James Andrew Smith, PhD, PEng

York University

James Andrew Smith, PhD, PEng.

Dr. Smith is a Lecturer in the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University University in Toronto, Canada. His interests include experiential teaching methods as well as robot design and human birth modelling. He previously held positions at Ryerson University, including Biomedical Engineering Program Director, and helped lead the program to successful accreditation in 2012.

Dr. Smith has taught courses in biomedical engineering, microprocessors, as well as sensing and measurement. In addition to teaching awards received at the University of Alberta and Ryerson University, he is a recipient or co-recipient of four IEEE Real World Engineering Projects awarsds. He was co-recipient of second place in the IDEO-organized design competition at the 2012 Healthcare Innovation Conference in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Smith received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. His PhD focused on developing the world's first galloping robots. From 2006 to 2008 he conducted research on legged systems at the University of Jena's Lauflabor Locomotion Laboratory in Jena, Germany.

Academic Background

Assistant Lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2015 - present)
Lassonde School of Engineering
York University, Canada

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (2008 - 2015)
Ryerson University, Canada
Biomedical Engineering Program

Postdoc, Sports Science (2006 - 2008)
University of Jena, Germany
Biarticular Muscle-Tendon Complexes

PhD, Mechanical Engineering (2007)
McGill University, Canada
Galloping, Bounding & Hybrid Wheeled-Leg Locomotion

BSc & MSc, Electrical Engineering (1998 & 2001)
University of Alberta, Canada
Seismic Surveying Robots


  • Medical Physics Program Advisory Committee, Ryerson University (2014 - 2015)
  • Biology Program Peer Review Committee, Ryerson University (2014)
  • Biomedical Enginering Program Director, Ryerson University (2010 - 2011)
  • Biomedical Engineering Stream Coordinator, Ryerson University (2008 - 2010, 2011 - 2013)

  • Hobby Electronics Club Faculty Advisor, Ryerson University, Faculty Advisor (2009 - 2015)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Student Chapter Ryerson University Faculty Advisor (2010 - 2015)

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Faculty Advisor

  • Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

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