Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor Altintas obtained his Bachelor from Istanbul Technical University (1975), M.Sc. (1980) and Ph.D. (1987) in Canada. He joined the University of British Columbia and founded Manufacturing Automation Laboratory in 1986. He conducts research on metal cutting, machine tool vibrations, control and virtual machining. He has published over 165 archival journal and 100 conference articles. His research laboratory created advanced machining process simulation (CUTPRO), virtual part machining process simulation (MACHPRO) and open-modular 5 axis CNC system (Virtual CNC), which are used by over 200 companies and research centres in the field of machining and machine tools worldwide.
Professor Altintas is the fellow of Royal Society of Canada, CIRP, ASME, SME, CAE, EC, Tokyo University, P&WC, AvH and ISNM. He received Pratt & Whitney Canada’s university partnership (1997), APEG BC’s Meritorious Achievement (2002), APEG BC R.H. McLachlan (2010), UBC Killam Teaching Prize of Engineering (2011), Gold Medal of Engineers Canada (2011), SME Albert M. Sergent Progress Award (2012), NSERC Synergy Award, ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage best journal paper award, the special scientific award of Republic of Turkey in Science and Engineering (2013), Georg Schlesinger Production Engineering Award (Berlin, 2016), and ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award (USA, 2016). He holds an Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Stuttgart University (2009) and Budapest University of Technology (2013), and holds Honorary Professor title from BEIHANG University in Beijing. He is the president of CIRP (International Academy of Production Engineering Researchers) for term 2016 – 2017.
He currently directs NSERC CANRIMT Machining Research Network across Canada, and holds the NSERC – P&WC Industrial Research Chair Professorship to develop next generation Virtual High Performance Machining Technology. He is also founding president of MAL Manufacturing Automation Lab. Inc. which develops virtual machining technology.