Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the University of Alberta in 2007, and has been Full Professor with the faculty of engineering since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE, CSME and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. His main research areas include feature-based design, automation, system engineering, manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, and product lifecycle management.
Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma has published more than 160 internationally recognized top journal and conference papers, and book chapters. He is an expert of engineering informatics. He has also published a specialty book, Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an Editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics.
He believes strongly in industrial collaboration and engagement for teaching engineering students. Jointly with a local plastic manufacturer, in 2012, they won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic Lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in department selection committee (2012), faculty nominating (2009-2011) and evaluation committees (2011). More recently, Dr. Ma had been a member of General Faculty Council (GFC) and a University Senator from 2013 to 2016. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Ma had been engaged as an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University as well as a visiting Pengcheng Scholar of Shenzhen City. Since 2017, he has also been Adjunct Professor of Beijing Institute of Technology.
He is one of the founding Editors for BMC Mechanical Engineering, where he serves as Section Editor since 2018.