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Professor, Ph.D., P.Eng.
  • B.Sc. - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Amirkabir University)

  • M.Sc., and Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics (Mie University, Japan)

  • Postdoctoral fellow - Mechanical Engineering  (University of Alberta)

Maglev Microrobotics Laboratory studies on design and development of magnetically levitated (Maglev) robots. A magnetic Levitation setup enabling high precision 3D remote positioning was built. Our Maglev systems find applications in areas spanning various disciplines such as:

  Contactless micromanipulation and microrobotics
  Manipulation in hazardous environment
  Clean rooms applications
  Wind tunnel testing
  Wafer growth & wafer transportation

We are also working on the development and industrialization of various applications of magnetism such as electromagnetic energy harvesters and non destructive testing for detecting cracks and defects in live pipelines. Please contact us for more information.

News Release on our micro Energy Harvester:
Charge your phone while you shovel - and shiver (Waterloo Stories)

March 5, 2014 
Good Vibrations: Harvesting Energy While You Do The Chores (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy)
New 3D tech offers unique multi-tasking (UW Engineering)

News Release on our
The Latest Trend in Aircraft: Really, Really Tiny (Discover Magazine)
A tiny, levitating robot takes to the air (The Economist Magazine)
Tiny flying robots to learn surgery (The Record Newspaper)
Researchers build 'flying' micro-robot (cnet news)
UW researchers develop world's first flying microrobot for microscale applications
Fliegender Roboter erledigt riskante Aufgaben ( pressetext, in Dutch)

Attention Industry!
We have equipment to automatically measure magnetic field in a 3D space and plot it. Examples: 3D measurement of magnetic fields produced by various shape/size permanent magnets and electromagnets, field measurement of electromagnetic clutch, etc.
we can also obtain magnetic force analytically/FEM, and verify it experimentally for many cases. Please donot hesitate to contact us for furthure information.


A 3D plot of magnetic field




Contact Information:
Director of Maglev Microrobotics Laboratory
Dr. Mir Behrad Khamesee
: khamesee [at]
phone: (519) 885 1211 ext. 35095                                                
fax: (519) 885 5862
office: E3-3148
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada  N2L 3G1


M. B. Khamesee 2015