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VOLUME 30

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

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MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

FALL 2005

Keep the spirit alive...

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A message from the Dean Reaching out to the world

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diverse student population enriches the educational experience for all our students and faculty. That is the philosophy we embrace within the Faculty of Education at McMaster. Looking into the engineering classrooms, labs and offices on campus, it is easy to see that we are practicing the philosophy we believe. And we’re working to extend that reach even further. We have embarked on a series of initiatives that will draw new international students to both our undergraduate and graduate program from countries such as Brazil, Mexico, India, South Korea and China. This builds on the links we currently have with numerous European and US universities. Plans are currently underway to launch a cooperative summer study abroad program in Russia in cooperation with Michigan

inside this issue Engineering News...................4 Upcoming Events .................10 Alumni Profiles .....................13 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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State University. The new program offers students the opportunity to broaden their educational experience and prepare to fully function in a global economy. This program will provide an experience rich in culture, language and history while offering academic content that is as good as that found in comparable courses on campus. Plans for a similar program in Brazil are also in the works. The Faculty has become increasingly involved around the world in exchange agreements, institutional collaborations and international student exchange programs. These are concerned with collaborative research, education and human resource development. A number of Memos of Understandings have been prepared to facilitate exchanges with other universities. Last year we signed an agreement with Manchester University to facilitate the exchange between our Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the new McMaster School of Engineering Practice. Internationalization of our programs helps our faculty develop partnerships with colleagues abroad that result in research initiatives that can stimulate economic growth. By embarking on international programs, these partnerships with overseas faculty promote cutting edge research in the field of engineering, technology and the sciences strengthening our work at home. It is believed that economic growth and the general welfare of nations are accelerated through the cycle of education, research and technology transfer. And our students are active internationally as well. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is another avenue that introduces students to global concerns. The purpose of EWB at McMaster is to seek and publicize research opportunities and encourage students to undertake research on technical development problems. These projects are organized and implemented in developing communities. The McMaster chapter also advertises and facilitates internships for students. Helping to build a computer classroom was c

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Mo Elbestawi, Dean of Engineering

the goal of a new engineering group on campus called “Society’s Challenge.” This past May, 11 engineering students applied their McMaster education to life in El Matazanos, a Guatemalan village where school is a privilege for its 40,000 inhabitants. These students, in their final year of the Engineering & Society Program, traveled to Guatemala to apply the engineering knowledge they acquired at McMaster into building a one-room addition to a new high school. McMaster’s academic and research performance has been recognized worldwide. Ranked as one of the Top 100 universities in the world from the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, McMaster is one of only four Canadian universities to make the list. A high ranking in the survey is considered a huge boost to a university because it draws the attention of potential faculty and student recruits the world over. These and many other international initiatives support the Faculty’s strategic objective of growth while improving quality and our position as one of Canada’s top Engineering schools. We invite you to join us and reach out to the world.

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A message from the Associate Dean

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t is mid-July as I write this and we are getting ready for the arrival of new and returning students in September. We have once again easily met our enrolment targets for Level 1, demonstrating that McMaster continues to be one of the most popular destinations for Engineering students. I have just returned from a very enjoyable trip to Delhi, India, and was delighted to see the reputation that we have established in that country. I was particularly impressed with the degree to which students are interested in higher education and I look forward to strengthening our relationships with Indian institutions. On the home front, there are some new faces in key roles within the Faculty. Dr. Ken Coley will be taking over from Dr. Gordon Irons as Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dr. Martin von Mohrenschildt will be taking over from Dr. Paul Taylor as Acting Chair for Computing and Software. Within the Office of the Associate Dean, we have three new people:

From left to right: Dr. Susan Masten, Lucy Sheung and Carolyn Runkvist.

podcasts from Radio Fireball. These packaged audio programs in MP3 format have gained national and international attention. They can be downloaded onto iPods or streamed onto computers (http://www.eng podcast.com/). Give it a try! Susan Masten comes to us from Michigan State University, where she led a successful research program in Environmental Engineering, with a focus on the removal of toxic substances from water. More importantly for this Office, she has a very strong interest in pedagogy and will be working with us to bring McMaster to the forefront of Engineering Education. She is already at work with a review of our academic support services and with the design of the Integrated Learning Centre that is being planned for the new building, which will house the School for Engineering Practice. On the student side, our solar car team has taken their new car, the Phoenix, to Austin, TX. It is undergoing safety inspections prior to its departure on the 2005 North American Solar Challenge. This year’s Challenge will take them and their competitors on a cross-country race to Winnipeg and then on to Calgary. We are very proud of their efforts and we wish them fair weather!

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Mrs. Lucy Sheung is our new Manager for Outreach and Enrolment, Ms. Carolyn Runkvist is our new Administrative Coordinator, while Dr. Susan Masten has just joined the Department of Civil Engineering and will be the new Director for Engineering 1 for the next five years. Lucy Sheung joined us last year following a successful career at Ryerson University, York University and Centennial College. We have already seen many results of her work, including increased international exposure of our programs, new scholarship programs aimed at women in engineering, and the now-famous

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New director has extensive public policy experience

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r. Gail Krantzberg, a professor in the civil engineering department, is the first director of McMaster’s Centre for Engineering and Public Policy. Krantzberg, appointed in July 1st, came to McMaster from the International Joint Commission (IJC) Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario, where she served as Director from 2001 to June 2005. The first of its kind in Canada, the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy is part of the Faculty of Engineering’s new School for Engineering Practice. The Centre’s post-graduate students will study technology’s impact on society and how M

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for her work in coordinating the first science and technology can be successful cleanup of Collingwood applied to the formulation of Harbour, one of the 43 Great Lakes public policy solutions. ‘areas of concern’. Prior to her appointment to the The author of more than 90 IJC, Dr. Krantzberg, who received scientific and policy articles on her Ph.D. from the University of issues pertaining to ecosystem Toronto (1988), worked for the quality and public policy, Dr. Ontario Ministry of the Environment. A specialist in contaminant Gail Krantzberg Krantzberg is a past president of the International Association of cycling and its ecological effects, Dr. Krantzberg worked as a sediment Great Lakes Research and of the Ontario specialist and senior policy advisor on the Centre for Environmental Health, and a Great Lakes. While with the Ministry, she founding member of the Clean Water received the Premier’s Amethyst Award for Foundation. She continues to serve on excellence in public service, most especially numerous boards and committees. U

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Engineering news Investment benefits auto industry’s future

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n June, the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, based at the University of Windsor, announced $9.8 million in federal government funding for 41 auto-related research projects. The projects will be supported by an additional $14.7 million from industry and other public sector partners, such as vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers and both provincial and federal governmental departments and agencies. Auto21 projects comprise six themes of study: health, safety and injury prevention; societal issues and the future automobile; materials and manufacturing; design processes; power trains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors. McMaster researchers are in the forefront of much of the research pertaining to materials and manufacturing. (Please note, only McMaster researchers are named. Most projects involved a number of researchers from partner universities.) • Processing Technologies of Light Materials Cast Components – Project

Leader: Dr. Jerry Sokolowski, University of Windsor; with Dr. Mohamed Elbestawi, Miky Dumitrescu, Dr. Eu-Gene Ng, McMaster University Fine-Celled Foam Structures for Automotive TPO Components – Project Leader: Dr. Chul Park, University of Toronto; with Dr. Andrew Hrymak, Dr. Michael Thompson, McMaster University Chemically Enhanced Formability of Automotive Aluminum Alloys – Project Leader: Dr. David Wilkinson, McMaster University; with Dr. Dmitri V. Malakhov, McMaster University Hydroforming of Advanced High Strength Steels – Project Leader: Dr. Michael Worswick, University of Waterloo; with Dr. David Wilkinson, Dr. Mukesh Jain, McMaster University New Generation Steels II – Project Leader: Dr. Stephen Yue, McGill University; with Dr. David Embury, Dr. J. McDermid, McMaster University High Efficiency Machining Processes –

Project Leader: Dr. Mohamed Elbestawi, McMaster University; with Dr. Philip Koshy, Dr. Stephen Veldhuis, McMaster University • Wrought Magnesium for Automobiles – Project Leader: Dr. Marek Niewczas, McMaster University; with researchers from Queen’s University and the University of Alberta AUTO21 is a national research initiative supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence Directorate and more than 110 industry, government and institutional partners. It’s mandate is focus Canadian research expertise on improving and enhancing the competitiveness of the Canadian automotive industry. The Network, with an annual budget of $12 million, currently supports over 230 top researchers working at more than 37 academic institutions, government research facilities and private sector research labs across Canada and around the world.

Program targets engineers in industry

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he Advanced Design & Manufacturing Institute (ADMI), founded in 2001, provides a variety of courses specifically designed for professional engineers working in industry. Individuals work at their own pace toward a Master of Engineering in Design and Manufacturing. The part-time program focuses on key engineering issues such as engineering design, manufacturing processes and business management. There are no required courses and participants can create a customized M.Eng. program that is suited to their personal and business needs. The intent is to provide engineers with the skills they need in order to become leaders in today’s demanding, complex business world. McMaster University is a founding partner of the ADMI program, along with the University of Toronto, the University

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of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario and Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. through Materials & Manufacturing Ontario (MMO). In 2004, the program won the Yves Landry Foundation Technological Education Award for “Manufacturing Technology Program – University Level”. Participants apply for admission to any one of the partner universities. However, at any time in the program, they can take courses from the other participating universities. This means they have the benefit of taking a course from a professor who is a leading expert in the field. The courses are based on the modular format, which makes for easy scheduling, and they are interactive. The small class size, the flexibility in selecting courses and the fact that participants progress at their own speed, all help c

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make this program very popular. Executive Director David Heaslip reports that nearly 200 engineers have been admitted to the program since its inception, and over 30 have graduated. “A key benefit to engineering alumni, McMaster included, that the program provides them with technical and business management skills that may be important to their career development and to business/engineering opportunities.” Many participants have commented on its relevance to their industry situation and on the significant direct benefits they and their company have received from their participation in ADMI, he adds. McMaster engineering grads are encouraged to visit the website at www.admicanada.com or contact info@admicanada.com.

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Dofasco Donation Supports New Centre

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t its annual general meeting, Dofasco announced a $1 million community-building gift to McMaster University to establish Canada’s first Centre for Engineering and Public Policy. The one-of-a-kind Centre is part of the Faculty of Engineering’s new School for Engineering Practice, and will focus on the study of technology’s impact on society and how public policy affects engineering solutions. Hamilton-based Dofasco is a founding partner in the School. Mo Elbestawi, dean, Faculty of Engineering, notes that engineers need more than extensive technical skills. They also need an enhanced understanding of the public policy process and how that process affects technological, social and ecological systems. Dofasco and the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University have a longstanding partnership. In 1999, the steel company committed $2 million to create

From left to right: Mo Elbestawi, Don Pether and Peter George.

two permanently endowed research chairs in Process Metallurgy and Process Automation and Information Technology. Dofasco has also established a Student

Bursary Fund, invested in the McMaster Steel Research Centre, and been an active participant in the university’s internship program.

A message from the Associate Dean (Research & External Relations) Welcome to this, the first Message of the Associate Dean (Research and External Relations). I am glad you decided to check it out. It is the mandate of my Office to coordinate research initiatives, both within the Faculty, and in partnerships with other Faculties at McMaster and at other universities. It is largely the success of such partnerships that has enabled over the past few years unprecedented growth in the number of faculty, graduate students, and external research funding. Large, multi-disciplinary initiatives are crucial to the development of new technologies and innovations, and will continue to enhance McMaster’s research capabilities and reputation. I am convinced that the research activities within the Faculty of Engineering played a key role in the designation of McMaster University as Research University of the Year for 2004 and the most recent listing of McMaster as one of the top 100 universities in the world. At the present time, we are engaged in three significant initiatives, all of which

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School for Engineering Practice will have a substantial impact on will provide opportunities for the research enterprise: practitioners in industry to • The School for Biomedical upgrade their skills in the areas Engineering, a unique and of Engineering Design, Entrepreequal partnership between the neurship and Innovation, and Faculties of Engineering and Public Policy. Health Sciences and comprised September is also the time to of several industry-supported fully engage in the development research laboratories; of proposals for funding of new • The McMaster Micro & Nanosystems Institute, which Dr. Peter Mascher infrastructure and research will serve to complete the manufacturing personnel. New competitions have been announced by the Canada Foundation for cycle from Materials (represented by the Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Research Brockhouse Institute for Materials and Research) to Devices (Centre for Fund (ORF), and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Electrophotonic Materials and Devices) (NSERC). We are building on our new to Functional Systems, and collaborations, targeting in particular the • The revised and expanded McMaster areas of biomedical engineering, microInstitute for Energy Studies, which will and nanosystems, energy systems, and act as the focal point of our activities in environmental engineering. fuel cell technology, solar energy These important fields of knowledge research, wind energy, and nuclear for the future are among McMaster’s engineering. It will also continue to research priorities and we are committed address the economic and social to being at the forefront in the developaspects of energy generation, use, and ment of new products and systems that sustainability. will benefit society. In addition, the newly established

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McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering – The Next Evolution

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eart monitors, artificial lungs, tissue engineering biosensors and telemedicine – these are a few examples of research conducted by biomedical engineers. Research in the field of biomedicine has been ongoing at McMaster for a number of years. Until now, it has been carried out predominantly by individual faculty members working alone or in collaboration. The new McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering (MSBME) represents a tremendous opportunity for prospective graduate students because it resides equally within the world-class Faculty of Health Sciences and the leading-edge Faculty of Engineering. This unique merger has created an area of study that will develop a new generation of biomedical engineers who are fluent in the language of both engineering and medicine. The School’s areas of study

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Dr. Anthony Adili

include in biomaterials/tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, biomedical technology and bioprocessing. The mandate is to create research and educational programs that will be recognized internationally for their excellence. The inaugural Director of the School is Dr. John L. Brash. He was appointed for a three-year term, starting July 1, 2005. Dr. Brash joined McMaster as an asso-

Retirees: Congratulations and Best Wishes from the Faculty of Engineering From left to right: Dr. Brian Ives, Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. David Weaver (Mechanical Engineering), Mrs. Lola Brooks (Technical Coordinator – Electrical and Computer Engineering), Dr. Robert Drysdale (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Jen-Shinh Chang (Engineering Physics)

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ciate professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Pathology & Molecular Medicine in 1972. He served as the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1997 to 2000. His interests include the development of novel biomaterials for use in the construction of medical devices, and the study of the interactions of proteins and cells from blood and other biological fluids with these materials. Dr. Brash’s work is truly interdisciplinary, linking chemical engineering, materials science and the life sciences. One of the top scientists in his field, Dr. Brash has been recognized internationally with numerous awards; he holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Paris XIII (1996). He is a University Professor of McMaster and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Anthony Adili has accepted the appointment as Associate Director for the School, effective July 1st, 2005. His is an assistant professor at McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences in the Orthopaedic Division of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Adili graduated from McMaster’s Electrical Engineering & Management program in 1989, and obtained an M.D. from the McMaster Health Sciences Centre in 1997. An orthopaedic surgeon, he specializes in lower extremity disease of the musculoskeletal system. He is currently Head of Orthopaedics and also Director of Orthopaedic Programs at the Centre of Minimal Access Surgery, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, in Hamilton. Dr. Adili is currently working in a joint venture in the area of bio-mechanics between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also involved in several clinical trials related to knee and hip joint reconstruction. With the recent appointment of Drs. Brash and Adili, the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering is poised to have a transformative impact on the University, the community and the country. Research at the MSBME will push the boundaries of discovery and will serve to improve the lives of future generations. N

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Dr. Jen-Shih Chang retires… almost!

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n July 8th, 2005, friends, colleagues and former students of engineering physics professor Dr. Jen-Shih Chang gathered at the University Club to celebrate his shifting of gears from top gear to over-drive. Dr. Chang is not the retiring type but, after 26 years in the Department of Engineering Physics and some 36 years of teaching, that is what he did officially. In reality, he became a full-time researcher. Dr. Chang has taught and conducted research in environmental and energy and associated areas. He is a well-known international figure, especially in Japan, where his roots lie and where he has extensive industrial and academic connections. His students and colleagues know him as an involved, dynamic, cheerful and superb projects manager. Make that projects manager, because his research life is always in full swing with never a dull moment. At the July 8th event, there were far too many former students and associates in

graduates who were present include Noel Harrison and Martin Wicek. Of course, there were many present who have maintained close association since graduating. Glen Harvel, former Ph.D. student, Adjunct Professor in Engineering Physics and a Manager at AECL, and Dave Novog, former Ph. D. student and a Technical Manager at Nuclear Safety Solutions, are two who fall into that category. Marcos Ara, Eng. Phys. ‘01 and a recent student of Dr. Chang’s, gave a warm and heart-felt thank you on behalf of all his students, both past and present. Dr. Chang has broad interests outside of academia, including archaeology and history. When he really does retire from academia, it is his dream to ‘dig’ into those topics at a leisurely pace. Those who know him well doubt the “leisurely” bit. For now, it is business as usual on the research front. As Department Chair Paul Jessop noted, in recent years Dr. Chang’s research publication rate is the top in the Department by a fair margin. One can only imagine what will happen next.

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attendance to mention here. Some from the more distant past include Aye Myint, Sylvester Osamasali, Emmanuel Morala and Leo Seto and others who made a special effort to travel to the event. Recent

Canada research chair New MMRI director appointed awarded

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cMaster’s fifty-eighth Canada Research Chair is held by Qiyin Fang. Fang, who is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in California, will join McMaster in September 2005. As Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics, Fang will work on photonics-based technologies for medical applications. His research will lead to real-time minimallyinvasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases including vulnerable artery plaques and invasive brain cancers. Biophotonics is a fast growing interdisciplinary field that concentrates on applying physical, chemical and engineering advances to biological and medical challenges. The federally-funded CRC program, launched in 2000, is designed to help Canadian universities attract and retain top researchers from around the world. M

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Effective July 1st, Dr. David Wilkinson assumed the position of Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI). In making the announcement, Mo Elbestawi, dean of the Faculty of Engineering, noted that Wilkinson has an outstanding reputation both as a scholar and an educator which will greatly assist in moving the MMRI to new levels of performance and achievements. Wilkinson, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, obtained a B.A.Sc. from Toronto and his PhD. from Cambridge (U.K.). He is currently director of the McMaster Powder Processing Facility and of the University’s Centre for Automotive Materials. His research interests include processing and properties of structural materials, including metallic alloys, ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, metal matrix

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composites, functionally gradient materials and biomaterials. The research focuses on the development and control of microstructural complexity, and models for inhomogeneous flow and fracture processes.

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First Canadian conference on effective design of structures

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he 1st Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures: Transferring Research into Practice (CCEDS-1), was held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on July 10 to 13, 2005. Hosted by the McMaster University Centre for Effective Design of Structures (CEDS), the conference provided a Canadian and International forum for information exchange among delegates from the

Major research facility attracted to research park McMaster has a tenant for its new Innovation Park. In July, CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL) announced it will build a $60-million facility on the West Hamilton site, to house its 100 scientists and support workers. The building is expected to be completed in three years. CANMET-MTL is a research centre dedicated to metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation. It will be the first major federal lab to locate in southern Ontario. The benefits of having the company as part of the Innovation Park include: helping to make Hamilton a centre for materials research, and attracting other metals industries including the steel and automotive sector to the Park McMaster University, which purchased land at the corner of Longwood Road and Aberdeen Avenue for approximately $13 million, is developing a research park on the property. The project is a partnership with the City of Hamilton, which has pledged $5 million to build a biotechnology center. The Innovative Park will include private, university and government laboratories and workshops that are expected to bring new technologies and products to market. It is scheduled to open in 2007.

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design profession, the construction industry, research organizations, and academia. CEEDS offers an opportunity for participants to disseminate research findings in the evolving and emerging area of effective design of structures. A wide range of topics are possible, aimed at improving quality of the structure, economic viability, durability, sustainability, maintenance and constructability. In future, the conference will be held every two years. The theme of this year’s conference was “Transferring Research into Practice”, focusing on the four major research thrusts of the Centre: Analysis, Investigation and Remediation of Structures, Masonry Materials and Building Envelope, Seismic Design and Retrofit of Structures, and New and Under-Utilized Materials. Authors were encouraged to address issues related to the integration of new knowledge into practical civil engineering applications. Dr. Samir E. Chidiac was the Chair of

CCEDS-1. During the two-and-a-half day period, 60 papers were presented, and workshops held in the areas of Building Envelope, Design of Masonry Structures, and NBCC Revised Seismic Requirements. Keynote lectures were presented by Drs. Dan Abrams, Michel Bruneau, Robert Drysdale, Murat Saatcioglu, and Saeed Mirza covering topics in Masonry, Earthquake Engineering and Infrastructure. In total, one hundred and twenty delegates participated. Dr. Chidiac notes that many people contributed to the success of the conference, including the delegates, keynote lecturers, technical and international advisory committees, conference sponsors, CEDS partners, and the many people who worked behind the scenes. He thanks them all, saying that the dedicated assistance and enthusiasm of the Organizing Committee is especially appreciated. CCEDS-2 will be held in 2007.

New director appointed for Engineering & Management

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r. John Medcof, a professor of society at large. I look of Organizational Behaviour forward to working with the in the DeGroote School of students, McMaster faculty and Business, was appointed Director of staff, and the business commuthe Engineering and Management nity to realize that potential.” Program, effective May 2005. Dr. Dr. Medcof, who received his Medcof, who is also Associate Dean Ph.D. in organizational behavof the School of Business, will serve iour from the University of for a 3-year term. Dr. John Medcof Toronto, is a member of “I have been a great admirer of the numerous professional bodies Engineering and Management Program for including the Academy of Management, many years and am very happy that I will the Administrative Sciences Association of now be able to get directly involved,” Dr. Canada, the British Academy of Medcof said on his appointment. Management, the Institute for Management Having served previously on the Sciences and the Society for Experimental Operating Committee of the Engineering Social Psychology. and Management Program, he is very Dr. Medcof’s current research interest knowledgeable about the program and an is in the management of technology, and enthusiastic supporter. he is often consulted on such subjects as “The program is a jewel in the crown of communications, self-management, the McMaster. It has the potential to grow and use of information technology in the to make even greater contributions to workplace, and organizational power and education and to the economic prosperity politics.

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Long-time Mech. Eng. professor retires

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n June, Dr. Dave Weaver retired from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Weaver has been a supportive member of the Department since coming to Mac in 1971, serving two terms as Chair (1984-90, 2000-03). Dr. Weaver received both his B.Sc. (1964) and M.Sc. (1966) from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 1969. He came to McMaster from the University of Waterloo, where he worked as research assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. While at McMaster, his research has lead to the increase of knowledge and understanding in the area of flow-induced vibrations and their effect on structures.

Alumnus profiled in Forbes magazine Engineering alumnus Stephen Elop was the subject of a recent Forbes Magazine profile. The profile was prompted by the announcement of the pending merger of Macromedia, where his is CEO, and Stephen Elop Adobe Systems. The $3.4 billion merger is expected to be completed in the fall of 2005, at which time Elop will hold one of the two president’s positions. The new firm will be known as Adobe, and Elop will be responsible for the sales force. Macromedia is known for Dreamweaver and Flash. Elop, 41, has been with the company since 1998, and became CEO in 2004.

The MacEngineer welcomes your comments... Send your news and views to the editor at vespi@mcmaster.ca

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During his years at McMaster, he Mechanics (CANCAM), and the taught more than 10 different CSME, serving as president of courses and twice received the CSME from 1997-98. He is the McMaster Students Union Award recipient of the 2002 Downing for Teaching Excellence (1979, Award for Outstanding Service to 1998). He is widely published the CSME. recipient of many awards and Dr. Weaver also gave of his honours: the Society of Automotive time to the University, serving as Dr. Dave Weaver Engineers Award for Outstanding Assistant Dean for Professional Engineering Educators, the “Engineering Affairs from 1982-84, and Associate Applications of Mechanics Medal” at the Dean for External Relations, 1990-91. He 10th Engineering Applications of has also served on various campaign, Mechanics Symposium in 1990. He is a tenure, and Senate committees and, from Fellow in the American Society of 1996-97, chaired the Senate Committee Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the on Appointments. He is also a member of Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers the Editorial Committee for the (CSME) and in the Engineering Institute MacEngineer. of Canada (EIC). Samir Ziada, who spoke at the retireOver the years he has been active on ment party, noted that Professor Weaver numerous committees and in many organ“has given so much of his time, effort, ization including Natural Sciences and dedication and advice (to the Department). Engineering Research Council (NSERC), All members of the Department are very the Canadian Congress of Applied grateful for his contribution.”

New chair for Materials Science & Engineering Associate professor Ken Coley, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been appointed the new Chair of the Department, effective July 2005. He will serve for a 5-year term. Dr. Coley came to McMaster in 1996 from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. There he was a professor and the British Steel Lecturer in Process Metallurgy in the Department of Metallurgy and Engineering Materials. He is a member of the Metallurgical Society of C.I.M., serving as its president in 2004-2005. He is also a member of The Institute of Materials and the American Iron & Steel Institute (AIST), and a Registered Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.). His research interests include the kinetics and thermodynamics of hightemperature reactions in materials processing and service. His research has received funding from NSERC, the McMaster Steel Research Centre, the

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Centre for Chemical Process Metallurgy and AIST, in addition to corporate sponsors. His work has been published in a variety of journals and presented at conferences around the world.

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Don’t miss these upco Homecoming 2005 Saturday, October 1, 2005 Calling all Redsuits (1987 to 2005) Tailgate Party

Ottawa Alumni Event Thursday, September 15, 2005 Guest Speaker: Raymond Moriyama

McMaster vs. Queens at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Start 2:00 p.m. Cost is $20 per person including BBQ Lunch. Cash Bar

Ottawa War Museum Barney Danson Auditorium 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails 6:30 p.m. Presentation followed by Museum tour

We need your help to track down as many Redsuits as possible. If you have any contact lists or information regarding the Redsuits please pass it along to Carm at vespi@mcmaster.ca or centuri@mcmaster.ca

Cost: $15/person Cash Bar Complimentary Wine

If you were a Redsuit mark your calendars and pass on the news for a reunion in your honour during Homecoming Weekend.

Register online www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/ottawa.htm

Register online www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/homecoming.htm

Thursday, Sept 15, 2005

Saturday, Oct 1, 2005

Wednesday, Sept 28, 2005

Thursday, Oct 6, 2005

Social Connection Night for all Engineering Students

3rd Annual Wine Tasting Event

McMaster University Student Centre CIBC Hall, 3rd Floor 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery Beamsville A private tour of the winemaking facility, underground cellar and vineyard discussion along with a sampling of three estate wines.

Light snacks will be provided. If you would like to be a mentor please contact Carm Vespi at vespi@mcmaster.ca or 905-9140 ext. 24906 WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Tour at 6:00 p.m Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Register online www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/socialconnection.htm

Cost: $45 per person ~ Complimentary wine Register by September 30, 2005 Register online www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/winetasting.htm

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oming Alumni Events! Software Engineering & Game Design Program Launch Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Art Gallery of Hamilton. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker – new media artist Stacey Spiegel, the president and CEO of Toronto based Immersion Studios

Scotch Tasting Event Tasting and Dinner! Wednesday, November 30, 2005 Scottish Rite of Hamilton, Round Room 4 Queen St. S., Hamilton, Ontario

Luncheon & keynote address. Stacey will be speaking on the creation of an on-line interactive virtual country for the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. The Expo 2005 project resulted in Virtual Canada, a prototype cyber world based on a real country, featuring 17 cities and natural landscapes. Please extend this invitation to friends and colleagues!

5:30 Cash Bar ~ 6:15 p.m. Presentation & Dinner Cost: $40 per person Register by November 23, 2005

Cost: $35/person, $20/student R.S.V.P. for luncheon by September 15th to Terry Milson at milsont@mcmaster.ca

Register online www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/scotchtasting.htm

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2005

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005

Sunday Oct 16 to Wednesday Oct 19, 2005

Wednesday Jan 25, 2006

Chemical Engineering Conference

Salsa Night

Mark your calendars for the 35th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. We plan to hold a Mac alumni reunion for chemical engineering grads during this event. Please check the Alumni website for details.

Faculty Club, Great Hall Instructors: Carlos & Laura Escalante 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. light snacks 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. dance instruction Cost: to be determined ~ Cash bar Register by January 18, 2006

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MMRI director retired in June

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n June, Dr. Andrew Hrymak retired as Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI). Under his four-year leadership, the facility has grown in size and expanded its programs. In 2005 the Institute reached a graduate student enrollment of 119, along with a compliment of 9 Post Docs, 9 researchers and 29 internship students. They produced more than 120 refereed journal publications and generated $2.6M of funded research. Founded in 2001, MMRI is an interdisciplinary manufacturing research group, operating initially from three labs in the John Hodgins Engineering building. Strength in core research areas that existed in the Faculty of Engineering in advanced machining, polymer processing, robotics, and metal forming, attracted foundation and government funding and industrial partnerships. In 2002, the Institute expanded off campus to the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) facility in Ancaster, Ontario. Today, MMRI is one of the largest university manufacturing research institutes in Canada. Growth in faculty has led to the development of an interdisciplinary manufacturing engineering undergraduate program that will allow students to gain industrial experience and have the opportunity to do a one-year Master of Engineering degree in manufacturing. As well, MMRI faculty are actively involved in initiatives such as AUTO21 (The Automobile of the 21st Century), a national research initiative

MMRI former director Andy Hrymak looks through a single screw extruder in one of the MMRI labs in the John Hodgins Engineering Building.

supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence Directorate and more than 120 industry, government and institutional partners. As Dr. Hrymak noted in a recent issue of the MMRI Newsletter, the goal has always been to make the MMRI relevant on the shop floor. He commented that this is more critical today than when the Institute was founded. “The industrial landscape has changed dramatically over the last five years, as competitive pressures hit the manufacturing sector: off-shore sourcing,

downsizing of technical and research groups, and out-sourcing of components and services. Our industrial partner base is changing and so we too have to change.” The MMRI will continue to explore opportunities to address these challenges, while maintaining international recognition as the leading manufacturing research center in Canada. A professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Hrymak is currently Chair of the Department and Director of the School for Engineering Practice.

Director appointed to new school for engineering practice Andrew Hrymak has been appointed as the first director of the University’s new School for Engineering Practice. The School was created by the Faculty of Engineering in response to the growing need for engineers who could manage increasingly complex issues that require in-depth knowledge of design, innovation, entrepreneurship and the impact of technology on society. It includes three centres: the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (in partnership with

Dofasco), and the Centre for Engineering Design (in partnership with General Motors of Canada). “This is a new concept in engineering education,” Hrymak says. “The School focuses on providing engineering professionals with the necessary mix of technical and leadership skills at the graduate level to recognize and develop new technologies, and to take those new technologies to market in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner.” Hrymak, who joined the Faculty in 1985, has worked on research projects

with many companies including Xerox, Dofasco, Suncor and Imperial Oil. He is a professor of chemical engineering and is currently chair of the department. He is also associate director of the University’s Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design (CAPPA-D). Hrymak received his B. Eng. at McMaster University and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include polymer processing, computational fluid dynamics, process simulation and optimization, and finite element methods.

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rom engineering to investment may seem like a big leap. However, when electrical engineering grad Mark Janoska (B.Eng. 1989, Ph.D. 1995) made the leap, it was simply a natural progression in a fascinating career. Since leaving McMaster, Dr. Janoska has worked at Newbridge Networks and Westinghouse Canada. He was a cofounder of Extreme Packet Devices, a semiconductor firm specializing in the telecommunications sector, where he served as Chief Technology Officer. It was here that he developed a track-record of championing leading-edge technologies, with the result that the company attracted the attention of PMC-Sierra. When it bought the firm, Janoska remained for a period of time as [a Principal Engineer]. In 2001, just as he was casting about for the next challenge, he was approached by the venture capital managing company VenGrowth Capital Partners (www.ven growth.com). “After much thought, I decided that this would be a good way to participate in the technology startup area in a way that I had not considered,” he says. “It would also allow me to bring my experience to others, as well as explore a number of technology areas.” With over $1.2 billion in assets under management, Toronto-based VenGrowth has a long history of helping small and medium-sized Canadian entrepreneurs build successful businesses. Founded in 1982, the company invests in predominantly later-stage business opportunities in the technology and life sciences sectors, as well as the more traditional industries. In additional to capital, VenGrowth contributes operational and strategic guidance to assist with the growth of the enterprise, to a point where it is ready to be acquired by larger company or to go public on a stock exchange. Janoska is a General Partner with VenGrowth Private Equity Partners. His responsibilities include searching for technology companies that require financing and performing technical and market due M

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diligence. He also has to keep current with trends in communications technology – especially semiconductors. Currently he sits on the Board of Directors of six earlyto mid-stage technology companies in the Ottawa area. Janoska says he still benefits from the engineering-related skills he learned at McMaster. “I use these skills to perform due diligence on companies that I am looking to invest in, as well as to guide technology companies in which I have already invested, including productconcept, product design and operational issues.” Janoska, who has had numerous articles U

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published in academic and trade journals, and currently [holds a number of patents in the area of communications], jokes that he has far too many memories of his time at Mac to relate; some, he claims, may not be fit to print! “My best memories are with my roommate of 3 years, Rob. We continue to be very close friends and I am the godfather to his daughter Kim.” When not helping to build successful technology companies within the Ottawa area, Janoska enjoys flying, wilderness canoe travel and hiking. “Basically my future plans include having more fun than should be allowed to one person in a single lifetime.” T

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Brad Nicholas – one very BIG job

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am sure this is the largest parking garage I will ever be involved with in my career!” says Bradley Nicholas (Civil ’2000), now a Project Manager at Tishman Construction Corporation. Nicholas’ employment at Tishman occurred after he received The Ronald E. Materick Scholarship, the scholarship awarded annually to civil engineering students who have attained notable academic standing. Ron Materick was kind enough to introduce him to James Scarpace, then Senior Vice President of Tishman’s Washington, DC office.

Nicholas was hired by Scarpace as a Project Engineer and spent five years in Washington. Tishman has been selected as the Executive Construction Manager to oversee the largest commercial construction development in progress in the U.S.: the $5billion Project CityCenter in the heart of Las Vegas. Visualized as an urban metropolis, Project CityCenter will include 22 towers, a 4,000-room hotel and a casino. However, it is the non-gaming attractions that make the complex truly unique. With 500-room boutique hotels, 1,650 high-rise residential units, and 550,000 square feet of

entertainment, shopping and dining space, the facility will gradually change the character of Las Vegas – from “adult playground” to a sophisticated, multi-functional mega-structure. “I was asked to go and couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” Nicholas says. “This project is attracting the best in the business. The caliber of the consultants/ designers involved is extraordinary. I am currently managing a $2.1M SF/5200 car parking garage, the first piece of this development”. The project started in June 2005 in the field and is expected to have the first phase completed by December 2009.

Gerald Keech (1928-2005) A history of computing at McMaster

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espite the summer slow-down of campus activity, there were a good number of McMaster people among the many mourners assembled at White Chapel Memorial Gardens to pay their last respects to Dr. Gerry Keech on June 6, 2005. Given the impact that he had on computing at McMaster it is appropriate to review some of the highlights of his long career. Gerry graduated from Toronto in Engineering Physics and got his Ph.D. at McMaster in Theoretical Nuclear Physics in 1956. He worked for AECL (Chalk River) until 1960 when he was recruited by President Harry Thode to join the growing Faculty of Engineering. However, the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering lost him only 2 years later when, in recognition of the growing importance of computers, he was made Director of the new Department of Computer Services, later Information Processing & Academic Computer Services (IPACS) where he served for 22 years. The IBM 7040 hardware in 1963 was primarily for administration, but the vital need for computer power for academic research was recognized. Gerry’s urging resulted in $2M for a CDC6400 and operating funds to cover maintenance and staff that grew rapidly from 30 to 70. Installed in 1968, one of the heaviest uses was for

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theoretical chemistry but engineering research soon justified one of four networked satellite job entry facilities located adjacent to the main lobby of the Engineering Building. Other remote job submission stations were in Arts III, Chedoke hospital and the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington. Then, as now, McMaster was seldom out of the pages of the local Hamilton Spectator and the nationally acclaimed computing facilities were a frequent topic of interest. A significant part of Gerry’s time seems to have been in providing layman-level copy for local news reporters. In the 70s the need to replace the aging CDC resulted in much discussion between IPACS and the user community. Gerry was on most of these committees and was notable for the fact that although an expert in the area he was always willing to listen to the ideas and opinions of others. He subscribed to the qualified maxim “the customer is often not wrong”. The role of computing in education grew along with the increase in decentralization of hardware as McMaster adapted first to a network of VAX machines with many user terminals to the personal computer era. The teaching of Computer Science grew in importance until, when Mathematics and Applied Mathematics were amalgamated in 1980, Gerry urged recognition of the c

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importance of the new science by requesting that his title be changed to Professor of Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science). The trend continued with the creation of a Department of Computer Science and Systems in 1985 and after a well-deserved sabbatical Gerry became Chair of the new Department for two 3-year terms. After his retirement in 1993, he continued to provide yeoman service on the Council of McMaster University Retirees Association and served as Chair for two years. Gerry was a remarkable fellow and is well summed up in a quote from a former President, “His integrity, forthrightness and keen sense of humour… made it a real joy to have been associated with him.”– sentiments that are shared by those who worked with him. N

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Engineering students news L.E.A.P. jumps into action

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he inaugural term of a new engineering enrichment camp generated overwhelming interest and response. The Learning Enrichment Advancement Program (L.E.A.P.), which ran from July 3 to 29, definitely proved its appeal with area Grade 10, 11 and 12 students. “The response was fantastic,” says Carm Vespi, Manager, Alumni Relations, Engineering Alumni Office. “There were 16 enrolled – which is super for a new program in its first year.” During the four-week camp, students worked on one of two projects. Students taking the design theme explored the concepts behind design, learned how to represent their ideas through Computer Aided Design (CAD) and, after successfully designing and testing their prototypes, they made the final product. Students in the robotics theme were challenged to create an autonomous robot equipped with a microprocessor that would analyze data collected from the robot’s ultrasonic and laser sensors.

Students hard at work and having fun.

The camps offer challenges as well as lots of fun, along with an opportunity to win a McMaster entrance scholarship. “It was great to see the students’ enthusiasm and to watch their projects take

shape. The program will definitely be run again next summer,” Vespi says. For more information about L.E.A.P., go to www.leap.mcmaster.ca or call 905-5259140, ext. 24906.

Making a Difference in Guatemala The mandate of McMaster’s Engineering and Society program is to explore the human side of engineering. A group of Engineering and Society students have gone one step further. By creating the Society’s Challenge, they raised enough money to travel to Guatemala to work, teach, build relationships… and make a difference. The students spent two years in preparation for the one-month trip, including running some fundraising events which raised $30,000. In addition to paying for travel expenses, the money was used to put windows in a high school and to pay for shipping donated computers, classroom furniture and supplies. The group of eleven students left in early May to spend the month between three locations around Guatemala City. At El Matazanos, Society’s Challenge

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Customs and having to learn to communicate in a foreign language, all participants say the project was a great success and a life-changing experience. “This was an experience I’ll never forget,” says Vanessa Kemp. “The children were so happy that we had come to Guatemala to work with them.” Colleague Natalie Rouskov says, “The people in Guatemala left a lasting impression on me. They were willing to give us everything they had so that we could help more people. They were so warm and caring.” The group kept an online journal of their activities at www.societyschallenge.com. The Engineering & Society class of 2007 is currently talking about developing their own project, and are looking forward to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

painted a mural, taught the students a play in English, and assisted instructors by teaching math, science and English. In an elementary school at Milvia Pinto de Perez, Society’s Challenge refurbished the outdoor playground by removing debris, planting a garden and building a sandbox complete with benches. At a boys’ orphanage in Lo de Coy, the McMaster students taught English and told the children about Canada. Despite the slow-moving Guatemalan

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Venture camps keep on growing

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he fifteenth anniversary of the everpopular summer Venture Science and Engineering Camps was overwhelmingly successful. “We had close to 900 kids enrolled this summer!” notes Carm Vespi, Manager, Alumni Relations, Engineering Alumni Office. “We exceeded our target enrolment.” Venture Camps consist of two programs. The Engineering and Science section (Grades 4 to 8) focuses on exploring the world and man-made machines, while the Computers & Technology program (Grades 4 to 10) looks at computers and explores how they work. The goal is to provide resource-rich programs that will spark a lifelong interest in learning and discovery. The primary emphasis, however, is having fun. The one-week sessions offer hands-on educational projects, from dissection and website design to chemistry and computer game creation, as well as fun recreational

Venture camper working on his bumper car.

Venture camper designs and plays a new computer game.

and social activities. The year’s Venture students investigated all realms of science from gravity to hydraulics and engaged in various research projects and building neat stuff such as computer games and websites. The program continues to attract strong support from funders, which helps to offset the registration fee. This year, the Hamilton Ti-Cats got into the game in a big way. Venture campers were challenged to design a new innovative stadium for the local football team. Three winning designs were selected each week of camp, with the lucky architects snapping up 2 tickets to the October 21st home game. The local football team carried the ball even further, offering to make the event “Venture Day” at the stadium. Parents of Venture campers were able to purchase Ti-

Cat tickets for the October 21st game at substantial savings during the weekly Friday BBQs. Proceeds from tickets sales supported the Venture-Ti-Cat Bursary Fund. Thank You, Ti-Cats! This summer, Venture Camps went green – participating in Environment Canada’s One-Tonne Challenge…. to great success. “The directors, curriculum coordinators and instructors who help organize and run Venture Camps are amazing,” Vespi says. As proof, she cites the second-place standing McMaster Venture Camp secured against 27 other camps nationwide at the Actua Summer Meetings. McMaster’s entry was the ‘air hockey table’. “Congratulation to all staff and a special thank you to Angie and Erin for presenting the project so well.”

Congratulations to the solar car team – twice! In July, McMaster’s solar car known as Phoenix made the cut and qualified for this year’s North American Solar Car Challenge. It was an exciting and welldeserved victory for the solar car team whose two previous entries failed to qualify. Not only that, but the car avoided any major problems along the route and made it to the finish line. The $300,000 Phoenix joined 19 other qualifiers from universities across Canada and the United States in the 4,000 km race

from Austin, Texas to Calgary, Alberta. A team of 14 accompanied the car for the 10-day event. Covered in over 400 solar panels and weighing 215 kg, the solar car braved downpours and high winds, managing to cross the finish line in the 17th position. Electrical problems, however, meant that Phoenix could attain a top speed of only 60 kilometers per hour. Still, this success is well-deserved for a team which spent the last six years putting McMaster on the track of what has been

called the most grueling – and the longest – solar car race in the world. Well done, McMaster University Solar Car Team!

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Departmental newsbriefs Chemical Engineering John Brash was appointed Director of the McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering for a three-year term, commencing April 1st. Congratulations to Raja Ghosh on his Canada Research Chair in Bioseparations Engineering. The use of membrane-based technologies for bioseparations engineering is an important step in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products, but the process is technically difficult and expensive. Ghosh’s research is expected to cut the cost of production of biopharmaceuticals, helping to make these healthcare products more affordable and more widely available. In May, Veli Hristov, a Ph.D. candidate working with John Vlachopoulos, received the Lew Erwin Scholarship from the Extrusion Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. The scholarship, established to honor plastic process innovator Dr. Lew Erwin, is designed to support research in the field of extrusion. Andy Hrymak is keeping busy! He has been renewed as Chair of the Department for a five-year term. He has just completed a term as Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI). In July, Hrymak also assumed the role of Director of the new School for Engineering Practice for a fiveyear term. He is the newly-appointed Editor-in Chief of International Polymer Processing, the journal of the Polymer Processing Society. Recently, Hrymak received a Fellowship to the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). Congratulations to Dave Latulippe who received the J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowship for 2005/06. When he completes his Masters, Latulippe will begin Ph.D. studies at Penn State. The Fellowship enables Canadians to study, research and work abroad in order to build their international competence. Only 25 Fellowships were awarded out of 600 applications. Welcome back to Bob Pelton and Heather Sheardown who are returning M

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from research leaves. All the best to Tom Marlin as he begins a one-year research leave. The McMaster Chemical Engineering Club, which sponsors academic, social and charity events, is the recipient of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Student’ Chapters’ Merit Award for 2005. A representative of the Club will receive the plaque at the 55th CSChE Conference in Toronto in October.

during the June convocation ceremony. Dr. Terlaky was also recently acclaimed a Fellow of The Fields Institute at the Institute’s annual meeting in June at the University of Toronto.

Materials Science & Engineering Congratulations to Jun Fan who won the best Chemistry Presentation at the Canadian Materials Science Conference in Vancouver in June. The presentation was titled “Morphology Transition of Binary Alloys by Phase-Field Model”. A total of seven students from the Department participated and delivered high quality presentation and posters at the Conference.

Computing & Software Paul Taylor has begun a welldeserved research leave following sevenand-a-half years as Chair of the Department. Under his leadership, the department hired many new faculty members and launched new undergraduate programs in Software Engineering, as well as graduate programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering. The Department extends a hearty “thank you” for his years of dedicated service. The Department welcomes associate professor Martin von Mohrenschildt to the position of Acting Chair for the coming year. Congratulation to Tamas Terlaky on being awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Faculty of Information Technology, University of Veszprem in Hungary. The appointment was made

When Saturday, October 15th, 2005 Where McMaster University What Explore the exciting field of engineering through this special event for girls (Grades 7 and 8)! Meet women currently studying engineering, learn about some of the amazing things women engineers are doing, and participate in cool hands-on activities. For more information please contact vespi@mcmaster.ca

Change of address card: Name:_______________________________________________________________________________ Grad Yr. & Dept.: _____________________________________________________________________ New Address: _________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________ Fax: ________________________________________ Postal Code: __________________ E-mail:_________________________________________________ Comments: (present occupation, recent accomplishments ie: awards, recognitions). ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Any comments provided will be included in the next issue.

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Engineering Co-op & Career Services

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n past columns, Engineering Career Services (ECS) has written about how you as graduates can give back to Mac by supporting many of its programs and initiatives. This time, the focus is on the many ways ECS can assist you long after you leave the University with degree in hand. In your role as employer, you will want to take advantage of opportunities to inform potential grads about your company and its employee requirements. Our annual Careers Day, scheduled this year for Monday September 19th, is a great way to inform possible future employees about your company, and seek out the brightest and best of potential grads during their final year. Corporate participants have told us that the day-long event has proven to be an excellent graduate on-campus recruitment vehicle for them. Pre-registration is required for this event. Co-op/Internship postings are handled from January to April, and link your organization with the best students for your needs. In addition, your company’s fulland part-time job postings are accepted by ECS staff at anytime during the year. This free service connects you with eager young undergrads and grad students looking to acquire experience and broaden their horizons. Posting can be for any job in any

sector, from technical engineering positions to business. By taking part in any of the above, as well as actively participating in our information sessions and career panels, your company gains recognition among graduating students. In fact, the ECS will work with you and your company to customize events to meet your specific needs. As an employee, you may find yourself wanting a career change or family requirements may mean that you have to relocate. The ECS can help. Resume critiques and job postings have become popular services that many professionals like yourself have taken advantage of, to help them with midcareer challenges. A new service has been added this year – alumni can ask for the assistance of an employee counselor. This free service, a combined project with Alumni Affairs and the Careers Centre, provides a skilled counselor who will work with individuals to enhance their employment possibilities. ECS is pleased to be able to provide these programs for you. Discover more at www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ecs. We also ask that you and your company become involved in ECS programs. It’s a great way to give back to Mac Engineering and meet bright engineers of the future!

Please consider joining one of our career or employee panels. Or you can participate in our new focus group, which is seeking input from alumni on how best ECS can meet the needs of our alumni employers and employees. Contact Anne Markey at markeya@mcmaster.ca or call 905-5259140 x-27283. Engineering Careers with HATCH Ltd. POSTING #229 Continued growth at Hatch Ltd. has led to excellent opportunities for engineering professionals to enrich their careers at our Sudbury corporate office.

Engineers, Designers and Technologists are sought in the following areas: Mechanical Electrical Piping Control and Automation Civil/Structural Process The successful candidates will have a relevant degree or diploma with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in heavy industrial engineering and/or mining and metals. The attributes most sought after are self-management, professionalism in deliverables, motivation, and a proactive outlook. These positions will be based out of our Sudbury office, but extensive opportunities exist for national and international assignments. HATCH logo goes here

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Hatch is a leading global consulting, engineering, technologies, information systems, and project and construction management organization. Hatch provides a full range of technology driven, value added solutions and services to clients in the mining, minerals, metals, manufacturing, infrastructure and energy sectors through a network of over 40 permanent offices worldwide. Hatch is an employeeowned company, which is world-renowned for technical excellence and industry leadership. Visit our website at http://www.hatch.ca/.

Ms. Carm Vespi Managing Editor The MacEngineer Faculty of Engineering John Hodgins Building, Room A 201D McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L7 Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 24906 Fax: (905) 546-5492 E-mail: vespi@mcmaster.ca

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Alumni Grapevine MacChemEng&Mgt Taylor, Shawn ’95 Chemical Eng. & Mgmt., ’97 M.Eng : Recently promoted to Manager, Fluids Research & Laboratory Services at Edmonton-based Schlumberger Reservoir Fluids Center. Contact him at STaylor9@edmonton.oilfield.slb.com.

MacCivEng Shaw, Jane ’82: Greetings everyone! I am currently living in Brunei on Borneo Island with my IT manager husband Wallace (U.of Toronto,’81) and our three kids aged 12, 7 and 5. I work as a Project engineer at the Public Works Department for the Ministry of Development. I would love to hear from Barb, Janine and Liz at siawsweeyeng@yahoo.com.

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arrival of our new baby boy in May. We live in Hong Kong and Kent travels across China doing chemical trading. I work for CLP Power here in Hong Kong.

Conlon, Kelly T ’98 Ph.D.: Along with my colleagues David Dye and Roger Reed, I am the recipient of the 2005 American Society for Metals (ASM) “Marcus A. Grossmann Award” for a paper we published in Met Trans last year. I will be accepting the award in Pittsburgh at the TMS Fall Meeting. Still in the Fuel Development Branch at Atomic Energy of Canada’s Chalk River Laboratories.

MacElEng&Mgt Dobson, David ’86: Appointed in June as the new CEO of Corel Corp., with responsibilities for acquisition opportunities and expansion initiatives in new markets. Dave joins Corel from IBM, where he had been for 20 years, most recently as vice-president of strategy.

MacMechEng&Mgt Talalla, Dominic ’92: I have joined Trellis Capital Corporation as a Managing Partner. Trellis Capital is a private independent Toronto-based Venture Capital Fund that invests in companies that have developed leading technologies in manufacturing, materials, energy, electronics and semiconductors. I will be assuming interim operational roles in those companies that require hands-on assistance, and evaluating and investing in business opportunities that meet Trellis Capital’s investments criteria.

Gray (nee Kambula), Lorraine ’05: Married Landon Gray on July 23, 2005. They met at a Golden Key International Honour Society Conference in Ottawa in February 2003.

MacComp&Software Lalonde, Neil ’00: Currently employed as a software developer with IBM Canada, working on a team in the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in California.

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Chan, Ava ’95: Married Kent Cheng (Civil Eng. ’95) in 1999. At time of writing, our son Ethan (2002) is eagerly awaiting the

Jahshan, Dalia ’02: My husband Ghassan and I are proud to announce the birth of our baby girl, Yasmine on May 7, 2005.

Technician receives outstanding service award

Alumni and Friends 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 at vespi@mcmaster.ca

Anna Robertson is a recipient of a President’s Award for Outstanding Service. A technician in the Department of Civil Engineering, Robertson has three areas of responsibilities. She oversees the operation of the environmental laboratories for the use of both undergrad and grad students; she is Course Coordinator, Level I with responsibility of supervising the teaching assistants; and she is the Supervisor of the Technology Skills Enhancement Facility. In the citation, Robertson is commended for showing Anna Robertson outstanding commitment and dedication to the entire Faculty of Engineering. “There is virtually no problem she cannot solve, either in a technical sense or a pedagogical/curriculum sense.” It also mentions how she often intuitively knows what is required by students, that she takes the time to get to know them individually, and has “an innate ability to motive students”. The annual awards were presented by University President Dr. Peter George in May, to recognize employees who have made a contribution beyond that normally expected for their positions. Eligible employees must be non-faculty members and not hold senior manager positions in their areas.

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Alumni Events Grrrrreat Golf The third annual Engineering golf tournament, held on May 26th, was a swinging success! A sell-out crowd of 144 golfers took to the greens to test their swings at the beautiful Crosswinds Gold & Country Club in Milton, Ontario. In all, 155 attended this event. In addition to the 18-hole Tournament (Scramble Format), they enjoyed a sausage BBQ and a number of excellent prizes were won. Top Prize went to Team #9: Dominic Tatalla, Peter Popowycz, John Guerriero and James Politeski. Following a fabulous day on the greens, everyone gathered for a delicious roast beef buffet dinner. Mark your calendars now for next year’s tourney: May 25th, 2006. Same place. Same terrific fun!

Team #1: John Monkman, Andy Kurelik, David Berdusco, Adam Vespi

Winning Team: Congratulations to Team #9, Dominic Talalla, Peter Popowycz, John Guerriero and also James Politeski, who is absent from photo.

Team #6: Peter Crockett, Paul Cripps, Ron Scheckenberger, Gary Moore

Alumni Weekend About 100 engineering alumni gathered to renew friendships and exchange stories on Saturday June 4th during Alumni Weekend. The featured classes of ’65, ’80 and ’85 were well-represented, and were joined by a strong contingent of retired Chem. Eng. profs, Drs. John Vlachopoulos, MacGreger, Hoffman, Cam Crowe and Don Woods.

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Class of 1965

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MacEngineer Fall 2005  

The MacEngineer - The magazine for McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering Alumni

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