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NEWS LETTER DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING PHYSICS

VOLUME FIVE - ISSUE TWO // JANUARY 2020 1


of ta co ble nt en ts

OPENING REMARKS

Letter from the Chair........................................................3 Articles to Catch...............................................................6 You May Have Missed.....................................................8

UNDERGRAD UPDATES

New Courses!......................................................................................................................12 Engineering Physics Society.............................................................................................14 Engineering Physics Ambassadors.................................................................................16

GRAD UPDATES DefenceProfiles.................................................................................................................20 Graduate Research............................................................................................................21 Graduate Seminar Course................................................................................................22 Engineering Graduate Society.........................................................................................24

COMMUNITY High School Opportunities...............................................................................................28 Seminars..............................................................................................................................30 Events..................................................................................................................................35 2


Letter from the Chair

A message from the Chair of our department, Dr. Ray LaPierre Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of Engineering Physics, Three of our long-time staff members have recently retired: Lori Cole, administrator for our UNENE (University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering) program; Kenrick Chin, one of our undergraduate laboratory technicians; and Marilyn Marlow, our graduate administrative assistant. I extend a warm welcome to Gary Fekete, our new technician; Areti Vourinaris, our new UNENE administrator; and Emma Trueman, our new undergraduate administrative assistant. Nicole Macdonald, our prior undergraduate administrative assistant, has moved into the role of graduate administrative assistant. Congratulations to all! Best Regards, Dr. Ray LaPierre Professor and Chair

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Six Engineering start-ups to watch: Dr. Adrian Kitai co-founds AVT Solution start-up Dr. Adrian Kitai and Mechatronics Engineering graduate, Chris Cavalieri, co-founded Advanced Video Technology (AVT) Solutions in 2017. The start-up provides optoelectronics services and expertise in the display and lighting industry. Though initially formed as a consulting company, they have recently developed their own products, the Obsidian™ Premium Ambient-Light Rejecting (ALR) Front Projection Screen and Custom Fabricated 2D and 3D SHAPES.

Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland delivers inspiring 34th J.W. Hodgins Memorial Lecture It was lasers – and specifically a “cool sounding” course in lasers and electro-optics – that originally attracted Donna Strickland to McMaster University as an undergraduate student. So it was only fitting that about four decades later, with a Nobel Prize in hand, she would return to deliver the 34th J.W. Hodgins Memorial Lecture on her award-winning laser research. Read more about Alumna Donna Strickland

2nd year Engineering Physics and iBioMed student dedicated her summer to her passion “My goal is to make healthcare more accessible,” says Harris. "The thing I love most about my program is being able to combine engineering, physics and healthcare." - Jenna Harris

Visit our website for more articles (click below!) McMaster is one of the world's top 75 universities! McMaster is Canada's most research intensive university for third consecutive year! McMaster Engineering climbs Maclean's best university engineering programs rankings Students flock to graduate studies fair at McMaster

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Grad Student

Welcome Back!

An event for Graduate Students to socialize and meet new Graduate Students.

At the Annual Graduate Welcome Back the graduate students were invited to the Phoenix Bar and Grill on McMaster Campus. During the event, the students sat among new friends and caught up with old friends, while enjoying some drinks and appetizers. Overall, the event was a great way for new Graduate Students to meet the rest of the Department!

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Fall Previews

McMaster University invites McMaster high school students to its welcomed visitors to its campus for its Fall Preview Days on campus to have an October 26th and November 16th. Everyone opportunity to see had the opportunity to tour campus, see residences, and meet current students. As always, the what university life entails. Department of Engineering Physics showcased what our program has to offer, and visitors had the opportunity to meet with our Eng Phys Ambassadors and Faculty members. Overall, the days were a huge success, and we hope to see some of the same faces on campus next fall. The Engineering Physics Department thanks all those who helped organize and volunteer for these events, and all those who visited our booth.

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UND UN updates

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new co eng phys 3EC4

In Fall 2020, we are offering a new course, Professional Communication and Project Management.

Introduction to communication styles, team dynamics, oral and written presentation skills, effective twoway communication strategies, project management, problem analysis, and job skills.

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In Fall 2020, we are offering a new course, Numerical Methods for Engineering.

Algebraic solutions; Numerical integration and differentiation; Finite difference and finite element methods; Euler method; Runge- Kutta techniques; Partial differential equations; Monte Carlo simulation.

In Winter 2021, we are offering a new course, Statistical Mechanics.

An introduction to statistical distributions and their properties, and the statistical basis of thermodynamics at the microscopic level, with applications to problems originating in a modern laboratory or engineering environment.

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EPS

ENGINEERING PHYSICS SOCIETY

CO-PRESIDENT CO-PRESIDENT VP FINANCE VP ACADEMIC VP SOCIAL VP EXTERNAL VP MEDIA AVP EVENTS 3RD YR. REP. MES REP

Andreas Hitzler Amit Rao Ryan Ng Jennifer Braun Skylar Wingfelder Saher Aslam Izzeldin Abu Nahla Neel Gokhalen Elliot Tomlinson Fadia Cruz

epsoc.mcmaster@gmail.com

MESSAGE FROM THE EPS

Hello and welcome back from your Engineering Physics Society exec team. For those who are returning, welcome back, and those who are just entering Engineering Physics, welcome to the family and congrats on making one of the greatest decisions of your life! McMaster Engineering Physics Society (EPS) is a student-run society dedicated to serving students of Eng Phys. Through mentorship, academic advocacy, community events, and general Eng Phys fun, EPS is a group of fellow Engineering Physics students ranging from all years of undergrad dedicated to making your time in Eng Phys the best it can be. EPS holds many events throughout the year ranging from industry nights aimed to help you land that next cutting-edge internship to de-stressing with comedic robotics competitions.

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Amit Rao

Andreas Hitzler


WHAT TO EXPECT A large part of EPS is running the Engineering Physics Help Initiative (EPHI). This year the help initiative is being run a bit differently with a strong focus on supplying our students with valuable skills to succeed in finding the ultimate job and succeeding as an engineer in general. We intend on running a series of skill-building sessions such as PCB design, intro to raspberry pi’s, and other invaluable skills that will put you on top of the applicant pool for any opportunity you apply for. Additionally, we will be focusing on using our student body’s experience on internships to prepare you with employers wants and needs. We will be basing many of these services off the “Engineering Physics Learning Hub” that all Engineering Physics students can find under their courses tab on Avenue To Learn. The EPHI doesn’t stop there, we want to focus on providing our students with information about scholarships, international opportunities, and relevant competitions. A master calendar will be posted with all events and opportunities on the learning hub so be sure to check often!

MENTORSHIP

This year, we continue our peer mentorship program where senior undergraduates are paired with our level 2 undergraduate students. Our mentors meet with the students individually or in small groups a few times over the academic year to discuss issues such as academic concerns, university life, career planning, learning resources, and information on other opportunities such as summer research or co-op positions. Want to get to know fellow Eng Physers and have a finger on the pulse on all the excitement? Join our team as a general member by attending our low commitment weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 5:306:30 pm in The Hatch in room 205. To keep up with our events, opportunities, and services or if you want more information on joining you can reach us on facebook @engphyssoc, by email, on the Engineering physics learning hub page, or find one of us in The Quantum Tunnel.

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ENGINEERING PHYSICS Who are they? AMBASSADORS

Find Them On Our Webpage! Contact them by email at engphysambassadors@gmail.com

Michael Tucker

Amit Rao Benjamin Torres-Kulik

Dawson Bonneville

Desmond Kennedy

Brianna Conn Alexander Barovier 16

RETURNING AMBASSADORS!


some of our new AMBASSADORS! Matei Banica

Anoop Dhillon

iBioMed and Engineering Physics, Level 3

Engineering Physics CO-OP, Level 4

JEnnifer Braun

Josh DIvito Engineering Physics and Management CO-OP, Level 4

Benjamin Rand Engineering Physics and Management CO-OP, Level 3

Engineering Physics and Society CO-OP, Level 3

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO SEE ALL AMBASSADOR PROFILES, WHAT THEY CAN OFFER, AND HOW TO CONTACT 17 THEM!


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DEFENCE 5 of our students successfully defended, and succeeded in getting their degrees... Congratulations!

1 Rong Zha 2 T. Majdi 3 Bo Mi Lee 4 A. Beauchamp 5 David Hagan

[PROFILES]

Congratulations to Rong Zha for the successful defense of his M.A.Sc. thesis titled “Development of a multi-channel RGB laser diode driver for laser projection applications.” Congratulations to Tahereh Majdi for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis, titled “Interplay of Finite Size and Strain on Thermal Conduction.” Congratulations to Bo Mi Lee for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis titled “Understanding Device Physics of Blue OLEDs with Fluorescent and Phosphorescent Emitters.” Congratulations to Andrea Beauchamp for successfully defending her M.A.Sc. thesis titled “Fourier series-based optimization of LED angular intensity profiles for displays and backlighting.” Congratulations to David Hagan for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis titled “Performance considerations in high-speed TDFA-band silicon photonic micro-ring resonator modulators.”

We couldn’t be more proud of our students!

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GRADUATE RESEARCH Dr. Turak’s Graduate Students research Work

The ability to convert light into electricity and vice versa has, since its discovery, been an avenue of active research. It allows for a renewable and greener source for energy, specifically in the case of solar cells. In recent years, the main bottleneck in solar research has been efficiency limitations and affordability. Hybrid halide perovskites (ABX3) have emerged as a solution for these bottlenecks, exhibiting high efficiencies and can be fabricated cheaply. As a Ph.D. student with the Turak research group, my goal is to make a solar cell device with an optimized perovskite active layer, which is stable, efficient and ecofriendly. For that we have optimized active layer of the composition,

Glass/ITO/NiO/(A1-xA’x) B (X1-xX’x)/ ZnO/Al Where A= Organic Anion (MA or FA), A’=Cesium (Cs) , B=Tin (Sn) and X=Iodine (I) and X’=Bromine (Br) We are planning on replacing lead, which is toxic, with Sn and decreasing the proportion of MA or FA by increasing the fraction of Cs. For synthesis of active perovskite nanoparticle layer, we are using Reverse micelle synthesis route. We have successfully synthesized (reported), MethylAmmonium Lead Iodide (MAPI) nano particles and recently we have achieved MethylAmmonium Lead Bromide-Iodide (MAPBR-I) nano particles by using anionic halide substitution. Our next substitution target would be other organic and inorganic cations. Along with this we have also successfully produced Sn, Ni, Zn nanoparticles with great uniformity and dispersity using the reverse micelle route. We would use these nanoparticles as anodes and cathodes for our optimized device, which would increase stability and efficiency. We also have performed substrate-assisted transfer of nanoparticles using graphene oxide on metal-organic interfaces, which further optimizes the properties of the resulting devices.

(a) PL-spectra of halide substituted MAPX nanoparticles. (b) AFm image of halide substituted MAPBr nano particles (c) TEM image of MAPI nano Particles1. 1Reverse Micelle Templating Route to Ordered Monodispersed Spherical Organo-Lead Halide Perovskite Nanoparticles for Light Emission, ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2019, 2, 7,

Written by Muhammad Munir

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GRADUATE

SEMINARS Students in ENG PHYS 702 gave seminars about their research.

Usama Shahid

Sub-Channel Analysis of Horizontal Rod Bundles using CTF.

Jaewoo Park

Corrosion Reactions between Structural Alloys and Graphite in Molten Salt Reactor.

Muhammad Munir

Reverse Micelle Synthesis of Metal Oxide and Perovskite Nanoparticles and Making Them Useful in Optoelectronic Devices

Fatemeh Bakhshandeh TiO2/Graphene-QDs Hybrid Structures for Enhancing the Photoelectrochemical Response of Biosensors

Sameer Reodikar

Core Design and Steady State Criticality Analysis of Canada Nuclear Battery

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Mohammed Mahdi

The Integral Molten Salt Reactor Experiment

Sadman Sakib

Development of One-Dimensional Metal-Oxide Nanostructure Composite Photoelectrodes for DNA Biosensing Applications

Samuel Peter

Doped/Intrinsic Core/Shell Nanophosphors for Display Applications

Mitchell Kurnell

Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for the Detection of Trace Elements in Zirconium Alloys

Aysegul Abdelal

Compositional and Optical Properties of SiCN:H Deposited by ECR PECVD

Garik Patterson

The McMaster Fast Neutron Computed Tomography System

Liz MacConnachie

Neutron Flux Measurements at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor

READ MORE ABOUT THESE SEMINARS ON OUR WEBSITE!

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EGS

ENGINEERING GRADUATE SOCIETY

Executive Positions

Sam Peter

President

ENG PHYS GRAD STUDENT!

Vice President External

Julia de Lange

Vice President Internal

Larissa Taylor

Administration Officer

Evan Wright

Graduate Student Life Officer

Mohammad Chowdhury

Graduate Ambassador

Maxwell Lightstone

Social Media and Promotions Officer

Shervin Manzuri

Events Officer

Matt Vukovic

ENG PHYS GRAD STUDENT!

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message from the president Hi everyone, What a great year! We’ve made a big push to get you guys out of the lab and mingling with other grad students with events like apple picking, bonfires, and brewery tours, because the value of broadening your circles simply cannot be overstated. Keep an eye out for emails about our hot wings tournament, rock climbing outing, and dodgeball tournament, as well as our professional development series on how to have critical conversations. Some of our bigger projects in the works right now are getting you guys Seminar course credit for presenting your work at our one day METRIC conference, ensuring a grace period on your tuition for defending your thesis in January and May, and extending the add/ drop date for graduate courses. If you’re looking to get involved, feel free to drop us a line at egs@mcmaster.ca! Looking forward to working with all of you this year! Cheers, Sam Peter President, EGS

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Be an Eng Phys

Student for a Day

Experience a day-in-the-life of a McMaster Engineering Physics student! Do you want to know what separates McMaster’s Engineering Physics program from the rest? Come join us for a personalized experience.

After submitting your request, we’ll match you up with an Ambassador who will be your Student For A Day guide. Your Ambassador will create an itinerary for your visit to Engineering Physics that encompasses the feedback you have provided to us. This program is open both to High School Students (Grade 11 and 12) and Level 1 Engineering Students! To register for Student For A Day, please visit our website for instructions!

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HIGH SCHOOL CO-OP

We had some great High School Co-Op Students!

Learn how this could be you!

Justin Dennehy, going into Grade 12 at St. Marys School Supervisor: Dr. Ray LaPierre

"I had a great time working under Dr. Lapierre, Ara, and Pedro this July. I have a greater understanding of coding and thermo conductivity. I am thankful for the experience that was given to me to work along such intelligent people. I learned a lot about the university experience and the university environment that will help me with future educational opportunities." - Justin Dennehy

Anna Hirlehey, Grade 11 at St. Mary CSS Supervisor: Dr Turak

"My time as a high school co-op student at McMaster in the Engineering Physics department so far has been amazing, it has been an experience unique to my high school education. With this co-op I have been able to work among Grad Students and truly see what it is like to be a student at McMaster University. Right now, I am working on making a new substrate holder for the dip coater in the lab. I took the previous summer students work and expanded upon it trying for new ways to solve the problem. In this process I have expanded on my knowledge of CAD and 3D printing, things I knew little about before and probably wouldn’t learn in an average high school class. Additionally, every member of the McMaster faculty has been welcoming and kind to me and they have made my experience here highly positive! My time here has made me hopeful for the future, as studying Engineering at McMaster is my goal. My time here has proven to be an enjoyable, educational and inspiring experience working in Dr. Turak’s research group among incredible individuals. I am thankful for the amazing opportunity that this placement gave me and the people I was able to meet and work alongside." - Anna Hirlehey

contact us!

engphys@mcmaster.ca

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Department of Engineering Physics’

Seminar Series The Department of Engineering Physics holds a Seminar Series, where we invite various speakers from alumni, current students, or external industry.

Dr. Michael Welland, Research Scientist,

Computational Techniques Head of Mesoscale and Transport Methods Section at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Recent events at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and applications of mesoscale simulations to energy materials.

Dr. Satoru Tsushima,

Senior Scientist at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany. Recent Progress in Application of Computational Chemistry to Actinide Interaction with Biomolecules.

Dr. Toru Sato, Professor in the Department

of Ocean Technology, Policy, and Environment, University of Tokyo.

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Design of Inclusive Model System for Environmental Impact Assessment of Offshore CO2 Storage.


Dr. Andrew Budz, L3Harris-WESCAM An Overview of Technology at L3Harris-WESCAM.

Dr. Hubert deBruin, Professor and

Co-Director of theIntegrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences Program at McMaster University. Designing Measurement Systems for the Health Care World.

Dr. Yamina AndrĂŠ, Associate Professor at Institut Pascal, France.

III-V and III-N Nanowires and Nanostructures Grown by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy (HVPE).

Kevin Tanaka, P.Eng., M.A.Sc, Systems Designer at ATS Automation.

Overview of Systems Engineering for Automation.

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Devan Wagner, Masters Student in the

Department of Engineering Physics and Engineering Manager at McMaster NEUDOSE. NEUDOSE: McMaster’s First Project with a Launch Date.

Dr. Peter Vilks, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor – One.

Dr. Marjan Alavi, Assistant Professor in

the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University. LVDT Design and Application.

Dr. Pascal Turban,

Professor at Rennes University, France. Ballistic Electron-Emission Microscopy (BEEM): From Local Electronic Properties to Magnetic Imaging.

Dr. Pavle Radovanovic, Professor in the

Department of Chemistry and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo Correlated Degrees of Freedom in Reduced Dimensions: Emergence of Multifunctional and Quantum Materials.

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Seminar Series will continue in

winter 2020 READ MORE ABOUT PAST AND UPCOMING SEMINARS ON OUR WEBSITE!

www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engphys/event-series/seminar-series-2019-20

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industry night

GRAD RESEARCH NIGHT

JANUARY 14, 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

ENGINEERING 1 FAIR & ENG PHYS INFO NIGHT

END OF YEAR PARTY

FEBRUARY & MARCH 2020

APRIL 2020

4A06 CAPSTONE EXPO

MAY @ MAC

APRIL 2020

MAY, 2020

SEMINAR SERIES

INTERESTED IN CAMPUS VISITS?

Visit our website for dates!

EMAIL OUR AMBASSADORS

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES!

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