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VOLUME 28

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

NUMBER 3

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

FALL 2003

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Alumni Weekend 2003 See pages 12 & 13


A message from the Dean Leadership – Educational Innovation – Facilities

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ike other universities across Ontario, McMaster University, and the Faculty of Engineering in particular, have been anticipating the onrush of the double cohort. This term we will see two groups of post secondary school graduates arrive on campus – Grade 12 and OAC students. This will create numerous challenges for the faculty and an equal number of opportunities. McMaster’s Engineering Faculty prides itself on being student-centred and research-intensive by offering nine engineering disciplines, which when combined with Society or Management offering a total of 27 different degree options in the undergraduate stream. Our planning for the influx of new students this fall has been threefold. Leadership – Educational Innovation – Facilities. These three aspects create a new level of service for engineering students. We have invested in Level ONE with an academic team of 3 professionals – Dr. Robert Fleisig, Dr. Konstantin Kreyman, and Mr. Tom Doyle. A new, improved curriculum has been implemented this fall, as a result of recommendations of our Level ONE Task Force. Recognition of stellar educational achievements is the focus of the new incentive scholarship packages for our Level ONE students; the addition of new undergrad programs in Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, Photonics Engineering, Environmental

On the cover… A great day of golf at Tyandaga. See page 23 for more.

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Mo Elbestawi, Dean of Engineering

Engineering; and new grad programs in Masonry, Materials & Structural Design, and Rehabilitation of Civil Engineering Structures will be getting underway in the new future. The development of the curricula for the three Centres contained School for Engineering Practice will present further educational opportunities. These additions to our already substantial offerings go towards placing McMaster at the forefront of Education Innovation. Leadership of Mechanical Engineering is now in the hands of Dr. Samir Ziada, a strong academic and a man very conscious of the importance of instructional excellence. Dr. Ziada has proven himself to be a dedicated university citizen, and has a recognized international reputation as a stellar researcher. His citizenship commitments speak to his dedication to the administrative aspects of academic life. At the helm in Electrical and Computer Engineering is Dr. Max Wong, who is familiar with the role from past experience, also a committed administrator and again, an internationally recognized researcher. These two departments will gain greatly

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from the administrative guidance of these professionals. Engineering & Society welcomes Dr. Brian Baetz (Civil) as the new Director. Well suited to this task, Dr. Baetz’s interests include sustainable communities and the planning of municipal solid waste management systems. Engineering & Management welcomes Dr. Ken Coley (Materials Science & Engineering) as Acting Director for the year. Dr. Coley’s interests include kinetics and thermodynamics of high temperature reactions in materials processing and service. Both these specialty programs will benefit from the talents of these gentlemen. For anyone visiting campus, the constant hum of construction is very obvious. Providing excellent facilities, not simply adequate, is our goal for our students. For Engineering, the annex to the Information Technology Building is coming along, and is destined to house a portion of our Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. Meanwhile, the renovations to the entire NorthEast wing of the John Hodgins Building will house the state-ofthe-art Chemical Engineering facilities. Also, fundraising is ongoing for a new building to accommodate the School for Engineering Practice and it’s associated Centres, and the proposed expansion in Bioengineering. New opportunities, new activities, new ideas all supported with dedicated administrative and teaching personnel – that’s the crux of a student-centred institution. At McMaster Engineering, we are committed to providing a whole life experience for our students, and we welcome the input of all concerned – students, staff, faculty, alumni, community neighbours – to make us the very best we can be.

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A message from the Associate Dean New incentives help incoming students

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y the time you receive this edition of the MacEngineer, classes will be underway again for the 2003-04 academic year. I always look forward to the bustle of this time of year and the renewal that takes place at McMaster as a new group of students arrives from across Ontario and from around the world. As you probably know, this is the double cohort year in which both the old OAC class and the new Grade 12 class graduate from Ontario high schools at the same time. It has been a stressful time for both the students and the University, with neither knowing how events would unfold. As it turns out, our enrolment will be very close to our target of 800 students for Engineering, with our minimum admission average increasing by 2-3% over previous years. In an effort to provide our very best incoming students with an attractive scholarship package, the Faculty of Engineering has teamed up with the University to offer students having an admission average of over 95% with an innovative package worth $18,000. It consists of $6,000 for each of Levels 1 and 2, and a guaranteed research placement at the University in the summer, worth an additional $6,000. Upon arrival, Engineering 1 students will have a slightly modified curriculum containing one new course on materials and another containing design projects that will introduce them to the various engineering disciplines. Bob Loree, our Engineering 1 Director, has worked with the instructors over the summer to coordinate the lectures across all courses so that students obtain maximum benefit from common themes. To help in this, a web-based system has

growing in importance across North America. The Civil Engineering programme now recognizes two fields of engineering practice with separate Water/ Environmental Engineering and Structural/ Geotechnical Engineering streams. At the graduate level, the Faculty of Engineering is establishing the School of Engineering Practice, made up of three centres: the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, and the Centre for Engineering Design. These are all exciting developments that continue to transform the Faculty of Engineering and maintain a vigorous learning environment. If you ever have the opportunity, I encourage you to visit us and see the results of these developments first hand.

Dr. Peter Smith, Associate Dean of Engineering

been developed in which students have access to all course materials, practice tests, message boards, schedules and their individual grades from a centralized location. In several of their courses, the Engineering 1 students will benefit from a new evaluation system whereby they can write their tests at any time during the week: upon arrival at the Test Centre, their ID card is swiped and a custom test is printed for them. Upon seeing their grade, they can study some more and rewrite another version of the test the following week. As I mentioned in a previous article, we are also introducing two new four-year programmes this year: Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and Photonics Engineering. These programmes are the first of their type in Canada and have been designed to cater to two areas that are

inside this issue Chemical Engineer named University Professor................5 Alumni Profiles .....................10 Alumni News ........................12 Engineering Career Services ................................19 Hey Alumni! Have you got something to say, or any other news? We would like to hear from you. Contact Carm Vespi: Tel: (905) 525-9140 ext. 24906 Fax: (905) 546-5492 e-mail: vespi@mcmaster.ca website: www.eng.mcmaster.ca

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Engineering news CFI New Opportunities funding benefits engineering profs

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hree engineering research projects have been awarded New Opportunities Funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The awards are made to promising young researchers who are new to the university within the last year, and are to be used to purchase specialized equipment and to initiate new work. Sarah Dickson, assistant professor, civil engineering, and Carlos Filipe, assistant professor, chemical engineering, were awarded $487,374 for infrastructure that will enable them to conduct research in water, the environment and public health. Raja Ghosh, assistant professor, chemical engineering, received $112,981 to purchase equipment for bioseparations engineering research. Stephen Veldhuis, assistant professor, mechanical engineering, was awarded $100,000 for manufacturing process investigation tools. Christopher Anand, assistant professor, and Wolfram Kahl, associate professor, computing and

software, were awarded $91,623 for automatic code generation of efficient and probably correct image processing and relational programs. In total, fifteen young McMaster researchers received more than $2.5 million in New Opportunities funding. All the recipients are representative of the quality of researchers at the University, many of whom came from world-class institutions across Europe and North America. “Recruiting excellent faculty is a high priority for McMaster and this program has allowed us to do just that,” said Mamdouh Shoukri, vice-president research and international affairs. “This investment will help our new faculty to expand their research programs and build their research capacity.” The New Opportunities projects are selected on the recommendation of experts who assessed each one against three CFI criteria: quality research and the need for infrastructure; contribution to strengthening the capacity for innova-

CITO grant assists software development research The majority of the money Assistant professor of comwill be spent on support for gradputing and software engineering uate students working on the Mark Lawford has received a project. Lawford’s project also $205,000 boost for his research involves computing and software in software development, design engineering professors Jacques and management from CommuniCarette, Wolfram Kahl, Ridha cations and Information TechKhedri and Alan Wassyng, nology Ontario (CITO) in April 2003. In addition to $100,000 Mark Lawford all of whom are members of the recently formed Software from CITO, he has obtained Quality Research Lab. $100,000 from Ontario Power Generation as well as $5,000 in-kind support for his To date, CITO has provided more than two-year project entitled “Reverse $9 million in funding to support highEngineering of High Level Requirements tech research projects at eight Ontario from Assembly Code.” universities. ”

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tion; and potential benefits of the research to Canada. The CFI is a federally funded, non-profit corporation that provides Canadian universities with an opportunity to attract cutting edge researchers from around the globe. Of the 46 universities that received $43.5 million in infrastructure for 237 projects, McMaster ranked third with 14 projects funded.

Funding boost for innovative R&D

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wo Engineering professors will benefit from a recent injection of funding from the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology (CRESTech). Yiping Guo, assistant professor of civil engineering, received $22,785 from the Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation (MEOI) for his project called, “Transferring analytical probabilistic storm-water models to practicing water resources engineers”. Other support includes $7,785 in-kind from Alan A. Smith Inc and $15,000 from Weslake Inc. Daniel Ewing, adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received $35,000 from MEOI for his work on “Investigation of pollutant removal by advanced EGR cooling devices for diesel engines”. Other support includes $30,000 and $17,000 in-kind from Dana Corp. Beginning April 1, 2003, CRESTech is investing $6.7 million in a total of 55 R&D projects at 13 Ontario universities and colleges. The projects are supported by a $3-million investment from MEOI and $3.7-million from 86 private and publicsector partners.

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Chemical Engineer Named University Professor

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and product quality monitoring, rofessor of chemical engiadvanced process control and neering John MacGregor polymer reaction engineering. has been named University He was instrumental in the Professor, the highest honour development of three major McMaster can bestow on its research centres at McMaster: faculty. The title is awarded to the McMaster Institute for professors who demonstrate Polymer Production Technology, exceptional achievement by the McMaster Advanced Control attaining distinction in research, Consortium, and the Steel scholarship and education in such John MacGregor Research Centre. Business Week a manner as to have made a major magazine cited him as one of the top five impact on a given field of study and/or to people in North America in the area of have had a major impact across discipliquality improvement. nary boundaries. MacGregor, who is currently the holder Dr. MacGregor, who received the of the Dofasco Chair in Automation honour in June, has earned an outstanding Process, has pioneered several innovative scholarly reputation in the area of process

research fields in engineering. His work has had a profound influence on the Canadian process systems engineering and chemical engineering communities, and internationally in the general area on product and process quality improvement. A recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision, MacGregor’s many other honours include the Century of Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, the W. G. Hunter Award for Quality Control, the Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal (Research and Development), and the Bell Canada Forum Award. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Society.

Engineering Staff Receive 2002 President’s Awards

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wo Faculty of Engineering staff members are recipients of the 2002 President’s Working At McMaster Awards for Outstanding Service. Janet Delsey and Doug Keller received their awards in May. In total, six individuals and two teams were recognized for their work and contributions during 2002. The annual awards recognize staff who have performed above and beyond the call of duty in their service to McMaster. Janet Delsey, a 26-year employee of the University, supervises the Engineering DocuCentre. She was recognized for her motivation and strength in innovation which have contributed to the prosperity and success of the DocuCentre. She is described by one nominator as a “woman of high ideals and sound integrity… her originality of ideas and capacity for hard work have been among her outstanding characteristics.” Doug Keller was cited as being efficient, professional and singularly effective in overseeing his areas of safety and purchasing and his duties as a lab manager. It was noted that any task he undertakes will

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receive meticulous attention and yield success. His technical and organizational skills, knowledge and exceptional managerial skills have been a part of the success of many Faculty projects. Keller, who has been at McMaster for over 23 years, does his work with great pride, putting forward extraordinary efforts for staff, faculty and students. The Faculty congratulates these staff members on receiving this well-deserved recognition.

Janet Delsey

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Software Symposium Attracts Attendees From Across Canada In May, the Department of Computing and Software sponsored a symposium entitled the Canadian Software Requirements Symposium: Advancement of Mathematical Methods. Held on May 26, the one-day event covered a wide range of topics: elicitation, modeling, validation, verification, documentation and requirements-based testing. The symposium was opened by the Chair of the Department of Computing and Software, Dr. Paul Taylor and by the Dean of Engineering, Dr. Mo Elbestawi. Keynote speaker was Dr. Axel van Lamsweerde, well-known

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for his work in developing usable languages, methods and tools for assisting software engineers in the complex, knowledge-intensive tasks they face. Over 50 were in attendance, including researchers from almost every university in Southern Ontario. The symposium targeted selected Canadian researchers from both academics and industry, noted Spencer Smith, assistant professor. “One of the objectives of this event is to provide an opportunity for our department to reach out to the software engineering community in Canada.”

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Faculty Awards Honorary Degrees

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he Faculty of Engineering awarded two honorary degrees during convocation ceremonies on June 5th , held in the Great Hall at Hamilton Place. Francis Navin, professor of civil engineering at the University of British Columbia, and Andrew Benedek, a leading authority on global water related issues, received Doctor of Science degrees during the morning ceremonies. Dr. Navin, who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a researcher and educator, developed a worldwide reputation as an expert in road safety. He has been teaching traffic and transportation engineering to graduate and undergraduates at UBC since 1972. He retired in June 2003. He coordinated the Transport Canada-UBC Accident Research Team from 1980 to 1995 and participated as a member of the Ontario Professional Engineers’ Committee to investigate the safety of Highway 407 for the Ontario Government. Dr. Navin is President of Synectics Road Safety Research Corporation, and director and partner of GD Hamilton Associates in

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Vancouver, one of the world’s largest road safety engineering firms. Navin received his degree in civil engineering from McMaster in 1963, and his M.Sc. and PhD degrees in transportation engineering from the University of Missouri (1968) and the University of Minnesota (1975) respectively. Dr. Navin gave the Convocation address at the Engineering Convocation. Dr. Benedek is chair, CEO and founder of Zenon Environmental, based in Oakville, Ontario. Zenon is dedicated to solving water quality problems through the use of advanced membrane technologies. The company was formed on his

vision of a world where cost effective membrane technology could ensure safe, superior quality water. Under his leadership the company has grown steadily to become a global leader. Dr. Benedek received his degree in chemical engineering from McGill University in 1966 and his PhD at the University of Washington, in 1970. He joined McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering in 1971 as a chemical engineer specializing in environmental issues, and eventually left the University in 1981 to found Zenon. Dr. Benedek is a member of the inaugural Faculty of Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory Board and has served on the National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Advanced Technology Association and the Biotechnology Research Institute. At the spring convocation, the Faculty of Engineering awarded bachelor degrees in technology, engineering, engineering & society, engineering & management; master’s degrees in science (materials science), applied science, engineering; and doctorates in philosophy.

Venture Engineering and Science 2003

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his summer the Venture Engineering and Science program celebrated its 14th year of operation. Previously known as Venture Engineering & Science and Adventures in Computing Technology, Venture celebrated its success at a first annual Commemorative Gala. All past Directors and Counsellors were invited, along with all sponsors and anyone who has helped Venture in definitive ways. The dinner took place on August 14th, 2003 in the CIBC Celebration Hall on campus, and was a huge success. It was great to see so many former staff return for the event. Venture, sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering and Science, has had an extremely exciting and innovative year. An extra classroom was added to the Computers and Technology stream which increased the spots available for campers. It has also helped to increase the counselorto-camper ratio. As well, in conjunction with the Mechanical Engineering Depart-

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ment, Venture has prepared a brand new computer lab for the use of campers during the summer and for the Mechanical Engineering Students during the school year. This has been a fabulous addition to camp and has greatly improved the educational value for the computer and technology campers. Another highlight is the continuous success of the All Girls week. Every summer, one week is dedicated to girls to promote and excite them about engineering and science. The staff at Venture work hard to design original and stimulating projects for the students. From hand fans and turbines to Lego Robotics and green screen movie making, the kids had a blast experimenting c

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with creative projects which teach them about the value of engineering and science in real world applications. On top of the regular day-to-day camp life, Venture has proposed and implemented some new initiatives this year. In continued on page 7 N

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In Tribute to George Weatherly

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ngineering alumni will be saddened to learn that George C. Weatherly passed away on April 29, 2003 following a courageous struggle with cancer. A professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, his legacy is writ large in the careers of former students and the high regard in which he is held by his colleagues – both as a scientist and as a man. George Weatherly entered Cambridge University in 1960 where he completed both his Bachelor of Science and Ph.D degrees, the latter in 1966 under the supervision of Robin Nicholson. Following a

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June, eight staff traveled to Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken to deliver the first ever Native Camp! For three days the staff carried out a program consisting of a Chemistry Show, roller coasters workshop, flight workshop and a chemical pie cook off. The most exciting part of this program was that it was absolutely free to the kids. These children do not have the same access and exposure to engineering and science as many students who live near a major metropolitan area. The kids, as well as the staff, had a blast and are very excited about continuing the tradition next year. Venture is very proud to be supported by some high-profile industry and technology leaders. Dofasco was generous enough to sponsor traveling workshops to 4 elementary schools in downtown Hamilton. In the past these schools have not have been able to afford the cost of travels and materials and therefore did not get the oppourtunity to experience the workshops. As a result of this assistance, over 800 children were presented with Venture’s traveling workshops. Funding and sponsorships is received each year from a host of government and business supporters including: Dow Chemical, Hewlett Packard, General Motors, Industry Canada, Ontario Power, Panasonic, and both the Faculties of Engineering and Science here at McMaster University. M

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by David S. Wilkinson

ient of the Canadian Metal post-doctoral period with the Physics Gold Medal, the Alcan U.K. Atomic Energy Authority at and Dofasco awards of CIM and Harwell, he came to Canada in the Vanadium Award of the 1968 as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Metals (U.K.). From Department of Metallurgy and 1972 to 1986, he was the associate Materials Science at the Univereditor of CMQ. He was instrusity of Toronto. He remained at mental in the founding of the Toronto for 22 years, reaching Ontario Centre for Materials the rank of full professor in Research (now MMO) and was 1980. Professor Weatherly joined Dr. George Weatherly co-academic leader of the Centre McMaster University in 1990. through its formative years. He was also Professor Weatherly developed a wellDirector of the Brockhouse Institute for deserved reputation as one of North Materials Research at McMaster. America’s premier electron microscopists, He will be remembered by family, based both on the quality of his work and friends, colleagues and students for the his uncompromising sense of integrity. His research interests were eclectic, ranging richness of his life, his quiet humour, his caring humanity and his unfailing honesty. from interfaces in structural alloys to semiIn recognition of Professor Weatherly’s conductor devices, from hydrides for career, McMaster and the University of hydrogen storage to phase transformation Toronto will establish an annual George in zirconium alloys. Weatherly Symposium on New Frontiers During the course of his long career, in Materials. A fund has been started to Professor Weatherly participated actively as support this symposium. More information a member of various associations and can be obtained through the Faculty of received numerous honours. He was a Engineering at either university. Fellow of both CIM and ASM, and a recip-

Remembering Professor George Weatherly with a Class Gift A number of Professor Weatherly’s students from the Materials Science & Engineering Classes of ’95 & ’96 have made a contribution in his memory to the George Weatherly Symposium on Frontiers in Materials. Along with many of Professor Weatherly’s students, they remember him as a kind man, an excellent educator and researcher, with a special combination of integrity and thoughtfulness. They appreciated being able to benefit from their contact with him, remembering the influence he had on their time at McMaster and, for some of them, beyond. The following alumni/friends contributed towards the gift: Max Biscottini, Kevin Boyle, Jason Bragg, Rob Kszan, Kurt Long, Joel Magnan, Jeffrey Mauthe, Donna Moritsugu, Alasdair Paterson, Michael Petersen, Wayne Regier, Rob Sparling, Jeff Thorpe, Mark Ward, and Christopher Westell. Contributions can be sent as follows: cheques are to be made payable to McMaster University and marked with the phrase “Weatherly Symposium Fund”. All cheques are to be sent to the attention of: Terry Milson McMaster University JHE-261 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7 A charitable tax receipt will be sent to you by McMaster University.

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McMaster’s Solar Car Melts in Qualifiers

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ireball ll, the University’s secondgeneration solar car, failed to qualify for this year’s American Solar Car Challenge. Unfortunately for McMaster’s team of 10 students headed by project leader Claire Braden, cloudy skies, faulty brakes and flat tires conspired against them, with the result that the vehicle did not complete the 220 km qualification race held at Evanston, Illinois in July. “We didn’t qualify and it’s disappointing,” Braden (’03, Mech.Eng.) says. “We gave it our best shot.” However, the team remains positive and is already setting sights on the next race in 2005. The McMaster Fireball team plans to spend the time improving cockpit space and weight distribution. Building a solar car requires time and effort in gathering sponsorship, creating designs, manufacturing parts and then building the vehicle. The 2003 vehicle was truly a University-wide project with students from engineering, arts & science, business and nursing as members of the team, and professors from several Faculties providing support. Sponsors and volunteer mechanics helped make Fireball II a reality after two years of hard work. At a cost of $124,000, the vehicle was one of the more modest solar car entries. Sleek and light, the car – dubbed “the land shark” – has a Kevlar body shell covered with 430 blue solar panels. The ASC Challenge is a biennial event

Despite a disappointing showing at the American Solar Challenge in the United States, McMaster’s solar race car, Fireball II – like the Phoenix – will rise from the ashes.

involving approximately 30 university engineering teams from all over North America and Europe that compete in a 10day, 3,700 km. race from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California along historic Route 66. Fireball I, the first solar car ever built at McMaster University, qualified for the 2001 Challenge and started the race. However, technical difficulties later forced it to withdraw. That year, the race was won by the University of Michigan.

New director appointed

Mentorship Program Brian W. Baetz

The Engineering Alumni Advisory Committee is in the process of establishing a Mentorship Program. We are struggling with what role the program should play. Is there a need for this program? If so, what sort of needs should it fill.

The McMaster Senate has appointed Dr. Brian W. Baetz as the new director of the Engineering and Society Programme. He will replace Dr. Robert Hudspith who retired in July, 2003. Professor Baetz received his Bachelors and Masters of Science from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. in Engineering from Duke University. His research fields include sustainable communities and the planning of municipal solid waste management systems.

Should we be looking at starting it with 1st year students who are trying to decide on what field of engineering is for them or concentrate on 4th year students who are making the transition to the working world? We are looking for volunteers to take part in a mentoring night, likely with a panel type discussion. We need new graduates as well as those with more experience. The panel should also have representation from undergraduates. We need you! If you are interested contact Carm Vespi at 905-525-9140, ext. 24906 or email: vespi@mcmaster.ca

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Engineering retirees been a contributing engineering with the creation of new courses he Faculty of Engineering held a representative to the Humanities and programs - specifically, reception in June, 2003 to recognize Faculty Council. In his spare Engineering & Society, and the and honour three members of the time, he enjoys sailing, amateur Theme School on Science, Faculty who were retiring in July: Dr. Bob radio and theatre. He and his wife Technology, and Public Policy. Baber, Professor Robert Hudspith and Mr. are moving to Ireland. He is a board member and volunMartin van Oosten. Professor Bob Hudspith teer for the Threshold School of During his comments during the afterearned both his B. Eng in Civil Building, enjoys canoeing in noon event, Mo Elbestawi noted that one and his M. Eng in Environmental Canada’s near north and folk of the hallmarks of the Faculty is its repuEngineering from McMaster. music, is a practiced storyteller tation to a commitment to excellence and Bob Hudspith After working as an and is quite active in his diversity in undergraduate & Engineer in the Water Quality Presbyterian church. graduate education, and the Branch of the Ministry of the Technical Services Coordinator priority attached to research. Environment (Toronto) and Martin van Oosten has contributed “All of our honorees have serving as a teacher and a prinimmensely to the evolution of the fostered this commitment in their cipal in the Christian school Department of Materials Sciences & various capacities during their system in Ottawa and Engineering. Before coming to McMaster, years at McMaster.” surrounding area, he returned to he worked at Hamilton Cotton Company, An accomplished scholar and McMaster in 1979, first as an Westinghouse and STELCO. During his educator, Dr. Bob Baber instructional assistant, then time at STELCO, Mr van Oosten earned a received a Bachelor’s and Bob Baber lecturer, then assistant professor, 3-year Metallugical certificate. He started Master’s from MIT, and a and finally associate professor in in the (former) Metallurgy Doctorate at the Technical University of the Department of Mechanical Department in 1966 and was Darmstadt, Germany. His interest in Engineering. The majority of his promoted to Technical Services methods of program verification have academic career has been devoted Coordinator of Materials produced sound procedures that can be to teaching, administrative Sciences and Engineering in used by software developers who want to responsibilities, and research 1989. He served the Department ensure that their programs actually do what related to curriculum design and in this capacity ever since. Mr. they were created to do. Dr. Baber’s practeaching methodology. In seven Van Oosten’s wife, Hennie, who tical experience as a software developer separate years, Professor also works at McMaster, is and consultant made him an outstanding Hudspith has been nominated for retiring this year too, and they asset to the Software Engineering McMaster Teaching Awards – in Martin Van Oosten plan a two-month excursion Program, especially in helping students Engineering & Society and in the through the American southwest, understand why mathematical rigour is Arts & Sciences program, where he has followed by gardening and time with important to software development pracreceived the award twice. He was involved family. tice. While at McMaster, Dr. Baber has

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Bob Hudspith Retires The first thing you notice about Professor Bob Hudspith’s curriculum vitae is the seven Teaching Award nominations. Twice he was the recipient (1987/88 and 1990/91), both times from the Arts & Science Programme. “I do enjoy teaching,” says the associate professor. “Working with students, getting to know them one-on-one, has been a privilege and will be my fondest memory.” Professor Hudspith retired from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in July. After receiving both his Bachelor and

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of the Engineering and Society Programme. Both these areas of responsibility have had their rewards, he says. “The Theme School offered interfaculty opportunities to meet and work with other faculty members and students. The Engineering and Society Programme provides engineering students with a much broader education.” Professor Hudspith and his wife, Barbara, are taking time out to access what they would like to do next. “The plan is not to make any plans for one year!”

Masters of Engineering from McMaster (1969, 1970), he worked as an engineer with the Ministry of the Environment, Water Quality Branch, in Toronto. Following a series of teaching positions in Ottawa, he returned to McMaster in 1979, where he has dedicated himself to teaching and administrative responsibilities. Many engineering alumni will know of Professor Hudspith’s work in proposing and directing the Theme School on Science, Technology and Public Policy. As well, since 1996, he has been the Director

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Alumni profiles Vince Smith – gained confidence from Mac

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ince Smith, ‘72 (Chemical Engineering) has enjoyed a long and varied career with Dow Chemical Company and is currently the President and CEO of Dow Chemical Canada Inc., a subsidiary of the well-known Americanbased company. “Engineering at McMaster gave me the confidence to apply my base learning to new and increasingly challenging situations,” he says. “It instilled in me an appreciation for the need to strive for continuous improvement in my understanding of both business and engineering.” In 1972, he started in the company’s Sarnia, Ontario plant as an engineer. “I joined a large corporation like Dow Chemical Canada for its potential to give me exposure in engineering. I did not want to specialize at an early age and felt Dow was a great company with which to acquire diverse experiences and opportunities.” During a stint in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, where he held several management positions in manufacturing and human resources, he spent more than 15 years directly involved in the production of chlor-alkali products. In 1991, he returned to Sarnia as a production manager in Plastic/Design Resins. In 1993, he was

named General Manager and Vice President, Eastern Canada Operations and, in 1994, he moved to the United States and assumed the position of Business Director, Global Chlor-Alkali Assets. He chaired the company’s Global Chlor-Alkali Team which was in charge of enhancing and maximizing the value of Dow’s global chlor-alkali facilities. In 1998, he was named Vice President and Director of Michigan Operations and Global Manufacturing Director for the Specialty Chemicals business in Midland, Michigan. With responsibility for $3 billion dollars worth of sales and over 2,000 employees, Smith is also the Site Director for Western Canada Operations and oversees Dow’s manufacturing locations in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec. He notes that one principal gleaned during his time at McMaster is an understanding of the importance of good communication. “The courses taught by Dr. Don Woods revealed the importance of clarity and precision in communicating thoughts and solutions to clients, coworkers and the public. He is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), the Canadian Chemical Producers’

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Association (CCPA), Alberta’s Climate Change Central (ACCC) and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). In addition, he has been involved with many community groups including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Junior Achievement and various sporting organizations. He resides in the Edmonton area with his wife, Barbara, and their two children. See MacLab Extravaganza – page 14

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ucts. Its products enable ccording to Dan Original Equipment ManufacMathers ’86 “Hard turers (OEM) and Original work and preparation, Device Manufacturers (ODM) mixed in with a bit of luck, go a to deliver superior performing, long way. This was the key high-volume wireless LAN lesson from MAC Eng.” It’s a systems faster and more proflesson the 38-year-old alumnus itably. Mathers joined the has taken to heart, with exciting company in April 2001. career results. Wireless LAN (WLAN) techMathers is currently president Dan Mathers nology is becoming increasingly and CEO of IceFyre Semiimportant to the small office/home office conductor Inc., based in Kanata, Ontario. (SOHO) and public access markets. The company, founded in February 2001, Entrepreneurs are interested in connecting a develops low-power, high performance and variety of information (and entertainment) cost effective semiconductor solutions for devices to the Internet through a single port, wireless local area network (LAN) prod-

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while the operators of airports, hotels and convention centers want to be able to offer easy Internet connections to customers from their premises. IceFyre has developed an innovative product that solves the connectivity, power consumption and performance problems of traditional WLAN systems. It consumes less power than traditional chipsets, produces more output power, and offers improved transmission and reception. IceFyre has filed 31 patents covering this new modem design. In June, the company was recognized as a top semiconductor company to watch in continued on page 11

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ne never knows how university courses and professors might affect one’s career. Stephen Elop, ’86 (Engineering & Management) says that his 5-year degree combining both technical and business aspects has definitely been a boost to his career. “Finance, personnel and legal courses, as well as the computer engineering curriculum, have all contributed to my success,” he says, and jokingly adds “with the possible exception of Dr. Ives’ Materials Science course!” Elop is Executive Vice President of the Worldwide Field Operations division for Macromedia Inc., a San Francisco-based software developer. When he joined Macromedia in 1998, he started in a technical/computer engineering role with responsibilities similar to a chief information officer, and then moved into the role of a general manager. In his current position, he is responsible for worldwide sales, business development, customer care and technical support. The company designs desktop applications aimed at creative professional and application developers, and is a strategic IT supplier to customers in the business, government and education markets. It is probably best known for its Dreamweaver and Flash products. Other products include Breeze, ColdFusion, Fireworks, Freehand, and Authorware. The company, founded in 1992, employs over 1,400, and has opera-

Development Corporation, he became director of the firm’s Consulting Services Group with responsibility for Canada and mid-western United States. Prior to joining Macromedia Inc, he was CIO for Boston Chicken Inc. Although Macromedia is based in San Francisco and he routinely travels all over the world, Elop and his family have established Southern Ontario as their permanent home. Stephen Elop is married to Nancy (née Tyrie), also a Mac grad, and they enjoy their large family of five, including an 11 year old future NHL player, a beautiful 7 year old daughter adopted from China, and triplet 4 year old daughters. “It keeps us quite busy.”

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tions in more than 50 countries worldwide. One of his best McMaster experiences, he says, was the opportunity to work on a part-time basis under former Dean of Engineering, Dr. Art Heidebrecht. The work included preparing and presenting a business plan for and following through on the University’s first campus-wide Ethernet installation. “This was fantastic training for the need to take a business approach to complex technical problems in the world at large,” he says. “Dr. Heidebrecht had the single most profound impact on my future in the business world.” After earning his degree in 1986, Elop worked at Soma Inc., a Canadian software development and management consulting firm. When Soma was acquired by Lotus

HOMECOMING 2003 Class of ’88 and Class of ’93

October 3 to 5 Come ‘home’ to Mac and experience all the fun and excitement of the many planned events including: campus tours; Marauder Football game; varsity games; reunions of clubs, residences and student groups, …and more. Renew ‘old’ acquantainces. Enjoy good food and cold beverages. Check out the alumni web site for updates: www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/ See you here!

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2003 by the VentureWire’s “Semiconductor Innovation Letter”. The National Post has also listed IceFyre as one of 10 most promising start-ups in Canada. After completing his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at McMaster, Mathers received an MBA from York University in 1991. In May 2000, he was selected by the Ottawa Business Journal as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”. Dan Mathers has worked for leading companies in the technology industry such as IBM Canada Ltd., Celestica Inc. and MOSAID Technologies in various manageM

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tudents of McMaster University automatically become members of the McMaster Alumni Association and the Alumni associations of the various Faculties, upon graduation. By being an active member of the MacEngineering Alumni Association, you are provided with a variety of engaging opportunities to renew your ties with the Faculty and to reconnect with friends and colleagues from your days at McMaster. Your participation also provides the Faculty of Engineering with the opportunity to share its excitement regarding new developments within the various fields of Engineering and their growth strategies within the Faculty. Participation is a win for you and a win for McMaster! Over the first half of 2003, Carm Vespi, Iwona Centurami and your Mac Engineering Alumni Advisory Committee have been very active! The Toronto Alumni Event was held on February 27th at the Ontario Science Center and was attended, by Dr. Peter George, President of McMaster, Dr. Mo Elbestawi, Dean of Engineering and 70+ MacEngineering Alumni. We look forward to seeing even more Toronto and area Alumni at this gettogether next year! On May 22nd, 130 golfers and nongolfers attended the First Annual

Together Again… Twenty-three years after graduating, Pat Stevens and Anita Heikkila (1980, Chem.Eng.) together have joined the Engineering Advisory Committee, with Pat currently serving as chair, and both are looking forward to “giving back to Mac” through this voluntary commitment.

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Class of ’63: (clockwise) John Ramage, Jim McLellan, Glenn Riley, Gary Beaudoin, Patricia Beaudoin, Marina Navin, Frank Navin, Bill Reist and Anne Reist.

McMaster Engineering Alumni Golf Tournament at Tyandaga Golf Club in Burlington. The Department of Civil Engineering was extremely well represented and as we plan for the Second Annual Tournament, we are challenging the other engineering departments to match (or beat) the participation of the Civils. A special thanks to David Ryan for spearheading this event and to the large number of Alumni and companies who contributed to its success. Then, on June 7th, members of the Advisory Committee were invited to attend

Alumni Weekend where 130 members of the classes of ’63, ’78 and ’83 gathered to renew acquaintances. It was a very memorable weekend for all who attended. So, as you can see, it has been a busy few months and there will be even more opportunities over the second half of the year for you to reconnect with friends and to learn more about the developments within the Faculty. Please continue to check the website at www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/ for photos and recaps of recent events and for timely news of upcoming activities. And,

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Class of ’78 Back row left to right: Don R. Woods, Cam M. Crowe, Leslie Uebanks Kilgour, Terry W. Hoffman, Mike McLarty, Dean Chambers, Bob Quaiattini. Les W. Shemilt. Front row: Cindy Hamielic, Suzanne Norman Sills, Jeff Saunders, Brian Hoyle, Bob Moore, Claudia Wong, Hans Schols.

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Congrady (left), Wayne Moore (standing).

most importantly, if you have any ideas for future events or would like to volunteer in any way, please do not hesitate to contact one of the MacEngineering Alumni Advisory Committee members listed below: Pat (King) Stevens, Chemical ’80 – Chair Romeo Palombella, Civil ’73 – Founding Chair Len King, Civil ‘72 – Co-Chair Carlos Escalante, Civil ’98 Susan (Juhasz) Laughton, Chemical ’95 Stephen Veldhuis, Mechanical & Mgmt ’90 Anita (Weygang) Heikilla, Chemical ’80

Class of ’83 bringing back memories with Dr. Colin Campbell sitting on Santa’s Lap. Santa is also known as ‘the Hog’ (Kevin Simpson).

David Ryan, Political Science ’99 Doug Wittenberg, Electrical and Comp ’94

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MacLab Extravaganza Guest speaker:

Mr. Vince Smith, B.Eng ’72 (Chem.Eng.) President and CEO, Dow Chemical Canada Inc.

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Making the Connection: Linking Chemistry to the Quality of Life Thursday, November 6 MUSC, McMaster Student Centre 6 p.m.

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53rd Canadian

Chemical Engineering Conference McMaster Welcomes Canada’s Chemical Engineers attending the annual meeting of Canada’s chemical engineering community from October 26 to 29, 2003. The conference will have special symposia addressing the themes of process systems engineering, energy conservation and the linkages between chemical engineering practice and the environment. We look forward to welcoming you to the City of Hamilton which is set between the beautiful Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario, with opportunities for hiking, sightseeing along the lake, or visiting local museums and cultural attractions. Hamilton is less than an hour away by bus or car from Toronto and Niagara

Falls. Enjoy the renowned Niagara wine region with its many boutique wineries and restaurants. Also come ready to enjoy the McMaster Chemical Engineering Alumni Reception. Dr. Mo Elbestawi, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Peter George, President & ViceChancellor, invite you to attend a reception for all McMaster Chemical Engineering Alumni in connection with the 53rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference on Monday October 27, 2003 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Heritage Room of the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel. As well as meeting with former classmates, many Chemical Engineering faculty members are planning to attend.

For information and registration, check the alumni web site: www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni

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New Faculty members Civil Engineering In July 2003, the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University was pleased to welcome our newest professor, Dr. Ahmad Hamid (’78). Dr. Hamid obtained his B.Sc. and Ahmad Hamid M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from Ain-Shams University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from McMaster University in 1978. Dr. Hamid comes to McMaster University from

Drexel University where he has held a faculty position since 1982. Dr. Hamid is an internationally recognized authority in the field of masonry. He has over 30 years of engineering experience in teaching, research, consulting in the United States, Canada and the Middle East.

and has research interests in the advancement of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) technology and its uses for biomedical and telecommunications applications. Prior to his Rafael Kleiman appointment at McMaster, he was employed in the Semiconductor Research Department at Bell Laboratories, the R&D lab for Lucent Technologies in Murray Hill, NJ.

Engineering Physics Dr. Rafael Kleiman joined the department of Engineering Physics in May, 2003. Dr. Kleiman received his Ph.D. from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in 1992

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cott Moore, a fifth-year engineering physics and management student and a member of the Marauder Men’s tennis team, is the recipient of the Dr. Jack Kennedy Award for 2002-2003. The presentation was made in June at the 7th annual McMaster Marauder Scholar Brunch. The award is given in memory of Jack Kennedy, an associate professor of physical education from 1965-87, who passed away in 1999. Kennedy was also director of athletics from 1969-74. He retired in 1987 after an impressive 34 years of coaching. A nominee for the 2002-2003 Ivor Wynne (Male Athlete of the Year) and Ray

more than the average completed Johnson Awards, Scott was this by a typical student in an year’s OUA singles bronze academic year. He is also the medallist and also won a bronze recipient of the Atomic Energy medal in doubles. For the second of Canada Scholarship, the Ray straight season he was the Men’s Lawson Scholarship and the Tennis team Most Valuable Dr. Harry Lyman Hooker Player and for the fourth time in Scholarship. five seasons he was an OUA AllScott graduated with a Star. He was the team captain combined average 11.7 out of 12 and, for the past two seasons, Scott Moore or an A+ average and, during was assistant coach. Scott has been a Marauder Scholar every Convocation ceremonies, received the year that he has been at McMaster. He Professional Engineers Ontario Gold finished the 2002-2003 school year with Medal as well as the Shell Canada prize in an 11.1 average over 36 units - two courses Engineering and Management.

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oftware engineering student Chris Benoit and his fellow entrepreneurs are the recipients of the 2003 Campus Incubator Business Plan Challenge. The third-year McMaster student, along with Peter Hitchcock, a third-year McMaster arts and science student, and Brock University computer science student Mark Mikulec, will be using the $25,000 Campus Incubator award to further the growth and development of Iron Fusion, their enter-

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whole idea about this invention is that we are making it easier for others to create games,” he explains. “People have great ideas. They just don’t know how to separate the content of the game from the code.” Benoit notes that the games industry is still very new and is growing rapidly. In 2003, it made about $7.7 billion in U.S. sales. According to the young entrepreneur, “it rivals the music and movie industries.

tainment software development company. “The money will really help us make a lot of progress,” says Benoit who, with Hitchcock and Mikulec, leads a ninemember team. “Within the next year or two we hope to have the engine complete and by the end of 2004 we hope to complete a game called Dog Fight, which is a tactical space combat game.” Iron Fusion supplies the core software component of a computer game. “The

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Departmental newsbriefs Chemical Engineering Professor Robert Pelton has been named a Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies. His research involves using emerging biotechnological developments to produce new papermaking chemicals that are less harmful to the environment. Pelton’s research group is considered the world’s largest research group working in the area of polymers in papermaking. He is the founding director of the McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Research and scientific leader of the Canadian network of Pulp and Paper Researchers. He has been awarded a Tier 1 Chair. Congratulations to Doug Keller on his 2002 President’s “Working at McMaster” award for outstanding service. Doug is a most deserving person, as everyone in Chemical Engineering knows and appreciates. Doug is special because he takes responsibility for his tasks and takes pride in doing a great job. He demonstrates strong technical capabilities in his job, possesses strong networking skills within the University and industry, and has top-level commitment to the safety and functionality of the department. Congratulations and thanks for your outstanding work, Doug. Professor John Vlachopoulos presented his 50th International Intensive Short course on Polymer Rheology And Extrusion in Brussels, Belgium in February 2003. The course was attended by 34 polymer professionals working in large multinational corporations like ExxonMobil, Atofina, Dupont, Akzo, Solvay, Borealis and several other medium sized companies in 17 European countries. The 51st course was presented in early June in Spanish and in-house at the Novacel Corporation in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Vlachopoulos

also lectures in French, German and Greek. The 52nd International course will be presented in August in Burlington, Ontario, mostly to Canadian and American participants.

Chemical Engineering Department Simulation work selected by the editors of Chemical Engineering as one of 200 major contributions in the past 100 years To celebrate 100 years of chemical engineering, the editors of the magazine Chemical Engineering selected 200 noteworthy accomplishments of the century, one or two per year. For 1965 they chose the project entitled “A live operating chemical plant [a contact sulfuric acid plant of Canadian Industries Ltd.,] was successfully simulated by a digital computer system”. The simulation was done as a final year project by the class of 1965 of Chemical Engineering students from McMaster University. The students were Mike Coome, Paul DiSalvo, Peter Friedman, John MacGregor (now Professor MacGregor in the Department of Chemical Engineering), Bill Pacey, G.K. Patel, Gerrard Renaud and Jim Yallop. The faculty coordinating the project were Professors Ab Johnson, Cameron Crowe, Archie Hamielec, Terry Hoffman and Don Woods. They used the newly-developed simulation package, PACER, written by Paul Shannon, then at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. The team visited the site several times and took extensive measurements on a day that the process was run at steady state, so that a successful simulation could be achieved. Over 100 engineers and editors attended the students’ presentation of their work.

Engineering Alumni... Join our Engineering Alumni E-mail Database just for ENGINEERS! http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/ This is a great opportunity to keep in touch with your fellow classmates. Check out McMaster Alumni Association’s new on-line McMaster @lumni Community http://www.mcmaster.ca/ua/

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Since this was a ground-breaking achievement, their success made news and was reported in many professional magazines, including Chemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Progress. In subsequent years the McMaster team of faculty led simulation projects of the Shell alkylation plant, then in Oakville, ON; Alcan’s Bayer process in Arvida, QC; and BP Canada’s waste water treatment plant in Bronte, ON. Johnson went on to develop the computer package MACSIM and, together with Crowe, Hamielec, Hoffman, Woods and Shannon, presented numerous workshops on simulation and published the book, “Chemical Plant Simulation: an introduction to computer- aided, steadystate process analysis,” in 1969 through McMaster University Printing Department. Their book was also published by Prentice Hall in 1971 and was translated into Russian several years later.

Intelligent Mill Wide Control System Precarn Inc., Forintek Canada, Tembec, Compact Optimisation and McMaster University are joining forces to develop an Intelligent Mill Wide Control System for the lumber industry. Dora Kourti and John MacGregor from Chemical Engineering are representing the University. Over the next 3 years, the partners will contributed $2.7 million to create the Smart Mill Assistant (SMA). This advanced process control system will allow lumber manufacturers to monitor and control all independent production steps in an integrated fashion. The prototype for the Smart Mill Assistant, to be commercialized by Comact, will be installed in a Tembec sawmill by March 2005. Don Woods has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Teaching Professor for the fall of 2003 by the University of Guelph. Don will be visiting the campus and working with faculty and students from many departments on how to improve student learning. He gave a workshop on “Ideas to Improve Learning” at the Summer Institute sponsored by the Centre for N

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Flexible Learning, University of Windsor, Windsor. A workshop on a similar topic was given at the “Focus on Learning” conference for new teachers from the Eastern Ontario Community Colleges held at Opinicon Lodge, Chaffeys Locks. Both workshops were held in June, 2003. Don was one of four guest speakers at the second annual “Celebrate Teaching” conference at the University of Ottawa. This year the theme was “Problem-based Learning: a day of exploration and shared experiences”.

Civil Engineering Dr. Said Easa (’76) has been awarded the 2003 Sandford Fleming Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). The lifetime achievement award was presented at the Society’s Awards Banquet, held on June 6, 2003 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Dr. Easa, Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University, obtained his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkely. His field of interest is transportation engineering, and has been widely published. In 2002, he was keynote speaker for the CSCE national lecture tour on road safety conducted in 12 cities across Canada. In 1998, he led a CSCE delegation to China and Pakistan focusing on sustainable transportation. He has received many national and international best-paper and lifetime achievement awards including the 2001 Frank M. Master Transportation Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE). Dr. Gordon Huang (’94) was recently

spans 35 years of scholarly, pioneering and professional contributions in radio frequency and microwave theory and techniques, optimization of circuits and systems, and computer-aided engineering (345 papers). Pioneering achievements include design centering and yield-driven design, analog diagnosis, testing and tuning, and device statistical parameter extraction, now taken for granted in the RF and microwave arena. He founded Optimization Systems Associates Inc. (OSA) in 1983, developing optimizationbased products until 1997, the date of acquisition of OSA by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). His optimization contributions, even exploiting electromagnetic simulators, set benchmarks for today’s software. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus, along with his co-authors, J.D. van Wyk and R. Chen, has been awarded the Best Paper Award for 2002 by the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies. The paper is entitled “Experimental and theoretical characterization of an antiferroelectric ceramic capacitor for power electronics” and was selected from over 100 international manuscripts. A shared $2,500 U.S. cash prize and Certificate was awarded. Congratulations, Colin! Dr. Tim Davidson’s dedication and hard work have been formally recognized by his success in receiving the Premier’s Research Excellence Award. Dr. Terry Todd is the first chairholder for the NSERC/RIM/CITO Industrial Research Chair in Pico-Cellular Wireless Internet Access Networks. The Department commends and congratulates Dr. Todd on his hard work in establishing this Chair. Dr. Max Wong has been selected as the new chair of the department. He started in this position on April 1, 2003. The Department has developed an exciting and unique proposal for a five year B Eng/M Eng degree in biomedical engineering. Students will have the option of completing the 4-year B Eng program in electrical and biomedical engineering and the necessary pre-medical qualifications for entrance into most medical schools in North America. Graduates of the program will have very broad career opportunities in electrical and biomedical engineering, especially in the areas of biomedical

named a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Energy and Environment. Dr. Huang is Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at the University of Regina. Being at the forefront in developing decision support systems for petroleum waste management, Huang acted as the principal or co-principal investigator for four NSERC Strategic Projects, and produced over a hundred refereed journal publications. He plans to continue to research advanced innovative methodologies for systems analysis under uncertainty and complexity. Two focus areas will be tackled, including subsurface contamination and air pollution caused by various petroleum-related practices. While at Mac, Gordon was co-supervised by Dr. Brian Baetz and Dr. Gilles Patry. In July Ronald E. Materick (Civil ’70) was nominated by Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois to fill one of two vacant seats on the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board. Ron Materick is President and Chief Operating Officer of Tishman Construction Corp. of Illinois, which is part of New York-based Tishman Construction Corp. The Chicago office has developed and managed major projects such as the John Hancock Center and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

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Dr. John Bandler has been awarded Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. His induction took place on May 30th in Montreal. The Fellows of the Academy are professional engineers from all disciplines and are elected on the basis of their distinguished service and contribution to society, to the country and to the profession. Dr. Bandler is the first member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to be awarded such an While attending the 4th International Conference on Seismology honor. and Earthquake Engineering in Tehran, Iran in May, 2003, Drs. The citation for Ahmed Ghobarah and W.K. (Dick) Tso had an opportunity meet nomination noted that with alumni Drs. Abdoreza Sarvghad-Moghadam (’98), Hohsen John Bandler’s record Ghaemian Amirkolai (’97) and Rezaa Ardekaaniaan (’97). M

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imaging, signal processing and instrumentation. The 4-year B.Eng. program has been approved by Senate, and the 5th-year Master’s degree option is currently going through the approval process.

Engineering Physics The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has elevated Chang-qing Xu to Senior Member in the organization. Senior Member is the highest professional grade within IEEE and requires a degree of experience that reflects professional maturity. Only approximately 7% of IEEE’s 382,000 members have achieved this designation. This year the Department hired 30 summer students. Thirteen of those were NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award winners. The students assisted in a number of ongoing research projects throughout the department. They were also engaged in the assembly and testing of recently acquired device fabrication equipment and the development of the control software for data acquisition and materials characterization. This spring saw the first two lectures in the newly established Photonics Seminar Series, jointly organized by Engineering Physics, Ontario Photonics Consortium (OPC), Centre for Electrophotonics and Materials Devices (CEMD) and Photonics Research Ontario (PRO). The speakers were Dr. A. Rakitin of the University of Toronto and Dr. R. Gwilliam, the Director of the Surrey Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. The Centre for Electrophotonics Materials and Devices (CEMD) recently took occupancy of approximately 5,000 sq. ft. of new space dedicated to photonics research. This space is located in the new building adjacent to the Tandem Accelerator Laboratory. It will be home to several research engineers and graduate students. The ground floor will contain facilities for the growth of complex semiconductor structures, photonic waveguide devices and optical filters. It will also house state of the art thin film diagnostic equipment. The second floor will house various specialized optical and electronic equipment for device characterization.

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Some device processing equipment will also be available and space is designated for device packaging. This new laboratory building will greatly expand the CEMD facilities, complement the existing cleanrooms, and further enhance McMaster’s unique capabilities in the fabrication of photonic devices. Dr. C-Q Xu has recently been awarded $150,000 over 5 years through the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA). Congratulations! The Department is pleased to acknowledge a donation of approximately $450,000 worth of equipment from JDS Uniphase. This equipment will be used to upgrade photonics undergraduate laboratories. The donation was facilitated by the Ontario Photonics Education and Training Association (OPETA) as part of a program involving several Ontario universities.

Computer & Software Engineering Students in the Department of Computing & Software have been winning accolades. Ayako Watanabe, a 2003 Software Engineering and Management graduate is the winner of the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Prize 2002/2003 awarded by the Canadian Operations Research Society. The title of the paper is: Optimal Basis Identification Procedure, and it documents the work that she did in the summer of 2002 in the Advanced Optimization Lab under the guidance of Dr. Tamas Terlaky. Ayako did preparatory work on this project in the summer of 2001 under the supervision of Dr. Ned Nedialkov. The prize was awarded during the annual CORS conference in Vancouver on June 3rd. The third annual IBM Challenge assignment was to build a monitoring system for the McMaster Nuclear Reactor. The Software Engineering Senior Thesis projects were judged by IBM judges and awards went to the top groups at a ceremony on April 17th. The first place group members, whose project was entitled “Rottweiler Reactor Sentry” each received a cash award of $1000: Ryan Oattes, Andrew DeDecker, Mark Dzialo, Chinedu Maduakor, Matthew Roy, and Kai Ki Tam. The second place team received $500 each for their project entitled c

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Mechanical Engineering Dr. Samir Ziada assumes his new role as chair of the department, effective July 1, 2003. On July 1, 2003, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with the Arthroplasty Group of Hamilton Health Sciences Henderson Hospital started a new research initiative in biomechanics. Research topics include, among others, stability of prostheses in total knee and hip replacement and the effect of antibiotic additives and curing procedure on the mechanical properties and adhesive strength of bone cement. This is the result of several years of cooperation between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Henderson Arthroplasty Group, during which 4th year students in Mechanical Engineering carried out various projects in biomechanics. The initiative is jointly supervised by Drs. D. Metzger and S. Ziada from Mechanical Engineering and MDs A. Adili, J. deBeer and J. Leone from the Henderson Arthroplasty Group.

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It’s an exciting time to be in it because there are so many exciting things happening.” Iron Fusion is already generating keen interest. Niagara College, for example, is interested in investing in the company’s software to use as a model to teach students in a future post-graduate program in game development. The Challenge, which runs each year from September to April, starts with a series of workshops covering the basics of writing effective business plans, intellectual property issues and raising capital. Undergraduate and graduate students from all faculties at McMaster can enter the competition. A panel of experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and legal professionals judge the business plans. N

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Engineering Career Services 2002-03 was a busy year! Over 80 internship students were placed in companies across the country and internationally. Fifty students found research work through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) – up 44% from last year. Our revised coop program – the Summer Engineering Experience Coop (SEEC) – has placed close to 50 students. Engineering Career Services (ECS) is planning to continue this trend through the 2003 – 2004 year. Would you like to get involved? If you’re interested in participating in innovative career programs, would like to get your company’s name known on campus and would enjoy the added benefit of helping out future Mac Alumni, come talk to us or have us prepare a presentation for you and your colleagues. We would love the opportunity to visit your work site! Here are just some of the many ways you can get involved…

The Cooperative Industrial Internship Program: ECS’s Internship Program is now entering its 14th year and is one of the strongest experience-based programs in both ECS’ portfolio and in Ontario. For 2003/2004 ECS is hoping to exceed its 100-student placement goal. Why is our Internship program so great? Because years of experience have taught us exactly what employers want in Internship students. All students who wish to participate in the program must first complete a 6 -course seminar series, known as 3INO. ECS prides itself on placing students who not only have the grades and skills to do the job but who understand the way the world of work operates. For instance, the importance of the resume and the interview process, and what to do if a problem arises at work. The hard work put in by both the students and ECS pays off – McMaster Internship students have been placed in 8, 12, or 16 months internships around the world, from Germany to British Columbia, as well as right here in Hamilton. M

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whether research work and a Masters degree is for them.

The Summer Engineering Experience Coop (SEEC) exists to help students find work in their field and gain much needed experience. With many of the positions, students can count the work towards their Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) license. The summer of 2003 was the inaugural year for the revamped SEEC program and it was a huge success – with close to 50 students being hired for summer positions with companies big and small across the country. ECS is planning to place even more students in 2004. These placements will give students the opportunity to gain experience and skills in their chosen field and give them a head start on their careers. We thank those of you who supported us in the past year and look forward to working with you again!

Fall Graduate Recruitment: If you are looking to hire new graduates to train and grow with your company then come to Mac! On September 18th 2003, McMaster will be holding it’s annual career fair, “Career Day”. This is your chance to meet graduating students from Engineering and other disciplines. This is the biggest Career Event at Mac and our students are excited to meet companies that have an interest in their futures. Come and tell them what your company is all about. To register, or for more information, please visit: http://careers.mcmaster.ca/career_fair/2003/. ECS also invites you to participate in company information sessions for Engineering students during September and October. This is a great way to get to know students in the graduating class and to have them get to know your company. Company information sessions may be booked in the new student centre to accommodate a larger audience or in the engineering building for smaller groups. A free job posting service at http://careers.mcmaster.ca is available to help you recruit graduating students and alumni. Usage patterns indicate that alumni use McMaster job postings for up to 5 years after graduating. According to the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers’ (CACEE) Campus Recruitment Outlook 2003 Study, McMaster University is rated in the top 5 Canadian schools for campus recruitment. Each year over 200 companies take advantage of McMaster’s unique services and on campus recruitment events – giving them the chance to get to know our students and hire some of the best and brightest new grads.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP): How many undergrads think of pursuing a Masters during their first year of Engineering? Not as many as we would like. ECS is hoping to change the trend with McMaster’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP is currently the only one of its kind in Canada. It offers students in level one and two the opportunity to gain research-oriented experience with professors in their field – an opportunity usually only available to grad students. Now in its second year, the program is a confirmed success. This past summer ECS placed 50 students in UROP placements around campus. For 2004, ECS wants to expand the program to selected industry, giving more students the opportunity to gain research experience and helping them to decide

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Upcoming events Thurs. Sept. 25, 2003

You are invited

Wine Tasting Event See website: www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni

to the

Markham Alumni/Industry Night

Oct. 3, 4, 5, 2003 Homecoming Weekend 10 and 15-year reunion for Engineering Classes of ’88 and ’93

Guest speaker:

NEW: McMaster Engineering Connection

Dr. Mo Elbestawi Dean of Engineering

Thursday, October 16, 2003 (Markham) Tuesday, October 21, 2003 (Ottawa) Thursday, January 29, 2004 (Toronto) Thursday, March 4, 2004 (Mississauga) Watch for more details coming soon!

Thursday, October 16, 2003 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Location to be confirmed

Wed., Oct. 15, 2003

6:30 p.m. ~ Buffet Dinner 7:30 p.m.~ Opening remarks

Engineering and Science Olympics & Open House

October 20-24, 2003

Cost: $15/person

Engineering Week (Hamilton Chapter) Details to follow

Visit our website for more details: http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/

Mon., Oct. 27, 2003 5:30-7:00 pm – Reception for McMaster Chemical Engineering in connection with the Canadian Chemical Engineering conference Oct. 26-29. Details at www.chemeng.mcmaster.ca/

2nd Annual

Alumni/Industry Night (Bioengineering)

Thurs., Nov. 6, 2003 MACLAB Extravaganza 2003. Keynote speaker is Vince Smith, President and CEO Dow Chemical Canada Inc. Details at www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/index.html

Guest speaker:

Dr. John Brash University Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Sat. Feb. 7, 2004

Tuesday, October 21, 2003 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.

2nd Annual Women in Engineering Experience Details to follow

Corel Centre, Palladium Drive, Kanata Air Canada Club Restaurant

Fri., March 26, 2004

5:30 p.m. – Buffet Dinner 8:00 p.m. – Opening remarks Dr. Peter George & Dr. Mo Elbestawi

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer Kipling Ceremony For additional information or to register for any of the above events, please contact Carm Vespi, (905) 525-9140, ext. 24906, or e-mail: vespi@mcmaster.ca, or register on-line: http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/

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he 53-year-old Alumni Memorial Hall (formerly, Faculty Club) is being renovated to make the building accessible to persons with disabilities and to bring it up to current building codes. The $1.6 million renovation project, known as “Phase I”, includes essential improvements to infrastructure, such as the installation of an elevator and second entrance; the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems;

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Other ECS Events YOU can participate in… ECS offers a variety of events and programs to help our students and employers get to know each other. We love having our alumni participate in networking breakfasts, company seminar sessions and career days. If you have the inclination, you can help shape the employees of tomorrow through our various workshops and courses – you never know, you might just meet your future star employee there! To learn more about any of the services offered by ECS, including the UROP program, SEEC and the Internship Program, or how you can increase your company profile on campus and reach your Fall recruitment goals through seminars, networking events or information sessions, please contact Anne Markey, Engineering Career Services Manager, at: markeya@mcmaster.ca or 905.525.9140 x 27283. At ECS our mission is to bring students to companies and companies to students. You are invited to help us reach that goal by participating in any of the above mentioned and additional ECS programs. If you have an idea for an event or workshop, please pass it on!

the complete renovation and reconfiguration of the cloakrooms and washrooms at the dining room level; and aesthetic and functional improvements within the context of the building’s designated historic status. The project will also create an appropriate setting for the University Club as a showcase dining and function facility, now under the direction of new Club Manager Teresa Carlisle-Blythe. “Renovation of Alumni Memorial Hall

is a significant step towards ensuring a sustainable future for the facility,” says Graham Hill, president of the University Club, which occupies most of the building. Renovations should be completed by the end of September, he adds. When the club reopens, it will be designated a smoke-free facility. Phase II, to occur at a future date, will include an expanded dining room, patio and balcony to the west, and expansion of the kitchen to the north.

Did you know? Hong Kong is second with 172. Also listed in the top ten are: India (43), Singapore (37), China (35), Malaysia (34), Egypt (33), England (25), France (18) and Australia (15). Free Trade partner, Mexico, is home to 11 alumni. Some countries you might think would attract our engineering grads have surprisingly few alumni. Ireland, Finland, Austria, and Kuwait report 1 each. South America has fared better: Chile and Venezuela have 3 each. Numbers vary widely for Middle East countries. There are 6 alumni in each of Iran and Turkey, 3 in Saudi Arabia, and 1 each in Oman, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel. A surprising 1,402 engineering alumni are currently listed as “lost”!

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ver wonder how far a-field Mac’s Engineering alumni have roamed? With a little help from the Office of Alumni Advancement, we have been able to determine where in the world our alumni have ventured, and who exactly makes up the group known as Mac Engineers. To date, the Faculty of Engineering has a total of 9,790 alumni, 88% of whom are males. Almost 32.2% of these graduated in the 1990’s, a decade that saw 3,155 students graduate from the Faculty. The average age of our alumni is 40. The United States has the highest number of engineering alumni currently living outside of Canada. Over 480 alumni live and work in “The States”.

Change of address card: Name:_______________________________________________________________________________ Grad Yr. & Dept.: _____________________________________________________________________ New Address: _________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________ Fax: ________________________________________ Postal Code: __________________ E-mail:_________________________________________________ Comments: (present occupation, recent accomplishments ie: awards, recognitions). ____________________________________________________________________________________

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Alumni Grapevine Hey Alumni! Have you moved, taken a new job, got something you would like to say, any other news? We would like to hear from you. Contact Carm Vespi Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 24906, E-Mail vespi@mcmaster.ca

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Coene, Douglas ’97: Living in Montréal for the last 3 years and recently began a new job with OSIsoft, a company specializing in data historian and display software for production plants. Prior to that, he held supply-chain positions with Imperial Oil and Molson Breweries, followed by a stint in independent consulting. Still enjoy mountain biking, scuba diving, and traveling (the nonwork kind!) doug_coene@hotmail.com.

Kurelek, Dianne ’82: I will be attending the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, starting in September 2003. I was accepted into the Intermediate/Senior division, with chemistry and math as my teachable subjects. Although it’s a one-year program, it will be a challenge to attend school fulltime as well as look after the 3 kids and Andy!

D’Angelo, Greg B.Eng. ’78 and MD ’82: I’m now in Lexington, Kentucky, practicing orthopedic surgery – which some people say is about the same as engineering or, maybe, plumbing! My wife Suellen and I have a daughter, Joellen (3), a son, John (2) and we are expecting a second daughter on July 24th. Plut, Will ’94, M.Eng. ’97: Have been living in San Fracisco, California for the last 5 years. What a beautiful place. I was working for a Silicon Valley Patent law firm doing patent prosecution for the first four years. I quit the law firm last November to start my own company which creates technologies and companies based on those technologies. If you’re going to play the tech game, this is the place to be! Living with my girlfriend, Erica.

Stezinar, Marlene ’91: As of the beginning of this year, I was relocated to Bayer’s global headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany and promoted to a Global Product Line Manager. Please note new e-mail address marlene.stezinar@bayerpolymers.com. Wainwright, Mark ’74: Has been awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Science, by the University of South Australia, Adelaide. Dr. Wainwright is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

MacCivEng. Kular, John ’85: Just joined The Keith Companies in Thousand Oaks, CA and am living in Moorpark, CA (John.Kular@kimleyhorn.com). Married to Anne with two children, Reed (7) and Holly (6). Last fall I passed all the exams, on the first attempt, to

get my California P.E. status – a remarkable feat for someone out of school for 18 years. Typically, the pass rates for each of the 3 exams are 30-40%. Thanks to my former professors – you taught me well!

MacMaterialsSci & Eng. Tsintzilonis, Georgios A. ’01: Working as Business Services Manager for EConstruction SA, the leading Business-toBusiness e-commerce services provider for construction companies in Greece, since September, 2002. Current address: 177 Michalakopoulou St., Athens, Greece 11527. E-mail: gtsintzilonis@hotmail.com

MacEngPhys. Harold, Donald, ’74: I have recently returned to my Dundas roots and am now living at 7 Renata Ct., Dundas ON Canada L9H 6X1 (e-mail donharold@sympatico.ca). I am currently transitioning to retirement from a rewarding management career at Nortel Networks after 30 years of service in their Engineering and Information Systems groups. Following the passing of my wife Cathy in 1998, I have again found love and happiness with a wonderful woman, Adrienne. She teaches elementary school in Hamilton. My son (Colin) and I have joined her and her son (Sacha) in their Dundas home. We plan to marry this

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Alumni Grapevine (cont’d) August and look forward to a full and exciting life together.

MacEng&Mgmt. Werry, David Chemical ’81: We have returned to Ontario after working out west fulltime since 1984 in Vancouver and Kitimat B.C., followed by Edmonton, AB. Currently living in Dunrobin and working for the Nuclear Safety Commission in Ottawa. Enjoying the opportunity to be closer to family. Home e-mail: ldwerry@sympatico.ca. Talalla, Dominic Mechanical ’92: After 9 years with General Electric, I am now with BDC Venture Capital, in Toronto. In this position, I seek out and evaluate small technology investment opportunities. It’s a

McMaster hospital, of all places!). Mother and baby are doing great.

wonderful new challenge to see and evaluate new technologies, and to work closely with entrepreneurs and their emerging companies.

MacElect.Eng. Marsh, Eva M.Eng. ’81: Recipient of the Woman of the Year in Health and Fitness 2002, award by the Hamilton Status of Women Committee. Speaking and conducting workshops on healing and recovery and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Can be reached at evamarsh@execulink.com.

Other Massoptier, Laurent ’03: Former exchange student from France, would like to keep in touch. Currently living in Chamalieres at 22 avenue Paul Bert, France, 63400. E-mail: Laurent.mas@libertysurf.fr .

Sullivan, Steve (Elec Eng ’89): and wife Natalie are proud parents of our first child, Ryan Alexander Sullivan, born July 8th weighing a healthy 7 lbs, 14 oz. (born at

On the fairway with McMaster Engineering

Civil Eng.& Mgt. class of ’82 from left to right: John Gunter, Tony McCarthy, Pete Verok, Ben Van Hoeve

The first annual McMaster Engineering Golf tournament was held in May at the Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course in Burlington.

Emeritus Professors: Dr. Art Heidebrecht, Dr. Alan Smith, Dr. Bob Korol and Dr. Dick Tso

Civil Eng.& Mgt. class of ’82 from left to right: Doug England, Michael Nakawatase, Cathy Taylor and Dave Starr

From left to right: Veso Sobot, Chedo Sobot, Dave Reeds and Vlad Sobot

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Wine Tasting Event Kittling Estate Wines & Spirits 297 South Service Road, Grimsby, Ontario

Thursday, September 25, 2003 Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Gathering Room for a brief introduction to be followed by a Walking Tour which includes: Fruit Receiving Room – grape press & mash tank, Fermentation Cellar, Still Tower Room, Barrel Aging Cellar, Tasting Bar & Boutique (after dinner)

Dinner Menu Roman Bastilla – Layers of white cheese, chicken breast, zucchini, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes elegantly wrapped in a flaky phyllo pastry. Complemented by Caesar salad and crusty bread. Light and luscious chocolate raspberry cake served with coffee and tea. A glass of wine is served with dinner, and two more tastings are provided at the hospitality bar after dinner. Tour with dinner will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours Cost: $30.00 per person

Registration is available on the engineering website at www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni or call Carm Vespi at 905-525-9140, ext. 24906 email vespi@mcmaster.ca

Attendance is limited. Please register early!


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