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Liuna Station - Grand Central Ballroom
360 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario
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Terry Milson
Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27391 

Dr. Ishwar Puri, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering invites you to join us for an evening in honour of 60 years of engineering excellence and #BigIdeas. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our faculty, staff and students and pay tribute to our distinguished alumni.


McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering invites you to join fellow alumni, faculty members, students, staff and friends to celebrate the Faculty of Engineering’s 60th Anniversary on May 3rd, 2018 at our annual Applause & Accolades Awards Celebration at Liuna Station in Hamilton. 

Tickets are $150 each or a table of eight is $1200. Black tie is optional.  Registration is now closed.  If you wish to attend, please contact Diana Maltese,

This is an evening, themed around “Big Ideas” in honour of 60 years of Engineering Excellence. The accomplishments of the Faculty of Engineering award recipients will be celebrated along with Top 150+ Engineering Alumni. (Learn more about our Big Ideas campaign and our  Big Ideas contest.)

McMaster Engineering has much to celebrate. We have a rich history of research that addresses the grand challenges facing Canada and the world, including climate change, renewable energy, digital transformation and health care. Since its founding by Dr. John W. Hodgins, McMaster Engineering has been committed to leading research and world-class education with a social conscience.

We continue to evolve how we educate students. We inspire engaged citizen scholars and alumni who are a force for positive change around the globe. In 2017, we opened the Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning and a new Makerspace in Thode Library to foster growth outside the classroom. In 2018, a new tower devoted to engineering innovation is slated to open.

Our reputation continues to grow. ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 ranked civil engineering among the top 30 programs in the world, and three programs (metallurgical engineering, computer science and engineering, and transportation science and engineering) among the top 75 in their areas.

As one of the world’s Top 100 universities, McMaster Engineering’s leading faculty members and exceptional students are excited to celebrate this key milestone in our history. We hope you can join us for this signature Diamond Jubilee event.

Major Research Awards

Jennifer Bauman, $80,000 Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Tracy Becker, $141,860 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), $100,000 Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, $100,000 Early Researchers Award (ERA)

Gianluigi Botton, $5,550,000 Ontario Research Fund (ORF), $800,000 CFI, $800,000 Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario, $650,000 NSERC, $200,000 Emission Reduction Alberta

Jonathan Bradley, $140,000 Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, $100,000 ERA

Fei Chiang, $460,000 NSERC, $140,000 Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, $100,000 ERA

Samir Chidiac, $98,800 National Research Council Canada

Jim Cotton, $800,000 Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Grant, $800,000 NSERC, $597,522 CFI

Jim Cotton & Ali Emadi, $5,000,000 NSERC and the Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science through the TargetGHG program administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence

Emily Cranston, $129,600 Ontario Centre of Excellence

Charles De Lannoy, $335,209 CFI

Neslihan Dogan, $168,596 NSERC

Wael El-Dakhakhni & Lydell Wiebe, $1,200,000 NSERC, Collaborative Research Development and Ontario Centre of Excellence

Ali Emadi, $3,762,500, Contributors from Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility, OCE, BorgWarner Inc., TargetGHG Program: Advanced Electrified Vehicle Motor Control Technologies, NSERC (2 Grants), OCE VIP II Grant, and Accelerated Systems Inc.

Kathryn Grandfield, $100,000 ERA

Kathryn Grandfield & Nabil Bassim, $1,599,960 CFI and ORF

Todd Hoare, $250,000 NSERC, $240,625 Canadian Institutes of Health Research, $240,624 E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Zeinab Hosseini-Doust, $135,361 CFI

Steve Hranilovic, $120,000 NSERC

Mukesh Jain, $491,552 NSERC

Younggy Kim, $275,725 Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Thia Kirubarajan, $1,178,000 NSERC (3 Grants), $354,227 CFI (2 Grants)

David Latulippe, $305,275 NSERC, $140,000 Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, $100,000 ERA

Zoe Li, $81,920 Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Joseph McDermid, $187,000 International Zinc Association; $145,590 NSERC

Prashant Mhaskar, $84,000 Ontario Centre of Innovation

Mehdi Narimani, $192,000 NSERC

Natalia Nikolova, $161,321 NSERC

Andre Phillion, $200,000 CFI’s John Evans Leader Fund (JELF)

Ishwar K. Puri, $2,276,460 NSERC (3 Grants)

Amin Rajabzadeh & Seshasai Srinivasan, $422,100 Eye3Concepts Inc.

Oleg Rubel, $368,230 CFI

Heather Sheardown, $125,000 NSERC

Leyla Soleymani, $1,097,740 NSERC (2 Grants)

Chris Swartz, Ken Coley & Neslihan Dogan, $69,410 Ontario Centre for Excellence

Stephen Veldhuis, $9,333,333 Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Consortium

Carm Vespi on behalf of Venture and Leap,$100,000 NSERC

Lydell Wiebe, $1,170,000 Contributors from NSERC, Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association, OCE, ERA, and Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

Igor Zhitomirsky, $150,000, NSERC

Hatem Zurob, $524, 060 Collaborative Research and Development Grant (3 Grants), $150,000 OCE, VIP II

Named Research Chairs

Vishwanath Baba, appointed Don Pether Chair in Engineering and Management

Emily Cranston, appointed Canada Research Chair in Bio-Based Nanomaterials

Sarah Dickson, appointed Professor, Water Policy & Research (Philomathia Foundation)

Kim Jones, appointed Chair of the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE)

Thia Kirubarajan appointed NSERC/General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada Industrial Research Chair in Target Tracking and Information Fusion

Dimitri Konstantinidis, appointed Endowed Chair in Effective Design Structures

Stephen Veldhuis, appointed Braley-Orlick Endowed Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Associations and Societies

Mohamed Attalla, received The Walter Shanely Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering

John Bandler, recognized for his 75th birthday at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Hawaii where the entire session was dedicated to him

Dan Centea, received on behalf of W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology the PACE Gold Certification Award for integrating industry software and skills

Ken Coley, awarded the 2018 John F. Elliott Lectureship Award

Kathryn Grandfield, awarded $25,000 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award

John Luxat, inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and elected as Chairman of the International Nuclear Energy Academy

Medhi Narimani, 2017 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Power Electronics

Ishwar K. Puri, inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and appointed Chair of The National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Mike Thompson, inducted Fellow of The Society of Plastics Engineers

David Wilkinson, awarded by Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Engineer of the Year (Hamilton/Halton)

University Appointments

Wael El-Dakhakhni, University Scholar

Prashant Mhaskar, University Scholar

James Politeski, Distinguished Engineering Executive in Residence

Saiedeh Razavi, Director of the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL)

Teaching Awards

Konstantinos Apostolou, 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Lotfi Belkhir, 2018 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning 

Moataz Mohamed, 2018 McMaster Students Union, The Merit Award

Eu-Gene Ng, 2018 McMaster Students Union Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as 2018 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Staff Award

Jane Mah, Veronika Czerneda Staff Award