Ph.D. Queen’s University (1995)

Graduate Diploma (Applied Systems Science), Kyoto University, Japan (1990)

My research interests focus on the reliability of complex energy systems, especially in oilsands. Reliability is the likelihood that some system will remain operating properly for a required length of time. As systems become more complex, it becomes harder to predict whether something will last, and what to do as a system begins to fail.

I am currently working primarily on modelling failure mechanisms for mechanical components such as rolling element bearings and impact-related wear in process equipment. This is very pertinent to a range of industrial systems. I conduct research on improving the reliability of railway brake systems in cold weather.  I am also interested in robotic systems for remote and hazardous environments, such as payloads for robotic systems that collect machine condition monitoring data, monitor pipelines for leaks, and navigate on tailings to assess geotechnical properties. This work is part of making industrial processes more sustainable.

Before coming to the University of Alberta, I was an industrial researcher in oilsands processes for Syncrude Canada Ltd., including mining automation and extraction processes. Prior to that, I did reliability research, and developed remote tooling and robotic systems, for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL).

I consult on energy systems through MGL Services, I work on novel applications of optical spectrometry with Spectralog Inc., and I develop embedded monitoring methods and field robotic systems with Copperstone Technologies.

How to Contact Me:

M.G. Lipsett Ph.D. P.Eng.

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Ernest and Gertrude Poole Chair in Management for Engineers
10-273 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211 116 St NW
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 1H9   CANADA
tel: 780-492-9494      fax: 780-492-2200

Email: michael [dot] lipsett [at] ualberta [dot] ca

Twitter: @reliablengineer