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FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

VOLUME 29

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MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

SPRING 2004

Their product is steel… See page 8


A message from the Dean Improving the undergraduate experience and education

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he Provost’s recently reemphasized goal of attracting and maintaining highly qualified students by making discovery the centre of the learning experience, is intrinsically linked with our own Faculty objective of aiming to place consistently in the top 3 Faculties of Engineering in Canada, in terms of the quality of students we admit to our undergraduate programs. Another name for this approach is Intergrated Teaching and Learning, and another way to describe the goal of this type of learning is to revitalize the under-

inside this issue Applause@Accolades 2004.....4 Alumni Profiles .......................7 MES News ............................14 Engineering Career Services ................................15 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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graduate curriculum by enriching it with hands-on, project based learning. To quote a recent edition of the International Journal of Engineering Education, “the consensus among educators and practitioners nationwide is that engineering education must significantly change…the engineering curriculum for the next century must be relevant to the lives of students and the needs of society. Reflecting the real world of engineering, the ITL program exploits teaming, active learning and project based design, and problem solving experiences in all four years of the curriculum.” This approach, in actuality is an extension of our Engineering and Society efforts, requires special facilities and is one of the main reasons behind the fundraising efforts that our Faculty of Engineering has undertaken. Recently, I was fortunate to visit the University of Colorado at Boulder to see how this approach has been progressing for them. At UColorado, the ITL laboratory itself functions as a living laboratory through exposed engineering systems and sensors integrated into the building, making its “pulse” accessible on the Internet as a technology and building systems resource. It was exhilarating to know that we are on the right track with our most recent developments here. Late last year, we set about convening an Ad Hoc committee to look at ways of improving the Undergraduate Experience and Education. The committee involved Drs. A Hamid, P Mascher (Associate Dean, Research and External Relations), and A Heidebrecht (Emeritus), Dale Roy (Centre for Leadership and Learning), Jackson Wiegman (MES representative), and was chaired by Dr. D Cassidy. The committee looked at Programme and Course

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Mo Elbestawi, Dean of Engineering

Outcomes, the Evaluation and Refinement of Teaching, the Facilities, the Faculty/ Student Interaction, “Challenge” courses and Co-op Opportunities, the Vertical Integration in Design Curricula, the Use of Technology, and the possibility of an Endowed Chair, specifically devoted to Engineering Education. The committee also looked at the implementation of the various suggestions. These suggestions will undergo thorough debate at the Deans’ Council and Faculty Council levels in the very near future. The results of these debates will culminate in a plan of action, geared towards integrated teaching and learning, which will directly translate into an improvement of the Undergraduate Experience and Education we provide here at McMaster.

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A message from the Associate Dean Integrated work experience and co-op

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he Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University has long recognized the value of experience outside the University. From the time the Faculty was first established, students have been encouraged to take on summer employment as a means of applying and improving their newly acquired technical skills. This experiential part of engineering education was formalized in the late 1980s with the establishment of Engineering Career Services (ECS) as a collaborative undertaking with the McMaster Engineering Society. The mandate of ECS was to assist students in finding summer and permanent employment, and to administer the Engineering Internship program, whereby students spend between 12 and 16 months in business, industry or government. There are clear advantages to internship over traditional co-op programs. Since students spend about a year in a single company, they are given time to be productive employees and are able to see projects through from start to finish. Also, since most students go on Internship just prior to their final year at McMaster, they have the skills necessary to complete engineering projects. Furthermore, the entire period of the Internship can be applied, in most cases, toward the experience requirements for registration as Professional Engineers. In spite of these clear benefits, it has always been our belief that internship should be optional so that students can tailor their overall undergraduate experience to their personal goals. In 2002, the Faculty introduced the Summer Engineering Experience Co-op (SEEC) program, whereby ECS matches full-time undergraduate students with career-related summer jobs. As with Internships, SEEC placements are carefully monitored to ensure that both employer and employee expectations are being met with relevant work. Again, participation in SEEC is optional. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that integrated work experience

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merely observing. 3. The co-operative education student normally receives remuneration for the work performed. 4. The co-operative education student’s progress on the job is monitored by the co-operative education institution. 5. The co-operative education student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s co-operative employer. 6. The time spent in periods of work experience must be at least thirty percent of the time spent in academic study. Our Internship and SEEC programs meet the first five conditions. The sixth condition would require that students be employed for at least 10 months in 4-year programs, or 12 months in 5-year programs. Imposing this on all students would go against our strong belief that they should be given the choice. Therefore, I am happy to report that, starting next academic year, each of our 32 programs will be offered in a co-op version and in a non-coop version. Students electing the co-op version of the program will take exactly the same sequence of courses as non-co-op students, but will commit to obtaining at least 12 months of relevant work experience before gradua-

Dr. Peter Smith, Associate Dean of Engineering

and co-op are becoming synonymous and that our Engineering students should be able to benefit from the public recognition of co-op programs. The Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) places specific conditions for its accreditation of co-op programs. They are: 1. Each work situation is developed and/or approved by the co-operative educational institution as a suitable learning situation. 2. The co-operative education student is engaged in productive work rather than

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The David Alan Reid Kay Memorial Award This prize has been established in memory of David Alan Reid Kay, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1969 to 1997, to perpetuate the spirit of service to the university and materials community, as well as research excellence for which he was so well known. The Prize is awarded to the graduate student who has best Muhammed Rhamdhani demonstrated the spirit of service to the university and the materials community at large, and at the same time has demonstrated excellence in graduate research that has practical application. This year the Prize goes to Muhammed Rhamdhani for his work in service to the Department, and for excellent research progress.

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Engineering news Engineering Program fosters unique thesis project

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ince their inception, McMaster’s Engineering & Management and Engineering & Society programs have graduated engineers with varied skills. Both these two programs provide the student with non-typical educational opportunities and only you, as alumni, can judge their effectiveness. It is well known that the Engineering & Society program, unique to McMaster, offers courses that deal with modern topics of concern for the practicing Engineer. Today at McMaster, students and faculty are investigating how the Engineering and Society program can provide a more useful and fulfilling completion to the undergraduate degree. Twenty students from the Engineering & Society ’05 class will undertake a final year joint inquiry in which their individual thesis topics all focus upon a single goal. The resulting support structure will allow each student to draw from another’s research or ideas. The goal is to build a school house in El Matazano, a town outside of Guatemala City.

The 20th Hodgins Lecture features Maurice Strong On March 11th, the University community welcomed United Nations advisor Maurice F. Strong as he spent the day meeting with students in the Engineering and Society program as well as those in Peace Studies and the Engineering and Social Responsibility course. The former president, chair and CEO of Petro-Canada (1976-78), Strong was in Hamilton to deliver the 20th Annual Hodgins Lecture later that evening. His topic, Engineering the Future, focused on sustainable global development and drew an estimated 300 people. Strong, who is currently director of the United States’ Humane Society and President of Council for the University for Peace

Homecoming Weekend

Engineering and Society invites you to their first Alumni Reunion Saturday, October 2, 2004 at the Faculty Club 5:00 p.m. ~ Buffet Dinner followed by a Silent Auction $30 per person (spouse/friends are invited) Visit the website for more information: http:www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni/ or e-mail Carm Vespi: vespi@mcmaster.ca

Football Game starts at 2 p.m. (McMaster vs. Guelph)

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the 550 children who will use the school are not the only ones to benefit from this initiative. For the Society program, this project is intended to be a model, so future classes can follow suit in a way that is specific to their desires. The Engineering Faculty is using this new approach to inquiry-based learning as a selling feature to attract socially conscious students to McMaster. Today, at McMaster, students are getting credit, receiving accolades and obtaining funding for their efforts to research and plan an initiative that will help solve real world problems. The future of the Engineering curriculum is changing; tomorrow’s Engineer is here. For additional information on the project, view the website: www.societys challenge.com

The students will spend the next year planning, fundraising and working on their inquiry initiatives, and then will travel to Guatemala to build the school. Some of the individual thesis ideas are: a working developed world education model for the developing world, use of obsolete computers as tools for learning in the developing world, immunology and sex education. While most of these may not necessary relate to this specific town or the school house project, they all attempt to explore problems in the developing world. Dr. Baetz, the new Engineering & Society Director, has given academic approval to the project and the Engineering Department has gone so far as to fund a portion of the trip. The students, the town of El Matazano and

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Alumni news An evening with Stephen Elop

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tephen Elop ’86, a graduate of McMaster University’s Computer Engineering & Management program, says the five-year degree that combined 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 stated. One never knows how university courses and professors might affect their careers. Elop, executive vice-president of worldwide field operations for Macromedia Inc., shared both secrets of success and his memories of McMaster to a sell-out crowd of alumni in Toronto in February. The speaker was introduced by professor emeritus Art Heidebrecht, the man whom Elop says “had the single most profound impact on my future in the business world”. Following his speech, over 80 people enjoyed an outstanding dinner.

Class members from Electrical ’86 come back to visit.

Macromedia Inc., a software development company based in San Francisco, has produced such software as Dreamweaver and Flash. Founded in 1992, the company employs more than 1,400 people and has operations in more than 50 countries worldwide. The event, the second McMaster Engineering Connection alumni dinner, was held in the Royal York Hotel. Sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering, the evening was an opportunity to bring McMaster

graduates together for an evening of information, entertainment and fundraising. Attendees where not charged for the dinner but were asked to make a donation to either the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program or the MACLAB Endowment Fund. Similar events are being planned for the future.

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Civil Engineering Alumnus Honoured In November 2003, Gerald Thompson, B. Eng. ’69, received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration for 2003. The presentation was made by the Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at Queen’s Park on November 24th. Thompson, the chief Administrative Officer for the Region of Waterloo, was recognized for his dedication and service to the community both professionally and through his volunteerism. In the late 1970’s, he helped produce the Region’s Official Plan, the first such plan in Ontario. His management philosophy and professionalism are credited with the success of many civic projects over the years. His engineering skills have been a benefit to groups and organizations at all levels of government, and for a number of years, he taught a municipal management course at the University of Western Ontario. In addition, he has traveled to

Palestine and Africa to help with projects focused on safe drinking water and governance issues. Following graduation from McMaster, Thompson obtained a M.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo in 1971. After two years as transportation planning engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, he was hired as senior transportation planning engineer for the Region of Waterloo in 1973. He served as the Region’s director of the Planning Division, director of Roads & Traffic Division and director of Transportation & Facilities Management prior to becoming Commissioner of Engineering in 1989. In 1991 he was appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Region, the position from which he will retire in June 2004. The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal is sponsored by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

in Costa Rica, played a lead role as secretarygeneral of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, known as the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro. In April, Strong Maurice Stong received the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his leadership of global conferences that became the basis for international environmental negotiations. He is also being honoured for his ongoing efforts to link science, technology and society for the common good. This is the first time in the 89-year history of presenting the medal that is has been awarded to a person who is a non-American. The Hodgins lectureship, sponsored annually by the Faculty of Engineering, commemorates McMaster’s first engineering dean, J.W. Hodgins, who died in 1983.

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Alumni profiles Ted Mitchell – from physician to engineer

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n the Winter 2004 issue of the MacEngineer, we featured four engineers who became physicians. Dr. Ted Mitchell’s story demonstrates that the scenario can also work in reverse. Theodore (Ted) Mitchell received his MD degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. A native of Dryden, Ontario, the 35-year-old says that during his youth growing up on a farm, he had often thought of becoming an engineer. He completed an undergraduate degree in general sciences then switched to medicine, although he admits there was seemingly no sudden revelation or defining moment for this decision. His experience has been primarily in family practice and emergency medicine, mainly in small towns in Ontario, where

He plans to combine the two he has developed an interest professions in some way after in environmental concerns graduating, possibly in the and community health. Over area of public policy and time, however, the profession government, or as a consultant no longer held the same for public health and industry. challenges. His current interests are in the “There is a heavy emotional field of toxicology and its investment in family practice,” effects on human health. he notes, citing especially the Mitchell realizes that mechincreased responsibilities for anical engineering may not counseling. Then there is the Dr. Ted Mitchell lead directly towards these paperwork. “You find you are goals but it is an area in which he feels practicing less medicine and it becomes competent. He attends university fulltime. very frustrating.” He realized that pursuing “I really like the program at Mac and I a career in what he terms “office-based” seem to relate well to the other (younger) medicine was no longer what he wanted. students.” Although, he adds, some of them In 2002, Mitchell enrolled in the Faculty seem slightly bemused by the doctor in of Engineering at McMaster, selecting their midst. mechanical engineering as his specialty.

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fter graduating, I traveled to the South Pacific as far as New Zealand where I settled. I did my Master’s and PhD (Civil ’83) in Transportation at the University of Auckland. I specialized in economic evaluations of road improvement projects using computer modeling and worked in NZ and Asia on a variety of road projects. I also started a company manufacturing low-cost portable road data collection equipment so I could collect the data I needed on my projects. I spent most the 90’s as a vagabond working in every country in SE

complicated) expressways one can imagine in China to basic rural roads in Cambodia. A key element is trying to help the governments improve their institutional capacity for managing and maintaining their road networks. I appreciate the opportunity to help these countries progress and eliminate, or at least reduce, poverty. It is very satisfying to fix roads to villages so that the people have access to education, health care and markets. These are things that we take for granted in the west, but are a dream for many people in the countries I work in.

Asia as well as India and Nepal, before returning to NZ where I started a consultancy company specializing in road management systems. Recently, I decided on a lifestyle change so I sold my companies and accepted a position as a Senior Transport Specialist with the World Bank based in Washington D.C. I am working on highway projects in China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The work involves a combination of engineering and policy. I’m involved with supervision on projects ranging from the most modern (and

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fter graduating with a B.Eng from McMaster in Mech Mgt ’93, Dominic Talalla obtained an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He spent nine years with General Electric’s Industrial Systems, where he held several sales, marketing and finance positions in the U.S., Vancouver and Toronto. Most recently he ran the Canadian Sales Operation for GE Industrial Systems. Talalla has been a Director with the M

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BDC’s Venture Capital Division since 2001. This National VC has consistently been in the top quartile of the Venture Capital Industry for fund performance over the past several years. In this position, Dominic brings together the resources and expertise of the BDC with world-class training and operational experience from GE to stack the odds in favour of success for entrepreneurs with new technologies. The engineering grad continues to mainU

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tain his ties with McMaster. He has lectured and participated in various panel discussions here, as well as at York University. And he is currently co-teacher of a Venture Capital Course at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business. Talalla sits on the Board of Directors of Sciemetric Instruments. In addition, he is an active member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association, particularly the Professional Development Committee. T

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The feminine face of engineering Irene Deketele – Engineering Physics

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his Engineering Physics grad has never actually worked in the physics field! I’ve spent my entire career in the process control & automation field. After graduating in 1989, I worked for Elsag Bailey Process Automation (now part of ABB Automation). During my ten years there, I worked in a variety of roles including marketing and engineering, for such diverse industries as mining, pulp & paper and petroleum. I started work at Dofasco in 1999, in the Control Systems Group of the Engineering and Maintenance Technology (EMT) Department. The Department is a central technical resource which is organized into different engineering groups (electrical, civil, etc.). We provide assistance to the technology people who work in the various process areas (or Business Units). Most of the time I am involved with capital projects, either on new facilities or retrofitting improvements to existing processes. In addition, I support mainte-

I currently play women’s nance staff with troublehockey, softball and soccer, shooting, problem solving and and my kids have in the past analysis. It’s very interesting played hockey and soccer in because I get to work in areas the Recreation Park. Inspired all through the company, but I by the city’s hosting of the enjoy it mostly for its diversity World Cycling Championship and challenge. Both the last year, a colleague has employees and the company started a cycling club and I’ve benefit from opportunities become a member of the provided for the transfer of club’s executive. We are learning/knowledge between Irene Deketele working with the recreational employees. program coordinators to organize the club Working here has brought home to me and promote our activities. how true the company’s motto really is: On the personal front, I’m a single mom “Our product is steel, our strength is and enjoying a busy, active life with my people.” I’m proud to be a part of the two sons. When I have some free time, I Dofasco team and have found the company hop on the mountain bike and, more to be very forward-thinking and innovarecently, I’ve taken up adventure racing tive. It’s no accident that Dofasco has which combines wilderness survival skills repeatedly been profitable in the struggling such as orienteering and strategy with steel industry. triathlon-style athletics (biking, hiking My children and I very much enjoy the and canoeing). company’s recreation facilities and programs and make good use of them.

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chose engineering in large Dofasco in the company’s part because I was surcivil engineering department rounded by technology and and worked in this capacity art during my childhood. My for 7 years. In 1997 I decided brother-in-law graduated from that I’d really like to learn engineering at McMaster, and more about the steel business. my father and brother are both I worked in the Tin Plate technically inclined; my father, Products Business Unit for a in fact, is also very inventive year, then moved to the and artistic. Civil Engineering Innovations Group as a Projects seemed a natural fit for me. I Manager. Innovations was a Gina Guerra have grown to understand that, cross-functional group with a no matter where your interests lay, an engimandate to explore new technologies in the neering background provides you with an residential construction field, and to develop excellent base from which to launch yourbusinesses based on those technologies. self both personally and professionally. One spin-off of this work landed me in After graduating in 1988, I started at my current role as Manager, Zyplex

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Business Development for Zyplex Technologies. Developed and produced by Dofasco, zyplex is a new composite product that is commercially available in truck trailer side-wall applications. I will be responsible for developing the market acceptance for the product, as well as a five-year sales and marketing plan. One of the most influential lessons I’ve learned over the years is that, while it’s important to have plans and goals, life happens! That’s why it is essential that you love what you do and are able to adapt along the way. I’m married with two children. My goal right now is to be a good role model for my kids. I’m lucky to be very close to my extended family, all of whom live in the Hamilton area. Aside from my children and family, my interests include gardening, learning to play the piano, and playing team sports like hockey, baseball, and indoor and outdoor soccer. N

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Paula Galassi – Mechanical Engineering processes’ throughput, yield started with Dofasco right and quality performance. out of University, having In 1996 I moved to the graduated from MechEngineering Maintenance anical Engineering in 1988. Technology Department as a My first position was Utilities senior engineer and a project Engineer and my responsimanager in the Chemical and bility was to provide technical Environmental Engineering support to Dofasco’s thermal Group. Here I was responsible generation facilities and utility for environmental projects, distribution systems. from conceptual design In 1994 I became a ProPaula Galassi through engineering, conduction Engineer in the Tin struction and startup, and had full responMill Technology Department where I sibility for scope, approvals, schedule, provided technical support to the electrobudget and contractor liaison. plating tin lines. In this position I was Since 2002, I have been a Specialist in responsible for long-term improvement of

the Technology Resource Development Department. I currently manage the Knowledge Management Program for the Technology Division. My work supports Dofasco’s corporate strategy by designing, implementing and maintaining programs that focus on the attraction, retention, technical development and knowledge sharing of the employees within the Technology Division. On the personal side, I’m married to Ian Shaw (Chem. Eng. ’89) and we have 2 wonderful children and two golden retrievers. I’m a nature lover, so I try to get outdoors hiking, camping and canoeing as often as possible.

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Diane Skupny-MacBride – Metallurgical Engineering

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fter graduating from the metallurgical engineering program in 1987, I started at Dofasco in the company’s Engineering Training Program. This was a fantastic opportunity because it allowed me to become acquainted with the different areas that comprise this huge company. While taking part in this unique program, I gained specific experience in the Hot Mill, Cold Mill, Galvanize and Metallurgy business units. After completing this program, I was permanently placed in the metallurgy unit where I started as a Project Metallurgist. For three years, I worked in the Galvanize Lab,

of new Dofasco products. and then moved into work I’m married to Mike relating to the primary end of MacBride, also a Mac grad, Dofasco, steel-making and hot and we have three children. rolling. When the company Their various activities keep reorganized in 1992, I reMike and me very busy mained in metallurgy under its indeed! In addition to family technology division. The focus and work, we have to find here was on both products and time each day to walk Casey, working with customers. our beautiful golden retriever. I joined the New Product In my spare time, I volunDevelopment Business Process Diane Skupny-MacBride unit in 1998 and this is where I teer with St. Michael’s am now, as a Projects Manager. It is interChildren’s Liturgy and with the Oakville esting and exciting because we work with Minor Lacrosse Association, where I am cross-functional teams in the development the Registrar.

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many activities. I am currently on the executive for both indoor and outdoor soccer. Aside from organizing these leagues I am also playing in them. I am also playing in our volleyball league and this summer I’ll be joining the tennis league. The activities don’t stop here, though. I also enjoy inline skating at Hamilton’s Waterfront parks and I recently completed my first half marathon race this past fall. Though sports are an important part of my schedule, I always enjoy spending time with my family and friends. T

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Angela Pappin – Mechanical Engineering

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Tin Mill Products. In this posifter graduating from tion I was responsible for McMaster in 1988, I ensuring that our product started as a Producwas meeting our customer’s tion Engineer in the Tin Mill quality and performance Division here at Dofasco. Then requirements, as well as I moved into our Specialty searching for new product Steels (silicon steels) area, development opportunities for also as Production Engineer. both Dofasco and our My next assignment took me customers and, ultimately, back to the Tin Mill, at which being the connection between time I became the Quality Angela Pappin our customers and the Assurance Coach for the company’s manufacturing units. company’s Tin Mill Products. Currently, I am working in the Then I was promoted to Technology Corporate Strategic Development area, Coach – Customer Service and New where I evaluate new business opporProduct Development in the same area,

tunities for Dofasco. In my spare time, I have been coordinating the Hamilton Engineering Challenge for grade 7 & 8 students, with lots of help from other engineers who act as mentors. The competition involves the construction and presentation of a “robotic arm” which is required to perform a given number of tasks within a specific time frame. The competition is designed to highlight aspects of the hydraulics/pneumatics part of the science curriculum. I’m married to Craig, also a Mac grad (Mech Eng & Mgmt. ’84) and we have two great children.

Elizabeth Shaw – Manager, Electrical Engineering

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graduated from the Electrical Engineering & Management program in 1987 and have been with Dofasco for my entire working career. For my first 5 years with the Hamiltonbased steel company, I was in Power Systems. Then I moved to Control Systems where I managed electrical upgrades for a variety of rolling mills and process lines. This work culminated in a $23-million upgrade of two rolling mills in the tin division. In 2003, I became Manager of Electrical Engineering, a group responsible for the design and installation of Dofasco’s high voltage distribution system. In addition,

is one of the important advanwe provide assistance in tages of working for such a the supervision of electrical large company. One can even construction activities throughmake career changes! out the plants. On the personal side, I’m I have found my career at married to Tim Nye, assistant Dofasco to be very rewarding, mainly because of the variety professor in the Department of of assignments I’ve enjoyed Mechanical Engineering at McMaster. To relax, I very over the years. In addition to much enjoy gardening and, the above, I’ve also had techat the time of writing this short nical projects in many plant Elizabeth Shaw profile, I was leafing through areas and have participated in the seed catalogues trying to decide on task forces with Purchasing and with the kind of tomatoes I am going to plant Health and Safety. I think the opportunities this year. provided to engage in varied assignments

Globe & Mail feature highlights Mac grads A special supplement on Engineering in the February 26, 2004 edition of the Globe & Mail, highlighted the accomplishments of McMaster engineering graduates Valerie Davidson (B.Eng.’75, Chem. Eng.) and Kimberly Woodhouse (Ph.D. ’93, Chem Eng). One article focused on the fact that more women are entering the engineering profession. Davidson, who is currently professor of biological engineering at the University of Guelph, commented that she enrolled in the engineering stream on the persuasion of a professor at

McMaster after being told by a high school counselor that engineering was not a career for a woman. Even so, she was one of only four females in her first year course, and she was the only female faculty member in her department at the University of Guelph when she joined in 1988. As the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)/ Hewlett Packard Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Davidson plans to spend time fostering programs that reach out to young women in the school system.

A second article praised the research of biomedical engineer Kimberly Woodhouse into the regeneration of human heart tissue. Professor Woodhouse is associate director of a new tissue engineering research centre located at the Sunny brook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. The Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre (ARTEC) will conduct research into the science of tissue engineering which will eventually help solve a number of major issues in burn, trauma and cancer treatment.

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Software Engineering. Kamran lives in Hamilton with his wife Noushin and two daughters, Melody and Ramona.

Dr. Antoine Deza joined

the department in January 2004 as an associate professor. He comes to McMaster from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he had been an assistant professor and Antoine Deza from where he earned his Ph.D. in 1996 in Combinatorial Optimization. He received a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France. In addition to combinatorial optimization, his research interests include enumeration, algorithms, and discrete and computational geometry. Dr.

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Engineering from Queen’s University and his M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from McGill. He is joining the faculty under the NSERC Industrial Research Chair program and is occupying the Stelco/NSERC IRC in Steel Product Application. His principle research interests lie in the metallic coating of advanced steels targeted for automotive lightweighting, novel coating processes (e.g. nanocrytalline and mixed phase coatings), and the manufacturing process/material relationships for these materials.

Mechanical Engineering Dr. Joe McDermid joined

the department in August, 2003 after eleven years in industry with Noranda Inc. – Technology in Pointe Claire, Quebec. Dr. McDermid received his B.A.Sc. in Metallurgical

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joined the department as an assistant professor in August 2003. Kamran received his M.Math and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Computer Science at the University of Kamran Sartipi Waterloo. He also holds a M.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Tehran. His research focuses on the different areas of software engineering, including reverse engineering, view-based and component-based software development, web-based re-engineering, and software tools development. Since his arrival, he has already taught an undergraduate course, is co-teaching a core graduate course, and has been called upon to lend his expertise to the departmental Graduate Committees for both Computer Science and

Correction Notice We wish to draw to your attention an oversight in the Winter 2004 issue of the MacEngineer. In the article about the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA), we neglected to mention that Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has been presenting these awards since 1947. Since 2002, these awards have been jointly presented with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. We apologize for not mentioning the significant role played by PEO in the awards program.

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Bob Hudspith Retires! The Faculty of Engineering bid a fond farewell to Bob Hudspith on November 22, 2003. About 60 faculty, friends, students and alumni attended a retirement party held in his honour at the Dundas Town Hall. The Engineering & Society students presented Bob with a Krokinole Board to remind him of the times he participated in the E&S Christmas party tournaments. He is well-known as an avid player and great fan of the game – now he will have lots of time to play!

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Departmental newsbriefs Chemical Engineering On March 6, 2004 at a ceremony in Ottawa, Terrence W. Hoffman was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Dr. Hoffman joined the department in 1958 as its second member and continued his distinguished career of teaching and research until he left to take a senior technical position with Polysar Limited in Sarnia, Ontario. After the takeover of Polysar by Nova Chemical Corporation, he became a consultant with Houston, Texas-based Dynamic Matrix Controls, implementing on-line computer software to improve and automate the operation of the Suncor Sarnia refinery. He is the recipient of two Canadian Society for Chemical Engineers (CSCE) awards: the ERCO Award for distinguished contribution in the field of chemical engineering in Canada before the age of forty, and the Industrial Practice Award for contributions in the application of science and engineering principles to chemical processes and technology.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Jamal Deen was recently elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) for his pioneering research contributions in modeling noise and parameter extracJamal Deen tion in silicon transistors and high speed photodetectors as well as for significant contributions to the electrical engineering profession in general and to IEEE in particular. Prof. Deen also delivered a plenary talk titled Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits: Current Issues & Trends at the IEEE/SPIE International Conference on Computers and Devices for Communications (CODEC) in Kolkata, India in January 2004. It is ECE’s pleasure to announce that on Friday, March 12, 2004 both Dr. Yaser Haddara and Dr. David Jones received

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MSU Teaching Awards for the Faculty of Engineering. Our students and our department are fortunate to have such dedicated and talented instructors. The Department proudly congratulates Dr. Xiaolin Wu on his success with the Canada Foundation for Innovation Award in the amount of $353,651. This CFI grant will provide infrastructure/equipment support for Dr. Wu’s NSERC-DALSA Industrial Research Chair Project in Digital Cinema. The funds will be used to build a state-ofthe-art digital movie camera in cooperation with DALSA Corporation, Waterloo, Ontario, as well as to equip an experimental theatre in the department with a digital movie projection system, and install professional lighting equipment for digital video production at the School of Arts. The total amount of this CFI project, with matching contributions from OIT and industrial partners, is valued at one million dollars. Dr. Xiaolin Wu has also been awarded the Nokia Visiting Fellowship which will permit him to conduct research in Finland. Only three or four such awards are made worldwide each year. He intends to make use of the fellowship during his research leave beginning in July, 2004 to foster collaborative research with Nokia. Please join ECE in congratulating Dr. Wu on this achievement.

Engineering Physics Congratulations are extended to Sami Ahmed, a 3rd year student, who was selected as one of 20 winners across Canada in the annual competition sponsored by Natural Resources Canada on Energy Efficiency. His winning project, “Home Energy Monitoring Consol”, was described as an excellent example of Canadian innovation and achievement in the field of energy efficiency, and one that offers a solid contribution to Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Ahmed’s project constituted part of the Engineering Physics 3C03 course. Graduate student Scott Ambridge received Best Paper Award during CRESTech Day in October 2003. The

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paper was titled, “Non-thermal Plasma for Control of Pollutants in Diesel Flue Gas” and was co-authored by J.S. Chang, M. Ara, K. Urashima and D. Ewing. Jen-Shih Chang has received the distinction of Honorary Professor at the Wuhan Tiancheng Environmental Protection Science and Development Centre, Steel Group, of the Environmental Protection General Agency of the People’s Republic of China in November 2003. He has also been appointed as a member of the Agency’s Industrial Gaseous Pollution Control Technology Development Committee. He presented two seminars in Japan at the invitation of its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT) in December 2003 and February 2004, on research and development in the university environment.

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Chair in Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials, who has received a $7.08 million Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) award to assist with the establishment of a $17.8 million national ultrahigh-resolution electron microscopy facility for nanoscale materials research. The most advanced electron microscope in the world, it will allow scientists to probe the structure, chemical bonding and electronic structure of materials with atomic resolution. Pat Nicholson’s book Disastrous Approach to Materials Science (Mosaic Press) explores such events as the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and the sinking of the Titanic with references to a collapse or flaw or unexpected occurrence in the materials used in their construction. Reviewers have noted that the book brings a creative and fresh approach in its efforts to introduce students to the principles and the importance of materials science. The department under the leadership of Nick Provatas is organizing the second annual workshop of the Canadian Network

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for Computational Materials Science (CNCMS), to be held at McMaster from May 3 to 5, 2004. The third day of the workshop will be held in conjunction wit the George Weatherly Symposium (May 5). The CNCMS workshop will feature the latest on computational modeling in materials science and engineering as presented by a distinguished group of Canadian and international guest speakers. Gary Purdy and Dimitri Malakhov successfully developed a trial to explain why decarburization was occurring in the processing of a microalloy steel being developed by Milton-based Meritor Suspension Systems Company (MSSC). The recent collaborative research project between McMaster and the company was funded jointly by MSSC and Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO). The research resulted in a series of recommendations for processing and heating the microalloy which met with instant success on the manufacturing lines. The Department of Materials Science & Engineering in cooperation with The Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR), the McMaster Faculty of Engineering and the University of Toronto Materials Science & Engineering, are jointly organizing the 3rd Annual Brockhouse Institute Workshop on Advanced Materials, scheduled for May 5 to 7, 2004. The workshop, entitled The George C Weatherly Symposium, Interfaces, will be held at the University, and honours the memory of George Weatherly and his many contributions at both McMaster and University of Toronto. The workshop will cover a wide range of topics including atomic simulation of interfaces, interfaces in phase transitions, interfaces in plasticity, interfaces in microelectronic materials and electron microscopy of interfaces. Members of the organization committee from McMaster are Gianluigi Botton, David Embury and David Wilkinson. The Department is pleased to host a symposium in honour of our colleague David Embury in the year of his 65th birthday. Held at McMaster from June 21 to 23, the event will feature invited lectures from many of the top materials scientists in the world, most of whom have worked with Dr. Embury during his 45-year career either as colleagues or as students and

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an Education Night on March 15th, 2004. The event was a joint networking project with Materials Manufacturing Ontario (MMO), ASM, industry and the Universities of Toronto and Ryerson. The session was open to graduate and fourthyear university students whose projects are materials and/or manufacturing related. A poster session was held on the theme of materials in industry to promote a dialogue between students and employers about career opportunities and to provide a forum for networking. Mr. Joe Liburdi, President of Liburdi Engineering Limited, presented the keynote address. The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Club under the leadership of its president Ian Menzies hosted a variety of activities for its members including a ski trip to Blue Mountain, a “Meet the Profs Night” and a tour of the General Motors plant. Upcoming events include a tour of the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station, the Nanticoke Coal Power Generating plant, and a brewery tour. A Soapbox Derby held on the campus in March was open to local high school students as well as other engineering students. The Club successfully marketed a sweatshirt with the fireball logo and plans to offer a golf shirt for sale in the spring. Graduate student representatives Wael Ahmed and Andy Simoneau organized a graduate student-faculty-staff pot luck dinner in February. The event was well attended and everyone had an opportunity to sample foods from the diverse cultures represented in the department. Ahmed also organized a lunchtime cultural seminar which offered an opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to showcase their talents or speak about cultural aspects of their home country.

post-docs. The lectures will focus on some of the most pressing issues in materials science today - with a particular emphasis on plasticity and damage. For more information, contact David S. Wilkinson, Chair, Organizing Committee. The department is delighted to announce the David Wilkinson has been selected to receive the Materials Physics Award for his internationally recognized work on the mechanical properties of a wide range of materials. The award, one of the highest honours that the Materials community bestows on researchers, will be presented at the 16th Canadian Materials Science Conference in Ottawa in June 2004. Please join us in congratulating David on this wonderful achievement.

Mechanical Engineering Dr. Mohamed Hamed has been awarded CFI and OIT awards to establish a Thermal Processing Research Facility in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The total value of the CFI/OIT project is $331,475.00. He was also an invited speaker at the First General Motors Conference held at Pontiac, MI on November 11th 2003. The title of his paper was “Determination of Heat Transfer Rates During Cooling of Aluminum Castings Using Impinging Air Jets”. Dr. Allan D. Spence presented an ADMI course on Computer Aided Design in two Modules, February 19th-22nd and March 18th-22nd, 2004. The course was well received by all the participants. Assistant professor Stephen Veldhuis was recently awarded a CFI/OIT New Opportunities Fund of $287,000, including industrial contributions, for his research work in the area of micro-manufacturing. The award will permit the purchase of new equipment that will be used to provide insight into the underlying mechanics associated with ultra precision cutting processes. A workshop to discuss design education at McMaster was held on March 2nd, 2004. The theme of the workshop was “Things that would distinguish a unique McMaster Design Program”. It was moderated by Dr. Brian Thompson of the University of Western Ontario who currently holds an NSERC-GM of Canada Chair in Engineering Design and Innovation. The ASM Ontario Chapter sponsored

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tion. This work experience can consist of summer employment and/or an Internship, so that the students are given the maximum of flexibility. An example of this flexibility is that one student could complete the co-op requirements with three summer work terms, and another could transfer to a co-op program in his/her penultimate year and meet the co-op requirements by completing a single 12-month Internship! T

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A Message from the President of MES

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ello, McMaster Engineers. My name is Samantha Hess. I am a third year Mechanical Engineering and Society student, a Red Suit, and the new MES president for 2004-2005. For the past three years I have been, and remain, heavily involved with McMaster Engineering’s political and team culture. I fell in love with the Faculty of Engineering and the many opportunities for involvement during the first few days of my first Welcome Week at McMaster, and the shine has yet to wear off. I have been involved with the MES since the month of October in my first year when I became one of the First Year Engineering Representatives. Following this, I moved into the position of MES Executive Secretary and MES VP Internal this year. These positions have given me countless opportunities to organize and support teams, clubs and individuals within McMaster Engineering. Some of my other involvements include three years on the McMaster Concrete Toboggan team, working on the Women in Engineering Committee, and participating in countless conferences (e.g. ESSCOFIQUE, CUTC, CFES, etc). I have been a Red Suit going on three years, two of which I have been on the Engineering

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Welcome Week Orientation Committee. I also volunteer as often as possible as an Engineering representative at the amazing welcoming events and competitions organized by the Engineering1 Director, Bob Loree, and the Engineering Alumni Officer, Carm Vespi. My goals for the coming year include maintaining and improving positive relations between McMaster Engineering and the University, faculties, and community

by promoting high student and alumni involvement with community events, conferences and teams. I would like to further open the MES to new clubs and events in order to reflect the interests of a broader range of MES members. I feel it is very important to support interest groups such as the newly forming WOMENG, a group dedicated to promoting a positive social environment and encourage female interaction, networking and mentoring within engineering. I would also like to organize detailed information-based seminars tailored to educate engineering students on what to expect upon graduation. These seminars will give the students the opportunity to ask questions about insurance, career opportunities, and how to obtain a Professional Engineering license. I believe that education is what we make of it, and who we become after graduation depends on what we experience both in and outside the classroom. I am extremely excited to accept the position of MES President for the coming year, and I hope to continue the tradition of strong leadership towards success. Samantha Hess, hessst@mcmaster.ca

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local industry, equipment has been chosen to ensure that not only the needs of hobbyists are met, but that equipment typically used in industry and with which students should become familiar will also be available. This ensures that McMaster students will come out of school with a strong interest in their work and skills that make them more competitive in the employment market. The students who are putting this facility together have raised over $35,000 for the project. However it is expected that to create a truly useful facility will require approximately $55,000. It is hoped that the remainder of the funds can be raised from cash and equipment donations from local c

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y now you will have read Dr. Peter Smith’s article on the implementation of the Engineering Coop program and the resulting changes that will take place to the experience-based programs in the Faculty of Engineering. These changes are exciting, innovative, and will present new management challenges for Engineering Career Services (ECS). Engineering Career Services is the “marketing” arm for Engineering students. ECS staff, Anne Markey and David Ryan, spend time on the phone, on the road, and in the boardroom encouraging employers to recruit Mac Engineering students. One of the comments that we hear repeatedly is, “Our interns come from U of T because most of our Engineers graduated from

there”, or “We utilize Waterloo because our senior staff graduated from their Engineering Program.” It would be wonderful to hear the same response from even 10% of our 8,500 Engineering Alumni! One of our objectives is to grow the number of students that are offered Mac Engineering Coop positions by 25% – this can not happen without your support. Mac alumni, faculty, and staff are well aware of how great our current and former students are and the unique characteristics this Faculty of Engineering generates. Now we are asking for your help to spread the word. Please encourage your employer to post positions with McMaster Engineering for full time employees, new graduate

opportunities, or internship and coop employment. Posting positions is effective, efficient and economical. Email positions to engcar@mcmaster.ca; include a job description listing the disciplines you are interested in and the length of time you would like the posting to be active. At the deadline date you will receive an electronic ‘bundle’ of applicants (resume, cover letter and transcript) in PDF format. Your support in providing employment opportunities for Mac Engineering students will make a positive difference. For additional information please contact Anne Markey markeya@mcmaster.ca or David Ryan ryandv@mcmaster.ca or call us at 905-525-9140 ext. 22571.

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distinctly remember the day in February 2002 when I made the decision to delay graduation by one year and take part in the McMaster Engineering Internship program. It was a hard decision. On the one hand, I didn’t want to miss spending my last year at Mac with my classmates and friends. However, I knew that the 16-month work experience would be good for me. I never imagined what an impact that decision would have! After receiving a couple of job offers, I chose to do the internship at a Canadian electronics company. There I found a supportive manager who gave me the opportunity to learn everyday, and a great group of colleagues who took the time to mentor me. Long before the end of the work period, I knew I had made the right decision. Like most students who have been interns, I kept in touch with my manager. In November, three months after returning to classes, I received word that he had accepted an assignment to head up the company’s European Purchasing Department in Milan, Italy. Because we had developed a very good working relationship during the internship, he offered me a position as a Commodity Manager in the M

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Milan office. I jumped at the opportunity and moved to Milan right after graduation the following June. I was in Italy just over a year and had a great time. I learned some Italian, traveled, and gained good experiences in transacting business in an international environment. At the end of the first year, I was offered the chance to re-locate to another European city to support the setup of a new purchasing

group. Again, I jumped, packing my bags for Prague in the Czech Republic! I’ve been in Prague for nearly half a year and am really enjoying it. It’s a unique experience to live and work in a foreign country, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to do so in two very different cities. That 16-month internship not only gave me some great work experience, but continued on page 16

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a limited time frame. The team design challenges are always a highlight of the competition. In this category, competitors must participate in the design and construction of a project that will be revealed only on the day of the competition. Projects will be judged based on design originality, creativity, teamwork and presentation. At the team design level, participants are

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n Saturday February 7th, the Faculty welcomed over 250 female high school students to the second annual McMaster Women’s Engineering Experience. The students who came from Belleville, Newmarket, Mississauga and the greater Hamilton area had an opportunity to learn about the variety of activities in which engineers The winning team (from left to right): Dilani Balasubaramahiam, are engaged. Topics such as engi- Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Grade 9; Amanda Bilinski, neering design, risk management Assumption Catholic S.S., Grade 11; Leeanne Quehl, Grand issues and projects involving River Collegiate Institute, Grade 12; and Carolyn Wight, chemical engineering were Moira S.S., Grade 10. Lisa Crossley. The students also enjoyed offered by civil engineering professor the ever-popular Fireball Show that highSarah Dickson, civil engineering and lights some of the exciting processes and management graduate student Cathy theories in engineering studies. Taylor, and chemical engineering professor

allowed no preparation time and only four hours building time. Participants at the Senior Team Design level will have completed some research prior to their 10-hour challenge. A High School Design Team challenge ensures that future engineers have a preview of what lies ahead in their university careers. The competition connects student competitors with representatives from industry, government and academia. In recent years, the CEC has developed an international reputation for showcasing the best and brightest of Canada’s future engineers.

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The only disadvantage to working at the World Bank is being based in the USA; NZ or Canada is much more to my liking! It’s also a shock having winter again – this year was the first time since 1983 that I had to shovel a driveway. I’m sure I won’t have much sympathy on that. On the personal side I am still a keen cyclist and for my 40th birthday cycled from San Francisco to Maine (visiting Mac en-route). More recently I mountain biked the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. My trip journals are at www.lpcb.org. I’m married to a Dane whom I met in NZ and we have one cat and no children. My e-mail: chris@lpcb.org.

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it also led to future opportunities after graduation. I truly believe that taking part in the program gave me the confidence, flexibility and perspective to make the choices that have led me to where I am now. While I don’t know what the future holds, I’m positive my internship and subsequent work experiences have put me on the right track.

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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Attend a thought provoking Event in Calgary with fellow McMaster Alumni

Golf Tournament

Thursday, May 27, 2004 Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course Burlington, Ontario

Saturday May 8,2004

SPRING 2004

Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 – 5th Avenue S.W.,Calgary,AB

“Shotgun” Start at 12 noon Cost: $125 per participant

5:30 pm – Engineering Reception (Cardium Room)

Contact: Carm Vespi 905-525-9140, ext. 24906 vespi@mcmaster.ca or register online at: http://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni

Attending: Carm Vespi,Manager,Alumni Office Pat Stevens,Chair,Engineering Alumni Advisory Committee

6:30 pm – Dinner (Forrester Room)

A Beautiful Brain: The Einstein Connection

BOOK EARLY, SPACE IS LIMITED!

Cost $25 per person (Includes hors d’oeuvres reception,three-course dinner,taxes gratuities and speaker. Cash Bar)

Did you know that the brain of Albert Einstein has been “decoded” at McMaster University?

Please RSVP by Friday,April 30,2004 Registration Forms available on line:

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Join us for an evening with fellow McMaster alumni at a reception and dinner and learn how Dr. Sandra F. Witelson, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience at McMaster University, received and analyzed the brain of one of the millennium’s greatest minds.

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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

MacElEng Bickford, Robert ’95: I am currently working at Rockwell Automation Canada as the Team Leader for the MV Technical Support group. I have been here for about 6 years now. My wife Karen and I just added a new member to our family on Feb 28. Noah Michael now joins his 21-month-old brother Zachary Robert.

Pereira, Ashley ’83: Currently starting the Comp’s phase of my PhD (Organization and Mgmt. Specialization) at Capella University, MN USA. The dissertation topic is: “Headquartered and virtual engineering groups – factors that affect their organizational alignment and task effectiveness”. Life is exciting – I am still head of the Defense and Space Product Business at Honeywell, Toronto. I just invested in a Deep Red II Driver and am looking forward to the 2004 golf season with my kids, Michael, 13 and Andrew, 7. Somehow my wife Janina keeps the household running smoothly.

Canadian Armed Forces after 20 years at CFB Petawawa. Lenarduzzi, Marlene ’92: Married to Bruce Watson (Chem Eng. & Mgmt. ’91). Proud parents of Nicole Louise Lenarduzzi Watson, born on July 4th 2003. Marlene is currently on maternity leave from her position as Manager, Predictive Modelling with CIBC Retail Risk Management Division. Bruce continues with CallNet Enterprises as Manager of Regulatory Affairs. We are currently living in North York. Happy to hear from old friends at lenarduzziwatson@sprint.ca.

MacElEng&Mgmt Kohler, Mark (Elec ’86) and Miranda (nee Weygang) (Mech ’85): The last several years have been eventful ones for the Kohlers. In ’97 Mark and I realized that the two-career, two-long-commutes, two-children-in-daycare routine was becoming insane so we modified our lifestyle and relocated to Singapore where Mark had accepted a 2 year expatriate assignment with Nortel Networks. I took on the new challenge of full-time motherhood with a litle bit of clinical engineering consulting work thrown in (it fell out of the Malaysian sky via my old boss in Toronto). The two amazing years overseas stretched quickly into nearly six, with another international move in ’99, this time to Sydney, Australia. We eventually parted with beautiful Australia and returned home at the end of 2002 so that our children could become reacquainted with their extended family. Throughout the moves Mark remained with Nortel, and is now based in the Brampton location. After 3 temporary homes, last year we finally settled in Georgetown, a shock to our extended family living in Oakville, but we are enjoying both reduced traffic and being closer to nature. I am still being challenged by full-time parenting. Our children (Ryan 9, Myra 7) are incredible. We’re thankful that it is now 2004 and, for a change we’re not planning moving this year! Nieuwenhuis, Fred ’98: Just to let you know that on October 6, 2003, my wife and I received our first born child, Samuel Roelof.

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Lakhani, Karim ’93: We welcomed Sitarah Noor Lakhani into this world on March 21, 2004 at 9:43 p.m. It took about 24 hours of real hard trying by mom and daughter. Sitarah came in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 21 inches in length. Both mom and daughter are doing really well. Dad is recovering as well. We are all now at home. We will put up lots of pictures on the web shortly but we wanted you all to have a sneak peak at our “Star Light.” Talk to you all soon! Shields, Thomas ’00: Married Joy Wong (McMaster, Sociology ’97) in 2001 and we are proud parents of daughter Abby, born August 26, 2003 – full of smiles and the centre of our universe. We live in Kincardine, Ontario where I work at Bruce Power on the shores of Lake Huron. Really enjoying small town life! Contact me at mtfs@tnt21.com.

Pollock (Scott), Erika ’98: My new role as a stay-at-home mom has grown with the addition of our daughter Jamie, born January 28, 2004, and weighing in at 9 lb 10.5 oz). We are now a family of four – our oldest Kayla turned 4 in February.

MacChemEng Grabham, Norman, ’74: Greetings from Calgary, AB and to let everyone know that I’m off to Tripoli, Libya soon. I’ll be teaching chemical engineering and water treatment (boilers/cooling towers/reverse-osmosis systems), and utility operation fundamentals. Very excited about this opportunity. I have a girlfriend, Erika, who is retired from

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Ross, Andrew ’84: I am still in San Francisco, working in video compression, having fun and skiing like crazy. I can be reached at ajross@bigfoot.com

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MacChemEng&Mgt DeLeeuw, John ’90: I have just recently been named to the Board of Directors for the Chrysalis Foundation of Alberta. The Chrysalis Society is a charitable organization that provides services for persons with disabilities. In particular, the organization finds employment opportunities for the mentally challenged. The Chrysalis Foundation is the fundraising arm for the Society. Contact me at johndeleeuw@telus.net

Chang, Phil ’93: Reporting in with a new e-mail address, since my wife JoAnn and I have moved to Florida. Contact us at haulnz@tampabay.rr.com. Started in September as Civil Project Manager for Kimley-Horn & Associates, handling residential land development projects. We have two Lhasa Apso puppies, Cooper and Beethoven, born in August 2003.

We’re glad to hear from you… From Pam Bhandarkar, Electrical & Mgt. ’98: “Hi Carm, I just wanted to thank you for always calling me when there is an important event in Ottawa. I see your great work in the MacEngineer – thanks for keeping us connected!” Mathews Nedeljko, Mechanical &

Mgt. ’90: writes from his new home in Loveland, Ohio: “Hello Carm, congratulations on at least 15 years of a job well done! (Actually, it’s almost 30! Editor) I just received the Winter ’04 issue of the MacEngineer. Every issue brings all the fond memories of the time I spent studying there flooding back.” “I just received my latest edition of the MacEngineer,” writes Thomas Shields ’00. “I always take pleasure in reading about the developments of my old faculty (Elec. Eng. & Mgmt.), but I especially enjoy the Alumni Grapevine, and reading the snippets of people’s lives whom I knew not so long ago.” “Thank you for keeping me informed. The MacEngineer is great.” Lou Rocca, Civil & Mgt. ’83.

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company, I get involved in all aspects of production. Our flagship location in Quechee, VT has a retail store and restaurant (very expensive!) overlooking the Ottaquechee River. This job is an engineer’s dream – the area is super for scenic mountain views and for its ski hills, and there’s a microbrewery on the Windsor property! View our products at www.simonpearceglass.com Contact me at stephenson@surfglobal.net.

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Escalante, Carlos ’98: Congratulations to Carlos and Laura who welcome a new addition to their family. Carlos Andres Jeremiah Escalante. He was born on January 11, 2004 at 1:27 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 1/2 oz. 19.5" long with dark hair and blue eyes.

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Tomasino, Juan Ricardo Eng. Phys. ’00: I’m getting married! The big day is May 22, 2004.

Uteck, John ’91 Here’s my new e-address – john-uteck@carolina.rr.com and home webpage at http://home.carolina.rr.com/uteck. Still living in Charlotte, North Carolina, with wife Sherri, daughter Brittany and twins Christopher and Matthew.

MacChemEng&Soc Nickerson, Lynn ’97: I’m excited to announce a new addition to my family, Audrey Margaret, from September 23, 2003. I’ve returned from California and am currently staying at home with my daughter. I would love to hear from old classmates at lnicker son@sympatico.ca.

MacMaterialsSci&Eng Stephenson, Glenn ’88: Have moved around quite a lot between companies in California and Oklahoma. Joined Simon Pearce Glass of Windsor, Vermont, as Pottery Manager in September 2002 and am enjoying it here very much. We produce designer dinnerware, table top items like vases, and ceramic lamps. Since it is a small

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Engineering Family Day Bring your family and friends to

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Sunday, August 29, 2004 More information to come. Visit the website at: www.eng.mcmaster.ca/engalumni

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