Faculty and Staff / Moyra McDill

Moyra McDill

Professor Emeritus

Department:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Degrees:B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. Carleton University


Doktorandombud, Chalmers University of Technology (Dec 2015 – Jan 2022)

Commissioner, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) (2002 -2015)

Board Member (2009 – 2012) and Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Finite element analysis of manufacturing processes such as welding
  • Coupled thermal-microstructural-mechanical finite element analysis
  • Three-dimensional h-adaptive methods for finite element analysis


Simplified FEA models in the analysis of beneficial compressive stresses in welds during cyclic loading; a priori determination of thermal-mechanical deformation of an industrial robot arm; adaptive, thermal-mechanical finite element analysis.


Thermal-mechanical deformation in a robot linkage; tet-to-hex application for Bayer Healthcare Diagnostics.


2020, Expert Panel, Research Quality (RQ20), Industrial Engineering Panel, University of Lund

2020, 2019, 2018  –  Visiting Researcher (Professor), Industrial & Material Science, Chalmers University, Gothenburg (March-June)

2017, 2015, 2014  – Visiting Researcher (Professor), Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology (March-June)

2015  – Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Skövde (January – June)

2014 – 2020  –  Expert Reviewer, MoRE (Mobility for Regional Excellence), Västra Götaland

Expert Panel, Assessment of Research & Collaboration, University of Skövde, 2013

Presentation  ‘Vedergällning mot Doktorander och Eventuellt mot Doktorandombud’, Moyra McDill, Doktorandombudsträff, Luleå Universty of Technology, September 26, 2017 

Course Facklig grundkurs för ombudsmän och förtroendevalda, Stockholm, April 11 -12, 2018.

Conference Publications

‘Simplified FEA Models in the Analysis of the Redistribution of Beneficial Compressive Stresses in Welds During Cyclic Loading’, B.L. Josefson, J. Alm, J.M.J. McDill, Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2018, June 17-22, Madrid, Spain.

‘A Biomechanical Investigation of Warm-Up Procedures for Musicians’, D. Russell, M. McDill, G. Comeau, N. Ahmadi, Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, Halifax, Canada, June 2012.

‘Warm-Up in a Music Practice Session – An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Issues’, N. Ahmadi, D. Russell, M. McDill, G. Comeau, Invited Paper, 2010 International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research in Music Pedagogy, Ottawa, May 23-29, 2010.

‘The Regulator’s Reality in Canada Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’, Invited Paper, Smirt 20, Moyra McDill, Commission Member, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Espoo, Finland, Aug. 10, 2009.

Pranchalee Poonyapak, J. Moyra J. McDill, and M. John D. Hayes, “Experimental Error in Measuring Temperature-Induced Deformation in A Single-Link System,” 7th Int. Workshop on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danuabe Region, Sep 2008.

Pranchalee Poonyapak, J. Moyra J. McDill, and M. John D. Hayes, “Improving Robot Efficiency to Reduce Energy Consumption,” ICWES14, Jul 2008.

J.M.J. McDill, “The Leading Edge – Women in the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences,” ICWES14, Jul 2008.

P. Poonyapak, M.J.D. Hayes, and J.M.J. McDill, “Investigation of Temperature-Induced Dimensional Distortion in a Mechanical System,” 12th World Congress in Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM 2007), Jun 2007.

J.M.J. McDill, “Membership Profiles in the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Science,” WEPAN, Jun 2007.


Moyra McDill (2007), When Cancer Entered Our Family: How We Lived, Laughed, Cried and Survived, Novalis.