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Engineering Change 2010 Annual Report

Engineering Change Solving a problem, structuring a process, developing an idea, or making a discovery initiates change. Engineers, by their very nature, provoke change. They can also influence its impact on individuals and on society. At McMaster University, we are committed to cultivating an environment of responsible change that will benefit our students, faculty, staff, the community, and society at large.

Reflecting the Faculty of Engineering’s continued growth and status as one of Canada’s leading engineering schools is the new Engineering Technology Building, opened in October 2009. Positioned at the Main Street entrance to campus and along one of Hamilton’s major thoroughfares, the fivestorey LEED Gold certified building personifies the Faculty’s five-year strategic plan towards engineering a sustainable society. State-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories support research and study for the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program, Engineering 1, the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering, and a new Biointerfaces Institute.


David Wilkinson Dean Faculty of Engineering Recent years have seen unprecedented change in our world – technological change, economic change, political change, social change. That change will continue. I believe that the Faculty of Engineering is well positioned to help navigate that change and move towards a better society. Our commitment to engineering a sustainable future as outlined in our fiveyear strategic plan is already manifesting itself in the form of new programs dedicated to developing clean energy, designing fuel-efficient and safe vehicles, and improving our health and quality of life. We have also made significant strides in introducing a culture of entrepreneurship in the Faculty, thanks in large part to significant funding and mentorship support by our many alumni and industry partners. I thank and congratulate all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners in contributing to our outstanding achievements and look forward to working with you in the years ahead.

Ken Coley Associate Dean (Academic) The successful accreditation renewal of the Faculty’s undergraduate degree programs by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board this past year was a reaffirmation of our commitment to providing students with a quality education. Growth continued to increase steadily in both the number and quality of students in the engineering program. The recent hiring of new faculty members has helped to accommodate that growth. The Engineering 1 office, now fully established in the award-winning Engineering Technology Building, continues to enhance the first-year experience and the transition to upper years. The success of the McMasterMohawk Bachelor of Technology program has been particularly welcome as it provides a new option for those students who learn best by doing. As always, our students continue to represent the Faculty well through their participation in numerous clubs and engineering competitions.

Peter Mascher Associate Dean (Research and External Relations)

Heather Sheardown Associate Dean (Graduate Studies, Engineering)

Successful funding applications and new industry partnerships have seen the Faculty become a research leader in the areas of solar photovoltaics and hybrid/ electric powertrain systems, and reinforced traditional strengths in nuclear engineering, photonics and materials engineering. The momentum created by the unprecedented approval of all five multi-million dollar funding submissions to the Canada Foundation for Innovation in 2009 continued into 2010. The Faculty was the recipient of one of only 19 Canada Excellence Research Chairs, the new elite research fund established by the federal government. The Faculty also received significant funding from NSERC and other partners to pursue advanced software certification initiatives. The Faculty continued to expand international exchanges with universities in India, China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.

Advanced study and training at the graduate level has taken on increased importance as Canada transitions to a knowledge-based economy. Graduate enrollment in the Faculty continued to increase at the Master’s and PhD levels in both traditional engineering disciplines and the new multi-disciplinary programs offered through the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, the School of Biomedical Engineering, and the School of Computational Engineering and Science. Highlights include the introduction of a new Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (M.T.E.I.) degree program, the development of a Master of Energy Studies degree program, and funding from the NSERC CREATE program to support graduate students wishing to pursue studies in photovoltaics.


Powering Sustainability

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster has made a commitment to fully integrate the principles of sustainable engineering into its curriculum and research efforts. The past two years have seen significant expansion in clean-energy initiatives involving solar and nuclear technologies, and conservation.

Engineering a Sustainable Society: Strategic Plan 2009-2014 The Faculty continues to implement a five-year strategic plan introduced in July 2009 that places a heavy emphasis on teaching and research in sustainable engineering. The Strategic Plan builds on five key Faculty competencies: Enhancing Undergraduate Education, Enriching Graduate Education, Excellence in Research, Internationalization and the Global Engineer, and Outreach: Beyond McMaster. A Task Force on Sustainability in Engineering Education was formed to more fully integrate the concepts of sustainability into the curriculum.


Energy Audit of Hamilton Schools Hamilton schools could save almost $2.4 million in energy costs annually thanks to work undertaken in the Faculty over the past two years. Sponsored by Union Gas, seven mechanical and civil engineering students working on co-op terms, supervised by two McMaster research engineers and four faculty members, identified energy efficiency opportunities in the 153 schools operated by the public and Catholic boards. Measures ranged from recaulking windows, adding insulation, and using more efficient lighting to new investments in advanced heat recovery systems and boilers, and solar and wind generating systems.

Emily Cranston, assistant professor of chemical engineering, joined the Faculty in January 2011. She is investigating the design of high-performance, sustainable bio-materials.

Solar Photovoltaics Several large funding grants vaulted the Faculty into a leadership position for solar photovoltaic research in Canada. This includes the creation of the NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network with $5 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The Network, based at McMaster and led by Rafael Kleiman, professor of engineering physics, is comprised of 29 scientists and engineers at 13 Canadian universities, with 11 private-sector partners. The Network aims to accelerate research, development and commercialization of solar photovoltaics as a renewable energy option. A Laboratory for Advanced Photovoltaic Research is being established at McMaster through more than $10-million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund. Led by professor Rafael Kleiman, the initiative aims to develop a clean, sustainable energy supply for Canada through solar technology. Preparing Canada’s next generation of engineers and scientists in the most advanced concepts of photovoltaics for applications in solar energy is the aim of the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program in Photovoltaics. Based at McMaster and led by John Preston, professor of engineering physics, the initiative will use $1.65 million from NSERC to support the training of students from McMaster University, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

Nuclear Systems A Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems is being established at McMaster with over $18-million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund. The Centre, led by John Luxat, professor of engineering physics and NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis, will focus on materials, safety and medical applications of nuclear technology.

Intense Positron Beam Facility More than $4.6 million was invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund to build an Intense Positron Beam Facility at McMaster. Led by Peter Mascher, professor of engineering physics and William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics, this will be a unique facility in Canada and one of only a few worldwide to combine extensive materials research capabilities with fundamental studies of antimatter atoms and molecules.


Engineering Entrepreneurship

Many great discoveries and inventions can be found at McMaster but converting them into viable commercial enterprises requires a skill set beyond teaching and research. The Faculty of Engineering has taken a leadership role in commercializing research and development at the University, and training a new entrepreneurial focused generation. Much of that is through the generous support of alumni and industry partners.

Endowed Chair in Eco-Entrepreneurship A class of engineering graduates from 1962 banded together to donate $3,043,000 to support entrepreneurs developing and bringing sustainable technologies to market. It is the largest donation ever made to the Faculty of Engineering. The funds will establish the Class of ‘62 Mechanical Engineering Chair in Eco-Entrepreneurship and a Fund for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. The Chair will reside in the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice.







Class of ‘62 alumni (left to right) Del Smith, Irvine Hollis, Walter Booth, and Julius Brokloff established a Chair in ecoentrepreneurship. Not pictured – David Male, George Menzies.


Support for Technology Start Ups Don Pether, a leading figure in Canada’s steel history, donated $1-million to the Faculty to help students transform their inventions into businesses. The donation establishes the Don Pether Chair in Engineering and Management and creates a pre-incubator innovation laboratory at McMaster Innovation Park. The latter, to be named the Don Pether Innovation Centre, will be associated with the Master’s degree program in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The goal is to provide students emerging from this program with space to develop and launch new businesses.

Master’s in Team-Based Entrepreneurship Bringing together teams of entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and expertise to generate new business start-ups is the core concept behind the new Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) degree. MTEI is scheduled to start in September 2011 and allows social science, humanities, arts, and business graduates interested in starting technology-based businesses to work with engineering graduates in the Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI) program.

Award-winning Collapsible Bike Trailer This bike trailer needs its own trailer to haul home all the awards it has won. In June, a business plan to market the Crosstown Collapsible Bicycle Trailer placed fourth at the inaugural PolyU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Student Challenge in Hong Kong. The team of Lindsey Kettel, inventor of the trailer that folds up onto a bicycle’s rear pannier, her development partner Cory Minkhorst, Deborah Lee, and David Russell received a Commendation award and a Theme award in Environment & Sustainability for their Urban Idea submission. The Crosstown trailer started out as a final-year capstone project for Lindsey and Cory. It also won a James Dyson Award as the top university student engineering invention in Canada; the Innovative Design category at the Ontario Engineering Competition; and placed second at the Canadian Engineering Competition, where it also won the environmental award.

Entrepreneurship Stream for Engineering & Management Young entrepreneurs interested in technology will soon be able to learn how to start a business as part of their undergraduate degree. In the Fall of 2011, the Engineering and Management program will offer an entrepreneurship stream. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to test the feasibility of new business start-up ideas while they are introduced to the concepts and tools used for new business creation.


Electrifying Vehicles McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering has become one of the leading centres for automotive research in Canada. Its traditional strengths in materials and manufacturing research have been expanded to include powertrain and computing software systems research. Significant investments have been made in establishing research centres in the rapidly growing areas of hybrid and electric powertrains, and software development for vehicles.

McMaster Hub of Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Research McMaster now has the greatest concentration of powertrain research anywhere in the country due to two key developments:

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Professor Ali Emadi, a leading U.S. developer of electric powertrain technology, was named Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain at McMaster University. The new CERC is the highest research award made by the federal government. Each appointment receives up to $10 million in funding over seven years. Only 19 CERCs were named at 13 universities. Prof. Emadi’s appointment is the only one in automotive research. He joins McMaster from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

NSERC/Ford Industrial Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Saeid Habibi, chair and professor of mechanical engineering, was named the NSERC/Ford Industrial Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain. The Chair will develop performance and reliability testing systems to be used in designing advanced hybrid powertrain systems as well as in-vehicle monitoring and fault-detection systems.


Making Driving Compute Advances in computing, software and electronics have made it physically possible and affordable to expand their use in the vehicles we drive. McMaster is now working with leading companies in these fields to develop new computing technologies that work safely and reliably. Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems Industry Canada, General Motors of Canada, IBM Canada, Malina Software Corp, Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montréal, McMaster University and six other Canadian universities have joined together to establish the $16.6-million Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems. Based at McMaster and led by Tom Maibaum, professor of computing and software and Canada Research Chair in the Foundations of Software Engineering, NECSIS will focus on the advancement of an emerging methodology called model driven engineering. MDE reduces the complexity of developing software by focusing on models and their relationships, reflected in the designs, code and documents with which developers work.

PACE Lab for Automotive Design Opens Executives from General Motors, Autodesk, HP, Oracle and Siemens PLM Software joined McMaster in opening the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) Lab for automotive design. The PACE partners, which support similar labs at 56 academic institutions worldwide, made an in-kind contribution of state-of-the-art computer-based hardware, such as 3D navigation devices and engineering workstations, and engineering software used by automakers around the globe for product planning, engineering, analysis, and data management. Sixty-seven computer workstations have been installed in two locations at the university, one in the new Engineering Technology Building and the other in the John Hodgins Engineering Building. The workstations are used by students in both the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology programs.

Lighter Materials for Greener Cars

Smarter Transportation Research McMaster and IBM have launched a research project that looks at how a “super” microprocessor used in video games can connect a vehicle’s multiple microprocessors to create a “cognitive car” that can predict vehicle failures before they happen, redirect drivers to less congested routes and help reduce traffic accidents.

The Faculty will receive the lion’s share of $3.7 million initiative in Materials and Manufacturing for Light Weight Automotive Structures and Advanced Occupant Protection. Joe McDermid, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is collaborating with the University of Waterloo on this initiative funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.


Engineering a Healthy Future Combining technology, science and medicine is leading to new developments in the treatment and prevention of illness and disease. The Faculty has seen significant growth in research funding and enrollment in fields related to health and biomedical engineering.

Funding Infusion for Bioactive Paper Network The NSERC-Sentinel Bioactive Paper Strategic Network received $7.5 million in new funding from the federal government to help bring its products to market. The national research network based at McMaster is developing Canadianinvented bioactive paper that can detect and ward off life-threatening bacteria and viruses such as E-coli, SARS and banned toxins.


Biointerfaces Institute Four Engineering professors are involved with the formation of a Biointerfaces Institute at McMaster. The federal and provincial governments provided more than $14 million to investigate how biological systems interact with various materials. The Institute is led by John Brennan, professor of chemistry. Chemical Engineering faculty involved include: John Brash, Raja Ghosh, Robert Pelton, and Heather Sheardown.

New Research Network Aims to Build a Better Eye A new national network to address the increasing vision loss of Canadians is being led from McMaster University by Heather Sheardown, professor of chemical engineering. The $6.7-million 20/20: NSERC Ophthalmic Materials Network (20/20 Network) brings together 12 universities and 10 industry partners to develop and commercialize new materials and technologies to address vision loss. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is providing $5 million in funding over five years. Other funding is being provided by industrial and institutional partners, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Cheryl Quenneville, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, joined the Faculty in January 2011. Her research focuses on human biomechanics including bone fracture and injury tolerances, synthetic bones, and artificial joint replacement. Todd Hoare, assistant professor of chemical engineering, has won the Polanyi Prize in chemistry for 2010 from the Government of Ontario. His research includes investigating the potential use of gel nanoparticles for drug delivery to help treat diseases such as diabetes. New Leadership for School of Biomedical Engineering Two co-directors were appointed to lead the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering after John Brash, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, stepped down. Michael Noseworthy (bottom left), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Judith West-Mays, professor of pathology and molecular medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences, began their term July 1, 2010.


Connecting the Planet Breakthroughs in electronics, computing and communications technologies have opened the floodgates for new areas of research and its application. Developing safe, reliable software is at the crux of future growth and professors at McMaster have taken a leadership role in this area. As well, faculty and students are transforming these discoveries into new products and applications.

McMaster Centre for Software Certification Eliminating the potential for catastrophic medical, energy and transportation disasters due to software failure is the aim of a new $21-million global research centre established at McMaster. It is one of the first such centres in the world. The McMaster Centre for Software Certification involves 19 researchers from three universities and eight industry partners. It is based at McMaster and is led by Alan Wassyng, professor of computing and software. The Centre leads research and development of product-focused certification standards and processes for critical software applications. Applications initially focus on the operation of pacemakers, health monitoring equipment, banking transactions, financial reporting, and nuclear reactors.


First NVDIA CUDA Teaching Centre in Canada McMaster is establishing the first NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Centre in Canada. The Centre, one of only 12 worldwide, will teach electrical and computer engineering students how to tap into the processing resources available in graphics processing units (GPU) and use them in computationally demanding applications. GPUs can potentially increase processing speeds by 10 to 100 times at low cost. A Master’s level course in CUDA began in September 2010 taught by Alexandru Patriciu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

NOKIA CEO Draws Record Hodgins Crowd More than 900 students, faculty, staff and community members tuned in to hear McMaster engineering alumnus Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia, deliver a talk on The Mobile Future at the 27th annual J.W. Hodgins Memorial Lecture. It was by the far the largest audience ever for the Lecture. Some 700 people attended and another 200 people watched a live Internet broadcast. Stephen Elop graduated from the computer engineering and management program in 1986. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 2009.

Inventive Students More than 130 students working on their final-year capstone projects came up with 40 inventions that were on display at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s annual Project Showcase. Students were working for a grade but also to win a share of $2,400 in prize money. Projects included a wheelchair driven by head movement, touchless computing, a home energy monitoring system, and a fridge management system that sends text messages of groceries about to expire or that need to be replenished.


Engineering Education Renewed accreditation, program growth and international recognition topped the list of education highlights this past year. The year also saw students achieve a number of successes in various extra-curricular activities, and the introduction of the concept of experiential learning that will ensure their success well into the future.

Accreditation Renewal

Bachelor of Technology Program Grows

In the 2009/2010 academic year, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board undertook its regular periodic review of the Faculty’s Bachelor of Engineering degree programs. All programs included in the review received accreditation renewal.

The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership saw its first class of undergraduate students graduate from the FourYear Program in 2010. Enrollment in the program continues to grow with more than 450 students expected to start the 2011 fall term. The new energy engineering technologies program in the Degree Completion Program has proven popular and complements programs in computing and technology, civil engineering technology, and manufacturing technology. Several new faculty were hired to accommodate the growth of Bachelor of Technology programs. Hiring will continue into the coming year.

A Dozen New Faculty Come Aboard Twelve new faculty members will have come aboard between July 2010 and July 2011, four of whom are female faculty. The new hires were in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, and the McMaster/ Mohawk Bachelor of Technology program.

Co-op Placements Trend Upward Co-op and internship placements rebounded in 2010 as the economy bounced back from the economic downturn of 2009. A total of 235 employers brought students aboard during the year. Information technology companies continued to lead the demand for students with strong growth from the manufacturing and civil engineering sectors. Employers were also looking for students to take on longer 12 or 16 month placements. An increase was also seen in international placements.

Student Wins Engineers Canada Gold Medal Civil engineering student Erica Barnes was named the recipient of the Engineers Canada 2011 Gold Medal Student Award. She was recognized for her efforts leading to the McMaster chapter of Engineers Without Borders being named Chapter of the Year. She was acknowledged for her contributions to the Faculty in the areas of sustainability and experiential learning.

Helping Students ExCEL Planning has started for a new McMaster Engineering Centre for Experiential Learning – ExCEL for short. The Centre will be dedicated for student use, providing design, fabrication and collaboration space for clubs, teams and projects. A new leadership training program is also under development. The concept behind the centre is that students can best assimilate and apply classroom learning through experiential activities. ExCEL will foster more collaboration and feed the creativity and entrepreneurial aspirations of students.


The McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership launched a new 3D recruitment campaign for the Four-Year Program. The campaign was rolled out to Science Fairs across Ontario.

Ranked With the World’s Best

McMaster’s Engineers Without Borders Tops

The Faculty was ranked 127th among more than 300 engineering schools who made the 2010 QS University World Rankings. It is the sixth highest ranked engineering school in Canada. Only 12 of more than 40 universities offering engineering programs in Canada made the rankings.

The McMaster chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was named Chapter of the Year in Canada, a Faculty first. The Chapter was selected based on its membership growth and the introduction of several innovative projects supporting international development and sustainability efforts. Among its many activities is an innovative high-school program reaching over 1,000 students annually, workshops for Engineering & Society students, weekly engagement nights, and input into the Faculty’s sustainability efforts.

Concrete Toboggan Teams Compete McMaster Engineering was once again well represented at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. One year after hosting the competition at Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre in Milton, the McMaster teams traveled to Edmonton. The world’s only all-female concrete toboggan team, the McMaster Outlaws, won for best brake design. The Mactalia Football Club team regained the Best Team Spirit award for McMaster.

My role as an engineer is too ... McMaster’s Engineers Without Borders asked first-year engineering students to complete the phrase “My role as an engineer is to ...” as part of their Root Causes of Poverty workshop. They fed the responses into a word cloud program and the result was the Fireball Word Cloud. A large three metre by three metre banner now hangs in the lobby of the Engineering Technology Building.

McMaster Students Vote for Funding The McMaster EWB Chapter successfully undertook a referendum campaign to have all McMaster students support a 35-cent ancillary fee to fund the chapter’s Junior Fellowship program. The funding supports another EWB member to volunteer in Africa each summer.

Bridge Builders Crush Competition McMaster’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen defended its title at the 27th annual Troitsky Bridge Building Competition in Montreal. The League’s bridge proved uncrushable. Made only of Popsicle sticks (14,000), white glue (eight litres) and dental floss (six rolls), the bridge withstood 2,906 kg of force applied by Concordia University’s feared Crusher, a competition first. Thirty-six teams from 13 universities in Canada and Vermont, USA competed, including five other McMaster teams.

Winning Robot Team In their rookie debut, McMaster’s Robot Unicorn Attack team won one of three competitions and placed third in another at the fifth annual International Autonomous Robot Racing Challenge (IARRC) held July 24 in Windsor, Ontario. The team of five saw their robot creation, named Dash, place first in the drag race competition and third in the circuit race.

Venture Voted Best Summer Camp It’s four in a row for Venture Engineering and Science Camp. Voters in the Hamilton Community News Reader’s Choice Awards once again chose it as the best in the region. More than 1,000 students in grades one to eight participate in Venture each summer. Another 150 high school students participate in LEAP (Learning Enrichment Advancement Program).


At a Glance The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University ranks among the best in Canada and around the world by any measure. Creating an environment where students can excel and breakthrough research can be pursued remain priorities. Following is a summary of the Faculty’s infrastructure, programs and performance for the 2010 fiscal year. Buildings

• GMC Centre for Automotive Materials

Programs (Four years)

• Engineering Technology Building

and Corrosion

Through its seven departments, the Faculty

• John Hodgins Engineering Building

• GMC Centre for Engineering Design

of Engineering offers degree programs in the

• John Hodgins Engineering Building Annex

• McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Research

following areas:

• Chemical and Bioengineering Wing

• McMaster Centre for Software Certification

• Business Informatics

• Information Technology Building

• McMaster Institute for Automotive Research

• Chemical Engineering

• Information Technology Building Annex

and Technology (MacAUTO)

• Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering

• Tandem Accelerator Laboratory Annex

• McMaster Institute for Energy Studies

• Civil Engineering (Structural/Geotechnical)

• Applied Dynamics Laboratory

• McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

• Civil Engineering (Water/Environmental)

• Nuclear Research Building

• Steel Research Centre

• Computer Engineering

• Thode Library of Science and Engineering

• Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship

• Computer Science

& Innovation

• Electrical Engineering

Centres of Excellence

• Electrical & Biomedical Engineering

McMaster serves as the administrative centre for


• Engineering Physics

the following research networks:

• Chemical Engineering

• Materials Engineering

• 20/20: NSERC Ophthalmic Materials Network

• Civil Engineering

• Mechanical Engineering

• Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

• Computing and Software

• Mechatronics Engineering

• Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation

• Electrical and Computer Engineering

• Software Engineering

• Network on Engineering Complex Software

• Engineering Physics

• Software Engineering & Embedded Systems

Intensive Systems for Autonomous Systems

• Materials Science and Engineering

• Software Engineering & Game Design

• NSERC Photovoltaic Innovation Network

• Mechanical Engineering

Specialized Programs (Five years)

• NSERC-SENTINEL Bioactive Paper Strategic Network

Graduate Schools and Programs

• Engineering and International Studies

• University Network of Excellence in

Graduate degree programs at the M.A.Sc., M.Eng.

• Engineering and Management

Nuclear Engineering

and PhD levels are offered by all Departments. Inter-

• Engineering and Society

disciplinary graduate schools and programs include:

• Internship and Co-Op Program

Institutes and Centres

• McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

• Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research

• McMaster School of Computational Engineering

• Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing

and Science

McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Degree Programs

and Design

• Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice

• Four-Year Programs in: Automotive and Vehicle

Master of Engineering Design (M.E.D.)

Technology, Biotechnology, and Process

Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship

• Centre for Effective Design of Structures


• Centre for Emerging Device Technologies


Automation Technology

• Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies

and Innovation (M.E.E.I.)

• Degree Completion Programs in:

• Centre for Research in Micro- and Nano-systems


• Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Master of Engineering and Public Policy (M.E.P.P.)

Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology,


Master of Technology Entrepreneurship

Computing and Information Technology,

& Innovation (M.T.E.I.)

Energy Engineering Technologies, and

Master of Engineering in Manufacturing


(M.Eng. in Manufacturing)


Manufacturing Engineering Technology.




Univeristy Research Intensity 1






Quality of Education Overall Ranking 2


Academic Reputation 2


Average Dollar amount of NSERC grants 1



Citations per Publication 2



Citations per Faculty FTE 2



Overall Engineering School Ranking 3




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Ontario %

Faculty FTE



Undergraduate Students (FTE)



Graduate Students (FTE)



Undergraduate Degrees Awarded



Masters Degrees Awarded



PhD Degrees Awarded



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Employment rate of 2006 Graduating Class5 – 95%















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RESEARCH FUNDING – $ millions 30 28.9








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155.0 28.1

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Awards and Accolades McMaster Engineering faculty, staff and students continue to distinguish themselves professionally and academically, as well as in areas outside of their chosen fields. Following is a list of the most recent award recipients in the Faculty: McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award Juergen Schachler, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Tom Maibaum, Co-Lead, Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems (NECSIS), Automotive Partnership Canada

Shiping Zhu, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada; Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Chemical Institute of Canada

Paul Spekkens, Vice President, Science and Technology Development, Ontario Power Generation

Martin von Mohrenschildt, Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure

Teaching Awards

L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award Pierre Côté, president, Côté Membrane Separation Ltd. Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text Corporation Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award Kon Max Wong, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Canada Research Chair in Signal Processing Robert Pelton, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies Canada Excellence Research Chair Ali Emadi, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain Canada Research Chair Tim Davidson, Canada Research Chair in Communication Systems (renewed) Qiyin Fang, Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics (renewed) Raja Ghosh, Canada Research Chair in Bioseparations Engineering (renewed)

Michael Noseworthy, Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure Robert Pelton, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Strategic Network Grant; Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure John Preston, Director, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) in Photovoltaics Ravi Selvaganapathy, Ontario Early Researcher Award Michael Tait, Ontario Early Researcher Award Gregory Wohl, Ontario Research Fund – Research Infrastructure Peidong Wu, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Discovery Accelerator Supplement Hatem Zurob, Ontario Early Researcher Award Professional Associations, Societies, State & University Honours Yves Bréchet, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur Raymond Finlay, Haraden Pratt Award, IEEE

Robert Pelton, Canada Research Chair of Interfacial Technologies (renewed)

Simon Haykin, Honorary Doctor of Science degree, McMaster University; IEEE EAB Vice President’s Recognition Award

Named Chairs David Potter, Don Pether Chair in Engineering and Management

Art Heidebrecht, Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada

Research Awards Mohamed Bakr, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Discovery Accelerator Supplement Jun Chen, Ontario Early Researcher Award Wael El-Dakhakhni, Ontario Early Researcher Award; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada – Discovery Accelerator Supplement Todd Hoare, Ontario Early Researcher Award


Todd Hoare, Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, Government of Ontario Shiva Kumar, Senior Member, Optical Society of America (OSA) John MacGregor, McMaster Lifetime Innovator Award Natalia Nikolova, Fellow, IEEE David Wilkinson, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering Xiaolin Wu, Fellow, IEEE

Nicola Nicolici, McMaster Students Union Teaching Award for Engineering Michael Soltys, McMaster Student Union Teaching Award for Engineering. University and Faculty of Engineering Appointments Brian Baetz, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering Michael Noseworthy and Judith West-Mays, Co-directors, McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering Staff Awards & Recognition Ed McCaffery, Veronika Czerneda Staff Award for Outstanding Service Omar Danta, Barb Eftekhari, Grace Ferracuti, Alicia McGregor, and Shirley Verhage, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology program, Special Achievement Award, President’s Awards for Outstanding Service Paul Gatt, Individual Award, President’s Awards for Outstanding Service Glynis de Silveira, Team Award, President’s Awards for Outstanding Service Student Awards Erica Barnes, Engineers Canada Gold Medal Student Award; President’s Award of Excellence for Student Leadership; Image of an Engineer Award, McMaster Engineering Society; Albert Lager Student Initiative Award Mazin Batarfi, Raaid Batarfi, Salman Bawa, Prof. Adrian Kitai, winners, Arab Technology Business Plan Competition, Cairo (solar skylight) Peter Basl, MITACS Elevate Award Prof. Adrian Kitai, winners, Arab Technology Business Plan Competition, Cairo (Solar Skylight) Allison Bennett, McMaster Team MVP, McMaster Athletics (Women’s Badminton) Darren Berwick, Trevor Bruce, Matt Hunter, Martin Bellamy and Michael Peterson, winners and defending champions, Troitsky Bridge Building Competition

Peter Bevan, MITACS Elevate Award Emily Bot, Bryan House, Mike Irvine, Dan Kish, and Danny Vacar (Robot Unicorn Attack Team), first and third category finishes, International Autonomous Robot Racing Challenge Alyssa Briere, Benjamin Desclouds, Ahmed Salman, and Brycklin Wilson, FeMET scholarships, Association for Iron and Steel Technology and the American Iron and Steel Institute Khaled Chebaro, Lucas Dobrowolski, Yaser Jafar, and Charles Wah, third, Innovate North America Altera Design Contest (3-D camera) Nathan Cox, Dr. Ray Johnson Award, McMaster Athletics Nathan Cox, Deepak Gidwani, Varun Goyal, Piyush Patel and Aekam Sodhi, winners, Eco-Entrepreneurship Challenge

DEAN’S COUNCIL David S. Wilkinson Dean of Engineering Ken Coley Associate Dean of Engineering (Academic) Peter Mascher Associate Dean of Engineering (Research and External Relations) Heather Sheardown Associate Dean (Graduate Studies, Engineering) Brian Baetz Chair, Department of Civil Engineering Director, Engineering & Society

Engineers Without Borders (McMaster Chapter), Engineers Without Borders (Canada) Chapter of the Year Nels Grauman Neander, GSA Honour Society (Distinguished Service) Award

Christoph Larndorfer and Reinhard Peer, winners, MTT Alive video competition, IEEE Micowave Theory and Techniques Society (contactless ECG monitor) Li Liu, MITACS Elevate Award

Michael Irvine, McMaster Team MVP, Athletics Department (Men’s Fencing)

Ryan Loveday, co-recipient, Bruce Cochrane Award, McMaster Athletics

Lindsey Kettel, Deborah Lee, Cory Minkhorst, and David Russell, Commendation Award and Theme Award (Environment and Sustainability), PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Student Challenge, Hong Kong (Collapsible Bicycle Trailer)

McMaster Mactalia Football Club, Best Team Spirit award and McMaster Outlaw Aerobics, Best Brake Design award, 2011 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race

Lindsey Kettel and Cory Minkhorst, 2010 James Dyson Award (Canada) (collapsible bicycle trailer)

Waleed Shinwari, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

Adam Kinsman, 2010 Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence, CMC Microsystems

Joe Tallis, McMaster Team MVP, McMaster Athletics (Men’s Lacrosse)

Ho Fai (Henry) Ko, PhD dissertation award, European Design and Automation Association

Engineering Technology Building LEED Canada Gold for New Constructions

David Capson Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Tim Davidson Asscociate Director, McMaster School of Computational Engineering & Science

Saeid Habibi Chair, Mechanical Engineering Harold Haugen Chair, Engineering Physics Nikolas Provatas Chair, Materials Science & Engineering Martin von Mohrenschildt Chair, Computing & Software Shiping Zhu Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering Samir Chidiac Director, Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice

Oleksander Romanko, MITACS Elevate Award

Michael Noseworthy & Judith West-Mays Co-Directors, McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering Alan Murray Executive Director, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership David Potter Director, Engineering & Management Spencer Smith Director, Engineering 1 Program

Mike Fielding Chief Executive Officer StrataFlex

Les Mclean

Gary Sohal

Douglas Barber OC, (Chair) Gennum Corporation (ret.)



Leslie C. McLean Consulting


Walter Booth Chairman & CEO Timberland Equipment

Arthur Heidebrecht Professor Emeritus McMaster University

Michael Pley

Kurt Strobele


President & CEO



Ken Carpenter President & CEO Burlington Technologies

Jennifer Jackman Director General CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory

Eugene Roman

Tony Thoma

Chief Information Officer

Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Open Text Corporation

Technology, Mohawk College

Colleen Shannon

Tim Valters



Borden Ladner Gervais

Selkirk Canada Corporation


Sean Donnelly Vice President, Technology & Continuous Improvement ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Bob Magee President & CEO The Woodbridge Group


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2010 Annual Report - Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University  

Faculty achievements, student successes, research breakthroughs, funding announcements, and many other highlights from the past year are fea...