University of Toronto’s Ridha Ben-Mrad appointed Mitacs’ Associate Academic Director

Vancouver, BC – The Mitacs Board of Directors announce the appointment of Ridha Ben-Mrad as the new Associate Academic Director. Currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Mechatronics and Microsystems group, Ridha Ben-Mrad will assume his new role on January 1, 2016.

Professor Ben-Mrad joined the University of Toronto in 1997 and was previously with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Ford Research Laboratory. Professor Ben-Mrad developed a number of new technologies through collaborations with industrial partners from across Canada. His research led to a number inventions as well as ten US, Canadian, European, and Chinese patents along with more than 160 research publications. 

Professor Ben-Mrad received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University; a Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering both from the University of Michigan; and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering also from the University of Michigan.

In his new role Professor Ben-Mrad will succeed Professor Aftab Mufti, who will continue to serve as Chair of the Mitacs Research Council.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Ben-Mrad as the Associate Academic Director of Mitacs. He is a highly distinguished academic with a strong background in innovation. We look forward to his expertise and vision, which will help us continue to advance innovation in Canada.”

Ridha Ben-Mrad, Incoming Associate Academic Director Mitacs
“Mitacs has done a great job of growing Canada’s knowledge economy and making many young Canadians achieve their dreams of being leaders in their fields. I am looking forward to contributing to this great effort.”

Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, University of Toronto and Member, Mitacs Research Council

“The University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, along with Mitacs, is focused on developing the next generation of innovators and strengthening partnerships with industry and government. We are honoured that Mitacs has chosen Professor Ridha Ben-Mrad to continue advancing innovation in Canada, and I congratulate him on this prestigious appointment.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, private not-for-profit organization that develops the next generation of innovators with vital skills through a suite of unique research and training programs.
  • Mitacs runs programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows: Accelerate, Elevate, Step, and Globalink.
  • In partnership with companies, government and universities, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource — its people.