Making Global Impact
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.
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Innovation from Excellence
Faculty of Engineering Fast Facts
International Rankings: In the News
McMaster ranked among the world’s top 100 universities
September 26, 2018
McMaster Engineering disciplines ranked among the world’s best
July 30, 2018
Student satisfaction helps drive McMaster higher in Maclean’s rankings
October 11, 2018
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Our faculty is driven to foster change and innovation through these interdisciplinary research clusters.
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)
Artificial Placenta: Together with McMaster researchers Dr. John Brash (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Anthony Chan (Pediatrics), 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.
Giving the breath of life to premature babies
July 4, 2018
Kenya: Water Security
Sarah Dickson-Anderson, Philomathia Chair, Water Policy and Research (Civil Engineering)
Water Security in Africa: Dr. Sarah Dickson (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace (Geography & 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 neighbourhoods in a rural Maasai community.
Sarah Dickson named Philomathia Chair 2018
March 5, 2018
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
International student team wins prestigious automotive engineering design award
November 5, 2018
More Projects: In the News
Big Ideas: Saving lives, one radar technology at a time
February 15, 2018
McMaster engineer works with NASA to develop medical emergency simulator
August 23, 2017
“Resources without destruction”
October 18, 2018
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
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.
Related Research Clusters: Energy and Environment
CaFIN: In the News
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CaFIN: A Global Effort to Combat Climate Change
July 8, 2016
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
Our Students: Shaping The Global Engineer
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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.