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Increasing connectivity and digitization continues to change our world.

Digital is everywhere.

The increasing connectivity and digitization of our world, or the Internet of Things, continues to change everything, from how we catch a taxi, book a trip or turn on a thermostat.

There are forecasts that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, representing a $19-trillion (U.S.) global market.

With projects spanning every aspect of the digital world, our research teams are pushing the limits of systems engineering. Whether it is cyber security and privacy, big data manipulation, hardware systems, large system integrations or the effects of these technologies on our society, our world renowned researchers are working with industry, government, and research partners in Canada and around the world to create fresh solutions to the world’s digital problems.

Challenges: Increasing amounts of data, cyber security, privacy, software safety and efficiency, security threats, ease of information sharing, social connectivity, hardware innovations (for example, smartphones, Fitbits)

 

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Lotfi Belkhir

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Fei Chiang

Fei Chiang

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Dr. Gary M. Bone

Professor

Robotics; Collaborative Robots; Control Systems; Computer Vision; Machine Vision; Computer-Aided Manufacturing; Manufacturing Automation

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Dr. Tohid Didar

Assistant Professor

Biomedical devices; Bio-sensing; Microfluidics; Bio-functional Interfaces, Bio-hybrid micro/nano-robots

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Dr. Mo Elbestawi

Professor

Advanced Manufacturing

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Dr. Ali Emadi

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate

Transportation Electrification; Electrified Vehicles; Autonomous-Capable Vehicles; Electric and Hybrid Powertrains; Power Electronics and Electric Motor Drives; Electric Machines and Energy Conversion Systems; Renewable and Efficient Energy Systems; Energy and Sustainability

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Dr. Saeid Habibi

Professor

Automotive Applications; Control Systems; Hybrid Vehicles; Mechatronics; Renewal & Sustainable Energy Systems

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Dr. Zahra K. Motamed

Assistant Professor

Medical devices, Medical imaging; Diagnostic, Intervention-predictive and intervention-optimization tools

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Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Professor

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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Dr. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics

Micro/Nanofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomedical Microdevices; Microelectromechanical Systems; Microfluidics; Medical and Environmental Sensors; Smart Textiles; Artificial Organs

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Dr. Stephen C. Veldhuis

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

Manufacturing; Machine tools; Precision machining; Ultra precision machining; Manufacturing process modeling & simulation; Tribology; Nano indentation; Surface engineering; Hard wear protective coatings; Process optimization

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McMaster engineers create a fireproof sensor to track firefighters, miners, oil workers in high-risk situations

March 1, 2019 /  Department News

McMaster engineers create a fireproof sensor to track firefighters, miners, oil workers in high-risk situations

The sensor can track the movement and location of a person in a burning building, a mineshaft or other hazardous environment, alerting someone outside if the movement ceases.

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January 4, 2019 /  Department News

McMaster Engineering announces new faculty appointments

We are pleased to announce the following new appointments to the Faculty of Engineering.

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. 

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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.

Computing and Software research team wins IBM Project of the Year Award

October 31, 2018 /  Department News

Computing and Software research team wins IBM Project of the Year Award

McMaster’s Computing and Software associate professor, Christopher Anand and his research team have won the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Project of the Year Award.

Fresh Faces: Fei Chiang

October 19, 2018 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Fei Chiang

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.

Fresh Faces: Jennifer Bauman

October 1, 2018 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Jennifer Bauman

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.

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July 18, 2018 /  Department News

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Welcome to Fresh Faces. In this series, we’re highlighting 43 Engineering faculty members, all hired within the last five years, who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom.

Big Ideas: Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

April 17, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Innovative start-up aims to change the data centre landscape.

The (Big) Idea: Integrate Education and Research with Innovation and Community

April 10, 2018 /  Department News

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April 3, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster capstone projects solve a range of real-world problems

From automating gel manicures, to preventing the spread of diseases amongst drug users, to helping visually impaired people cross the street safely, this year’s capstone projects aim to solve a wide range of real-world problems.

Study shows smartphones harm the environment

March 1, 2018 /  Department News

Study shows smartphones harm the environment

Data centres and smartphones will be the most damaging information and communications technologies to the environment by 2040, according to new research from W Booth School’s Lotfi Belkhir.

Vector Institute names two Biomedical Engineering students to inaugural Postgraduate Affiliate program

February 27, 2018 /  Department News

Vector Institute names two Biomedical Engineering students to inaugural Postgraduate Affiliate program

Two McMaster PhD students and one postdoctoral fellow have been named to the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence’s Postgraduate Affiliate program.

McMaster Engineering Strikes a Chord at UofTHacks

January 30, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster Engineering Strikes a Chord at UofTHacks

Two McMaster Engineering students and best friends win the Actions Google Challenge at the UofTHacks event with a new music teacher application.

Transforming Technology

December 1, 2017 /  Department News

Transforming Technology

Leaders in Artificial Intelligence Gather for McMaster.AI Workshop

7 Engineering Startups to Watch

November 17, 2017 /  Department News

7 Engineering Startups to Watch

In honour of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of innovators and job creators who are changing the world, we’re spotlighting 7 McMaster Engineering startups to watch.

Five young women in Engineering to watch

March 8, 2017 /  Department News

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In recognition of International Women's Day, which celebrates and recognizes the achievements of women, as well as promoting gender equality, McMaster Engineering is highlighting five top female student leaders.

Improving Data Quality

October 10, 2017 /  Department News

Improving Data Quality

For Fei Chiang and her research group, it's all about ensuring the quality of the data.

McMaster earns gold standard for integrating industry software into engineering curriculum

September 13, 2017 /  Department News

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McMaster University was recently recognized for integrating industry software and skills into engineering curriculum with a PACE Gold Certification award. McMaster is one of a few universities outside of the U.S. to receive the prestigious award.

Learning Factory at W Booth School Delivers for Edson Packaging

September 12, 2017 /  Department News

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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.

McMaster engineer works with NASA to develop medical emergency simulator

August 16, 2017 /  Department News

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Doyle is among a team of experts from Harvard and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, who worked with NASA to build an immersive simulator to run medical emergencies that could happen in deep space.

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

August 15, 2017 /  Department News

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

McMaster researcher to “clean” big data

July 25, 2017 /  Department News

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October 8, 2015 /  Department News

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May 3, 2017 /  Department News

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November 16, 2015 /  Department News

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McMaster Engineering welcomes nine new faculty

July 17, 2017 /  Department News

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"With the addition of our new faculty members, we will continue to strengthen our reputation as one of the top engineering schools in Canada and worldwide while building a brighter world." -Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering

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July 4, 2017 /  Department News

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June 6, 2017 /  Department News

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First Place and Audience Choice Award winner Daniel Tajik.

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September 22, 2016 /  Department News

Eng Phys Student Spends Summer at Nasa

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Eng Phys Annual Capstone Expo

April 13, 2016 /  Department News

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Eng Phys' annual end of year Capstone projects were on full display.

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March 15, 2016 /  Department News

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Recipients

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Eng Phys’ Chair One of Two Researchers Across Canada to Acquire Two Grants from NSERC

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February 4, 2016 /  Department News

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November 13, 2015 /  Department News

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Adjunct Professor Honoured with International Prize

November 25, 2014 /  Department News

Adjunct Professor Honoured with International Prize

Dr. Pavel Cheben wins International Prize of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Engineering Physics and McMaster Create a Joint Venture with Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co.

March 19, 2014 /  Department News

Engineering Physics and McMaster Create a Joint Venture with Jiangsu Delin Environment Protection Co.

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Eng Phys Represents at the 2013 Nano Ontario Conference

November 13, 2013 /  Department News

Eng Phys Represents at the 2013 Nano Ontario Conference

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June 26, 2013 /  Department News

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More than $1M for infrastructure to expand and enhance labs.

Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

March 1, 2012 /  Department News

Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

Dr. Leyla Soleymani wins a medal for research excellence.