McMaster Engineering welcomes nine new faculty

July 17, 2017

“At McMaster Engineering, we are committed to striving for excellence, developing innovative research and promoting diversity and engagement. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Asghar Bokhari, Liz Hassan, Matiar R. Howlader, Kamil A. Khan, Allan MacKenzie, Matthew Minnick, Moataz Mohamed, Zahra Keshavarz Motamed and Jake Nease to the Faculty of Engineering. With the addition of our new faculty members, we will continue to strengthen our reputation as one of the top engineering schools in Canada and worldwide while building a brighter world. Please join me in welcoming our new scholars.” –Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering



Asghar BokhariAsghar Bokhari
Assistant Professor, Computing and Software
Appointment: June 2017

Asghar Bokhari was an Instructional Assistant for 18 years and facilitated level I students at a Drop-in Centre. During this time, he completed his PhD in Computer Science and also taught numerous courses to undergraduate students in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Mechatronics as a Sessional Instructor. He also taught introductory computer courses to MBA students at the DeGroote School of Business.

His research areas include performance support systems, service-oriented architecture and multi-agent systems. In 1999, Mr. Bokhari served as an Associate Professor at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. Before transitioning into academia, Mr. Bokhari worked in the electrical engineering industry and was responsible for leading a variety of projects in the Middle East ranging from design, construction, maintenance, project management, sales and marketing to regional management.


Liz HassanLiz Hassan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Appointment: May 2017

Liz Hassan completed her degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University. There she developed new statistical analysis techniques for biomechanical and neuromuscular signals. This work led to a postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

As a Master’s student at Western University, she joined MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists, analyzed motor vehicle collisions and earned her P.Eng designation. She also received a Master’s in Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU.

Although she has worked in a wide range of research environments and topic areas, the common thread in all of Hassan’s work is translational research and collaboration with clinicians.


Matiar HowladerMatiar R. Howlader
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Appointment: June 2017

Since 2005, Matiar R. Howlader has held various positions in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at McMaster University.

His research focuses on the design, fabrication, characterization and development of new materials and novel engineered components to create integrated sensing systems for environmental and health applications. In particular, he develops foundational technologies in the surface activated nanobonding to integrate flexible, soft and hard materials for the sensing systems that enable energy harvesting.

Howlader has published over 60 referred journal publications, 70 proceedings papers, and 10 keynote and invited talks. He is a member of Japan Institute of Electronic Packaging (JIEP), and The Electrochemical Society.

He received his PhD degree from Kyushu University in Japan. As an Endowed Assistant and Associate Professor with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, he was engaged in teaching and research in the field of microsystems integration and packaging.


Kamil KhanKamil A. Khan
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Appointment: June 2017

Kamil Khan’s research focuses on developing efficient numerical methods for simulation, sensitivity analysis, and optimization of chemical process models with non-smooth or non-convex behaviour.

Before joining McMaster, Khan was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Argonne National Laboratory. He received his
MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering at MIT. He has won several awards throughout his career including the NSERC Discovery Grant in 2017.


Allan MacKenzie Allan MacKenzie
Assistant Professor, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice & Technology
Appointment: July 2017

Allan MacKenzie’s research explores restorative design science on the enhancement of workforce effectiveness within the built environment. He also specializes in strategic talent management and employer branding in knowledge-based industries.

MacKenzie has been teaching in the Bachelor of Technology program at McMaster since 2007. He started as a sessional instructor and then joined the faculty full-time in January 2012. Allan has over 30 years of experience in the workplace talent management field, including adjunct faculty appointments at various universities and colleges. He was Managing Director for a human capital management consulting firm serving mid-market enterprises; VP of Operations for a training and development firm serving Fortune 100 and 500 corporations and non-profit organizations; and worked in progressive management positions in a variety of industry sectors.

MacKenzie has worked with some of Canada's leading organizations including Xerox Canada, BlackBerry, Connaught Labs, and Hydro One. He has also worked with numerous entrepreneurial and mid-sized companies. He continues to consult and provide training in talent acquisition strategies, employer branding, management and leadership. He has a great passion for the outdoors, and is an avid cyclist, wilderness canoe tripper and accomplished mountaineer.


Matthew MinnickMatthew Minnick
Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics

Appointment: May 2017

A native of Hamilton, Matthew Minnick attended McMaster as an undergraduate in Engineering Physics with a minor in Business. He also worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Math and Statistics Department. As an undergrad, he received NSERC student awards and the PEO Foundation for Education Gold Medal. He continued his studies at McMaster as a graduate student in Engineering Physics and launched a project to create thrusters for flying robots, which earned him a PhD. He was a sessional lecturer for three years before becoming Assistant Professor.  

Minnick is co-founder of ExPS.org, a company specializing in helping people prepare for the professional practice exam for engineering licencing in Ontario. He has delivered the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' exam skills program to prepare internationally trained engineers for work in Ontario, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Hamilton-Burlington Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario.

An active member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Minnick is a Sergeant in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry with the trade of musician. He also works at The Pulse Fitness Centre at McMaster where he teaches yoga and cycling classes.


Moataz Mohamed
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
Appointment: June 2017

Moataz Mohamed’s research focuses on the systemic evaluation of transportation networks to achieve sustainable and resilient transportation systems. He also concentrates on the utilization of disruptive technologies in public transit networks with an emphasis on electric and autonomous technologies. In addition, Dr. Mohamed investigates travel demand and mode choice through a family of behavioural and statistical models.

Dr. Mohamed is a strong believer of a zero-emission, sustainable and resilient transit system that supports the rise of smart communities. He was awarded with several academic prizes including the Best Paper Award by a young author at the World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR).


Zahra Keshavarz MotamedZahra Keshavarz Motamed
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Appointment: June 2017

Zahra Motamed holds associate faculty memberships in the Department of Computing and Software, the School of Biomedical Engineering, the School of Computational Science and Engineering and is a member of McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

Before joining McMaster, Motamed was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science and Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Concordia University where she was a part-time/adjunct faculty member. She was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Montreal/Laval University. Motamed has been a scientific consultant to a number of medical-device companies. She has eight years of industrial experience in the automotive design sector with a proven record of leadership, project and team management.


Jake NeaseJake Nease
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Appointment: June 2017

Jake Nease has been a member of the McMaster University community for the past 10 years. As a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at McMaster, his research focused on the design, analysis, optimization and life-cycle assessments of bulk-scale solid-oxide fuel cell power plants with carbon capture.

Nease developed a passion for teaching and learning early in his graduate career. He taught five courses as a PhD and post-doctoral student and became a teaching-track faculty member.

Outside of the classroom, Nease participates in several recreational sports including, tennis, softball and ultimate frisbee. He is a member at the Dundas and Aldershot tennis clubs, captain of a McMaster GSA softball league team and a Hamilton Ultimate Frisbee club team.


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