Technical Expertise

Ryan George, BASc, MASc
Research Engineer

Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 31795
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3x-3161
Email: r3george@uwaterloo.ca
Background Profile:

My research is concerned with the development of a die-set to control the microstructure and mechanical properties of a hot-formed part for automotive use. Traditional hot-forming produces a part that is fully martensitic, with very high strength and low ductility, which is very good for intrusion protection in the event of a collision. It has been suggested that by locally softening the material in specific areas, it is possible to improve the overall energy absorption, while still maintaining the structural integrity and intrusion protection.

The goal of this research is to produce a part with tailored mechanical properties, such that we can have very high strength in some areas, and other areas with increased ductility. This is achieved by controlling the die temperature, and therefore the cooling rate of the blank, at specific locations. This is all to be done in a single processing step without post-tempering or other heat treatments. The other side of the research is to model the forming process with LS-Dyna and use it to predict the microstructure and hardness after forming and quenching.


Eckhard Budziarek
Research Technologist

Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 37769
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Email: ebudziarek@uwaterloo.ca
Background Profile:

  • Diploma of Technology from Conestoga College (Electronic Technician)
  • 35 years work experience in mechanical testing environment and high technology fabrication.
  • Strong background in prototyping, and building electrical and mechanical designs
  • Experienced in organizing processes.
  • Experienced in interfacing and working with people.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with instrumentation, mechanical testing and electrical wiring.
  • Good working knowledge of safety standards and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.


Jeff Wemp
Research Technologist

Phone: (519) 888-4567 Ext. 32309
Fax: (519) 885-5862
Office: E3-3101G
Email: jwemp@mecheng1.uwaterloo.ca
Background Profile:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist specializing in Robotics and Automation
  • Strong background in fabrication, maintenance, and control systems
  • Experience includes machining, welding, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, electronics, composites, and programming
  • Able to work as part of a team or independently.