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Department of Mechanical Engineering
Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., CR-200
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8
Phone: (514) 848-7930 [or (418) 656-2190 (U.Laval)]
Fax: (514) 848-8635
Office: CR-200


Degrees held

Ph.D., Queen's University (Ontario, Canada)
Specialization Systems dynamics

M.Sc.E., University of New Brunswick (New Brunswick, Canada)
Kinematics and Mechanisms

B.Sc.A., Moncton University (New Brunswick, Canada)
Industrial Engineering


Dr. Marc J. Richard has been working in the engineering profession since 1980. He has worked in various renowned centers of Research and learning such as University of New Brunswick Power Corporation, University of Waterloo and Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada where he received his Ph.D.

He was responsible for developing a sophisticated 3-D computer program for the simulation of mechanical systems which won the gold medal from the Governor General of Canada at Laval University for the high quality of his research. He contributed to the development of a new technique for mechanical simulations that is being used in Europe and North America to investigate the performance of new mechanical systems. His technique has already been the subject of over 30 journal publications by various researchers.

He has published more than 110 technical papers in journals and Conference Proceedings. He has supervised many students and he received an award in 1991 for his excellence in overall teaching voted by the Student Association of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Laval University.

Recently, in 2000, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (A.S.M.E.) has recognized his outstanding contributions and achievements in engineering research and education by awarding him the rank of Fellow of the Society. Also, he has been consultant to several industries, and academic and research institutions in Canada.


09/81 - 07/84
, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  • Research on dynamics of mechanical systems
  • Teaching of undergraduate courses in dynamics related subjects

7/84 - 06/89
Assistant professor
, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University

  • Conduct funded research studies in kinematics and dynamics of machiney, random vibration and structural problems.
  • Teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in vibrations, advanced dynamics, computer-aided-design, robotics, etc.
  • Supervision of M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis research in the area of topological dynamics and robotics.

06/89 - 06/93
Associate Professor
, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University

  • Conduct funded research studies in the areas fo random vibrations, robotics and optimization methods in mechanical engineering.
  • Supervision of M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. students in the areas of dynamic simulations, vibrations and robotics.
  • Teaching of undergraduate and graduate level courses.
  • Participation in development of the undergraduate curriculum in Mechanical Engineering at Laval University
  • Engineering Consultant for various companies in Canada
  • Development of a simulation program based on the vector-network method, which has been used worldwide to simulate mechanical systems and has resulted in more than 30 publications by various authors.

06/93 - Present
, Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Laval University

  • Supervision of several graduate students research in the area of vehicle dynamics, finite element methods, vibration control and robotics.
  • Develop and teach various undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Appointed Director of the undergraduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Laval University and was responsible for the development of the undergraduate curriculum and advising the students.
  • Currently working as a Graduate program Coordinator, responsible for the development/revision fo the graduate curriculum.
  • Member of various committees for the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Québec.
  • Currently working on auto-synchronized laser scanning principles for pavement and crack detection.
  • Also working on dynamic constraint equations and their impact on active suspension performance and the vibration analysis of vehicle suspensions.
  • Engineering consultant for the firm GESPRO Inc., Québec, Canada for the design of a load weighing system for refuse trucks using front end loaders.
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