Leila Notash

Leila Notash, PhD, P.Eng., FEC


Leila Notash is a professor in the department of mechanical and materials engineering at Queen’s University and was previously an assistant professor at the University of Windsor. Notash grew up in Iran and received her BASc, MASc and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey; University of Toronto; and University of Victoria, respectively. Licensed by PEO in 1996, she joined PEO as a member of the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC) in 2003, served as the vice chair and then chair of ARC from 2015 to 2018 and was vice chair of the Kingston Chapter from 2015 to 2019. Notash is an associate editor (AE) of Mechanism and Machine Theory and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Mechanical Design (2022-2024) and was an AE (2014–2020) and guest AE (2021–2022) of the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and CSME Transactions (1999–2017). She was the symposium/program chair/co-chair of ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. She was a member of the Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms executive (1998–2004) and International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms Permanent Commission on Communications (2001–2011) and was the chair of PC from 2006 to 2011. Notash has served on the Queen’s University Senate since 2009. She is committed to equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has championed EDI among her students. She was a member (2009–2011, 2018–2020) and chair (2010–2012) of the Queen’s Senate Educational Equity Committee and the Canadian coordinator of an international capstone design project to provide international experience for undergraduate students (1997–2003).