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Dr. Cheung Poon

Cheung Poon
Professor
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
BSc, MASc, PhD, PEng
ENG-160
416-979-5000 ext. 554881

Areas of Academic Interest

Composite Materials and Fiber Metal Laminates

Structural Repair of Impact and Fire Damage

Jointing Methods Involving Mechanical Fastening, Adhesive Bonding and Laser Welding

Experimental Characterization of Structural and Material Performance

Education

Year University Degree
1979 University of Missouri-Columbia
PhD
1976 University of Missouri-Columbia MASc
1975 University of Missouri-Columbia BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
AER 318 Dynamics
AER 818 Manufacturing Management
AER 827 Composite Materials

Spotlight

If you ask Cheung Poon to describe composite materials, he’ll recall the children’s story of the Three Little Pigs who foiled the gusty breath of the Big Bad Wolf. Would the third little pig, who nailed down the correct ratio of straw and bricks, be considered a real engineer? “Oh yes, definitely!” laughs Poon.

Instead of straw and bricks, Poon uses materials like carbon fibres and epoxy matrix. And his Big Bad Wolf? The high pressure environment of space.

Poon is familiar with pressure. Before coming to Ryerson, he worked on the Canadarm at the National Research Council where it was his job to outsmart and outmaneuver any potential shock loads. "I really felt the responsibility,” he says. “The Canadarm could not fail.”

Poon credits his own education for his ability to perform under stress, especially his professors who pushed him to master the fundamentals. At Ryerson, Poon strives to do the very same for the students in his own lab. “Education is my number one thing,” he says. “I love to teach.”

Cheung Poon

"Everyone should have the freedom to think and design.”

  • Montesano, J., Selezneva, M., Poon, C., Fawaz, Z. and Behdinan, K., “Application of fiber optic sensors for elevated temperature testing of polymer matrix composite material”, Science & Engineering of Composite Materials, 18: 109-116, 2011.
  • Montesano, J., Fawaz, Z., Behdinan, K., and Poon, C., “A microscopic investigation of failure mechanisms in a triaxially braided polyimide composite at room and elevated temperatures”, Materials and Design, 53:1026-1036, 2014.
  • Canada-Japan-Vietnam Workshop on Composites, Advisory Committee Member
  • American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International Committee D-30, Member
  • Canadian Association for Composite Structures and Materials, Member