The Mechatronic Development and Prototyping Facility is led by Dr. Nick Krouglicof. Day-to-day management of the lab is carried out Mr. Brian Pretty and Mr. Steve Steele. The facility also has a steering committee comprised of representatives of local industry, Memorial University, the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).


Dr. Nick Krouglicof

Nick Krouglicof

Nick joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in 2006 as an Associate Professor and as the Baader-Canpolar Industrial Research Chair in Machine Vision. Currently, he is Mechanical Discipline Chair and the Principal Investigator of the Inspirus project (Intelligent Sensor Platforms for Remotely Piloted Vehicles), funded by ACOA, RDC, and Boeing. Nick has worked on a wide range of collaborative projects for companies including Canadian Marconi (now CMC Electronics) and Intempco Controls. Nick served as president and was one of the founding partners of Mechtronix Systems Inc., now a leader in the global flight simulation and training market.

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Contact: +1 709 864 3745 or nickk at mun dot ca


Mr. Brian Pretty

Brian Pretty

A graduate of the College of the North Atlantic's Electrical Engineering Communications course, Brian joined Memorial University in 2003 as Head of the Electronics Design Section in Technical Services. Since 2007 he has been involved in industry-academic collaborative research projects, initially as Technical Supervisor Electrical for the SEAFormatics Group. In his current role he manages Electronics Design in the facility, supporting both the Inspirus project and Industrial Outreach activities. Brian's skills include design and fabrication of electrical / electronic devices, PCB layout and design, laser cutting / engraving, and design and fabrication of test jigs. He has experience using a wide range of equipment, from a micro EDM machine to FDM-based 3D printing.

Contact: +1 709 864 4351


Mr. Steve Steele

Steve Steele

Steve has been involved in Industrial Outreach projects since 2006 through his previous role as an Engineering Technologist in the Faculty of Engineering's Metallurgy and Tribology Laboratory, where he also supported student labs related to materials testing and processing. Steve's credentials include a Diploma of Engineering Technology (Industrial) from the Marine Institute (1996), as well as a CNC machining Level II Certificate (1998) and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Certificate (1997) from Nova Scotia Community College. Prior to joining Memorial University, Steve worked for a number of companies in engineering technology / manufacturing and quality control roles, including Pratt & Whitney Canada (Halifax), Schlumberger (Calgary) and the Spectrol Group (St. John's). Steve has extensive experience in destructive and non-destructive testing of materials, materials characterization, failure analysis, heat treating, and manufacturing of prototypes using FDM.

Contact: +1 709 864 7283 or ssteele at mun dot ca



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