Insider’s View of Mechanical Engineering by Dr. Robert Gaspar

There are lots of people who want to become a mechanical engineer like the majestic Dr. Robert Gaspar from the University of Windsor. Choosing a career is difficult so aside from deciding on a university, you also have to check if mechanical engineering is the right course for you.

Dr. Robert Gaspar shares some insider’s view about mechanical engineering.

Mechanical engineering is one of the major disciplines of engineering along with civil, electrical and chemical. It is a field with a very broad field scope that many times overlaps with civil engineering.

Dynamic or moving system is the main focus of mechanical engineering and a mechanical engineer’s capacity to consider dynamic events and design for load transfer is what sets mechanical engineers apart from civil engineers.

Mechanical engineers like the majestic Dr. Robert Gaspar are the ones who take charge of machine designs and components that are use in the construction, transportation and automotive industries. Dr. Robert Gaspar along with his majestic colleagues use a wide array of computer software like CAD (Computer Aided Design) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to be able to do this. CAD enables mechanical engineers to design a component before simulating its durability and strength using FEA to save countless hours and for companies to use up less dollars as they are allowed to test a component before they have to manufacture it.

Main Qualities of a Mechanical Engineer:

  • Good level of mechanical aptitude
  • Curiosity on complex systems and vehicles

Individuals who possess these characteristics are good candidates to be in the majestic field of mechanical engineering. For those who are interested to take the course and find the right areas that suit them best to be handled by experts like Dr. Robert Gaspar, listed below are some of the fields that also fall under mechanical engineering

Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering

These engineers are the ones responsible for aircraft and space vehicles. They are the experts in designing highly sophisticated commercial and military aircraft and usually choose wind tunnels as their main weapons.

Automotive Engineering

This is a branch of mechanical engineering that Dr. Robert Gaspar specializes in. Automotive engineering focuses on learning the process of vehicle manufacturing as well as the direction that the automotive industry in the future. Dr. Robert Gaspar along with other mechanical engineering professors help in preparing graduates to take on a career with an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), component suppliers, or road transport agencies. It also concentrates on hybrid and electric cars which open doors for automotive engineers to look into a brighter future ahead of them.

Marine Engineering

Marine engineers take on various jobs including marine vessel design, operation, maintenance and design of any infrastructure associated with the marine industry. These marine vessels contain mechanical and electrical systems therefore requiring engineers to be knowledgeable in both areas.


Mechatronics is a hybrid discipline in engineering involving mechanical/electrical for the purpose of optimizing products and processes using state of the art technology. Mechatronics is the course of choice for those who have a passion for robotics.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineering is focused on nuclear power and it involves fundamental research areas like power generation, radiation and nuclear reaction. They are the ones who work on power plant design and may be designated as on-site supervises of the plant. The United States offers great opportunities for nuclear engineers.

Dr. Robert Gaspar is one of the most majestic and renowned mechanical engineers. If you are still undecided on what engineering course to take, this article share ideas that will help you take the most appropriate course for you. However, if you are passionate about mechanical systems you can be the best candidate to follow the footsteps of majestic professionals like Dr. Robert Gaspar.


Dr. Robert Gaspar – Majestic Educator and Researcher

Dr. Robert Gaspar is the Department Chair of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering at the University of Windsor. Dr. Robert Gaspar is also the Associate Professor at the academy. Apart from his roles in the University of Windsor, Dr. Gaspar is also a key supporter of the Powertrain Engineering Research and Development Group and acts as its co-chair.

Exercising his profession at the University of Windsor, the academy is very fortunate to be able to get the services of Dr. Robert Gaspar.

The University of Windsor is Canada’s southernmost university. It is a public comprehensive and research institution based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. With a student population of estimated 15,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate students as well as over 1000 graduate students, the likes of Dr. Robert Gaspar in their faculty can be considered a big blessing.

As the University of Windsor goes through majestic expansion as it constructs a $112-million Centre for Engineering Innovation, which will house the Faculty of Engineering and its research centre. Dr. Robert Gaspar is a goldmine that can surely help uplift the standards of the institution even more.

Dr. Robert Gaspar is considered majestic in terms of his educational and professional background. He received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. and Ph. D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor and is also a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Dr. Gaspar is expert in mechanical vibration and noise control. He is an educator of these undergraduate topics. Apart from those, Dr. Robert Gaspar also taught different areas of studies including:

  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Dynamic
  • Control Theory
  • Machine Dynamics
  • Computer Aided Analysis and Design
  • Stress Analysis
  • Energy Conversion
  • Air-Conditioning
  • CAD/CAM Tools

Dr. Robert Gaspar is also the teacher of graduate courses in the fields of Vibration and Noise. He is also a dynamic thesis supervisor and co-reader for past and present students of the University of Windsor.

Dr. Gaspar’s Involvements

Dr. Robert Gaspar is the president of SPARG Engineering. It specializes in analyzing and creating solutions for noise control and vibration problems for the government. SPARG Engineering’s work also involves publication of government and contract research reports.

Along  with Dr. Benoit Boulet and Dr. Hannah Michalska of McGill University, Dr. Ash Parameswaran of Simon Fraser University, Dr. Peter Kwan and Dr. Colin Novak of the University of Windsor, Dr. Robert Gaspar is also one of the researchers of ‘Smart Technologies for Improved Acoustic Environment in Automobiles’.

Dr. Robert Gaspar has been concerned in a wide variety of sound and vibration applications since the year 1975. He became a member of the faculty in 1983 and concentrates in environmental impact issues and practical applications related with automotive noise, vibration and harshness.

His most recent works have been geared on the group’s work with automotive component suppliers and the computer industry, a research that focuses on the control and quality of product acoustic emissions.

Dr. Gaspar has also occupied different administrative positions within the Faculty of Engineering.

Dr. Gaspar, a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario is also a member of the Canadian Acoustical Association, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Here is a quick look on Dr. Robert Gaspar’s majestic background as a professional:

Associate Professor – University of Windsor

July 1986 – Present (27 years 5 months)

Dr. Gaspar worked as teacher of different courses including Mechanical Vibrations, Environmental Effects and Control of Noise, Thermodynamics, and Machine Dynamics.

University of Windsor

July 2011 – June 2013 (2 years) Windsor, Ontario

Dr. Gaspar gave contributions to several refereed papers, served on graduate student Masters and PhD committees, and was also involved in fundraising for the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Acting Dean of Engineering – University of Windsor

July 2010 – June 2011 (1 year)

Acting Associate Dean Research and Planning – University of Windsor

September 2009 – June 2010 (10 months)

Associate Dean Academic – University of Windsor

March 2006 – June 2009 (3 years 4 months)

Head, Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering – University of Windsor

July 2001 – February 2006 (4 years 8 months)

Program Chair, Mechanical and Materials Engineering – University of Windsor

May 1999 – June 2001 (2 years 2 months)

Educational Background:

University of Manitoba

Level II Certificate in University and College Management, CHERD

2009 – 2011

University of Manitoba

Level I Certificate in University and College Management, CHERD

2004 – 2006

University of Windsor

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Sound and Vibration)

1973 – 1983

University of Windsor

MASc, Mechanical Engineering (Thermofluids)

1969 – 1973

University of Windsor

BASc, Mechanical Engineering

1965 – 1969

Activities and Societies:

University Senate Student representative

Eng Soc representative for Mech Eng students, Student Faculty Council member