MASc student (Mechanics, Monitoring, and Dynamics of Gear Power Skiving)

pierce with a gearBASc (University of Waterloo)

University of Waterloo, Department of Mechanical Engineering
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
Tel : (519) 885-1211 ext. 37577
Fax: (519) 885-5862


I was born in Mississauga, Ontario in 1993. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo in 2016. I am currently working on the completion of my Master’s Degree.

Research interests

The focus of my research is the power skiving process, which is a method of rapid gear manufacturing. Specifically, I am looking to model the process of creating a gear via power skiving, with the final goal of being able to reduce cycle time and increase part quality using the predicted process results. The project is being supervised by Dr. Kaan Erkorkmaz and is being carried out with support from Ontario Drive and Gear.


  • McCloskey P.R., Erkorkmaz K., Ismail F.M., 2018, Development of a Kinematic Model for a Power Skiving Process Simulation, 7th International Conference on Virtual Machining Process Technology (VMPT), Hamilton, ON, 7-9 May, 2018.
  • McCloskey P.R., Erkorkmaz K., Ismail F.M., 2017, Chip Geometry and Force Prediction in a Virtual Power Skiving Model, 6th International Conference on Virtual Machining Process Technology (VMPT), Montréal, Canada, May 29 - June 2, 2017. 


  • American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) Scholarship (2018) ​
  • First place in the Poster Competition (VMPT 2017)

Hobbies and activities

    My hobbies include woodcarving and brewing beer. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, and reading. I also enjoy hiking and camping in the summer times.

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