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Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University – 2016

Women Who Paved the Way Celebrating McMaster’s first female Engineers

“They were groundbreakers, and they’ve sown fertile soil. Women are no longer an engineering novelty. This year, 21 per cent of students entering Mac’s engineering program are female.” Hoda A. ElMaraghy

“I think we need to encourage girls to excel in math and science at a young age. Female teachers who are confident in these subjects can be powerful role models.” Susan Sproule

“GO FOR IT! A degree in engineering offers a world of great opportunities. It is a great springboard from which to launch your career. You can go in many wonderful directions.” M. Dorell Carlson

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Women in McMaster Engineering


e face a crisis. To reflect the diversity of our world, our profession requires more women engineers, as engineering faculty members or in engineering jobs. It is simply the right thing to do. Broadly, there is only a single woman engineer practising for every four men. Therefore, the case for more women engineers can be made based

released by the World Economic Forum in January found that women are expected to be the major casualties of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Two thirds of job losses associated with mass digital change, or the Internet of Things, will be in whitecollar positions, such as administrative assistants. Women are overrepresented in these fields. At the same time, jobs in STEM fields that are focused on smart

on equity and fairness. Our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau summed this up best when asked why he insisted on gender parity in his cabinet: “Because it’s 2015” and it’s time for change. A more nuanced case for gender parity in engineering can be made to increase the diversity of opinions that drives meaningful innovation. The need for gender equality is even more acute in today’s uncertain economy. A report

systems are forecasted to rapidly grow. Women are not yet fully represented at the engineering table and could suffer significant economic losses as a result. McMaster Engineering must to do its part. We are and will continue to do so. Our community has dedicated itself to broadening participation in engineering. We are inspiring young women to change our world by pursuing an engineering degree.

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We support female students of many ages in a variety of ways, from camp programs, clubs, and conferences, to scholarships for elementary and high school students. Through programs such as career exploration and the experiential learning event Go ENG Girl and others, young girls learn how engineering and science can influence our daily lives for the better. McMaster Engineering faculty members, many of them women, mentor prospective and current students through speed mentoring, networking and other programs. As well, about half of our women engineering students act as ambassadors on campus and offer peer-to-peer support, for instance through the Big Sister Little Sister program. As a result, we’re improving the number of women engineering students at McMaster. In September 2015, 21.3% of the students registered in Engineering 1, up from 11.7% in 2005. While our journey to attract more women to engineering must take many more steps, we have covered some distance in projecting McMaster Engineering as a destination of value for women. Hence, an increasing number of women now select McMaster Engineering as their preferred program of study. There’s considerable work to be done and I look forward to sharing even better news in the future.

Dean of Engineering – Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

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Alumni Profiles

Doing Business The Crozier Way Close to 80 employees at C.F. Crozier & Associates offices in Collingwood and Milton know all about “The Crozier Way” – the fundamental principle at the heart of the firm’s engineering services to the private sector land development industry in Ontario. The Crozier Way is a combination of commitment to the private sector, dedication to delivery and clientfirst relationships established when Christopher Crozier opened the firm in Collingwood in 2004. Over the past decade Crozier & Associates has expanded their engineering services from a core municipal site servicing and water resources expertise to include

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transportation, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, or as they call it, “land development engineering, from the ground up.” Crozier’s path to founding the company began after his graduation with a Bachelor of Engineering & Business

Management from McMaster in 1990. He soon landed a position as a water resources engineer with R.J. Burnside & Associates in Brampton where Bob

Burnside became an invaluable mentor. The opportunity given to Crozier by Burnside in 2000 to establish a land development presence in their Georgian Bay area Collingwood office proved to be a turning point for Crozier. The community was attracting strong private development interest as it transitioned from a smoke-stack economy to focus on recreation/tourism and knowledgebased sector growth. His loyalty and respect for his mentor made the decision to open his own company one of the most difficult in his career. “I will never forget the professional respect and peer encouragement he extended to me when I finally opened my company in 2004,” says Crozier. That example of mentoring is paidforward in the culture that Crozier and his partner Kevin Morris, P.Eng., have fostered at Crozier & Associates and gets credit for contributing to the firm’s early and rapid growth. Crozier & Associates confidently opened a second office in 2009 in Milton, considered one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario. “There was never a question of laying-off any member of my staff when the economy faltered,” says Crozier explaining that “The expansion to Milton not only improved service to our growing GTA client base, it was an investment in our people and our clients.” Another generation seems poised to follow the Crozier Way. Son David is studying engineering at Western and son Joseph is a third-year McMaster engineering student who is also Co-President of the McMaster Entrepreneurial Association. With a smile Crozier acknowledges, “ If there’s an entrepreneurial gene, it’s dialled up a notch in all of my children.”

has brought both challenges and innovations. According to Stulen, “Workers with chainsaws have been largely superseded by equipment that cuts logs from full tree stems and now we’re putting workers into a safe machine on steep slopes.” Stulen is a founding director of Innovatek Limited, an event and business association company that runs several forest industry associations throughout New Zealand and Australia. Before the company was founded in 1999 he spent more than a decade doing forest harvest research. He’d gone to New Zealand soon after earning his BEng. Mechanical Engineering from McMaster just as the 1982 recession was hitting Canada

ging Conference to discuss innovative new technology that mechanizes tree harvesting for greater worker safety and productivity. The plantation-based forest industry in New Zealand has grown its harvest each year over the past decade, which

hard. “ As a young enthusiastic graduate I vowed to find a workplace and a country that held more opportunity at the time,” says Stulen explaining how he found himself in New Zealand. Today his company runs all of the key conferences, seminars and work-

Photo: Heikki Valve

Mac Grad Went Out on a Limb to Find Career in New Zealand New Zealand may not pop to mind when you think of countries known for forestry, but John Stulen will tell you in a hurry that New Zealand has much in common with forest industries on the west coasts of Canada and the US. The weather and terrain are similar, and all face the challenges of steep slope logging with the inherent threats to workers and productivity. After years of bringing west coast experts to New Zealand for conferences, Stulen has turned the tables. In early March he brought forest industry contractors from New Zealand to British Columbia for the Steep Slope Log-

shops for people in the forest and wood products industries in New Zealand and Australia. For more than three years he’s also been working closely with the BC Safety Council. “The conference business we’ve established over the past 16 years is heavily focused on helping companies to foster international competitiveness in the forest industries through innovation and technology,” says Stulen. He adds, “ My engineering degree has served me well, with our technology and innovation focus for our industry events.” During his years at McMaster, John Stulen was an active member of the organizing committee for the Mechanical Engineering Society (MES). “ On reflection, my university and MES experience helped set me up for what has becoming a career in professional networking.”

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Women Who Paved the Way Celebrating McMaster’s first female Engineers

Top left to bottom right: Lindy Anne Bosyj, M. Dorell Carlson, Valerie Davidson, Nadia Elgohary, Dale Elley-Bristow, Lois A. Johnson, Desryn London-Duncan, Soraya Orady, Susan Sproule, Paula Jane Sceviour, Stella Tse

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The ground breaking women who came to McMaster to study engineering in the 1970s entered a field entirely dominated by men. While many had the support of teachers and parents as they faced down society’s stereotypes about what they could – or should – do with their careers, there were plenty of barriers to overcome.


s Dale Elley-Bristow (B.Eng ’76 Chemical) noted, “My guidance councillor at my high school identified only five jobs for women during my era: teacher, nurse, secretary, housewife, and flight attendant.” Their success in earning the respect of their peers can be seen in the leading roles the women quickly began to play in campus life. In 1976, Susan Sproule (B.Eng ’77 Civil, MBA ’97, PhD ’03 Management Science/Information Systems) served as the first female president of the McMaster Engineering Society. In 1978, Desryn London-Duncan (B.Eng ’78 Electrical) was elected the Electrical Engineering Society’s first female president. Within the work world, Mac’s first female engineers also made their marks as ground breakers, with many receiving recognition within their industry. In 1976, Hoda ElMaraghy (M.Eng ‘72, Ph.D. ’76 Mechanical) became the first Canadian women to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering. She went on to become the country’s first female Dean of Engineering, and was recently

Dorell Carlson (nee McCarron) with the Engineering Physics class of 1974.

appointed to the Order of Ontario for her pioneering accomplishments and her research on flexible manufacturing. They were ground breakers, and they’ve sown fertile soil. Women are no longer an engineering novelty. This year, 21 per cent of students entering Mac’s engineering program are female. Women are key contributors in the myriad of fields that demand engineering skills. Some thanks for that must go out to the women who blazed the trails. Why did you choose to become an engineer? “Math and science teachers in elementary and high school influenced me, while the successes and rapid advancement and innovations in 50’s & 60’s I saw occurring in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, computers and space explorations inspired me to pursue a career in engineering.” Jadranka (Jad) Rizoniko-Popovic “Growing up, I was always curious about how things worked. I would try to dismantle my bike to see how and why it worked. As I grew older, I realized that I was very good at maths. Also, around that time, there was an effort in my country of birth, Guyana, to encour-

age students to study engineering. At that time, I was attending an all girls’ high school. A female engineer (one of the few in the country) came to my high school and spoke to us about the interesting tasks related to engineering. She was articulate and exciting. I could distinctly remember her saying, ‘If you are good at maths, you can become an engineer. You will not regret it.’ I decided at that time that engineering would be one of my career choices.” Desryn London-Duncan “I chose engineering because I enjoyed math and sciences but was interested in their practical application. I grew up working on projects with my Dad, who always encouraged me to aim for university which is what he would have loved to do. I was also fortunate to have been encouraged by teachers, particularly my grade 13 math teacher to apply to engineering. I had actually never met a professional engineer before I enrolled.” M. Dorell (McCarron) Carlson

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Stella Tse and Valerie Davidson

What was it like being among the first female students in the faculty?  “The 1970’s was not a politically correct era for women. In Engineering, women were typically centered out for entertainment value via some daily torture scheme. Taking it as goodhumoured fun however, was excellent preparation for the reception waiting in the working world. Professors and the academics were exceptional and encouraging. Although my classmates loved to poke fun, they were very loyal and supportive if I needed any help.” Dale Elley-Bristow “Right from my first days at McMaster, professors and in particular, Associate Dean Colin diCenzo, were welcoming. I was treated like just one of the group. Among my fellow students I felt like one of the gang, and made some great friends. We studied hard but also had a lot of fun. For example, after long

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evenings in the study rooms in the basement of the engineering building I’d often get asked if I wanted to head to Paddy Greens for a beer. That was when there was the “Ladies and Escort” section, which was where the better TV was for watching sports. I was treated to free beer for getting the guys into that side. I enjoyed being involved in various engineering activities as a member of the Engineering Student Council all four years.” M. Dorell (McCarron) Carlson “It was a very character-building experience. At first, it was pretty intimidating. I was constantly being told by any person I met on campus how difficult engineering was and that I most likely will drop out. It was ironic that I was told that I would fail mostly by my peers who were not in engineering. The majority of the professors did not treat me any differently than my male peers. The resistance came from my male peers. Outwardly, they were very

friendly, but in first year group projects, I found the males on my team to be very condescending. They did not want to take my opinions seriously or give me any section of the task to do. I insisted and spent an inordinate amount of time to do an outstanding job. By second year, there was a mutual respect and I shared the tasks of any group project. Also, I noticed that my opinion was not only asked for, but accepted and implemented.  During our third year project, I was chosen as the project lead.” Desryn London-Duncan “I enjoyed lots of extracurricular functions, like being on the executive of the Chinese student association, and had fun mingling with all the other engineering students studying and exchanging ideas about our projects.” Stella Tse “I still have a clear memory of the moment I walked around the corner of the engineering building to participate in

first-year orientation. When I passed the MES table in registration line (it was a time well before online registration), I had been told that there were four female students in first-year engineering so I would not be alone at orientation. As I walked around the corner of the building, all that I could see was a large crowd of males but it was too late. I had been spotted. It turned out that I was the only one of the four female students in Year 1 to attend – although there were a few female engineering students from upper years. So I was asked to sing a solo first verse of the Engineers’ hymn and that was it. No further embarrassment. Although there were four females in first-year engineering, only Stella Tse (Wong) and I continued on to second year and we both chose chemical engineering. The Chemical Engineering class of 1975 was fairly small but two female students did represent a minority. At that time there were only a few women’s washrooms in the engineering building. I do remember climbing at least two flights of stairs from our basement study room to reach a women’s washroom and I often thought of using a can of black spray paint to mark “wo” on a few of the men’s facilities.” Valerie Davidson “I recall being the first and only graduate student in Mechanical Engineering both as a Master and PhD student having to compete with my male colleagues in every way. I was almost a novelty at that time. I remember Professor Rueben Kitai (EE) in one of his classes asked me if, for the purpose of this class, he can call me Gentleman, because he was not used to saying Ladies and Gentlemen in addressing the class – I actually told him No, and he got used to it. Hoda A. ElMaraghy My husband and I came to Canada from Europe and got scholarships for graduate studies from McMaster. Being in graduate school, as the only women

in engineering, was perhaps easier on me, since I was more mature by then. It amused me when I realized that I was the only female amongst the entire student population in the department, which also included all male professors.

I was advised to do a Master’s degree. Dr. Nyle Wilson, my professor, helped and encouraged me, and assisted me in finding my first job before I completed my degree.” Nadia Elgohary

In retrospect, I had a very positive experience in dealing with students and professors during my graduate studies, and later when I joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering department. Jadranka (Jad) Rizoniko-Popovic 

“From a personal perspective, my experience at McMaster Engineering gave me self-confidence, and a feeling of certainty that I will survive anything that life throws at me. Even now, if there is an engineering problem, regardless of how difficult it may seem, I have confidence that I will somehow find a solution that will work.

How did your experience at McMaster Engineering shape your career/life journey? “The engineering education was excellent, but just as important was the opportunity to become involved in student activities. As a student representative, I attended Engineering conferences in Calgary and Halifax, and got introduced to local members of the profession. By being involved in the McMaster Engineering Society, I interacted with faculty, got to know a lot of my fellow students, and gained valuable

It also gave me empathy, humility and a respect for all people. I discovered that there were several methods to do the same thing and a different method or a different opinion did not mean that it was wrong. Realizing how much I do not know made me realize that I should never be condescending to anyone.” Desryn London-Duncan “My interest in nuclear engineering led to a summer job at BC Hydro in the

Desryn London-Duncan

management skills.” Susan Sproule (first female MES president in 1976). “Doing my graduate degree at McMaster opened the doors for my career. When I arrived in Canada from Egypt in 1971, I couldn’t find an engineering job.

group responsible for evaluating future generation options. That turned into a permanent job and 40 years (so far) of fabulous skiing at Whistler.” M. Dorell (McCarron) Carlson

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Lindy Anne Bosyj nee Jean (B.Eng ’77 Eng.Physics, MBA ’85 York University) Marketing Manager

M. Dorell Carlson nee McCarron (B.Eng ’74 Eng. Physics) Resource Planning Specialist, BC Hydro (retired)

“My experience at McMaster prepared me for a good career. I had job experiences in the nuclear industry, in the field of design as well as consulting and finally my career as a professor. I love teaching engineering at the college level and I hope I am an inspiration for more women to enter the engineering field. I also use much of what I learned at McMaster in my family life.” Lois A. Johnson Armed with a very positive attitude gained at Mac, I had embarked to look for a job in industry. I soon realized that the bosses who interviewed me were more conservative than folks who worked at the university. After encountering quite a few men in gray suits who were quite apprehensive and uneasy to deal with female engineers, I started to worry it was a different world out there. But not for long, as I also ran into people who were forward-looking, fathers of girls who thought of me of being a role model for their daughters. I joined and stayed with Atomic Energy of Canada for over three decades, had a very productive and successful career and was mentor

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Lois A. Johnson (B. Eng ’77, Metallurgical) Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technician, Niagara College

Nadia Elgohary (M.Eng ’75 Civil) Manager of Geotechnical Services, Peto MacCallum Ltd.

of many young men and women in engineering and technical fields.  My work and enthusiasm for science and engineering, and also my husband’s, made a mark and  influenced my three daugh-

Dale Elley-Bristow (B.Eng ’76 Chemical) Senior Technical Leader in Research and Development at The Dow Chemical Company (retired 2009 after 33 years... yeah Freedom 54!)

Valerie Davidson (B.Eng ’75 Chemical) Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph (retired – now University Professor Emerita)

Ontario for Bell Canada for two years after graduation, and then we moved to Calgary, Alberta to continue our careers as the west was growing and offering lots of opportunity for young engineers. We followed our dreams west. No matter what I get involved with, my “engineering mind” still makes me ask lots of questions regarding how things work. Paula Jane Sceviour What was your biggest accomplishment?

Hoda A. ElMaraghy (M.Eng ‘72, Ph.D. ’76 Mechanical) Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Windsor Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Manufacturing Systems, Director, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Centre. ters to study and pursue their careers related to science and engineering. Jadranka (Jad) Rizoniko-Popovic Engineering gave me a strong basis for my career/life journey. I met my husband at McMaster (Philip Sceviour, B.Eng and Management) and we had very similar interests in life. I worked in

“I received the Dow Chemical Kramer Award in 1999. This award is given to the TS&D Person of the Year, for the most innovative technical solution to a problem. Considering that over 15,000 worldwide projects were evaluated, this was indeed a real honour. I’m also proud of the 13 patents I was awarded during my career, but my proudest achievements were bringing great technical solutions to my customers.” Dale Elley-Bristow “My biggest accomplishment is three wonderful kids! My son was the only one at his iron ring ceremony with both his mom and his dad (University of Toronto, ‘69) in attendance. Careerwise, I worked many years with a team

Desryn London-Duncan (B.Eng ’78 Electrical) Chief Architect, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury. USA

Soraya Orady (Ph.D ’81 Electrical) Owner and manager of SE Systems Consulting (retired)

of talented engineers to provide top quality technical, socioeconomic and environmental evaluation of system expansion plan alternatives which supported both public consultation initiatives and informed decision-making by utility executives and their provincial government counterparts.” M. Dorell (McCarron) Carlson “Working as an engineering consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Construction Health and Safety branch, I had the major role in developing the regulations for excavation and trenching on construction sites and many of other regulations like fall protection. Once they were implemented, deaths went from about 20 to 35 per year to almost nil in 10 years in the excavation sector.” Nadia Elgohary “When I joined Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) in 1974, I was the only woman working in engineering. For many years, there were very few women working in the nuclear industry, but the numbers have increased over my career and I have enjoyed mentoring younger, both female and male colleagues, organizing technical training in AECL. Professionally, I take great satisfaction that I was

Paula Jane Sceviour nee Johnston (B.Eng ’77 Civil) Retired

Susan Sproule (B.Eng ’77 Civil, MBA ’97, PhD ’03 Management Science/ Information Systems) Assistant Professor – Information Systems , Goodman School of Business at Brock University

working in the forefront of engineering and innovation in nuclear technology and knowing that the products of my design work in the fields of control engineering and nuclear safety are in operation in CANDU nuclear generating stations in Canada and overseas. For that work and working with the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada I was awarded the CNS Fellowship.” Jadranka (Jad) Rizoniko-Popovic “There have been many important milestones throughout my career including many recognitions of excellence in research, teaching and service and national and international awards, but perhaps one of the important achievements has been being the first woman Dean of Engineering in Canada paving the way for others to follow. On a personal level, my biggest accomplishment is mentoring many young men and women and helping them achieve their potential and serve the society with distinction including our two sons who are very successful surgeons, inventors and innovators in their own right. The support of my husband, an engineering professor, was great help all the way which allowed me to combine an active career with raising a family.” Hoda A. ElMaraghy

Stella Tse (B.Eng ’75 Chemical) Retired

What do you think needs to change to gain equality in STEM fields, particularly engineering? “I hope that the number of women studying and practicing engineering grows and reaches the same proportion of women in the society. Women are capable of tackling any challenges in these fields but not only do they need more support, encouragement and recognition from teachers, colleagues and superiors but also at home. Women Role Models play an important role for both men and women in Engineering. I capitalize on being a role model and engage in many outreach activities and for that I received, in 2014, the first Partners In Research (PIR) “Engineering Ambassador” award.” Hoda A. ElMaraghy “I think we need to encourage girls to excel in math and science at a young age. Female teachers who are confident in these subjects can be powerful role models. These days I do not see many barriers in university or the workplace.” Susan Sproule “I think it should start in elementary school. The girls should be expected

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to launch your career. You can go in many wonderful directions. It provides exciting opportunities to work with multi-discipline teams on projects that improve people’s lives. From what I’ve seen, you can choose to focus on your technical expertise or pursue other management/leadership roles. (From my experience, I can recommend that engineering plus an MBA is a dynamite combination.) Engineering can also provide the opportunity for important life balance. Try to always make time for your other interests that bring you joy: sports, gal pals, music, art etc.” M. Dorell (McCarron) Carlson

Soraya Orady

to do as well as they could and they should be told that being good at mathematics and science was a mark of pride and they should not be ashamed of it. I also think that all girls’ schools tend to be a nurturing environment where girls who are excellent at maths and science are not being mocked by the males in the class because of their expertise. Lastly, the number of females going into STEM and being successful should be publicized as much as possible in schools. If possible, these females should visit those schools so the kids can identify with someone who is a female engineer. This can serve as encouragement to any female who is considering it.” Desryn London-Duncan “I am not sure enough is done to communicate to early high school (and even late grade school) students about the great variety of career options that exist for graduates with an engineering degree, to ensure they take the math and sciences courses they need as prerequisites for engineering. In the work world, employers should increasingly see the long term benefits of encouraging life balance for their employees. I think female employees have led the

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way on this issue but as more male employees realize the merits of better life balance, increased equity will hopefully follow.” M. Dorell (McCarron) Carlson “The workplace needs to recognize that a woman is often a mother and a worker at the same time. One of the biggest obstacles for women is the family, and workplaces should recognize the role and obligations of the women towards their family and cater to their needs while working full time as an engineers. Nadia Elgohary What advice would you pass on to young women who are considering engineering? “If you have the aptitude and the desire to become an engineer, go for it. It is a rewarding career.” Lois A. Johnson “The world is always looking for better technical solutions and there is nothing more fulfilling than solving a problem for mankind and leaving the world a better place. Engineering allows one to do this and the opportunities abound.” Dale Elley-Bristow “GO FOR IT! A degree in engineering offers a world of great opportunities. It is a great springboard from which

“Be confident of your abilities.” Stella Tse “It is a profession where you can make a difference. Engineering brings new technologies to life and improves our standard of living. On a personal level, the project nature of much of our work means you are always facing new challenges. This keeps things interesting.” Susan Sproule “There is nothing like thinking of a design, then seeing it built. Don’t be scared of engineering study, it is not as hard as everyone thinks and it’s only five years. Only the first year may be slightly difficult then after that, it’s easy and interesting. So be brave, go at it and work hard as women have the brains.” Nadia Elgohary “If the opportunity arises, a mentor is extremely valuable at any stage of your education or career. I was very fortunate to be assigned Dr. L. David Pengelly as my faculty advisor. We met on an ongoing basis throughout my undergrad years. He was a wonderful sounding board for ideas, always positive and enthusiastic. He provided excellent insight coupled with the benefit of his experience. Never underestimate the value of experience.” Lindy Anne Bosyj


California Dreamin’

The attractions of the San Francisco Bay area are myriad. The most evident include the cultural diversity of San Francisco, high-tech energy of Silicon Valley and intellectual prowess of the area’s world-class universities. But other assets include the region’s temperate climate, access to recreational opportunities and geographic diversity. Add in the demand for engineering skills and the unparalleled opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the area is a clear draw for ambitious graduates looking to build a future. The MacEngineer 2016 13

Mac engineering grads who have constructed a California career offer some insights into the area. “Much of your paycheck will be eaten-up by insanely high rents, and Bay Area traffic is notoriously bad, but an undeniable joy of living in California is the natural beauty, and inclement weather,” says Ravi Rishy-Maharaj. “If you want to live where you can golf, swim and ski all in the same day, this may be the place for you. ”The area is raw energy, constant change and constant ‘next big thing’,” adds Michael Frendo. “It is a land of eternal optimism. Traffic is horrible, housing is expensive, and people accept that and move ahead.” Aly Orady describes Silicon Valley energy with a lighter tone. “It’s like living in a candy factory with a bunch of giddy children, if candy was made out of 1’s and 0’s...”

Here are some thoughts and advice from some of the many Mac engineering graduates working and living in the San Francisco Bay area: Kaywan Afkhamie (Ph.D ’00 Electrical, M.Eng ‘95.B.Eng ‘92, Computer), Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm “Opportunity around every corner,” is how Afkhamie describes life in Silicon Valley. With the concentration of massive tech companies that hire thousands of engineers and launch entire industries around them, the area offers unprecedented prospects. “For a person with a good skill set, and hopefully even better attitude and energy, there has never been a better time than right now, and Silicon Valley presents more opportunities than probably any other place,” he says. “The one thing I would tell students is that learning and developing does not stop when you leave the university. Try to always reach for more experience and knowledge and do bigger things than you have the month or year before.” Afkhamie is a key contributor to the development of PLC, developing three generations power line technologies and standards. He has published extensively in the fields of signal processing and power line communications,

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including two book chapters on MIMO power line communications, and he has authored 26 patents and patent applications in the field of power line communications. Aly Orady (B.Eng ’98 Computer), Founder at Ript Labs, Inc.

After graduating from Mac, where he fondly recalls “hanging out in the IEEE room in the basement of JHE with those who would become my life-long brothers,” Aly Orady headed to the San Francisco Bay Area. He started his career at HewlettPackard’s Computer Systems Laboratory designing super-computers, while studying part-time to earn a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Since then, the entrepreneurial engineer has taken on technical leadership roles at a series of startups, including Kealia, Inc. (now Sun/Oracle). He founded Pano Logic where he served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer and oversaw core technology development, architecture, and patents. Last year, Orady launched Ript Labs, a startup aiming to revolutionize the world of fitness by using technology to help people achieve better results and prevent injury.

“The computer engineering program at McMaster had us study a very broad set of disciplines, which allowed me to zoom into details and zoom out to big picture, leading me quickly into leadership roles,” says Orady, who urges students to feed their curiosity to learn as much as possible. “The more you know, they more valuable you will be. Multi-disciplinary knowledge is what is fueling innovation today.” Will Plut (B.Eng ’94 Mechanical, M.Eng Robotics) President, PPI

If there’s a central formula to Silicon Valley success, it would look something like: Innovative Idea + Engineering Ingenuity = Money. Along with being an innovator and inventor, Will Plut helps others find ways to turn intellectual property into cash. Recognized as an industry leading patent strategist, Plut owns PPI, a Silicon Valley firm offering advice on patent transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. While Plut has patented over 60 inventions, one of his earliest discoveries came at McMaster, where he recalls “inventing a new form of ballistic protection during an undergrad thesis project, while everyone else was on Spring Break.”

Describing the area as an “ecosystem like no other place on earth,” Plut suggests new arrivals come prepared to “stay humble, work hard and be prepared to learn from everyone.” “Most people here will freely contribute a free hour, two, or 10 to help someone doing something new,” he says. “A new billion dollar startup emerges every month. The icing on the cake: Northern California offers a beautiful place to play with the Pacific minutes away and Tahoe within driving distance.” Michael Frendo (Ph.D. ’89 & M.Eng. ’83 Electrical), Executive Vice President of Worldwide Engineering, Polycom As the leader of Polycom’s global engineering team, Michael Frendo focuses on developing innovative technologies that make businesses more successful by allowing their people to collaborate. It’s a role that requires foresight, anticipation and a certain amount of intuition, and one that he says his Mac studies helped equip him for. “My McMaster degrees were both graduate degrees and they helped prepare me for my career because the process of obtaining them was one of self learning and self direction under the supervision of great mentors. They helped me understand and appreciate the voyage of discovery necessary to really move technology forward.” Before he joined Polycom in 2014, Frendo held senior roles Infinera, Avaya, Juniper Networks and McDATA Corp. He also spent more than 10 years at Cisco, where he founded and led the Cisco Technology Center, an incubation and advanced technology development team that played a significant role in the company’s decision to focus on Internet Protocol technologies. He went on to serve as Vice President for Systems and Software Engineering for their Voice Technology group, which developed technology

and products for the enterprise and service provider markets. “The advice I would give folks interested in exploring this space is be prepared to be a continuous learner,” he says. “Be prepared for continuous change. Never get ‘comfortable’ and eradicate the word ‘can't’ from your vocabulary.” Ravi Rishy-Maharaj (B.Eng ’82 Computer and Electrical) Founder & CEO GigSky, Inc.

A high-tech veteran and self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Ravi Rishy-Maharaj is currently heading the third company he has launched. He created GigSky, Inc., a mobile services marketplace app, to solve the connectivity hassles he frequently experienced while traveling abroad for business. He previously founded Kinaare Networks, as well as Digital Microsystems (Canada), and has experience working with wireless, networking, telecom and green technologies for companies including Sun Microsystems, Apple Computer and Nortel Networks. The highly-competitive but diverse San Francisco Bay area offers tremendous opportunity for people of all backgrounds with drive and tenacity, he says. “The access to funding for entrepreneurs is unparalleled, and being in the innovation hub of the world, brings the excitement of interacting with brilliant, creative people - some with huge egos!” Lawrence Tse (B.Eng ’81 Electrical), Vice President of Engineering, Inphi Corp.

While “excellent weather” is definitely part of the appeal of Silicon Valley, the rest of the California stereotype of laidback living hardly applies, according to

Lawrence Tse. In fact, it’s a dynamic, fast-paced environment that demands long hours and requires high-energy people. “You’re surrounded by your competitors, which forces you to stay paranoid and keep pushing forward,” he says. After graduating from Mac, Tse worked at Nortel and Gennum Corporation in Canada. His move south saw him earn a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, then take on a series of positions working in integrated circuits (semiconductor) design and development, test and product engineering and technical management. In 2010 he joined Inphi Corp, a design and manufacturer of high-speed data connectivity solutions. His fond memories of McMaster include inspiring professors, talented classmates and Friday nights at the Downstairs John. Waguih Ishak (Ph.D ’78 Electrical), Vice President at Corning, Inc.

Living in the fast-paced environment of Silicon Valley immerses an engineer in “ground zero for all technological revolutions,” says Waguih Ishak. “You have to think fast, be well connected 24/7, you need to have a strong network. It is exciting and challenging at the same time.” After nearly four decades directing research teams studying photonics and integrated electronics for HewlettPackard Laboratories, Agilent Labs and Avago Technologies, Ishak joined Corning, Inc. in 2007. He established the Corning West Technology Center (CWTC) in Palo Alto, which researches touch displays, consumer fiber optics and illumination technologies. Married to fellow Mac engineer Ragaa (Hope) Ishak (B.Eng’78 Electri-

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cal), Ishak serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. For students interested in the high-tech world, he offers advice: “Remember to solve problems that matter. People want solutions for good health, good communications and good entertainment.” Clement Lam (M.Eng ’77, B.Eng ’76 Engineering Physics), Chief Business Development Officer at One Earth Designs The Mac grad who invented and patented the scrolling computer mouse roller has years of experience managing, mentoring, and building startup companies in the technology field. He has worked throughout Asia and North America, and was cofounder of Ambient Technologies, a broadband internet company that sold to Intel. He is currently responsible for overseeing world-wide business and sales development for One Earth Designs. Married to Claudia Wong (B.Eng ’78 Chemical) and now settled in Silicon Valley, he says the community’s “expensive housing, parking lot highways, intense work environments and fast-paced businesses” might not be for everyone. On the upside, the area boasts “a high knowledge-base ambience,” great weather and some of the world’s best wines in nearby Napa and Sonoma Valley. And for entrepreneurial engineers, “it’s a fantastic place to explore starting your own company,” says Lam. “No one feels bad about failing per se, as there’s always the next one. “So come on down to explore. There’s nothing to lose, everything to gain. One important tip: try connecting to as many people as you can, starting with the great Mac alumni living down here.”

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“Things move at a blistering speed in Silicon Valley,” says Smith. “Individuals who can directly contribute to the technical aspects of building a product are of enormous value.”

Sarah Smith and Corey Centen (B.Eng ’07,Biomedical), Co-founders Bodyport Inc. Less than a decade after graduation, Sarah Smith and Corey Centen are already entrepreneurial veterans. After developing a device to assist in the delivery of CPR, the pair founded Atreo Medical, then sold the company to the multinational medical technology company Medtronic. They’ve since moved to the Silicon Valley area to found their latest medical device company Bodyport, which is focused on developing tools to predict and preempt cardiovascular disease. “We’ve only been here for eight months, but so far it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience,” says Smith. “In a short period of time, we’ve been able to build a great network. We’re constantly feeding off the energy of everyone in the community; there is a true sense of camaraderie that arises from common goals and aspirations.” Now multiple patents holders, the pair point to their 4th year biomedical engineering capstone project as “a formative experience” that spawned the start of their success. “A startup demands that every team member develop a diverse set of skills and abilities and McMaster’s multidisciplinary biomedical engineering program was a perfect training ground for that environment,” says Centen. “Overall, our time at McMaster completely changed the trajectory of our lives.” For those aspiring to succeed in Silicon Valley, they urge participation in engineering competitions on projects that develop hard skills and practical knowledge.

Gary Pollock (B.Eng ’63, M.Eng ’65 & Ph.D ’67) Senior Managing Director, First Republic Investment Management

It was the summer of 1967 when Gary Pollock undertook what he jokingly calls his “Centennial Project” by heading south of the border to exploit the American economy. Almost four decades later, from the San Francisco area that enticed him south, he reports success on both the economic and quality of life fronts. A certified financial planner, Pollock spent nearly 20 years doing financial, planning and management work for Chevron Corporation before cofounding Bay Isle Financial in 1986. As president of the firm, he managed the operations and investments process for clients, building the assets under management to more than $1 billion by 2000. In 2004, he joined First Republic Investment Management. “Northern California is a very dynamic, vibrant, and active area in which to live,” he says. “There is a heavy emphasis on outdoor activities… everything from surfing to skiing, with lots of wilderness nearby in which to hike. “The area is culturally diverse with very good universities and a plethora of wonderful restaurants, and then there is the wine country, which now extends throughout most of the state. All in all, the quality of life is very high here.”




What’s Love Got to Do with It? Educating the Professional of the Future

Dave Goldberg

ThreeJoy Associates, Inc. & Author of “A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education”. Join us for a free lecture Tuesday, March 15, 2016 McMaster University, University Club, Great Hall 4:30 p.m. – Reception at 5:30 p.m.

New MES President My name is Andrew Cook, I am a third year mechatronics and management student and newly elected president of the McMaster Engineering Society. My involvements leading up to the position have been diverse, this past year I held the position of Vice President of External Relations and worked with students across the country to improve engineering education. In previous years I participated in various engineering competitions and conferences and have been heavily involved in welcome week. My largest initiative for the coming year is to foster better relationships with industry leaders and host a greater number of competitions for our students.

We live in fast-paced times and increasingly higher education is having trouble keeping up. Employers seek “well-rounded” professional workers with “communications, collaboration, and soft skills” in addition to technical skills, and students, parents, and a growing cadre of critics question the value of higher education. At the same time, non-traditional institutions and entrepreneurs disrupt the status quo with new modalities, oftentimes using the internet and educational technology as a primary means of innovation. Borrowing from experiences in engineering education, this talks suggests that change is needed, but the missing variables in the education of 21st century professionals are not to be found in changes in content, curriculum, pedagogy, or EdTech. Instead the key change variables are deeply human and emotional; education must balance the teaching of knowledge with joy, courage, trust, connection, openness, and love. The consequences of this view are explored, and practical means of achieving such changes are examined. For more information, please contact Terry Milson at (905) 525-9140 ext 27391 or at

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McMaster us Engineering alumn earns awards for r cutting-edge colou sensor

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cMaster Engineering alumnus Matthew Sheridan, founder of Hamilton-based start-up Nix Sensor Ltd., won both the 2015 Ernest C. Manning Foundation Award of Distinction and Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for creating and successfully commercializing the Nix Color Sensor. The small ping pong ball-sized device can accurately measure the colour of any object instantly -- making colour management easier and more cost-effective across a range of industries, including food production, textiles, cosmetics, commercial paints and graphic design. The David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction is one of several prizes the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation gives annually to talented Canadian innovators who are improving the lives

of Canadians and others worldwide through their commercialized innovations. Mr. Sheridan received his $25K prize at the Foundation’s 34th Innovation Awards Gala in Saskatoon on October 2, 2015. Sheridan was also named Ontario’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Ontario Business Achievement Awards gala in November. Sheridan, a McMaster University Mechatronics Engineering graduate (’12), first came up with the idea for Nix in 2012 after watching friends in the interior design industry hauling around heavy, expensive paint decks. A colleague that was trying to create custom-matched makeup for people

with severe burns and skin disorders also inspired him. Mr. Sheridan worked on early prototypes with support from the Hamiltonbased Innovation Factory and funding from a Kickstarter campaign that raised $70,000. The result was the world’s first hand-held colour sensor, designed to be a smart phone accessory. Using Bluetooth low energy technology, it can scan surfaces to quickly get a colour reading, save colours for future reference or sharing, test colour quality by comparing scanned colours to known values, and convert between any colour system in the world. “Traditional methods of colour measurement, such as paint chips and fan

decks, are incredibly inaccurate due to varying light conditions and human error. Every colour measurement solution in the consumer market today is difficult to transport, inaccurate, and costs thousands of dollars. Nix is smaller, more economical and user-friendly,” Sheridan said. To date, Nix Sensor Ltd. has sold over 1,000 units to colour professionals in 31 countries. Nix Sensor Ltd. is based in Hamilton, Ontario, and has a team of seven employees, all recent engineering graduates from Ontario universities. With a strong B2B projects pipeline and a growing consumer base, they are looking forward to scaling in 2016.

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Tech sector veteran Stephen Elop assumes new advisory role at McMaster


enowned tech sector leader Stephen Elop (Electrical and Computer Eng. & Mgt. ‘86 and D.Sc. ‘09) has assumed the esteemed role of Distinguished Engineering Executive in Residence within McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Elop, a former top Microsoft executive and McMaster Engineering alumnus, will hold the key Faculty advisory position and provide insights into priority areas such as new research and teaching opportunities in disruptive innovation, enhancing the student experience, and assisting in translating academic knowledge to a wider audience. “Stephen Elop is a world-class leader in the technology sphere who brings a wealth of experience to McMaster University,” said Ishwar Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering. “The Faculty is

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thrilled that Stephen has accepted this exciting and challenging position that will elevate McMaster Engineering’s creative and innovative efforts on the international stage.” An Ancaster native, Elop’s illustrious career includes serving as President and CEO of Nokia, President of the Microsoft Business Division, President of Worldwide Field Operations Adobe and most recently Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group. “McMaster Engineering has a long tradition of great innovation in both learning and research,” said Stephen Elop. “I am honored to accept a position which will allow me to support McMaster’s continuing effort to educate and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.” The newly established honorific is given to someone who has a primary appointment external to McMaster in a private or public organization. Elop, a McMaster Computer Engineering and Management alumnus, will act as a champion of the Faculty by helping to further its vision and offer mentorship to researchers and students. He will also play an integral role in establishing a centre of excellence in engineering innovation by engaging with students, scholars, and academic leaders through public lectures and participation in advisory groups. “Stephen Elop determined the directions of some of the most influential technology companies in the world,” said John Preston, McMaster Engineering’s Associate Dean, Research and External Relations. “He is a skilled

engineer, a savvy businessman and strong leader. We believe that the appointment of Stephen Elop as Distinguished Executive in Residence has the potential to inspire and empower our students and our faculty.” In 2007, McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering recognized Elop as the second L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award recipient and in 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by McMaster.

Alumni Luncheon Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:30 am to 1:30 pm $25.00

Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Stephen Elop, Liuna Station, King George Ballroom 360 James St N, Hamilton, L8L 1H5 Innovation: Both Technology and Business When we think of innovation, we most often first think about the technology that has enabled innovation from early inventions like the printing press to sensors that make possible everything from drones to autonomous automobiles. And yet, many of the most compelling moments of innovation have been where technological and business innovation have been combined to make discontinuous changes in productivity and the human experience. We will explore the intersection of business and technology innovation, and its impact on society.

Building Thinkers


he rapidly-changing work that engineers do, and the environments in which engineers work, point to a need for a corresponding evolution in engineering education. Our engineering graduates will enter a world in which they will be called on to solve problems that are as yet imagined. These problems will be highly complex and will demand engineers who are not just technically accomplished, but who are also curious and agile, creative, collaborative, and strong communicators: in short, engineers possessed of a broad and comprehensive tool kit. We need to rethink engineering education for the 21st century by educat-

ing the whole engineer to ensure our graduates will be equipped to solve the grand challenges facing our planet. A new initiative from the Faculty of Engineering, Building Thinkers, is doing just that. The Building Thinkers initiative is intended to create a series of activities to explore current engineering education practices, and develop and introduce new classroom and experiential learning to augment technical instruction with lessons in communications, relationship development and emotional intelligence. Many activities and events are being planned to achieve this goal. There will be surveys sent to engineering

faculty, staff, students, graduates and industry professionals. Other events include focus groups to further engage students, an industry panel discussion and a Faculty retreat in May. Starting in fall of 2016, there will be an Engineering Living Learning Community in residence called Innovation and Society for first year students. This new residence program will offer opportunities for engineering-focused field trips, academic skills support, faculty visits in residence and career planning groups. Everyone benefits if we educate the whole engineer.

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New facility to improve nuclear safety


t first glance, the giant robotic claws appear like something out of a science fiction movie. But these one-of-a-kind remote controlled mammoth manipulators, housed in a McMaster University lab, are designed to handle highly sensitive and radioactive fuel tubes and other materials used in nuclear power plants. It’s all the brainchild of a small team of engineering professors led by nuclear safety expert John Luxat whose aim is to create a legacy of advanced nuclear research capability in a regional research facility called the Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS). It’s taken six years of planning and $24.5 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and private donations, but the engineering physics professor’s dream to open a network of five facilities dedicated to the study of nuclear systems is about to be realized in early 2016. The goal, says Luxat, is to better understand the lifespan of components in nuclear reactors when subjected to intense neutron irradiation, essentially how materials change and degrade over

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time. The facility network will also provide lab support to the nuclear sector, particularly Ontario’s three nuclear power plants: Bruce, Pickering and Darlington. “If we understand these processes better we can extend operational life between expensive refurbishments,” says Luxat. His research focuses on nuclear safety analysis and risk analysis, particularly severe accidents such as those in Fukushima; looking at ways to reuse and reprocess spent nuclear fuel to reduce nuclear waste; and thermal-mechanical behavior of nuclear components and structures under extreme events. The largest of the new CANS facilities – the Nuclear Materials Post Irradiation Examination Facility located in the McMaster Accelerator Laboratory – has occupied most of Luxat’s attention over the past 6 years. This facility is the one with the nine-foot giant claws, or remote radioactive material manipulators, and the most complex and expensive at about $17 million. Five shielded workstations, each consisting of a thick lead-infused glass shielding window and a pair of remote manipulators are provided for moving materials, such as zirconium alloy tubes used in operating nuclear reactors,

and processing the material through the sophisticated scientific assembly line of receiving, machining and waste handling, sample preparation, mechanical testing and light microscopy areas. The five lead-infused windows for the workstation alone cost almost $1.7 million. “It’s unique in the world,” Luxat says of the hot cells lab. “In terms of its size and capabilities, it’s the only one at a university anywhere in the world.” Other hot cells facilities with such capabilities are found in national labs,

such as Chalk River and Idaho National Laboratories in the U.S.A., but not at educational institutions. The hot cells were custom designed by U.S. company Merrick and Company, based in Denver, Colorado, over a two year period and was completed in 2013. Other parts of the centre include a nuclear thermal-hydraulic testing facility, a lab dedicated to studying material defects using Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy, Nuclear Materials Characterization Facility, which features a Three Dimensional Atom Probe located in the Brockhouse Institute for Materi-

als Research adjacent to the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Health Physics Dose Response Facility located at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The atom probe is the first one to be located Canada, will enable scientists to build detailed 3D atomic-level images from tiny samples using lasers and computer imaging. Luxat serves as NSERC/UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Systems and spent 32 years working in the Canadian nuclear industry including managing Ontario

Power Generation’s Nuclear Safety Technology Department. He serves as director for the Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems. McMaster Engineering alumnus David Bot, who established Bot Engineering, and family contributed a private donation of $645,000 towards the centre.

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Faculty breaks ground on new student centre dedicated to hands-on learning


aculty, students and honoured guests gathered on Oct. 7 to celebrate the official ground breaking of the new $11 million Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning. McMaster Engineering undergraduate students contributed $2 million and helped design the three-storey, 28,000-square-foot building, which will be a hub for several engineering teams, clubs, societies, student support services and collaborative workspace. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2017. The building’s namesake, Gerald G. Hatch, the late founder and first president of the global engineering consultancy Hatch, generously donated $2 million toward the project. As well, several Hatch employees contributed funds with the company matching donations, totalling more than $1 million. Gennum Corporation cofounder Doug & June Barber contributed $1.5 million and former Chairman and CEO of the Timberland Group of Companies Walter G. Booth donated $1 million.

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“We are pleased to break ground on a very significant milestone for the students of McMaster Engineering,” said Ishwar Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering. “The vision for the Hatch Centre unites a sustainable building with enriched programming. Both have been designed to enhance the experiential learning of our students and to inspire them to become engaged citizen scholars who will transform the world.” A long-standing supporter of McMaster and higher education, Hatch received the top philanthropy award for 2015 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in part for its commitment to the Hatch Centre and engineering student scholarships. “For nearly 30 years, Hatch has been proud to support McMaster University and the Faculty of Engineering, which provides students with exceptional learning opportunities and practical engineering experience,” said Kurt Strobele, Chairman at Hatch. “The new Hatch Centre represents our continuing commitment to McMaster and its students, as they realize their potential to engineer for a better world.”

Equipped with meeting rooms, large building spaces and shared workspaces, the Hatch Centre has been designed as a hub for the Faculty’s 5,000 undergraduate engineering students to collaborate on projects and share ideas to foster experiential learning and support work being done in the classroom. “The Hatch Centre will greatly enhance the McMaster Engineering undergraduate experience,” said Ryan Rogers, president of the McMaster Engineering Society. “For the first time in McMaster Engineering’s history, students will have a space to house their extracurricular groups, teams and projects. One of the greatest aspects of McMaster Engineering, our unique community and student body, will have a home and this centre will undoubtedly help generate effective student leaders for years to come.” The Hatch Centre will also serve as a ‘living lab’ to study integrated energy systems for urban use. Mechanical engineer Jim Cotton and a multidisciplinary team of 15 other researchers will work with undergraduate and graduate students to offer them hands-on experience in energy research.

McMaster Engineering to host:

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering will welcome the world in 2017. The Faculty has been selected to host the 2017 Global Engineering Deans Conference. The conference will be held in Niagara Falls, Ont., from October 11-13. The annual event brings together engineering deans, industry and thought leaders from around the globe. “We are elated to have been selected as host for the 2017 Global Engineering

Deans Conference,” said Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering. “GEDC2017 will facilitate important discussions about engineering education, research and outreach. Besides providing value to the profession, conferences such as GEDC2017 help build tolerance and trust among the international community.” A McMaster-hosted GEDC will bring together the top minds in engineering education to discuss issues of importance from smart systems to biomedical

engineering to innovation to engaging local communities and nurturing entrepreneurship. “I am delighted that McMaster University will bring deans from around the world to discuss the future of engineering education and innovation as host of GEDC2017,” said Hans Hoyer, Executive Secretary of the GEDC. “This conference, under the auspices of the Global Engineering Deans Council, is the world’s preeminent forum to engage our world’s engineering schools and institutions.” More than 500 engineering deans from 30 countries belong to the Global Engineering Deans Council. The event will offer the opportunity to put McMaster, its faculty, staff and students in the international spotlight. McMaster University President Patrick Deane, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati submitted strong letters of support for the Faculty’s conference bid.

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It gives me great pleasure to announce the following newly approved Administrative Academic Appointments. Ishwar Puri

Adams honoured with graduate supervision award

demonstrate leadership, develop cuttingedge curriculum or advances the field through research and engineering achievements. Haykin is a pioneer in adaptive signalprocessing, and in its applications in radar and communications. Directors

Chemical engineering assistant professor Tom Adams was recognized with a McMaster President’s Award for Graduate Supervision last fall. Adams was among several faculty members from across campus that was honoured during the 19th annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards. About 150 students, supervisors and staff celebrated the contributions of the graduate community. Professor emeritus wins major engineering teaching award McMaster Professor Emeritus Simon Haykin has been recognized with one of the highest engineering teaching honours. Haykin, a Distinguished University Professor, emeritus, with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal. He is being recognized for his outstanding “contributions to engineering education in adaptive signal processing and communications.” The award, given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), recognizes those who inspire students,

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Wael El-Dakhakhni in the Department of Civil Engineering has been appointed Director of the McMaster Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies effective October 31, 2015 to June 30, 2020. El-Dakhakhni has been instrumental in the creation of the Institute and is an integral leader on systemic risk assessment, analysis and management of multiple and interacting hazards within the built and natural environment across the globe. He intends to combine traditional science, social science, and medicine with engineering knowledge within the Institute. This interdisciplinary approach will reflect the communities in which these buildings are being constructed. Appointments Jonathan Bradley, Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics. Jonathan Bradley received his B.Eng. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Engineering Physics from McMaster University (2003 and 2005) and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente (2009). In addition to postdoctoral research appointments at Harvard University and the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he taught undergraduate physics and photonics as an assistant professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. His research interests include on-chip lasers, micro resonator devices, nonlinear nanophotonics, and silicon photonic micro systems. He has collaborated with numerous industry and academic partners in Europe and North America and his research has led to novel cost-effective materials and new critical functionalities in on-chip photonic systems for applications such as communications and sensing. Dr. Bradley has contributed to more than 100 journal and conference papers in the field of photonics. McMaster alumna to receive Ontario’s highest honour

McMaster Engineering alumna Hoda ElMaraghy has been awarded Ontario’s highest official honour. The University of Windsor engineering professor and director of the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems Centre has been appointed to the Order of Ontario. ElMaraghy was the first female dean of engineering in Canada (University of Windsor) when she was appointed in 1994. She obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering, which she earned from McMaster University in 1976. ElMaraghy, who also earned Masters in Chemical Engineering from McMaster, was a professor at McMaster and founding director of the Flexible Manufacturing Systems Centre before joining the University of

Windsor. Her research on flexible manufacturing has helped manufacturers around the world adapt and respond to market changes. She is the Canada Research Chair in Manufacturing Systems. Tom Magyarody appointed to top job at OMA B.Eng. & Mgt., ’79, M.B.A. ‘82. Ontario’s top associations for health-care professionals appear to be relying on the skills of graduates from McMaster’s Engineering and Management program to keep them well. Last August, Tom Magyarody was appointed CEO of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), the organization representing the province’s doctors and medical students. He came to the position after nearly 15 years as CEO and Executive Director of the Ontario Dental Association. Magyarody had previously served as the OMA’s Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Administration. Along with his degree from McMaster, Magyarody has an ICD.D diploma in Governance from the Rotman School of Management and a Master of Business Administration. Fellow Mac grad Dennis Darby (B.Eng’84, Chem Eng and Management) has served as CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association since 2008. He also holds an ICD.D. designation from the Rotman School of Management.

McMaster Engineering & Science Olympics brings STEM students together from across Ontario


tudents from 54 high schools from across the province tested their science, technology, engineering and math skills at the 26th Annual McMaster Engineering & Science Olympics on Thursday, October 8, 2015. More than 1,300 high school students and teachers from across the province, from as far as Penetanguishene and Manitoulin Island, vied for more than $20,000 in McMaster student awards. They competed in events such as LEAP’s Angry Nerds, mini-car jump, biotechnology to the rescue, egg high jump, Global Water Challenge and

mechanical transporter. Ken Coley, Associate Dean (academic) for McMaster Engineering oversees all aspects of undergraduate programs, including student recruitment. “At this annual event, students participate in experiential learning through the various events and activities we host at McMaster. Participants leave campus knowing that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is not only engaging and fun, but is changing the world.”

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W Booth School celebrates 10 years of innovation and excellence


n October 1, at Hamilton’s Liuna Station, more than 100 alumni, faculty, staff, industry leaders and community members came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and to honour benefactor Walter G. Booth. Members of the Booth family joined the school director, Art Heidebrecht, in paying tribute to Walter Booth, with his daughter Catherine Booth delivering a heart-warming toast to her father on his 80th birthday. Guest speaker Mark Chamberlain of PV Labs shared his insights on the value of leadership in business innovation, while professor emeritus Doug Barber celebrated McMaster’s revolutionary innovations in education over the years that have coupled academics with experiential learning. Ishwar Puri, dean of the Faculty of Engineering, described Booth as a generous volunteer and philanthropist. “Walter is one of our true alumni role models. He is one of the people we look to as being McMaster at its very best,” Puri said. The idea for McMaster’s School of Engineering Practice was born in 2001. Through the generosity of Walter G. Booth, it blossomed in 2005.

Booth felt strongly that Canada needed more entrepreneurs — particularly in engineering. Initially, the concept was to develop engineers as innovators, then to support them as they commercialized ideas in the form of startup companies. A Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation program was launched. Ten years later, the W Booth School has expanded into a vibrant community of faculty, mentors and industry leaders who develop graduate students skills in entrepreneurship and innovation, engineering and public policy and engineering design. Graduate students learn from each other and from community partners as they earn their masters’ degrees and start up new enterprises with a view to making a positive social impact. “In the Faculty of Engineering, we encourage our students to see not just the technical side of the global grand challenges related to health, energy, water, poverty and environment for example, but as an opportunity to enact change with our global and local communities for the benefit of society,” Puri said.

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McMaster Engineering News ArcelorMittal Dofasco introduces new Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy at McMaster ArcelorMittal Dofasco and McMaster University introduced the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing, Dr. Greig Mordue, in early October. The new Chair is a legacy investment of the company’s 100th Anniversary in 2012 when it announced its intention to establish a Research Chair that would make a significant contribution the development on manufacturing policy in Canada. Dr. Greig Mordue

Tyvaughn Holness

Engineering Student Wins Scholarship from Black Business and Professional Association Tyvaughn Holness was awarded the Morley Douglas and Ruby Isabel Leek Scholarship through the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) last fall. Holness, a first year engineering student, will be using this $2000 scholarship to follow his dreams of a career in neurology.

Mordue took his post on July 1, 2015 and in addition to being Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Policy is also Associate Professor, jointly appointed with the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University.

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Four rising stars honoured with faculty awards Four rising faculty stars were recognized with a Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow distinction for their contributions to research and student learning last fall. Emily Cranston, Tom Adams, Jun Chen and Rong Cheng were honoured during a Faculty Recognition Reception held on Oct. 8. The honorific is given to outstanding rising scholars within McMaster Engineering who have the potential to be internationally recognized for their research and studentcentred approach to education. The title lasts for three years but could be renewed.

GM Canada president applauds McMaster GM Canada president Steve Carlisle toured McMaster on Oct. 29, praising the university’s student car teams and advances being made in automotive research. Carlisle visited software and battery research labs, met with engineering students, faculty and staff and gave a speech to a capacity crowd as part of the automaker’s efforts to support innovation for the future of the automobile. “The work that’s going on (at McMaster), the research and R&D, software, we saw some really, really cool stuff here that can be ground breaking in the future that we’ve been working on with the university,” Carlisle said during his visit. Carlisle also met with members of the EcoCar and Formula SAE student teams, which GM sponsors. Steve Carlisle

Big Data conference highlights engineering research More than 300 members of the McMaster and Hamilton communities gathered over two evenings in November to talk about Big Data and its impact on the world around us. Called Health and Innovation through Big Data, the

event put the spotlight on how McMaster researchers, including engineers, are using Big Data to transform health care and drive creative solutions to some of the complex Natalie Perna & Helen Brown.

challenges facing cities today. John Preston, Associate Dean, Research and External Relations in the Faculty of Engineering, was among the key organizers of the event. Along with 10-minute lectures, the events featured soapbox style talks from several researchers and students, including civil engineer Saiedeh Razavi who spoke about smart technology on construction sites and roads and Dustin Garrick, assistant professor, engineering and public policy at the W Booth School of Engineering Practice who talked about big data and water.

McMaster students win big in bank programming challenge McMaster students Natalie Perna and Helen Brown took home the top prize at a banking programming challenge in late January. Perna and Brown, both of whom are Master of Computer Science students, placed first among 40 teams who entered the IBM and TD Bank Challenge in Ottawa on January 22. Teams were tasked with creating a personal finance app to suit various everyday lifestyles from travelling to sports to social activities to music. Perna and Brown created “Cupful”, an iOS app for potential customers to find local coffee shops and restaurants, as well as make orders and payments. While several larger chains already have something similar,

“We’ve come away with an even stronger desire to encourage young women to participate in computing, and we look forward to helping more McMaster University students participate in next year’s conference and competition,” Perna said. The first place winners took home a prize of $1000.

the pair designed the app with smaller businesses in mind. The demo included a live tweet demonstrating how this app enables tech-savvy word-of-mouth advertising for small businesses. “We’ve always had remarkable experiences at CAN-CWiC [Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing] and met inspiring women who we look forward to reconnecting with every year,” Brown said. “We feel so honoured to have won their first programming challenge, especially alongside so many other high caliber entries.”

and health care. As part of the campaign, PhD software student Monika Bialy starred in a video dubbed RaceCar, which was shown in several Cineplex theatres in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area as well as Alberta. Bialy’s work to build the next generation hybrid vehicle by improving the safety of software was highlighted.

#Think Engineering McMaster Engineering launched a new campaign in December to encourage prospective students to think differently about engineering. ‘Think Engineering’ featured stories of students and researchers who are changing the world in areas such transportation, the environment, energy, digital, infrastructure

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Leading sustainable change: cultivating a more connected community


hen Maria Topalovic graduated from McMaster’s W Booth School of Engineering Practice she wanted more than to just find a promising job opportunity. Growing her career was top of mind, much like it is for any of us fresh out of University, but finding a way to give back and help make her community ‘more livable’ was an even higher priority. After completing her undergraduate degree in McMaster’s chemical engineering and management program (’08) Topalovic went on to complete her master’s degree in engineering and public policy (M.E.P.P. ‘10). She had no problem finding work in her field after she completed her graduate degree. Just a month out of school, she found herself finishing up her master’s thesis paper while commuting on the GO bus to her new job as environment manager at CRH Canada Group Inc. Though initially envisioning herself working in the public sector upon graduation, Maria says the skill set she developed while in the M.E.P.P. program allowed her to find a niche in the

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building materials industry for which she was perfectly suited. “The engineering and public policy program develops people who have technical expertise and policy understanding. Often people can’t see outside the ‘tech box’ enough to understand what is really happening in the field, but with my experience at the W Booth School, my employer considered me well matched with their commitment to sustainability.” As an environmental manager, Topalovic not only manages environmental compliance policy and programs for concrete and aggregate operations, but is also involved with quarry rehabilitation, water management projects, and community and stakeholder engagement. She is always proud to share stories of sustainable work taking place whether it is revitalized wetlands or planting pollinator plots with local community groups. Although her job provides great satisfaction, her desire to bring together like-minded individuals to lead sustainable change drives her activities outside of work. “As a new grad, I realized there were many young professional groups focused around various themes where networking was a key element, but I

didn’t see an exact fit for myself,” said Topalovic. “So I had a choice to either fit myself into an existing group or to draw together others looking for similar opportunities to make connections in the sustainability space.” Topalovic felt there was a gap – and although there were many ‘green’ focused groups around the city, professionals with a dedicated interest in sustainability needed a voice. It was that gap that inspired her to found the SPN (Sustainability Professionals Network) in 2013; a dedicated group of professionals, entrepreneurs, technical and creative people in the City of Hamilton who have expertise in some aspect of

sustainability. SPN was not created to replace existing groups, but rather, to build a new network that supports collaboration, learning and inspires new projects. For example, Topalovic’s master’s thesis in public policy explored the concept of ‘Complete Streets’ which is rapidly gaining momentum in Hamilton. Early this year, the SPN will be releasing the results of multiple complete streets events they have hosted, which are also being submitted to the City as part of a Transportation Master Plan Review. Complete Streets is just one of the many initiatives this Mac Eng alumna finds herself championing.

“Through my academics, working career and the volunteer work I am involved with, I have discovered collaboration is key.” said Topalovic. “What I hope for the network is to really help connect people in our city – we all want to be part of something, to strengthen our collective voices and to establish a sustainable, more livable community.” Topalovic is just one of many McMaster alumni interested in forwarding sustainable prosperity. Should you find yourself inspired to get involved, the SPN will be working once again with Evergreen on the 100in1Day Hamilton event for 2016 and there is a

call-out for volunteers in Toronto and Vancouver as well. Visit Evergreen’s website at: positions/entry/100in1day-citizen-activator/ For those in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, you may want to attend the third annual “Green Jobs Networking” event to be held in downtown Hamilton this April.

PHOTO BY ADAM MONIZ (L to R) McMaster Alumni/SPN Executive members: Janelle Trant, Maria Topalovic, Liz Nield, Jay Carter, Peter Topalovic, Kate Whalen, Jayde Liebersbach

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Applause & Accolades AN AWARDS CELEBRATION The accomplishments of the Faculty of Engineering award recipients will be celebrated on

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. LIUNA Station – Grand Central Ballroom 360 James Street North Hamilton, Ontario PRESENTING McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award: Gilles Patry President & CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation – (LL.D ’09) L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award: Howard Shearer Chief Executive, Hitachi Canada – (B.Eng. ’77 Electrical Engineering) Tickets $150.00 or table of eight $1,200.00 Black Tie Optional, for directions visit:

To register, please contact Terry Milson at (905) 525-9140 ext 27391 or at

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14th Annual Engineering Golf Tournament

Friday, May 13 2016 Pipers Heath Golf Club 12:00 p.m. - Lunch 1:30 p.m. - Shotgun Start $140 Per Person Tournament Package includes: BBQ Lunch Access to lockers and showers Golfers will have the use of shared power cart 18 Hole Tournament (Shotgun Format) Dinner Reception Free Pipers Heath Golf Club Hat Many PRIZES to be won! Various Contests: Longest drive (male & female), putting, lowest-score, winning team and Closest-to-the-Pin!

To register, please contact Carm Vespi – 905.525.9140 Ext. 24906 - or register at: Golf_Tournaments/Golf2016.html

TURBO CHARGE YOUR CAREER! The transition from undergraduate to professional exposes McMaster Engineers to new, more complex challenges. In order to have a successful career over a lifetime, there are four key pillars for effective Professional Post-graduation Development: Technical Development • Leading Teams and People Management • Business and Strategic Thinking • Career Development/Management •

This one day workshop will consist of two sessions that will equip attendees with knowledge and skills in challenging areas faced early on in their careers. Morning Session – How to Engineer the Best Team Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead teams to deliver on their work objectives, especially if you have no formal authority over the individual team member’s performance. Afternoon Session – How to Engineer the Career of Your Dreams

Alumni Reunion Day ‘66, ‘71, ‘76, ‘81, ‘86, ‘91 Saturday, June 4, 2016 University Club, McMaster University AGENDA Mini Tour at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Special Presentation: 50th Anniversary for the class of 1966 Casual Attire Complimentary Wine $35/person

Thank you to all those who came out to celebrate their class reunions on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Obtain the skills to network, find mentors who can help you understand and reach their professional goals, and build effective relationships with those mentors.

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Jayne’s extensive corporate experience at P&G included contributing business-building strategies, product, and marketing plans; coaching numerous others to achieve their professional and personal goals; and developing and delivering global training programs. She is currently owner of Jayne Huhtanen Coaching, FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto and found/co-owner of Wildly Successful Biz.

Jayne has a Bachelor of Engineering and Management from McMaster University and is a certified Business Coach and Trainer. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs and the Women’s Networking Leadership Team for the Markham Board of Trade. Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: JHE A114 Early Bird Price: $200.00 (Available until March 15, 2016) Regular Price: $225.00

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