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Grad students collaborate with industry and researchers at annual METRIC event August 24, 2018

Over 130 graduate students from all engineering departments came together for the fourth annual McMaster Engineering Technology, Research & Innovation Conference (METRIC) at McMaster Innovation Park.

This event, hosted by the Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering, on Thursday, August 23, 2018 was successful in its goal to encourage graduate students to engage, share ideas, and collaborate with their peers.

METRIC showcased McMaster graduate student research with student oral and poster presentations, in addition to talks from McMaster alumni guest speakers. 

“At McMaster Engineering, we have a thriving culture of engaged students who translate ideas into innovations that change the world,” said Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.  

“Due to robust partnerships with industry, the research intensity of the Faculty is among the highest in Canada. METRIC plays an integral part in continuing to foster strong research collaborations among students, faculty and industry.”

This year’s conference theme, Big Ideas, was inspired by the 60th anniversary of engineering excellence at McMaster University.

Opening remarks from Puri, were followed by a keynote speech from Shane Turcott, former Ontario Chair of the American Society of Materials and founder of Steel Image.

Distinguished speakers Bob Dony, former President of Professional Engineers Ontario; Tom Gaasenbeek, President and CEO of Nexas Networks; Elizabeth Hassan, Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor at McMaster; and Mark Pavlidis, co-founder and CTO of Flixel Photos Inc. shared their “Big Idea” journeys which covered their graduate careers, and how they arrived to their current positions.

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) were in attendance to support the work of engineering students as they transition throughout their professional development and promote OSPE’s services to aspiring engineers.

Representatives from Engineering Co-op and Career Services provided career guidance for students and the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work experience before graduation.

The Forge, a start-up incubator for McMaster University and Hamilton region and the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, which provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise researchers and industry, were also in attendance.

The conference was catered by The Village Green, located in Westdale, featuring a variety of gourmet and home cooked food. Coffee was proudly donated by Starbucks.