Mandelis A

Cross-Appointed Professor

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Andreas Mandelis is a full professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. He is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies and the Director of the Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave Technologies (CADIFT) at the University of Toronto. He is also the Chairman, and CTO of Photo-Thermal Diagnostics, Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada and the CTO of Quantum Dental Technologies, Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada. He worked in the electronics industry as a Member of Scientific Staff, Silicon Process R&D, Bell Northern Research Labs, Ottawa, in 1980-1981.  He is the author and co-author of more than 315 scientific papers in refereed journals and 170 proceedings papers. He is the Founder and Inaugural Chair of the Division of Instrumentation and Measurement Physics (DIMP) of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). He is the Co-founder and President of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association (IPPA). His scientific and technical research interests span all aspects of the physics, mathematics, instrumental implementation and experimental applications of novel laser-based diffusion-wave analytical inspection and monitoring techniques, high-precision measurement methodologies, environmental sensor device development, analytical, non-destructive and spectroscopic methodologies, signal processing physics and measurement science, and imaging techniques for industrial and health sector applications. These interests are focused on fundamental physical processes as they impact instrumentation science and signal generation in the fields of thermophysics, non-radiative and radiative phenomena in electronic, optical and biomedical materials, thermal-wave and diffusion-wave phenomena in electronic and photonic media. More recent interests include building the foundations of biothermophotonic transport phenomena in hard (dental) and soft tissues.


  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Member of K7 (ASME) International Committee on Thermophysics
  • Associate Editor, AIP Review of Scientific Instruments
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Thermophysics (Springer, New York)
  • Recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, Humboldt Foundation, Germany
  • Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Recipient of the 2004 New Pioneers Award in Science and Technology, Skills for Change, City of Toronto
  • Associate Editor, AIP Journal of Applied Physics
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences
  • Inaugural (2007) Premier’s Discovery Award in Science and Engineering, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Ontario
  • Editorial Board, on-line journal “Diffusion Fundamentals”
  • Founder and Chair of SPIE BiOS (Photonics West) Conference on “Optics in Bone Biology and Diagnostics”
  • Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies
    (2008- 2015)
  • 2009 Yeram S. Touloukian Award in Thermophysics, ASME
  • 2009 Senior Prize of the International Photoacoustic and Photothermal Association
  • 2009 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics
  • Contributing Editor, Physics Today (American  Institute of Physics)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Biomedical Optics, SPIE, in charge of photothermal imaging, dental optics, and photoacoustic tomography
  • 2010 Killam Research Fellowship – Canada Council for the Arts
  • Founder of biennial Mediterranean International Workshop on Photoacoustic & Photothermal Phenomena (Professor Roberto Li Voti, University of Rome, co-founder), Center Ettore Majorana in Erice (Sicily, Italy)
  • Recipient of the American Physical Society’s 2012 Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science
  • 2012 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP)-INO Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics