PERSONNEL

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER: ANDREW GOLDENBERG

Dr. Goldenberg is an outstanding Canadian engineer with world-wide reputation who has contributed significantly to the field of robotics by sustaining a long and leading academic career in parallel with the founding and leading innovative and commercially successful robotics and automation commercial enterprises.

Dr. Goldenberg is known to have always been on the cutting edge of professional leadership by his vision of the robotics field, by his innovations, by pursuing significant and risky technological challenges, by bridging the research and practise of engineering, and by aiming to create profit margins and jobs in high technology.

He has been involved in robotics since 1975 when he started working for Spar Aerospace Ltd., now MDA Ltd., on the development of the 1st Canadarm - Canada contribution to the Space Shuttle Program of NASA. The Canadarm project is one of the most outstanding robotic projects in the world and Andrew has had a significant participation in its design. At SPAR Aerospace he achieved the rank of Staff Engineer and was appointed Coordinator of R&D in the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator Division.

In 1982 Dr. Goldenberg was invited to join the University of Toronto as the founder of the field of Robotics at the University and has been, as of 1987, a Full Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, cross appointed in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. Dr Goldenberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P. R. China.

He has been extremely successful in his academic career, achieving a very high reputation world-wide and providing leadership through numerous graduate students, significant research funding, long list of publications with high rate of citations in quality journals, patents, book chapters, and new courses for undergraduate and graduate students. He created strong links with the industry by promoting the use of robotics in applications, and has received significant industry-funded grants and contracts. The University of Toronto robotics program and Dr. Goldenberg’s name are often interchangeable and very well known internationally.

At the University Dr. Goldenberg has supervised the largest number of graduate students to date in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (43 Ph.D. and 67 M.A.Sc.). He has published extensively, and at last count he had 48 patents granted and applied, 12 book chapters, 253 peer-reviewed publications with over 3300 citations of his papers. The citations count is the highest in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and one of the highest in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Dr. Goldenberg is often interviewed by the media on topics related to the future of robotics technology and products. His views and statements are often quoted. He is a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (P. Eng.), and a Designated Consulting Engineer in Ontario (C. Eng.).

His international recognition led to being nominated as Editor of an archival journal of robotics and member of editorial boards of several other journals. Dr Goldenberg is a former editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and a member of the editorial boards of Robotica, Robotics in Japan, Journal of Robotics, and Robotics Journal, Scientific World Journal, and Industrial Engineering and Management Journal.

Dr. Goldenberg has been awarded numerous fellowships in prestigious organizations. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Goldenberg is the recipient of medals of honour such as the 2010 Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship and the 2013 EIC Sir John Kennedy Medal for Outstanding Merit.

Shortly after his 1982 University appointment he undertook to extend the traditional University research’s role by fostering practical and commercially successful ventures. He actively pursued working with industry, and in the mid-1990s he started expanding his own business – Engineering Services Inc. (ESI), and has had increasing success since then.

He is the founder and President of ESI, established in 1982. Under his leadership the company has achieved significant growth and a global leading role in a wide range of industrial sectors. In the year 2000 the company was brought to the next level of commercial development through the acquisition by a public company of part of ESI assets. From 2000-2001 Dr. Goldenberg was also the President of Virtek Engineering Science Inc. (VESI), a high-technology company formed after the acquisition.

Dr. Goldenberg is concurrently a successful academic and successful entrepreneur. He represents an inspiring blend of both aspects that are so crucial in the emerging new technology.  His example is considered by many as worth following. His experience and vision could benefit others with similar career aspirations.

The achievements of Dr. Goldenberg  impact on three fronts: (i) Education of numerically significant cadres of professionals in the domain of robotics, including engineers, post-graduates working now in Universities, research institutes and industry; (ii) Research and Development through publications and patents that have helped position him at the fore front of this area on the international stage, as well as provide new technology as a basis for the development of commercial interests; and (iii) Founding of commercial enterprises that are providing high technology employment to numerous professionals, and further elevate and consolidate his presence on the world stage of robotic technology.

Andrew Goldenberg boundless energy and ability has established him in both, the academic and commercial worlds.  His contributions and undertakings are remarkable as they demonstrate Andrew's high ability to bridge the gap between research and entrepreneurship. He is successful in both domains, and has been able to illustrate by his own work that practise and theory can be combined without diminishing the value of each.

Andrew’s character as teacher, researcher, and businessman is impeccable. He has also a well-developed social conscience manifested by his continuing desire to create highly specialized new jobs, and by educating young engineers with the aim of producing new cadres with marketable skills for full employment and fulfillment of successful professional careers.

To date the career of Andrew Goldenberg is remarkable in its intensity, blend of research and practise, international recognition, entrepreneurial flavour, and social conscience. This is providing an example of a professional career that is well above others.

Dr. Goldenberg obtained his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1969 and 1972, respectively, and Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Toronto. Dr. Goldenberg was born in Bucharest, Romania.

 

ESI TEAM

ESI's team has extraordinary multi-disciplinary capability to develop generic, custom and niche robotic products and meet any new requirements for a very a wide range of applications.

ESI’s team has very strong expertise in robotic, automation and mechatronics systems for use in markets where traditional systems are not suitable or are not available such as: Security, Space Exploration, Medical Surgery, Manufacturing, Laboratory Automation, Nuclear Plants and Utilities.

ESI’s team has extensive and proven capability in program management, business development, systems engineering, research and development, hardware and software development, systems integration and testing, and support services.

ESI’s team is divided into groups corresponding to each technology area and business market. Each group includes accomplished specialists with top expertise in taking developments from the conceptual stage through design and manufacture of prototypes to full products.

ESI’s team, supported by the experience with a wide range of applications, can deliver advanced solutions for very demanding operational environments spanning markets as diverse as neutralization of explosives, unmanned space exploration, robotic surgery, repair of underground gas pipes, repair of nuclear reactor installations, and intelligent manufacturing.

A large number of ESI’s personnel have PhDs in Engineering. They have publications on their record. Senior staff have each in excess of 20 years of professional engineering experience. They combine solid analytical background with very thorough design experience.

ESI’s team is unique and extremely resourceful. There is no targeted project that ESI team could not tackle. ESI’s team has generated a series of notable projects that include:


•    Long-reach manipulator for inspection of nuclear reactors
•    Robot for debris retrieval from within vessels of nuclear reactor
•    Robot for laboratory automation testing facility in nuclear power stations
•    Robotics for underground live gas pipe inspection and repair
•    Robot for grading of hogs
•    Robot for manufacturing of large telescope mirrors for space research
•    MRI-guided robot for prostate surgery
•    Robot for general surgery
•    Micro-robot for neurosurgery
•    Mobile robots for police and military for EOD and HAZMAT handling
•    Mobile robot for space exploration projects  
•    Robot arms for space exploration projects
•    Mobile robot for private security
•    Robots for welding and painting in manufacturing
•    Estimation of damage from blasts
•    Jet pilot Anti-G device

 

KEY PERSONNEL

 

Vice-President Operations: Matt Gryniewski                                       Matt Gryniewski

Matt Gryniewski joined ESI in 1999. He and has actively and significantly contributed in senior roles to the company's rapid and extensive growth, as Manager of the Mobile Robots Division of ESI until his promotion to VP Operations. He continues to serve as the Acting Manager of Mobile Robots Division.

Matt Gryniewski has been a significant contributor to the design of a wide range of ESI products, from concepts to prototypes and production models. He has been leading and supervising multi-disciplinary teams in the development of numerous innovative robotic products and systems, including mobile robots for space and security applications, modular arms for space, and custom-robotic systems for nuclear, gas pipes, laboratory and other industrial sectors.

With Matt Gryniewski extensive contribution and dedication, the mandate of ESI has expanded from the development of technology to embodiment of the technology in quality products for a range of industrial applications. He is responsible for the development and execution of major projects and delivery of related products.

Mr. Gryniewski studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

 

Vice-President, Technology Development:  Ziren Lu, PhD, PEng      Ziren Lu

Dr. Ziren Lu joined ESI in 1993. He has actively and significantly contributed in senior roles to the company's rapid and extensive growth. Since 2009 he has been the Manager of the Security and Defense Division until his promotion to VP Technology Development. He is currently also the Acting Manager of Robot Arms Division of ESI.

Dr. Lu has been a significant contributor to the design of a wide range of ESI products, from concepts to prototypes and production models. He has been leading and supervising multi-disciplinary teams in the development of numerous innovative robotic products and systems, including ESI’s blast analysis software program, modular arms, robot arms for space, medical robotics and custom-robotic systems for food and other industrial sectors.

With Ziren’s significant contribution ESI has expanded from the development of technology to embodiment of the technology in quality products for a range of industrial applications. He is responsible for technology development of robot arms, medical robotics, and personal robots. His most recent appointment is the corporate liaison with major partner in Asia.

Dr. Lu graduated from the University of Toronto with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. His B.A.Sc. (1982) and M.A.Sc. (1987) degrees were obtained from East China University of Technology, P.R. China and Shanghai JiaoTong University, P.R. China, respectively.

Dr. Lu has published archival papers in the robotics literature. He is a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEng).

           
Manager Administration & Contracts: Elizabeth Catalano

Elizabeth Catalano has been an Executive Assistant and Administrator at ESI since 1995. Elizabeth is highly organized, detail-oriented and has over 20 years experience providing thorough and skillful administrative support.

She formerly worked as Administrator at the University of Toronto in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  Her responsibilities are wide and varied, but her overriding goal is customer satisfaction.  Elizabeth manages our office and our business.  She has in-depth industry knowledge, extensive practical project and contract administration experience, including contracts with PWGSC, CSA, DND, and other governmental and private organizations.

Elizabeth graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Diploma in Financial Accounting.


Manager Custom Robotics: Theo Calinescu, PEng

Theo brings to ESI a wide range of experience (over 45 years) in Mechanical Design Engineering in multiple fields of industry.  Prior to ESI he was involved in Custom Machine Design for the Automotive Industry and Project Manager for a plant licensed to manufacture Rolls Royce aircraft engines and sub-assemblies for French helicopters.

For over 20 years Theo operated an engineering company, TC Engineering Ltd. that provided Fortune 500 industries world-wide with design solutions to build automation, assembly lines, machine tools and robotics.

Theo's B.A.Sc. (1965) and M.Eng. (1967) degrees were obtained from the Institute of Technology, Romania.

Theo is a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEng).


Manager Medical Robotics: Yang Yi, PhD

Dr. Yang Yi joined ESI in 1999.  Dr. Yi has ccontributed significantly in a senior technical role to ESI's rapid and extensive growth.

As the Manager of the Medical Robotics Division, Dr. Yi has played a key role in the development of medical robotics at ESI.  He has led the development of an image‐guided robot for prostate surgery in collaboration with UHN-Princess Margaret Hospital. He is also the senior system developer of a collaboration with Hospital of Sick Children to build a MRI-compatible surgical robot and a neurosurgery robot.

He has been a robotic systems designer and developer since 1982. His expertise is in the development of advanced mechanical systems concepts, software architectures, and control software. His work at ESI has covered modular robots, medical robots, mobile manipulators, and robot arms in gas pipes and nuclear environments.

Dr. Yi graduated from Zhejiang University with a Ph.D. degree in Robotics in 1997. His B.A.Sc. (1982) and M.A.Sc. (1988) degrees were obtained from Northeast Heavy Machine Building Institute, P.R. China and Zhejiang University, P.R. China, respectively.

Dr. Yi is the co-author of several patents. 


Manager Personal Robots: ChinJohn Wang, M.A.Sc.

ChinJohn Wang joined ESI as a software developer in 2008.  Mr. Wang brings to ESI his extensive expertise in the development of user interfaces, sensor interfaces, human-machine interfaces, and implementation of control algorithms for innovative robotic products and systems, including mobile robots for space, security, medical applications, modular arms, and custom-robotic systems.  He has the ability to build usable and functional software that effectively meets the needs of our clients.  He also has a solid understanding and is highly accomplished in the latest software technologies.

As the Manager of Personal Robots, ChinJohn leads the product dvelopment strategy of numerous innovative consumer robots. The related technologies are currently at various stages of development.

ChinJohn's B.A.Sc. (1991) and M.A.Sc. (2006) degrees were obtained from Southwest Jiaotong University, P.R. China and University of Pretoria, South Africa, respectively.


Manager Electronics Systems: Kevin Wang, M.A.Sc.

Kevin Wang has been with ESI since 2004.  His relentless pursuit of knowledge in electronics fits well with the exciting new projects and challenges that keep ESI on the forefront of technology. His wide knowledge base and proficiency in these areas helps ESI offer superb troubleshooting and customer service.

His expertise is in control system design and integration, micro controller electronics, and PCB design and testing.  Kevin has developed software and hardware for real-time image processing, and real time control of robots.  As the Manager of Electronics Systems, Kevin leads electronics design of multi-disciplinary teams in the development of numerous innovative robotic products and systems, including mobile robots for space, security, medical applications, modular arms, and custom-robotic systems.

Kevin's B.A.Sc. (1991) and M.A.Sc. (2006) degrees were obtained from Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China and University of Toronto, Canada, respectively.

Kevin is a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEng).


Manager Mechanical Systems: Jun Lin, PhD

Dr. Jun Lin joined ESI in 2003.  Dr. Lin brings more than 25 years experience in the technology and product development domains applied and related to robotics.  Dr. Lin is responsible for the development and implementation of mechanical systems of major projects.

Dr. Lin has been highly involved in some of the largest, most prominent projects in ESI's history, participating from conceptual level design hrough prototype and production model developments.  Dr. Lin takes a hands-on role when contributing his many talents to the success of ESI, and remains focused on ensuring that clients receive excellent service and world class design.

 Dr. Lin graduated from Chongqing University, P.R. China, with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2002.  His B.A.Sc. (1985) and M.A.Sc. (1987) degrees were obtained from Southwest Petroleum Institute, P.R. China.

Dr. Lin is the co-author of several patents and is a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEng).


Manager Software Development: Liang Ma, PhD

Dr. Liang Ma joined ESI in 2005.  Dr. Ma has a vast breadth of knowledge (over 20 years) in software development, control systems design and systems engineering as well as deep understanding of specific aspects related to robotics.

As Manager of Software Development, Dr. Ma leads software development of multi-disciplinary teams for numerous innovative robotic products and systems, including mobile robots for space, security, medical applications, modular arms, and custom-robotic systems.  Working closely to technical specifications and industry standards, Dr. Ma is keen to utilize the latest evolving technologies to ensure that the related benefits are passed on to the end user experience.

Dr. Ma graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China, with a Ph.D. degree in Control Science Engineering in 1998.  His B.A.Sc. (1991) and M.A.Sc. (1994) degrees were also obtained from Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R. China.

Dr. Ma is the co-author of several patents.