Stephan Lambert

Stephan Lambert

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Stephan Lambert

Biography summary

Steve Lambert is a Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Professor and is cross-appointed to the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In addition, he is also the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering.

Professor Lambert's focus is the development of engineering design case studies for use throughout the engineering curriculum to demonstrate design and the application of engineering science concepts in real situations. His research takes a learning approach to improving design, and is directly related to the proposed research. He is involved with 2 AUTO21 research projects focused on the design of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. These projects have investigated the use of ultracapacitors in hybrid electric vehicles, energy management and design intergation, and the development of vehicle control strategies to take advantage of the benefits of electric drivetrains. Professor Lambert is the theme coordinator for Design Processes, within the AUTO21 Network Centre of Excellence, and the Canadian task leader for fatigue for the three-country (Canada, China, and the United States) Magnesium Front End Research and Development (MFERD) project.

Research interests

  • Automotive Design
  • Design Education
  • Fatigue and Fracture
  • Autonomous and Connected Car


  • 1988, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1984, Master's, Mechanical Engineering, Queen's University
  • 1982, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • ME 219 - Mechanics of Deformable Solids 1
    • Taught in 2020, 2021
  • ME 321 - Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines
    • Taught in 2019, 2022

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/recent publications

  • Kodippili, Tharindu, Lambert, Steve, and Arami, Arash, Data-driven prediction of forging outcome: Effect of preform shape on plastic strain in a magnesium alloy forging, Materials Today Communications, 31(103210), 2022, 1 - 9
  • Lambert, SB and Martin, JT and Glover, AG, Fracture assessment of pipeline girth welds using revisions to PD 6493, Canadian metallurgical quarterly, 2013
  • Noroozi, AH and Glinka, G and Lambert, S, Prediction of fatigue crack growth under constant amplitude loading and a single overload based on elasto-plastic crack tip stresses and strains, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 75(2), 2008, 188 - 206
  • Eshraghi A*, Jahed H, Lambert S, A rate-free constitutive model for the analysis of elastoplastic materials under finite deformation, International Journal of Pressure Vessels & Piping
  • A.H. Noroozi, G. Glinka and S. Lambert, A Study of the Stress Ratio Effects on Fatigue Crack Growth Using the Unified Two-Parameter Fatigue Crack Growth Driving Force, International Journal of Fatigue, 29, 2007
  • Plumtree, A and Lambert, SB, Modelling environmentally assisted cracking in pipeline steels, WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences, 54, 2007

Graduate studies