Biography Summary

Sanjeev Bedi is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a founding faculty of the Mechatronics Engineering Program. He is the founder of the Engineering IDEAs Clinic and the NSERC Chair in Immersive Design Engineering Activities (IDEAs). Professor Bedi leads the 5-Axis Surface Machining Lab and was a former Director of Mechatronics Engineering (06-12). 

Professor Bedi’s research interests are in flank milling, the development of tool path strategies, the design of NC controllers, 5-axis numerically controlled machining, the modeling of the machining process and the design of NC machines. His research expertise lies in automated polishing, complex curve machining methods, efficient tool path planning, gouge detection and avoidance mechanisms, machined surface evaluation, and surface finish estimation.

The 5-axis machine lab is designed to conduct research into 5-axis machining. 5-axis machines are becoming increasingly popular in the industry, however the techniques required to take advantage of the additional flexibility of these machines are still in their infancy.

Research Interests

  • 5-axis Surface Machining
  • Flank Milling
  • Tool Positioning Methods
  • CNC Controller Design
  • Tool Path Planning
  • Live Model based Controller
  • Paradigms for 5-axis Machining
  • Complex curve Machining Methods: Principle Axis Method (PAM) and Multi-Point Method (MPM)


  • 1987, Doctorate, Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • 1984, Master's, Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • 1982, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur