Forensic Engineering at the University of Toronto


Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 12-2:45 p.m
Location: Toronto Plaza Hotel
Cost: $30


Join us for lunch and learn about the only undergraduate and graduate forensic engineering program in Canada from Professor Doug Perovic (MSE).

Forensic engineering training goes well beyond the expert witness in the courtroom, and is a part of professional engineering practice that intersects all disciplines of engineering. Forensic engineering skills are highly valuable in the assessment of deterioration in infrastructure, product quality and procedural practice improvement as a result of investigations, direct impact on improving engineering design practices, and revision of codes and standards to improve public safety.

Guest Speaker

Doug Perovic headshotDoug Perovic
Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
View bio

Doug Perovic is a renowned expert in forensic engineering. He currently teaches the only forensic engineering course in Canada at the University of Toronto, where he challenges students to combine engineering design concepts with investigative techniques to solve real-world problems.

Professor Perovic is one of the top experts in his field, having led more than 1,000 product liability investigations over a 25-year career.  He completed his BASc, MASc, and PhD at the Department of Metallurgy & Materials Science (now Materials Science & Engineering), and was chair of the MSE department from 2001 to 2008. He is the co-director of the Ontario Centre for the Characterization of Advanced Materials (OCCAM), a high-tech facility that enables researches and industry to explore and develop novel materials.

Professor Perovic’s own forensic work focuses on product failure investigation. He believes forensic practitioners are at their very best when they develop a logical problem-solving mentality, and when they relate engineering design concepts to contemporary realities. He suggests forensic engineers stick to a simple program of understanding the problem, undertaking a thorough analysis, and effectively communicating the ultimate findings to clients (and in some cases, the courts).

Visit the Skule™ Lunch & Learn website for information about future topics and a complete archive of previous events.

Brought to you in partnership with the University of Toronto Affinity Partners: