Michael Sjoerdsma

University Lecturer , School of Engineering Science


Ed.D., Simon Fraser University, 2020
M.A.Sc., Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2005
B.A.Sc., Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2002

Research interests

  • Technical writing
  • The writing process in Engineering
  • Semi-active noise control
  • Magnetorheological fluids and magnetorheological elastomers

Teaching interests

  • Effective teaching in large classes
  • Technical writing
  • Engineering capstone projects


SFU Burnaby, ASB 9868
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Recently taught courses

  • ENSC 101 Writing Process, Persuasion, and Presentations
  • ENSC 102 Form and Style in Professional Genres
  • ENSC 204 Graphical Communication for Engineering
  • ENSC 305 Project Documentation and Group Dynamics
  • ENSC 406 Engineering Ethics, Law, and Professional Practice

Selected recent publications

  • H. Erhan, B. Ben Youseff, M. Sjoerdsma, J. Dill, B. Berry, J. McCracken, ‚ÄúSpatial Thinking and Communicating: A Course for First Year University Students. Submitted to CDEN/RCCI International Design Engineering Conference, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 27-29, 2008 (8 pages, CD-ROM)
  • Monika Syrzycka, Michael Sjoerdsma, Paul C.H. Li, M. (Ash) Parameswaran,Marek Syrzycki, Carol A. Koch, Raj S. Utkhede, Electronic concentration of negatively charged  molecules on a microfabricated biochip, Analytica Chemica Acta, 484, February 2003, pp 1-14.