As an engineering student at the University of Windsor, Joe Liburdi honed his multi-disciplinary skills and acquired his technical confidence. Now, as the president of his own global enterprise, Liburdi wants to ensure future students have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps.
“The University of Windsor’s challenging multi-disciplinary materials program and one-on-one attention with my professors gave me the tools I needed to establish Liburdi Engineering Limited as an innovative technology leader in global markets,” says Liburdi (BAsc 1967), who produces advanced welding and coating systems for turbine, aerospace, and power generation components.
“They challenged me to always be the best.”
Liburdi has given back to numerous charities, including the Faculty of Engineering. In 1997, he established a scholarship endowment in memory of his parents, supporting dozens of engineering students since its inception. Liburdi plans to build upon this support by expanding his scholarship program and equipping teaching labs with the newest technology, in hopes of igniting the same passion in aspiring engineering students who are walking in his footsteps.
He founded his company in 1979 as an international supplier of automated welding equipment and unique rejuvenation and repair of expensive turbine components. It has filed 12 patents in the last five years, pioneering the development of life assessment techniques, HIP rejuvenation of superalloys, automated welding of turbine blades, powder metallurgy joining processes, erosion resistant PVD coatings, and green slurry coatings for internal/external oxidation protection.
Read the full article in the 2019 issue of Windsor Engineering (WE).