Kevin Oldknow, P.Eng.

Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2004

M.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2000

B.A.Sc., Engineering Physics, University of British Columbia, 1996


Continuing Studies

Finance for Executives, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2012

MIT/Sloan Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation, MIT/Sloan School of Management, 2009 – 2010

IRI/Kellogg Shaping Innovation Leaders, Kellogg School of Management, 2008


SRYE 5147

Research interests

  • Vehicle / Track System Modelling, Simulation, Instrumentation and Test Programs
  • Wheel / Rail Interface Mechanics (including Contact Mechanics and Tribology)
  • Railway System Performance and Energy Efficiency

Teaching interests

  • Vehicle-Track and Wheel-Rail Interaction
  • Dynamics
  • Controls
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Engineering Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Technology and Society

Recently taught courses

  • SEE 300 – The Business of Engineering (2021)
  • SEE 241 – Engineering Measurement, Analysis and Forecasting (2019)
  • MSE 102 - Applied Science, Technology and Society (2013-2016)
  • MSE 300 - The Business of Engineering, I (2013-2017)
  • MSE 352 - Digital Logic and Microcontrollers (2012)
  • MSE 380 - Dynamic Systems Modelling and Simulation (2012-2014, 2016)
  • MSE 403 - Technology Entrepreneurship I (2015, 2016)
  • MSE 404 - Technology Entrepreneurship II (2015, 2016)
  • MSE 480/780 - Manufacturing Systems (2013-2018)
  • MSE 481 - Industrial Control Systems (2013, 2015-2016)
  • MSE 884 - Advanced Dynamics (2013)
  • MSE 900 - Engineering in the Canadian Context (2015)

Selected recent publications

  • Oldknow, K., Mulligan, K. and McTaggart-Cowan, G. (2021) The trajectory of hybrid and hydrogen technologies in North American heavy haul operations, Journal of Railway Engineering Science, 15pp.
  • Firmani, F. and Oldknow, K. (2021) Modelling and simulation of sustainable systems: an engineering design course project. Proceedings of the 2021 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG21) Conference, Virtual, Online, 8pp.
  • Wang, Y., Nich, S., Mulligan, K., Oldknow, K. and Wang, G. (2021) Multiscale simulation-based mixed train derailment analysis: a case study. Proceedings of the 2021 ASME Joint Rail Conference (JRC2021), April 20-21, Virtual, Online, 9pp.
  • Oldknow, K., Verkerk, K., McKenna, S., Woodhall, M. and Abasi, D. (2020) “Chapter Seven: Case Study by Simon Fraser University.” In Holistic/Broad-Based Admissions: Predicting the Likelihood for Student Success. AACRAO Publications
  • Malekian, A., Salari, S., Tam, M., Oldknow, K., Djilali, N. and Bahrami, M. (2019) Compressive behaviour of thin catalyst layers. Part I - Experimental study. International Journal of Hydrogen, Volume 44, Issue 33, 11pp
  • Magel, Eric and Oldknow, Kevin (2018) Quality Indices for Managing Rail Through Grinding, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail/Wheel Systems (CM2018), Delft, The Netherlands, September 24-27, 10pp
  • Neal, V., Oldknow, K., Edgar, J., Bajić, I., Trautman, M. and Moallem, M. (2018) A New Program in Sustainable Energy Engineering - Balancing subject matter with transformative pedagogies to produce Global Citizens, Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, June 3-6, 2018, Glassboro, New Jersey, 8pp
  • Oldknow, K. and Lubik, S. (2016) Technology Entrepreneurship @ SFU: Experiential, Interdisciplinary Learning through an Immersive Two-Year Program, Proceedings of the 2016 Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA16) Conference, Halifax, 6pp
  • Oldknow, K., Cotter, J., Eadie, D., Elvidge, D., Kennedy, W., Weitzel, L., Nedunoori, S., Peters, J., Replogle, J., Ronasi, H. and Stevens, R. (2015) Inertial Tractive Effort as an Explanatory Variable in the Analysis of Locomotive Fuel Savings, Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference (IHHA 2015), Perth, Australia, June 21-24, 2015
  • Cotter, J., Eadie, D., VanderMarel, J., Oldknow, K. and Iwnicki, S. (2013) Locomotive fuel savings with Top of Rail friction control: Connecting theory and field results, Proceedings of the 10th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, New Delhi, India, 8pp
  • Oldknow, K., Eadie, D. and Stock, R. (2013) The influence of precipitation and friction control agents on forces at the wheel / rail interface in heavy haul, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit 227,1, 8pp
  • Eadie, D., Lu, X., Makowsky, T. and Oldknow, K. (2013) Friction Management on a Chinese Heavy Haul Coal Line, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit 227, 6, 8pp
  • VanderMarel, J. Eadie, D.T., Oldknow, K. and Iwnicki, S. (2012) A Predictive Model of Energy Savings from Top of Rail Friction Control, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Contact Mechanics and Wear of Rail / Wheel Systems (CM2012), Chengdu, China
  • Roney, M., Bell, S., Paradise, S., Oldknow, K. and Igwemezie, J. (2010) Implementation of distributed power and friction control to minimize the stress state and maximize velocity in Canadian Pacific’s heavy haul / heavy grade train operations, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit September 1, 2010 vol. 224 no. 5 465-471