Who Contributes to the Faculty of Engineering?

Alumni Contribute:

Doug Barber

Doug Barber, D. Sc. ‘98

“…danger of losing our capability to educate people because the demand workers has exceeded the supply.”  Doug Barber

Doug Barber, an engineer, professor, and entrepreneur, and a founder of Gennum Corporation of Burlington, has once again shown his support of the Faculty of Engineering in creating the Barber Laboratory in Medical Devices in the School of Biomedical Engineering. 

Dr. Barber has also created a Chair in Information Technology.

Rob Burgess and Stephen Elop

Rob Burgess, B.Com. ‘79 and Stephen Elop, B.Eng. ’86

“This was fantastic training for the need to take a business approach to complex technical problems in the world at large.”  Stephen Elop

Stephen Elop, chief operating officer (COO) for Juniper Networks, graduate of the Faculty of Engineering’s five-year Computer Engineering and Management program, gave a gift of support towards the School for Engineering Practice. 

McMaster Alumnus, Rob Burgess, Director, Adobe Systems Inc., has generously matched Mr. Elop’s gift and together, they supported the creation of the Presentation Layer for the School of Engineering Practice.

Walter Booth

Walter Booth, B.Eng. ’62, M.Eng. ’65

“….McMaster University took a chance on me”   Walter Booth

McMaster alumnus and successful entrepreneur, Walter Booth gave a gift to support a chair in Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation because he wanted to give back to McMaster as a thank you for the success he experienced after graduating with a B.Eng. and M.Eng.

Mr. Booth credits the inspiration from the McMaster’s first dean of engineering, Jack Hodgins and professor Jim Siddall as his mentors. Without their confidence in his capabilities as a student in engineering he would not have achieved the success he experiences today. “Both men took a chance on me at crucial times in my life and entrepreneurship and innovation are about taking chances and taking risks, “ he said. “I see the need in our own organization and in Canada for this type of Engineering person who has an entrepreneurial bent and strength.”

Vladimir and Chedo Sobot

Vladimir Sobot B.Eng. ’80 and Chedo Sobot B.Eng.M ‘85

“….we are grateful to be part of this great institution and finally being able to give something back.” Vladimir Sobot

Hamilton-based company, Sobotec was founded by brothers Vladimir (’80) and Chedo (’84) Sobot in 1988. Their company produces high-tech and visually appealing aluminum panel wall systems for commercial buildings.

In 2004, Vladimir and Chedo Sobot, donated $100,000 to the McMaster Centre for Effective Design of Structures.  Their donation will assist the Centre in its efforts to link research and education.

Community Leaders Contribute:

Joe Liburdi

Joe Liburdi

Joe Liburdi, founder and president of Liburdi Engineering Ltd., established Liburdi Engineering Limited, in 1979, to provide independent support for turbine users.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, Liburdi has pioneered the development of life assessment techniques, HIP rejuvenation of superalloys, automated welding of turbine blades, powder metallurgy joining processes, erosion resistant PVD coatings, and CVD coatings for internal/external oxidation protection. Through continued investment in research and development, Joe has established the company as a leader in advanced welding and coating systems for the manufacture and refurbishment of turbine components. The innovative processes and techniques developed by Liburdi have resulted in the awarding of over 9 patents.

Joe Liburdi has a long-standing affiliation with McMaster University. This mutually beneficial relationship is based on a shared regard for the importance of research and development in establishing a strong technical base for the business, while providing challenging opportunities for new graduates.

In Mr. Liburdi’s most recent show of support towards the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster, he has generously named the Liburdi Engineering Laboratory, a Biomaterials Laboratory in the School of Biomedical Engineering.

Industries Contribute:

Industry-University partnerships provide a win-win situation. The aspect of working together to address industry needs, working with faculty members, or embarking on a road to discovery, provide tremendous opportunities. Solving industrial problems, making things better, faster and cheaper, and working with pioneers in new technologies are just a few reasons for industrial-university partnerships.

Dofasco is Canada’s most successful steel producer and a global leader in the industry. By working closely with customers and using the latest technologies, Dofasco produces innovative, value-added steel that meets exact needs. For 91 years, they’ve built strong and enduring relationships with customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and communities. These relationships are strengthened by mutual trust and respect, shared expectations and enduring values. It has one of the most innovative, productive and empowered workforces in North America. In 2006 Dofasco was acquired by Arcelor SA, and in 2007 Dofasco became a member of the ArcelorMittal, the world’s number one steel company.

In May 2005, Dofasco donated $1 million to establish Canada's first Centre for Engineering and Public Policy.

General Motors is Canada's largest automaker. It employs more than 20,000 people, and has seven assembly and component facilities in Canada. GM has an annual production capacity of more than one million vehicles from four assembly plants. It is also Canada's largest exporter and drives the largest automobile supply chain in Canada. General Motors challenges conventional thinking, explores new technology and implements new ideas. They strive to build products that exceed customers' needs and drive excitement through style and innovation. Safety is their overriding priority. In March 2005 General Motors Canada donated $1 million to McMaster University to found the GMC Centre for Engineering Design. The Centre is dedicated to providing advanced training and to preparing future leaders in design and development of industrial systems, products, or software solutions across a wide spectrum of industries.

Xerox Corporation is a $15.7 billion technology and services enterprise that helps businesses to deploy Smarter Document Management (SM) strategies and find better ways to work. Its intent is to constantly lead with innovative technologies, products and services that customers can depend upon to improve business results. Xerox Corporation is one of the world’s top technology innovators, with research and technology centres in the United States, Canada and Europe.

In 2004, Xerox announced a cash infusion of $1 million to McMaster toward the construction of a new Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the School for Engineering Practice at the university.
"The funding, which is a joint donation from Xerox Canada and The Xerox Foundation, established the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation, to be run by about 15 to 20 faculty members from McMaster and eventually house about 100 to 120 students in the program", said Peter George, president of McMaster University.

CN is a leader in the North American rail industry. Following its acquisition of Illinois Central in 1999, WC in 2001 and GLT in 2004, as well as its partnership agreement with BC Rail in 2004, CN provides shippers with more options and greater reach in the rapidly expanding market for north-south trade.

CN is a supporter of the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy. 

MDA is the developer of the famous Canadarm used in space by NASA.  Mag Iskander, Vice-President and General Manager of MDA Space Group states “Sponsoring the medical robotics laboratory, part of the proposed McMaster School of BioMedical Engineering, provides an opportunity to partner with one of Canada’s leading universities”. 

Medical robotics is a remarkable technology that can provide health care to geographic areas that have limited access to medical specialists using tele-robotic surgery.  MDA’s commitment to support McMaster University programs will strengthen capabilities in the area of medical research leading to the production and commercialization of robotics in biomedical engineering. 

If you have any questions, please call our Faculty Advancement Officer, Terry Milson, by telephone at (905) 525-9140, Ext.27391, or by email at milsont@mcmaster.ca.