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Café X

Café X is a public conversation featuring a distinguished guest about a topic of interest to engineering and engineering education.

Café X is intended to bring colleagues, students and friends together to cultivate and develop blue sky thinking about topical issues and leading edge ideas - sharing experiences in exciting innovative areas that will make a difference and might be transformative.

This forum brings together our distinguished McMaster scholars to deliver to our academic community, a series of talks that will spark discussion, provoke thoughtful ideas. Speakers may also be invited from the broader society.

Previous speakers include:

Mr. Martin Beaton, (B.Eng. '92, Materials Science and Engineering), Regional Vice-President Innovation and Value-Added and President of voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Centre Ltd. – September 2018

Roya Mahboob,  Founder and CEO of Afghan Citadel SoftwareCompany (ACSC) – June 2014

Hoda ElMaraghy, (M.Eng. ’72 & Ph.D. ’76 Mechanical), Professor, University of Windsor – January 2018

Edward A. Lee, Professor, Berkeley –January 2018

Shaffiq Jaffer, VP Corporate Science & Technology projects, TOTAL American Services, INC. – October 2017

Nitin Copra, VC, Shasta Venture – September 2017

Rick Huijbregts, Vice President of Digital Transformation and Innovation, Cisco – April 2017

Ruby Heap, Associate Vice-President, Research, University of Ottawa – March 2017

Lisa Brown, (B.EngMgt ’03 & MBA’10 Civil) Service Manager, Power Systems at Tormont CAT – February 2017

Dwayne Wasylyshyn, (B. Eng’93, M.Eng ’95, Ph.D’98, Materials) former Blackberry, Consultant – December 2016

Trueman Goba, Chairman of Hatch - Africa, Europe and Middle East – November 2016

Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan – October 2016

Sohail Murad, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology – September 2016

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke, Director Innovative Factory Systems Department German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI - Kaiserslautern/Germany - April 2016

Catherine Booth, Senior Project Executive at University Health Network, Managing Director and Owner at Vision Ridge Ventures, Inc. - March 2016

Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University - February 2016

Robert Walker (M.Eng '75, Ph.D. '77 EngPhys & D.Sc. 2013) Past President, Atomic Energy Canada Limited - December 2015

Greig Mordue, Associate Professor, Master of Engineering and Public Policy, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy - November 2015

Nicholas Brathwaite (Class of '82), Co-Founder & General Partner at Riverwood Capital - October 2015

Raffaella De Vita, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech. - September 2015

Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University - April 2015

Karim Lakhani (B.Eng.M '93 Electrical Eng) Associate Professor, Technology & Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School - April 2015

Paul Santerre (PhD '90 Chemical Engineering), Professor, Faculty of Dentistry and Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto - March 2015

Tim J. Nohara, (B.Eng ’85, M.Eng ’87 & Ph.D ’91) President & CEO, Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. - January 2015

Danielle Zyngier, (Ph.D ’06 Chemical) Optimization Specialist, Hatch - October 2014

Sanjeev G. Shroff, (.M.Eng ’76) Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh - September 2014

Jay Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering, Purdue University - March 2014

John Bandler, McMaster University and Bandler Corporation - February 2014

Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited - January 2014

Jordan Banks, Managing Director and Head of Global Vertical Strategy Facebook Canada - November 2013

Past Events

Start Date Title Register Calendar
January 25, 20183:30 pm - 4:30 pm Café X: What Will the Factory of the Future Look Like?
January 30, 20189:30 am - 10:30 am Café X: Symbiosis or Annihilation? How Humans and Technology Coevolve
June 14, 201810:30 am - 11:30 am Café X: Overcoming Obstacles
September 19, 20182:30 pm - 3:30 pm Café X - Martin Beaton
September 28, 201810:30 am - 11:30 am Café X - Prakash Patnaik
November 5, 20183:30 pm - 4:30 pm Café X - Irene Sterian