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Aleksander (Alex) Czekanski, PhD, MBA

President-Elect, CEEA-ACEG

Associate Professor

NSERC/Quanser Chair in Design Engineering for Innovation

Director of Centre for Automotive Research


Office:
Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence Building
11 Arboretum Ln, Room 435D
Toronto, ON, M3J 2S5, Canada
T: 416.736.2100 x 77077

Teaching Areas:

GS/MECH 6301
The Finite Element Method in Engineering Analysis
GS/MECH 6800
Additive Manufacturing Processes & Applications
LE/MECH 4402
Simulation Tools for Design & Analysis
LE/MECH 3502
Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory
LE/MECH 2412
Mini-Design Project
LE/MECH 2402
Renaissance Engineer 4 – Mini-Design Project
LE/MECH 2501
Renaissance Engineer 3 – Mechanical Workshops
LE/ENG 1102
Renaissance Engineer 2 – Engineering Design Principles

Academic Degrees

PhD, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

MBA, Schulich School of Business, York University

Research Areas

Additive Manufacturing Bioprinting Computational Solid Mechanics Contact Mechanics Elastomers Engineering Education Experimental Solid Mechanics Multi-scale Modeling Topology Optimization

Technical Expertise

Finite Element Analysis Experimental Mechanics

Research Projects

idea-lab.ca

Biography

Dr. A. Czekanski is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and NSERC Chair in Design Engineering, York University and founding Director of York Centre for Automotive Research (CAR). Prior to his academic position, he was Engineering Manager of Advanced Engineering Analyses and Materials in a tier-one automotive global part supplier. He also holds an MBA and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching. His research focuses on computational and experimental mechanics, multi-scale modelling, AM, and educational engineering research. He is the recipient of many honours and awards including the prestigious NSERC Gold Medal Doctoral Prize. Presently, he is a President-Elect of CEEA. His extensive industrial and managerial expertise in automotive and consulting engineering will aid in the program management, as will his supervision, mentorship, and teaching skills having trained 90+ HQP. His students received several prestigious awards including the Student’s Governor General’s Gold Medal, the Student’s University-Wide Best Thesis Award, President's University Wide Teaching Assistant Award. Dr. Czekanski received the Faculty Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award, Faculty Educator of the Year and the President's University Wide Teaching Award. He authored 100 journal/conference articles, received $6M+ external funds and is a Fellow of CSME.

2020
  • Somireddy M*, Singh CV and Czekanski A. Mechanical Behaviour of 3D Printed Composite Parts with Short Carbon Fiber Reinforcements, Engineering Failure Analysis, Vol. 107, pp. 1-13 ,2020.
2019
  • Chaudhry MS* and Czekanski A. FE Analysis of Critical Testing Parameters in Kolsky Bar Experiments for Elastomers at High Strain Rate, Materials, Vol 12(23), pp. 1-16, 2019.
  • Czekanski A and Zozulya V*. Vibration Analysis of Nonlocal Beams Using Higher Order Theory and Comparison with Classical Models, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Published on-line 2019.
  • Agyapong J*, Czekanski A and Boakye-Yiadom S. Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructural Evolution and Properties of WC-17 Co Alloy Processed by Selective Laser Sintering, Materials Science & Engineering A, Accepted, 2019.
  • Czekanski A and Zozulya V*. Dynamics of Vibrating Beams Using First Order Theory Based On Legendre Polynomial Expansion, Archive of Applied Mechanics, 90(4), pp. 789-814, 2019.
  • Czekanski A and Zozulya V*. Solution of the 3-D Elastodynamic Contact Problem for a Cracked Body Using the Boundary Integral Equation Method and Constrained Optimization Algorithm, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, Vol 106 pp. 599 -608, 2019.
  • Somireddy M*, Czekanski A and Singh CV. Experimental Analysis of the Material Behavior of 3D Printed Laminates, Experimental Mechanics, Vol 59(6), pp 871-81, 2019.
  • Bonifaz E*, Conde JM and Czekanski A. Determination of Secondary Dendrite Arm Spacing for In738lc Gas-Tungsten-Arc-Welds, Journal of Multiscale Modelling, Vol. 10, pp. 1-11, 2019.
2018
  • Czekanski A and Zozulya V*. A High Order Theory for Functionally Graded Shells, Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Published on-line, 2018.
  • Moraes D* and Czekanski A. Numerical Thermal Analysis on the Powder Effective Thermal Conductivity During Selective Laser Melting, Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Vol 2, pp 1-17, 2018.
  • Czekanski A and Zozulya V*. Comparative Study of Time and Frequency Domain Approaches in Frictional Contact Problem for the I-mode Crack under Harmonic Loading, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, Vol 95, pp. 200-214, 2018
  • Abdelhamid M* and Czekanski A. Impact of the Lattice Angle on the Effective Properties of the Octet-truss Lattice Structure, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, Vol 140, 2018.
  • Kumar S* and Czekanski A. Roadmap to Sustainable Plastic Additive Manufacturing, Materials Today Communications, Vol 15, pp. 109-113, 2018.
  • Somireddy M*, Czekanski A and Singh CV. Development of Constitutive Material Model of 3D Printed Structure via FDM, Materials Today Communications, Vol 15, pp 143-152, 2018.
  • Lambe A* and Czekanski A. A Density Field Parametrization for Topology Optimization using Bernstein Elements, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 115, pp. 1266-1286, 2018.
  • Sigaeva T* and Czekanski A. Finite Bending of a Multilayered Cylindrical Nanosector with Residual Deformations, Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, Vol. 23(5), pp. 715-726, 2018.
  • Bonifaz E*, Alban A. and Czekanski A. Finite Element Analysis of Cylindrical Inclusions in Polycrystalline Nickel Alloys, Journal of Multiscale Modelling, Vol. 9, pp. 1-16, 2018.
2017
  • Carrick R* and Czekanski A. A Review of Outcome-Based Education and the Use of Engineering Design Competitions to Improve Underrepresented Attributes, International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 33-34, pp. 1180-1188, 2017.
  • Kumar S* and Czekanski A. Optimisation of Parameters for SLS of WC-Co, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 23, pp. 1202-1211, 2017.
  • Chaudhry MS*, Czekanski A and Zhu Z. Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Enhanced Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Woven Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol. 131-132, pp. 480-489, 2017.
  • Kumar S* and Czekanski A. Development of Filament using SLS Waste Powder, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 165, pp. 1188-1196, 2017.
  • Somireddy M* and Czekanski A. Mechanical Characterization of Additively Manufactured Parts by FE Modeling of Mesostructure, Journal of Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Vol. 1, pp. 1-21, 2017.
  • Lambe A* and Czekanski A. Topology Optimization using a Continuous Density Field and Adaptive Mesh Refinement, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol 113, pp. 357-373, 2017.
  • Al-Dojayli M and Czekanski A. Integrated Engineering Design Education: Lateral and Vertical Learning, Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, Vol. 21, pp. 45-59, 2017.
2016
  • Sigaeva T* and Czekanski A. Coupling of Surface Effect and Hyperelasticity in a Combined Tension and Torsion of a Circular Cylinder, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 85-86, pp. 172-179, 2016.
  • Li G*, Zhu ZH, Cain J, Newland F and Czekanski A. Libration Control of Bare Electrodynamic Tethers Considering Elastic-Thermal-Electrical Coupling, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 39, pp. 642-654, 2016.
  • Sigaeva T* and Czekanski A. Implementation of Surface Effect in Three Kinds of Pure Bending, International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics, Vol. 86, pp 112-121, 2016.
  • Bonifaz E*, Baus J and Czekanski A. Finite Element Modelling of Dual-Phase Polycrystalline Nickel-Based Alloys, Mechanics of Materials, Vol. 98, pp. 134-141, 2016.

Finite Element Analysis

Experimental Mechanics

2020
Lassonde Innovation Award - Established Researcher,
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
2019
Faculty Educator of the Year Award,
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
2019
C.N. Downing Award,
Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
2018
Luke Hobbs Technology & Innovation Award,
Pratt & Whitney (Academic Contributor)
2018
Robert W. Angus Medal,
Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
2018
Research Excellence Recognition Mention,
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
2017
Best Presentation Award,
26th Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, Victoria, BC
2017
President's University Wide Teaching Award,
York University
2017
Lassonde Outstanding Service Award,
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
2017
CSME Fellow,
Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
2017
Excellence in Graduate Mentorship Award,
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University