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McMaster Engineering is a community that comes together during a time of crisis.


Get up to date information on how COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is impacting our faculty, staff, and students; learn what our researchers are doing to fight the virus; how we're transforming learning; and what we're doing to support our Fireball Family.  


Read the latest COVID-19 information updates from McMaster University.

COVID-19 News

MacChangers proposes solutions to COVID-19 challenges in Hamilton

June 30, 2020 /  Department News

MacChangers proposes solutions to COVID-19 challenges in Hamilton

The first-ever MacChangers: Change-a-Thon, a virtual week-long program, connected teams of students from all faculties and levels of study to brainstorm, share insights and collaborate with community groups in Hamilton.

McMaster opens Centre of Excellence to advance personal protective equipment in Canada

June 29, 2020 /  Department News

McMaster opens Centre of Excellence to advance personal protective equipment in Canada

The Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials is a network of engineers, clinicians, manufacturers and companies dedicated to improving personal protective equipment products and supply chains in Canada.

Supporting our Students: An engineering student’s story

May 29, 2020 /  Department News

Supporting our Students: An engineering student’s story

SOS is an ongoing series that highlights how COVID-19 is impacting McMaster students. This instalment is by an engineering student who wished to remain anonymous.

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Virtual Q&As

Live virtual Q&A with Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineering and Associate Deans John Preston (Research), Mike Thompson (Graduate Studies), and Steve Hranilovic (Academic) at 9:30 a.m. on April 17.


Virtual Services

Academic Advising

Academic Advising has moved from in-person appointments to online appointments. The office phone number is currently inactive. For assistance please visit their page and e-mail one of the advisors. 


Co-op & Career Services

In-person services have been temporarily suspended in the Hatch Centre but the team is still available virtually. Please check Oscarplus for over 200 available career appointments. Co-op interviews will be continued to be scheduled remotely. Please Contact the team.

Students, Industry: Work with us to solve COVID-19 challenges

The Faculty of Engineering is welcoming partnerships that will help our community prototype and test solutions to the challenges we face during this unprecedented time.

If you are working in industry and are able to provide resources such as working space or equipment, or if you need our research expertise, we kindly ask that you complete this collaboration form.

We're also in need of volunteers. If you would like to support our initiatives through volunteer hours, complete this volunteer form

Student and Volunteer Challenge

We invite you to think critically to find solutions to these COVID-19 challenges, and send us your ideas!

Respirator Seal

N95 respirators and surgical masks, currently being prioritized for frontline workers, are highly effective in reducing the amount of droplets being expelled by the user. The static in the material is also critical in killing viruses that may be caught by the mask. However, these masks are not so effective in protecting the user from inhaling potential hazards. While the air that comes through the mask will be filtered, there are large gaps on the edges of the mask that allow the user to inhale most air without being filtered.

There is a need for a mask that can offer the same protection as the N95 and surgical masks while also protecting the user from inhaling hazards. The solution to this challenge can also be an add-on to existing masks. Comfort will be critical, as users will be wearing these masks for extended periods of time (12 hours a day for several days at a time).

Thin-film Soap

SARS-CoV-2 is able to survive on surfaces for extended periods of time. For example, it can survive on stainless steel for several days.

There is a need for a thin-film soap that can be applied to surfaces in order to reduce the viability of the virus. This soap should be able to be sprayed onto a surface and harden, it needs to be hard enough to not easily be rubbed off but will dissolve readily with water.  This will make the water in a drop soapy, dissolving the lipid layer of the virus and rendering the virus harmless. Preliminary testing suggests that glycerin-based soap may be effective in this challenge.

Communication Device

During a time where staying connected is critical, existing methods of communicating may be inaccessible, either financially or technologically, to a significant portion of our population.

There is a need for an electronic device that boots up directly into an existing video conferencing program. The user interface should be simple to use, as it exists solely for the purposes of video communication. This device should be available to users for financially accessible prices.

Lab Safety Strategies

McMaster University has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of its community. Essential research related to COVID-19 is continuing on campus while following strict social distancing measures, while our members are asked to continue working from home. We expect to see our institution opening up in the coming months to resume other research on campus. 

There is a need for a set of best practices for our employees to follow when coming to, working on, and leaving our campus. This might include designating certain entryways for entry or exit, designating stairwells for moving up or down floors, etc. An effective solution would look to the protocols in place at facilities currently operating (i.e. grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals) and analyze the effectiveness of these practices.

Submit your ideas here!

A Message from Dean Ishwar Puri



Follow us on Instagram to hear from students, staff and faculty who are sharing their positive stories during this time of uncertainty. If you are interested in taking over the @mcmastereng account to share your story, please email Ciara McCann, Digital Marketing and Communications Strategist: