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D. Paul Bishop

Ph.D., M.A.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng.
P: (902) 494-1520
F: (902) 420-7639
paul <dot> bishop <at> dal <dot> ca




Main Area of Research:

Dr. Bishop’s research pertains to the conversion of metallic powders into engineered components for a range of industrial sectors. Core domains include powder metallurgy (PM) processing of materials and additive manufacturing. In the PM sector, Dr. Bishop’s activities stress the development of press-and-sinter aluminum alloys (Al-Si, Al-Cu, etc.), robust industrial processing practices, hot forging of aluminum PM alloys, advanced mechanical property testing of PM alloys, and titanium PM. In additive manufacturing, his work emphasizes the use of powder fed laser deposition of Ti-64 as a means to repair and restore worn aerospace components. Dr. Bishop has supervised and co-supervised >100 individuals engaged in these research activities including students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, research engineers, and technicians. In support of these endeavors he has secured over $14M in direct research support for his activities to date. His collaborations have involved researchers from different engineering disciplines (Materials, Mechanical, Biomedical), Universities (Dalhousie, Laval, Ecole Polytechnique, Waterloo, McGill, Queens, Manitoba), and industrial partners. Principal funding sources include the CFI, NSERC (Discovery Grants, Strategic Grant, Collaborative Research and Development Grants, Research Tools and Instrument Grants), Auto21, Automotive Partnership Canada, MatNet, and industrial partners such as GKN Sinter Metals, Boeing Research and Technology, Ecka Granules, Wescast Industries, and Defense Research and Development Canada. He is the principal author of numerous refereed journal articles and conference proceedings as well as an array of industrial research reports and patents. 


Ph.D. (Materials Engineering) - Dalhousie University, 1998
M.A.Sc. (Materials Engineering) - Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1995
B.Eng. (Metallurgical Engineering) - Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1993

Work Experience:

09/01 - Present
Professor, Materials Engineering, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie University, Canada

Conducted research in the field of powder metallurgy processing. Emphasis placed on the development and application of of aluminum alloys. Supervised and co-supervised students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Secured over $3M in direct research support for powder metallurgy activities from 2001-09. Principal author of 60+ refereed journal articles and conference presentations as well as an array of industrial research reports. Instructor of various undergraduate and graduate level engineering courses. Administrative duties have included program chair, undergraduate advisor, co-op advisor, graduate advisor, and recruitment coordinator.

05/00 - 09/01
Manager, Innovation and Technical Service, GKN Sinter Metals, U.S.A.

Manager of applied research and development activities carried out within North America. Emphasis placed on mechanical testing, alloy development, failure analyses and precision processing. Managed facilities include mechanical and analytical testing laboratories as well as a pilot-scale production plant. Responsible for the scale-up and validation of research activities into an industrial environment. Leader of several multi-disciplinary (technology, sales and manufacturing) research endeavors. Principal lecturer of internal/external training courses.

08/98 - 05/00
Manager, Materials and Process Development, GKN Sinter Metals, U.S.A.

Studied all aspects of the aluminum powder metallurgy manufacturing cycle. Advised numerous process and equipment improvements to yield increased robustness and profitability. Research activities concentrated on alloy development, mechanical testing, and new product development. Acknowledged corporate expert in aluminum powder metallurgy. Technical liaison for all global activities pertinent to aluminum components.

Research Contributions:

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