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McMaster visit to Penn State highlights cross-border collaboration July 16, 2018

A meeting of the minds between Canadian and American academics and higher education staff prompted rich discussion and the promise of collaboration across borders during a visit to Penn State College of Engineering.

Twenty representatives from McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering met with faculty members, educational leaders and student support and outreach experts from the research-rich institution in University Park, PA, on July 10-12.

Three days of meetings and discussions highlighted the strengths and challenges of both institutions, and opportunities for the two institutions to create research collaborations, student exchanges and sharing of best practices.

Faculty members from more than 10 engineering disciplines met to explore issues such as innovations in biomedical engineering, additive manufacturing, improving the health of people globally, transportation, automotive, energy efficiency, cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Innovative approaches to improve the student experience both in the classroom and outside of it were also shared, ranging from global student work experience programs to project-based programs.

“Penn State is a major peer public institution with a rich history and strong reputation, and its College of Engineering is internationally renowned,” said Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering of McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering. “Our two institutions share a common vision of engaging citizen scholars who will transform the world and focusing on research and education with impact. I am grateful for Penn State’s hospitality and look forward to continuing our relationship and exploring deep collaborations.”

Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering at Penn State, echoed Puri’s comments. 

“We are so grateful to Ishwar and the entire delegation from McMaster for spending their valuable time with us,” Schwartz said. “I’m ecstatic at the progress we made during the meetings. We are eager to move forward with the ideas that were generated during these productive conversations – for the betterment of both universities, their student bodies and faculty, and society as a whole.” 

John Preston, McMaster Engineering’s Associate Dean Research and External Relations, called the experience enriching and rewarding. 

“I am excited and optimistic about working on a broad front with Penn State,” Preston said. “They share our commitment to excellence, our student focus, as well as our motivation to serve society.”

“I am delighted to witness the beginning stages of potential partnership between two very strong sets of engineering programs within prominent world-class universities. I am optimistic that we can leverage our combined and complementary strengths to address some of the global challenges of our time,” said Michael Adewumi, vice provost for global programs at Penn State.

 Ranked among the world’s top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities. Our focus on experiential, problem-based learning and our inter-disciplinary approach to collaboration results in smarter insights, groundbreaking ideas and greater optimism. This approach is helping us create a brighter world.

Penn State College of Engineering is one of the leading academies for engineering education, research, and service in the United States. Established in 1896, the College of Engineering is the largest academic unit at University Park, consisting of 12 academic departments and schools supporting 45 undergraduate majors, minors and certificates, 39 master’s programs and 18 Ph.D. programs. The College of Engineering’s more than 13,000 students, 400 faculty, and 100,000 living alumni are dedicated to inspiring change and impacting tomorrow. For more information, visit