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Making Global Impact

At the Faculty of Engineering, our guiding principles encourage us to inspire exemplary citizen scholars who will transform the world. Through our research activities, our pedagogy and our local and global community partnerships, we are committed to addressing the world's grand challenges and building a brighter world. 

Overview

McMaster University is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world.

The Faculty of Engineering is among the country’s top research intensive universities. Our engineering alumni have successful careers around the globe – in everything from academia to industry to government labs in countries around the world.

At McMaster Engineering, we are committed to the success of our students. We are invested in professional skills development through career planning programs and co-op experience so students are prepared for wherever life may take them.

Award-winning faculty members with expertise from around the globe offer guidance, support and mentorship.  McMaster Engineering offers world-class facilities, a collaborative environment, and professional development training to spark curiosity, inspire discovery and achieve personal, professional success.

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50% increase in research funding over last 5 years

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+30 esteemed research chairs

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+20 prestigious research centres & institutes

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+600 local & international partner employers

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International Rankings: In the News

McMaster ranked among the world’s top 100 universities

September 27, 2018 / Source: Brighter World

McMaster ranked among the world’s top 100 universities

McMaster has again been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.

McMaster Engineering disciplines ranked among the world’s best

July 30, 2018

McMaster Engineering disciplines ranked among the world’s best

ShanghaiRanking, a top higher education ranking, rated 16 McMaster Engineering academic disciplines among the best in the world.

Student satisfaction helps drive McMaster higher in Maclean’s rankings

October 11, 2018 / Source: McMaster Daily News

Student satisfaction helps drive McMaster higher in Maclean’s rankings

McMaster University has jumped two places to No. 4 on the Maclean’s annual rankings of Canadian universities, in the category for universities with a broad range of research and PhD programs, including medical schools.

Research Collaborations

Our faculty is driven to foster change and innovation through these interdisciplinary research clusters 

Advanced Manufacturing

 

 Health & Bioinnovation

Micro-Nano Systems

  Transportation

Environment

 Energy

 Infrastructure

  Digital

Our researchers are partnering with experts in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America to tackle the world's grand challenges

Germany: Artificial Placenta

P. Ravi Selvaganapathy, Canada Research Chair, Biomircofluidics (Mechanical Engineering)

Giving the breath of life to premature babies

July 4, 2018

Giving the breath of life to premature babies

The device looks a little like a drink coaster – a 9×9 cm square of translucent silicone rubber surrounding an embedded grid, with two tubes mounted on opposite corners.

Artificial Placenta: Together with McMaster researchers Dr. John Brash (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Anthony Chan (Pediactrics), Dr. Ravi Selvaganapathy is working with partners at the Nuremberg Clinic and Paracelsus Medical Proviate University in Nuremberg, Germany to pioneer the development of an artificial placenta device that is expected to have significant impact on morbidity rates associated with the use of mechanical ventilators for newborns. 

The project involves the development of microfluidic devices to oxygenate blood of neonates that have insufficient lung function. The device is a passive device and is powered by the baby's own heart and exchanges oxygen with the ambient environment. It is intended for attachment to the umbilical cord of the baby functioning like a placenta for the purposes of oxygen transfer.

Kenya: Water Security

Sarah Dickson, Philomathia Chair, Water Policy and Research (Civil Engineering)

Water Security in Africa

Dr. Sarah Dickson (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace (Georgraphy & Planning, University of Saskatchewan) sought to develop and pilot a mixed-methods approach to understanding the strengths, challenges and health impacts associated with water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in a rural Kenyan Community. Qualitative and quantitative data represented the condition of physical infrastructure, water quality, WaSH-related practices, perceived health and incidents of waterborne disease.

Dickson, Schuster-Wallace and their graduate students collaborated with the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health and II Ngwesi Group Ranch on the project, which was piloted in partnership with three separate neighborhoods in a rural Maasai community.

Sarah Dickson named Philomathia Chair 2018

January 31, 2018

Sarah Dickson named Philomathia Chair 2018

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Dickson on her recent appointment as Professor, Water Policy and Research (Philomathia Chair)

China, India, Mexico, USA: Personal Urban Mobility Access (PUMA)

Dan Centea, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

PUMA: Personal Urban Mobility Access. Dr. Dan Centea (W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology), together with an international group of students, designed a portable transportation device that would facilitate multi-modal connectivity to public transit. Specifically, it is the need to transport people between a transportation hub, such as railway stations or bus depots, and their workplace, school, home or other destination.

Students from nine universities in five countries collaborated to design and build a portable transportation device.

Academic Partners: Virginia Tech (USA), Howard University (USA), ITESM CEM Mexico, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), National Institute of Design NID (India), University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)

Industry Partners: General Motors US, AUtodesk, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Oracle and Siemens

Related News: PUMA wins international award

International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award

November 5, 2018

International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award

A collaborative team that includes students from McMaster’s Automotive Engineering Technology program won a first place award at the prestigious Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Annual Global Forum.

More Projects: In the news

Big Ideas: Saving lives, one radar technology at a time

February 15, 2018

Big Ideas: Saving lives, one radar technology at a time

Natalia Nikolova is finding new ways to detect breast cancer and concealed weapons through microwaves.

McMaster engineer works with NASA to develop medical emergency simulator

August 16, 2017

McMaster engineer works with NASA to develop medical emergency simulator

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.

“Resources without destruction”

October 18, 2018

“Resources without destruction”

Thomas A. Adams II is the third generation of engineers in his family.

Fostering Global Partnerships

Global Engineering Dean's Council

"The current challenges faced by humanity have no geographical or cultural boundaries, and engineers hold the key for innovative sustainable solutions. The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) provides an excellent vehicle for engineering deans to network across the globe towards sharing knowledge and building on new partnerships that will leverage on combined strengths to address the complex global and local challenges we are all facing today." 

Hosted by McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering, the Global Engineering Deans Council Conference (GEDC) explored a range of issues from bio-innovation for social impact to teaching students about the Internet of Things to addressing climate change to inclusive engineering schools and workplaces in the future. This is the first time the event has been held in Canada.

"The world very much needs what engineers have to offer: namely, the harnessing of creativity, technology, and persistence to craft lasting and effective solutions to the global challenges of water, food, infrastructure, energy, jobs, and wealth inequality. The Global Engineering Deans Council was a signature event in Canada, under the patronage of McMaster Engineering, to discuss concrete ways of addressing these challenges." - Peter Kilpatrick, Chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

GEDC In the news

McMaster hosts engineering deans from around the world

October 14, 2017

McMaster hosts engineering deans from around the world

More than 150 delegates from 25 countries in attendance

CaFIN: Carbon Free Innovation Network

The Carbon Free Innovation Network (CaFIN) brings together academics, industry experts and government officials to explore challenges to reducing carbon emissions; pathways to creating a carbon-neutral economy; and how to better incorporate green technology approaches into engineering education.

A declaration was signed between the engineering deans of McMaster University, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, Seoul National University, University of Hong Kong and leaders from the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) to pledge their commitment to developing carbon neutral innovations, spurring local and national economies as a result and improving the well-being of nations.

“Climate change impacts every country on the planet and is diminishing human and societal health and prosperity and will worsen without intervention,” says Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering. “As members of the global engineering community, we need to accept our responsibility for developing carbon neutral solutions for the betterment of humanity.”
      

Related Research Clusters: 

Energy

 

Environment

CaFIN in the news:

CaFIN: A Global Effort to Combat Climate Change

July 8, 2016 / Source: McMaster Daily News

CaFIN: A Global Effort to Combat Climate Change

Engineering deans from around the world come together to discuss climate change

Mission Innovation: Clean Energy Challenge Workshops

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 22 countries, including Canada, and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation by driving research and development in key areas, such as sustainable biofuels, smart grids, off-grid access, carbon capture and clean energy materials.

McMaster Engineering hosted two workshops in 2018, co-led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Secretaría de Energía (SENER) (Mexico), and the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with CIFAR and the University of Toronto. The events identified critical research priorities and gaps in clean energy materials innovation and explored opportunities for deeper collaboration.

“McMaster Engineering has made a strategic decision to pursue research that is both excellent and relevant to the major challenges that society faces,” said John Preston, Associate Dean of Research & External Relations, McMaster Engineering. “Climate change is one of the greatest problems facing our world, and we are glad to be part of a group of esteemed researchers working to address the issue.”

Mission Innovation in the news

Materials experts gather to combat climate change

March 16, 2018

Materials experts gather to combat climate change

Scientists, academics and experts from around the world gathered in Hamilton on March 15-16 to discuss how advances in clean energy materials can combat climate change.

Our Students: Shaping The Global Engineer

Trip of A Lifetime: San Francisco & Silicon Valley

Six McMaster Engineering students won a faculty-sponsored trip to Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Students toured Tesla, Google, Apple, Facebook and Corning and met with several McMaster Engineering alumni. 

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Alumni Influencers: Living the dream

Meet some of our McMaster Engineering alumni who work in SIlicon Valley and learn how they landed their dream jobs. Students had the opportunity to meet these alumni during their trip to San Franciso. 

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Shaping The Global Engineer: Work, Study, Explore

Engineering students and faculty pitch world-changing ideas

October 4, 2018

Engineering students and faculty pitch world-changing ideas

From using computers to predict genocide to vaccines that don’t need to be refrigerated to 3D-printed organs, engineering students and faculty have a lot of big ideas to make the world a better place.

McMaster wins Global Teaching Excellence Award

July 20, 2018 / Source: McMaster Daily News

McMaster wins Global Teaching Excellence Award

McMaster has won the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award based on the strength of its experiential learning opportunities, a commitment to global engagement and the work of the Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award

November 5, 2018

International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award

A collaborative team that includes students from McMaster’s Automotive Engineering Technology program won a first place award at the prestigious Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) Annual Global Forum.