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Achievements and Recognition

McMaster Engineering is committed to the pursuit of excellence and plays a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada's most innovative universities. The calibre of our research and the impacts we make are well known and respected in Canada and across the globe. Our faculty members are consistently awarded national and international recognition for pushing the boundaries of discovery and exploring novel, ground-breaking technologies.

Enthusiasm for the subject matter and connecting with students lead these two McMaster Engineering faculty members to earn one of the most prestigious awards on campus: the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.

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2017 Applause & Accolades

The annual Applause and Accolades Awards Gala recognizes engineering excellence among our distinguished alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as influential community and corporate leaders.

L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

James Politeski, Group President, Sears Holdings (B.Eng & Mgmt ’92, Mechanical Engineering)
McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award

McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award

Catherine Booth, President & Owner, Booth Advisory Inc.
Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award

Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award

Gianluigi Botton, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University
Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award

Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award

Lydell Wiebe, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, McMaster University
Faculty of Engineering Exceptional Service Award

Faculty of Engineering Exceptional Service Award

Arthur Heidebrecht, Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering, McMaster University

Faculty of Engineering Entrepreneurship Award

Faculty of Engineering Entrepreneurship Award

Heather Sheardown, Professor, Chemical Engineering, McMaster University

Prashant Mhaskar, Canada Research Chair in Nonlinear and Fault-Tolerant Control, Tier 2 Renewal

Robert Pelton, Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies, Tier 1 Renewal

Ravi Selvaganapathy, Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics, Tier 2 Renewal

Christopher Anand, $120,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Gianluigi Botton, $3,750,000 Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant, Major Science Initiative

Jonathan David Barnes Bradley, $155,000 Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant, John Evans Leader Fund

Ken Coley & Neslihan Dogan, $357,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Paulin Coulibaly, $150,000 NSERC Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative

Emily Cranston, $130,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Charles de Lannoy, $250,000 Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant, John Evans Leader Fund

Neslihan Dogan, $169,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Carlos Filipe, $125,000 NSERC Idea to Innovation Grant

Raja Ghosh, $125,000 NSERC Idea to Innovation Grant

Mukesh Jain, $492,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Younggy Kim, $227,000 Southern ON Water Consortium, $140,000 ON Ministry of Research Early Researcher Award

Thia Kirubarajan, $786,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant, $150,000 ON Centres of Excellence VIP II

Andrew Knights, $525,000 NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant

David Latulippe, Carlos Filipe, Younggy Kim & Prashant Mhaskar, $305,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

David Latulippe, $149,000 ON Centres of Excellence VIP II

Robert Pelton, $417,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Andre Phillion, $114,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant

Oleg Rubel, $200,000 Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant, John Evans Leader Fund

Ravi Selvaganapathy, $240,000 NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects Grant

Heather Sheardown, $4,000,000 ON Ministry of Research, Research Excellence Fund

Chang Qing Xu, $144,000 Southern ON Water Consortium

Rong Zheng, $935,000 NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant, $482,000 NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant

John Bandler, Officer of the Order of Canada (for microwave engineering)

Emily Cranston, American Chemical Society’s KINGFA Young Investigators Award

Wael El-Dakhakhni, New member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, John B. Scalzi Research Award from The Masonry Society

Ali Emadi, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Ahmed Ghobarah, Listed among Civil Engineering’s Most Cited Researchers, a list developed for Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

Jennifer Long, Appointed Educational Chair for the Canadian Institute of Management Hamilton Chapter Executive Board

Allan MacKenzie, Awarded the Chartered Manager Professional Designation from the Canadian Institute of Management

Peter Mascher, Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Aadil Merali Juma, Fellow of John Dobson Enactus

Shinya Nagasaki, Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo

David Wilkinson, Silver Medal from the Metallurgical and Materials Society of CIM

Igor Zhitomirsky, Recipient of the CMSC Canadian Metal Chemistry Award

Dan Centea, President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Greg Wohl, President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Samir Ziada, President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Lydell Wiebe, McMaster Students Union Award for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Engineering

Philip Wood, McMaster Students Union Lifetime Achievement Award

Suvojit Ghosh, President’s Award for Outstanding Service

Diana Maltese, Veronika Czerneda Staff Award

Kristina Trollip, President’s Award for Outstanding Service

Terry Wagg, President’s Award for Outstanding Service

Kimia Aghasadeghi, Philip H Jones Award from the Canadian Association on Water Quality

Alison Bayzat, Ontario’s Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship

Monika Bialy, Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships, Doctoral Program, NSERC

Chem-E Car Team (Daniel D’Souza, Reda Elsawi, Kelly Huyen, Marwwan Murad & Kyle Pearce), 1st place at North Central Regional Competition at Illinois Institute of Technology

Byungjun (Kenny) Choi, B.K. Afghan Memorial Award, Hamilton Section, Chemical Institute of Canada

HINT (Ahmed Elmeligi, Jacob Jackson & Nawal Behih), prizes from The Forge, W Booth Merit Fund, OCE TalentEdge, Women’s Enterpreneurship Competition, Python’s Pit, Lion’s Lair and OBI Entrepreneur Competition

Ryan LaRue, Chancellor’s Gold Medal, Steve Bonk Scholarship from the Canadian Water & Wastewater Association

Kern Lee, Sanjit Mann & Carol Perrotta, 1st place for Design of Experiments Project by the American Society for Quality

Lumago (Melissa Houghton), Prizes from Spectrum Pitch competition, W Booth Merit Fund, OCE TalentEdge and OCE SmartStart Seed Fund

Jake Nease, Governor General Academic Medal

Cindy Nelles, CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians

Eric Nogard, Carley German, Jessica Middleton, Bret Pajor, Cody Van Der Kooi, Matthew Winters, Overall Winners of the Troitsky Bridge Building Competition

Taylor Steele, PhD Candidate, MSU Teaching Assistant Award

Tool-Linked (Christabel Aryeetey, Ana Laura Naranjo & Bob Yang), Prize from W Booth Merit Fund

Kurt Westhaver, Water Environment Association of Ontario Scholarship

Ian Prins, Jacoby Joukema, Mikhail Andrenkov, Or Almog, 1st place in Ontario Engineering Competition

National Awards

McMaster University researchers are recipientes of prestigious Canadian awards.

Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fellows of the Academy are nominated and elected by their peers, in view of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

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Order of Canada

The Order of Canadarecognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. 

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Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

Election to fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) is the highest distinction for scientists, artists, and scholars in Canada.

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University Awards

Our faculty members are consistently recognized for their work by the University.

Distinguished University Professors

Awarded to those who have made a distinguished contribution to the University through research, scholarship and/or education and demonstrate exceptional achievement by distinction in research, scholarship and education such that the work has made a major impact on a given field of study, and/or the work has had a major impact across disciplinary boundaries.

President's Awards for Outstanding Service

The President's Awards for Outstanding Service provide an annual recognition for employees or groups of employees who have made an outstanding contribution to the mission of McMaster University beyond that normally expected for their position.

Faculty Awards

Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award

Established in 2004 to recognize an outstanding citizen who has contributed to engineering, the university and the community.

L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

Established in 2006 to recognize the contributions of leading Faculty alumni.

Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award

Established in 2010 to honour a faculty member whose accomplishments and contributions are of national and/or international significance and/or have had a transformative impact on their field of research endeavour.

Distinguished Engineering Fellows

Distinguished Engineering Fellows acknowledges outstanding rising scholars who have the potential to be internationally recognized for being research and learning focused, and student centred. 

Distinguished Engineering Professors

Distinguished Engineering Professors acknowledges leading internationally recognized scholars who show evidence of transformative scholarship that is research focused and student centred.

Distinguished Engineering Educators

Distinguished Engineering Educators acknowledges outstanding student centred teachers who are recognized not only for their contributions in the classroom and their interactions with students but also for transformative pedagogical improvements.

Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll

The Dean of Engineering has established the Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll to acknowledge the top teaching instructors each academic year. 

Dean’s Doctoral Mentoring Honour Roll

The Dean of Engineering has established the Dean’s Doctoral Mentoring Honour Roll to acknowledge the top mentors each academic year.

Veronika Czerneda Staff Award

An annual recognition of Faculty of Engineering staff members who have made an outstanding contribution beyond the normal expectations will be honoured.

Dean's Team Award of Excellence

An annual award to recognize staff teams that exemplify collaboration and cooperation; and that demonstrate a significant contribution with results on behalf of their Department and the Faculty of Engineering.