Interdisciplinary Methods Lead
Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo
Formally trained as an electrical engineer, Rob Gorbet is an interdisciplinarian, a mechatronics specialist, an award-winning teacher and a technology artist. Rob’s teaching includes courses on the profession of engineering, microcontrollers, robotics, control systems, and technology art. His engineering research involves the design of actuators made of Shape Memory Alloys (SMA), for everything from car door locks to subtle next-generation actuation systems for responsive architectural environments.
Rob is a key member of Gorbet Design, a design firm and consultancy specializing in public interactive artwork and experiences, and also collaborates with other designers, artists, and architects. As a Professional Engineer and Associate Professor, Rob Gorbet chairs an innovative integrative curriculum development and technical research program in computation and mechatronics at the Department of Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo. An award winning teacher and artist, Gorbet’s unique interdisciplinary expertise includes knowledge integration, mechatronics and complex interactive systems. Gorbet leads the Interdisciplinary Methods research stream in developing conceptual paradigms, curriculum models and design methods.