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Panton, Boyd



My duty is to collaborate with industry and government to train engineers, and develop technologies that improve the standard of living of the nation and the world.

Research contributions can be noble, but I view training the next generation of engineers as much more impactful.

There is good and bad in everything.

Redemption is available to all who seek it.


2018-Present Assistant Professor, Welding Engineering Program
2017-2018   Staff Process Engineer, Baylis Medical Company, Toronto, ON, Canada
2013-2017  Co-Founder and CTO, Executive Solutions Worldwide Corp., Waterloo, ON, Canada
2015-2016 Co-Founder and CTO, LabsCubed Inc., Waterloo, ON, Canada
2014-2015 Part-time Research Engineer, Smarter Alloys Inc., Waterloo, ON, Canada
2014-2015 Part-time Research Engineer, Centre for Advanced Materials Joining,  Waterloo, ON, Canada


Ph.D., 2016     

Mechanical Engineering, Thesis: Laser Processing, Thermomechanical Processing, and Thermomechanical Fatigue of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys,

Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

B.A.Sc., 2011                

Honors Mechanical Engineering Co-op, Welding and Joining Specialization,

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada


Dr. Panton has specialized in laser and electron beam processes, microjoining, and joining of shape memory alloys. He focuses on developing Process-Structure-Property relationships of welding, and additive manufacturing devices. He has built relationships to evaluate welded components with advanced characterization techniques (SEM, EBSD, TEM, PIXE, etc.). He is dedicated to training the next generation of welding engineers in laser and electron beam processes. He was appointed the Lincoln Electric Endowed Professor, and is using this position to engage industry in teaching and research. Major areas of activity include:

Laser and Electron Beam Processes

  • Laser welding: Continuous wave, pulsed, oscillation
  • Hybrid laser-arc welding
  • Laser-hotwire welding
  • Laser additive manufacturing: Wire based and powder based
  • Electron beam welding
  • Electron beam additive manufacturing
  • Local composition control through laser processing
  • Novel process development

Shape Memory Alloy Manufacturing and Joining

  • Wire drawing
  • Heat treatment: Solutionization, recrystalization, ageing
  • Welding and Joining: Laser welding, laser brazing, interlayers, friction welding, liquid phase diffusion bonding (diffusion bonding), impact welding
  • Gradient Structures
  • Mechanical Characterization: tensile, thermomechanical cycling, thermomechanical fatigue
  • Prototype Design

Dissimilar Metals Joining

  • Including stainless steel, titanium, copper, brass, shape memory alloys


  • Laser welding
  • Laser brazing
  • Resistance welding
  • Impact welding

Process Monitoring and Characterization

Example End-Use Applications for Above Work

  • Welding and additive manufacturing in space
  • Manufacturing surgical tools and medical devices
  • Naval shipyards
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Vehicle electrification
  • Heavy manufacturing
  • Power generation
  • Semi-conductor manufacturing (the equipment that makes semi-conductors)
  • Advanced research equipment