Remon Pop-Iliev

Remon Pop-Iliev

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Chair title

NSERC-OPG Chair in Innovative Design Engineering

Chair program

Chairs in Design Engineering Program


Senior Chairholder since 2005


Professor Remon Pop-Iliev's principal research interests focus on innovative design engineering. Conversely, his research efforts encompass the fields of design engineering education and research-driven design engineering. His objective in the field of research-driven design engineering is to understand and employ the synergistic effects between design engineering and innovation as the key for sustaining corporate performance and competitiveness, particularly in manufacturing and knowledge-based industries, and to meaningfully integrate these ideas into the engineering curricula.

Dr. Pop-Iliev is a mechanical engineer by training. He has also over 15 years of extensive international design engineering and industrial engineering management experience with increasing levels of responsibility. He held the NSERC–General Motors of Canada Chair in Innovative Design Engineering from October 1, 2005, to December 31, 2011. He contributed extensively to the design-intensive academic content of the undergraduate and graduate engineering curricula in the Mechanical, Manufacturing and Automotive Engineering programs. He instituted the Centre for Innovative Design Engineering and Research (CIDER), which includes two newly equipped PACE (Partners for Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) laboratories. He established Personal Design Portfolio Certificates that certify the individual design engineering achievements of each graduating student over the four-year engineering program and are designed to serve the newly graduated engineers in their job search. At the graduate level, he developed, established and launched a field in Design within the existing Mechanical Engineering Master's program at UOIT. Dr. Pop-Iliev's leadership in promoting design engineering in curricular and extracurricular operations is also evident through the remarkable results of UOIT's senior and junior design teams at Ontario engineering competitions in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011, and the Canadian Engineering Competition in 2009.

The paramount objective of the NSERC-OPG Chair in Design Engineering is to conceive, design, build, launch, implement and practically achieve the necessary curricular and training pre-conditions that would allow for conducting UOIT-wide, industry-sponsored, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary engineering capstone design projects during the fifth year of the renewal term and thereby serve our engineering graduates better. In this context, the primary goal of the Action Plan is to achieve a somewhat equal level of design-intensive curriculum implementation across all engineering programs at UOIT, initially benchmarked against what is the achieved current level of design intensiveness in the Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Automotive Engineering undergraduate programs. This objective involves several comprehensive phases in the Action Plan:

  • Adopt continuous student-centred curriculum and program improvement as a fundamental strategy of the engineering education and training process at UOIT.
  • Apply the lessons learned from the first term to fine-tune and fully integrate the innovative design concepts, tools and applications in the Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Automotive Engineering programs.
  • Extend the above to the Electrical, Computer and Software and the Nuclear and Energy Systems Engineering undergraduate programs at UOIT.
  • Establish and implement a new field in Design within the existing Electrical Engineering Master's program.
  • Apply the innovative design concepts and tools developed during the first term of the Chair to the multidisciplinary problems that arise in the next research phase on the partner organization's operations, such as the life-extension and new build projects of Ontario's nuclear power plants and any other social or economic benefits that have been derived from the Chair during the previous term.


  • Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG)

Contact information

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario
L1H 7K4

Tel.: 905-721-8668, ext. 5717
Fax: 905-721-3370


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