Dr. Papini obtained his MASc (1993) and PhD (1999) degrees from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he currently holds and Adjunct Professorship. In 1999, Dr. Papini joined Ryerson University's Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering as an Assistant Professor, and after obtaining tenure in 2002 he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Professor in 2010 .
Dr. Papini's research interests are in the fundamental wear mechanisms of solid particle erosion, abrasive jet technology and the biomechanics or orthopaedic implants. Dr. Papini has won numerous grants from Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (New Faculty, Interact Grants), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Discovery, Strategic, Research Tools and Instruments Grants) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Regenerative Medicine and Nanomedicine Team Grant). In 2004, he was awarded the Ryerson Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Research Excellence Award, and in 2005 the Ryerson University Research Award. In 2007, Dr. Papini was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair for his work in Abrasive Jet Technology.
As of January 2011, Dr. Papini has authored or co-authored 68 refereed journal publications.
Solid Particle Erosion, Abrasive Jet Technology, Abrasive Jet Micromachining, Impact, Contact Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Stress Analysis, Statics and Mechanics of Materials, Fracture Mechanics