areas such as advanced manufacturing, health care, surveillance, education, surgery and space exploration.

He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) for several innovative mobile robotic projects, including specialized commercial UAVs and UGVs. He has proven expertise in Mechatronic and Mobile Robotic Systems as well as project management which bring him a successful track record of more than 20 innovative applied industrial research projects led by him at the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technology (CAMDT) at Sheridan. All is his research and industrial projects are funded by external grants from variety of provincial and federal funding agencies such as NSERC, OCE, IRAP.

He is currently a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME).

Further, he is currently a technical editor and reviewer for several journals and conference proceedings such as IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, and ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.

Recently awarded industrial applied research projects:

  • Design and development of a special heavy lift remote aerial video drone for SkyMotion Video Inc.
  • Design and development of a 5 axis stabilizer gimbal for AirXposure Inc.
  • Robotic camera motion control system for AirXposure Inc.
  • Design and development of specialized aerial filming Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for AirXposure Inc.
  • Design and development of a Near Field Communication (NFC) door opener​ Teno Development Inc.
  • Design and development of a personalized loose-leaf tea Kiosks for TeaBot Inc.​
  • Fabrication and mechanical modification of graphic card’s heatsinks ​for AMD Canada Inc.

Refereed Publications:

  • Mashatan, J.W. Zu, (2013) “Design and Development of a Novel Electromagnetic Actuator for the Synchronized Segmentally Interchanging Pulley Transmission System (SSIPTS)” Submitted to IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
  • Mashatan, B. Ma, J.W. Zu, (2013) “Investigation of a Hall Effect Positioning System”, Published on proceeding of ASME 2013 International Mechanical Eng. Congress, San Diego, USA
  • Mashatan, J.W. Zu, (2012) “Design and Optimization of a Cylindrical Voice Coil Actuator for the Synchronized Segmentally Interchanging Pulley Transmission System (SSIPTS)”, Published on proceedings of ASME 2012 International Mechanical Eng. Congress, Houston, USA
  • Mashatan, B. Wen, J.W. Zu, (2011) “Design and Simulation of a Compact Electromagnetic Actuator for the Synchronized Segmentally Interchanging Pulley Transmission System (SSIPTS)”, Published on proceeding of ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Washington, DC, USA
  • Farshidi, V. Mashatan, J.W. Zu, (2010) “Variable Stiffness Tensioner for a Belt Driven Transmission System”, Published on proceedings of ASME 2010 International Mechanical Eng. Congress, Vancouver, Canada

Conference and Professional Presentation:

  • Mashatan, B. Ma, J.W. Zu, (2013) “Investigation of a Hall Effect Positioning System”, Presented at ASME 2013 International Mechanical Eng. Congress, San Diego, USA
  • Mashatan, J.W. Zu, (2012) “Design and Optimization of a Cylindrical Voice Coil Actuator for the Synchronized Segmentally Interchanging Pulley Transmission System (SSIPTS)”, Presented at ASME 2012 International Mechanical Eng. Congress, Houston, USA
  • Mashatan, J. W. Zu, (2011) “Design of Actuation and Control Systems for the Synchronized Segmentally Interchanging Pulley Transmission System (SSIPTS)”, Presented at MIE Research Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto,
  • Mashatan, B. Wen, J.W. Zu, (2011) “Design and Simulation of a Compact Electromagnetic Actuator for the Synchronized Segmentally Interchanging Pulley Transmission System (SSIPTS)”, Presented at ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Washington, DC, USA
  • Farshidi, V. Mashatan, J.W. Zu, (2010) “Variable Stiffness Tensioner for a Belt Driven Transmission System”, Presented at ASME 2010 International Mechanical Eng. Congress, Vancouver, Canada
  • Chan, V. Mashatan, A. Khajepour, (2007) “Development of New Ultra-High-speed 4 – axis Robots”, Presented at Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO), Toronto, Canada
  • Mashatan, D. Tomson, (2004) “Comparison Analysis of Control Networks: DeviceNet, ControlNet, Ethernet”, Prodomax Automation Inc.

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