Mehrdad Saif received a B.S. in 1982, M.S. in 1984, and DEng in 1987 all in Electrical Engineering. During his graduate studies he worked on research projects sponsored by NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center as well as Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP). In 1987 he joined the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. From 2002 to 2011, he was the Director of the School of Engineering Science and oversaw a major expansion of that School during his term. In 2004, he articulated the vision of starting the Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) program at SFU's Surrey Campus. He planned and Rolled out the program at both graduate and undergraduate levels in 2007. He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Windsor since July 2011. He is currently overseeing the expansion of the Faculty's programing into such areas as Aerospace Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, and Mechatronics and others. From 1993-1994, Saif was a Visiting Scholar at General Motors North American Operation (NAO) R & D Center in Warren, MI. At GM he was a member of the Powertrain Control Group in the Electrical and Electronics Research Department where he worked on engine control and on-board engine diagnostic problems.
Saif's research interests are in systems and control; estimation and observer theory; model based fault diagnostics; condition monitoring and diagnostics; and application of these areas to automotive, power, autonomous systems, and other complex engineering systems. He has published over 180 refereed journal and conference papers plus an edited book in these areas. Saif has been a consultant to a number of industries and agencies such as GM, NASA, B.C. Hydro, Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, and others. He served two terms (1995, 1997) as the Chairman of the Vancouver Section of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and is currently a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Systems Journal, International Journal of Control and Computers, IEEE CDC, and ACC. Saif is Senior Member of IEEE, and a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.