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Advanced Manufacturing


The future of manufacturing is in higher levels of intelligent automation enabled by a systems-based approach.

McMaster’s research within the manufacturing sector is diverse, spanning high-performance manufacturing processes to additive manufacturing, and Industry 4.0 technologies targeting emerging opportunities in electrified and autonomous vehicles and biomedical devices. It’s this combination of reputation, experience, and scientific discovery that appeals to industry. We have a long tradition of working with industry in the manufacturing sector, dating back to the 1970s.

Our manufacturing research draws together advancements in materials science, traditional manufacturing processes, emerging additive / hybrid technologies and industry internet of things in big data and artificial intelligence to realize practical solutions for industry.

McMaster is labouring hard to dismantle the very idea of the ivory tower. We still revere the value of pure scientific research, but believe strongly that real progress is only made when disparate voices and perspectives gather to work together.

“Research is important for its scientific content, but also for its translational content, which helps our economy and grows the well-being of our society,” says Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster's Dean of Engineering. “It’s very important for universities to work with their local business communities and Canadian industry. We also need to work with other universities and with the government. If we’re going to build prosperity, it has to be a project that includes many players. Collaboration must be our core value.”

Our Mission: To provide advanced, robust and implementable solutions for manufacturers across all industry sectors.

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Advanced Manufacturing

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Stephen C. Veldhuis

Professor, Director (MMRI) and Braley-Orlick Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

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Ali Emadi

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Prof. Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

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Dr. Harold Haugen

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Femtosecond Laser Ablation and Micromachining, Electron Microscopic Studies of Ytterbium-Doped Optical Fibres, Applications of THz Radiation

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Dr. Andy Knights

Director, CEDT

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Dr. Matthew Minnick

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MEMS; Robotics; Micromachining; Resonance; Fluid-Structure Interactions; FEM; Automation

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Dr. Dave Novog

Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair

nuclear safety, reactor physics, thermalhydraulics, multiphysics reactor analysis, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, severe accident modelling, emergency accident response and mitigation

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Dr. John Preston

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Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Dean of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Transport Phenomena; Heat Transfer, Energy Storage; Fluid Mechanics; Self Assembly & Nanostructure Synthesis; Combustion & Pollutant Airborne Emissions; Mathematical Biology; Bioinspired Computational Biology

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2019 Manufacturing Forum and Industry Open House

May 3, 2019 /  Department News

2019 Manufacturing Forum and Industry Open House

What happens when you bring a group of industry leaders passionate about manufacturing into one room? For some, it becomes one of the highlights of the year.

What makes Mac Eng students stand out? We asked employees of one of the world's best auto makers.

February 25, 2019 /  Department News

What makes Mac Eng students stand out? We asked employees of one of the world's best auto makers.

During their latest visit, Tesla shared their thoughts on what skills they look for when recruiting and what makes Mac Eng students unique.

Fresh Faces: Neslihan Dogan

February 11, 2019 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Neslihan Dogan

Neslihan Dogan is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In her Fresh Faces spotlight, Neslihan talks about her Turkish roots, passions outside of McMaster, pursuing metallurgy and the hidden talents of dessert chefs.

Fresh Faces: Li Xi

November 26, 2018 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Li Xi

In 2013, Li Xi landed his dream job as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster. In his Fresh Faces spotlight he discusses his upbringing in Suzhou, China, the rewards of connecting with students and decoding experiments on polymer materials. 

Engineering Tomorrow's Military Successes

November 7, 2018 /  Department News

Engineering Tomorrow's Military Successes

As they explore the cutting-edge of materials, microscopy and biomedical engineering, McMaster researchers are making discoveries that promise to keep Canadian troops safer and healthier in years to come.

Fresh Faces: André Phillion

November 6, 2018 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: André Phillion

Welcome to Fresh Faces. In this series, we’re highlighting over 40 engineering faculty members, all hired in the last five years, who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom.

Materials engineering professor wins prestigious steel industry award

October 22, 2018 /  Department News

Materials engineering professor wins prestigious steel industry award

Joseph McDermid, materials science and engineering professor, has won the 2018 Dale CH Nevison Award, which recognizes a person in the galvanizing field who has made a significant contribution to the industry.

Big Ideas: Thriving in the Materials World

September 20, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Thriving in the Materials World

It was the promise of “wow moments” – opportunities for discovery, development and growth – that first attracted Martin Beaton to Materials Engineering.

McMaster engineering professor named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

September 13, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster engineering professor named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Gianluigi Botton, an engineering professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The Industry 4.0 experience inside the Learning Factory

July 16, 2018 /  Department News

The Industry 4.0 experience inside the Learning Factory

The W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology’s new Learning Factory is a world-class facility that simulates the factory of the future.

McMaster advanced manufacturing forum highlights collaboration

May 17, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster advanced manufacturing forum highlights collaboration

More than 350 industry representatives, academics and students gathered to learn about the latest in advanced manufacturing during the sixth annual McMaster Manufacturing Forum.

Keeping Canada's Manufacturing Sector Competitive

May 11, 2018 /  Department News

Keeping Canada's Manufacturing Sector Competitive

Stephen Veldhuis, director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and a mechanical engineering professor, caught the manufacturing bug early in his engineering career, machining parts at a summer job as an undergraduate.

Big Ideas: Attention to detail

May 8, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Attention to detail

Professor Gianluigi Botton’s microscopy research shows that little things mean a lot.

McMaster researchers boost business of Ontario manufacturers

February 15, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster researchers boost business of Ontario manufacturers

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute improves productivity of Burlington automotive parts company

Transforming Technology

December 1, 2017 /  Department News

Transforming Technology

Leaders in Artificial Intelligence Gather for McMaster.AI Workshop

McMaster supports high-tech steel in Hamilton and beyond

November 30, 2017 /  Department News

McMaster supports high-tech steel in Hamilton and beyond

How Hamilton, Ont., is an international centre for research into material innovation in steel production because of McMaster Engineering.

#InsidetheLab: The diverse research areas of advanced manufacturing

November 10, 2017 /  Department News

#InsidetheLab: The diverse research areas of advanced manufacturing

Students working at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) are enhancing productivity, improving quality and increasing the lifespan of materials used in various manufacturing industries.

Shaping the Next Generation of Canadian Manufacturing Excellence

October 2, 2017 /  Department News

Shaping the Next Generation of Canadian Manufacturing Excellence

McMaster University understands the importance of connecting academia and the manufacturing industry. Learn about their collaboration.

Learning Factory at W Booth School Delivers for Edson Packaging

September 12, 2017 /  Department News

Learning Factory at W Booth School Delivers for Edson Packaging

A global leader in high performance packaging equipment has turned to the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology as a select partner in innovation.

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

August 15, 2017 /  Department News

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

Six McMaster researchers have been awarded more than $1.9 million combined for infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).