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Research Chairs

Canada Excellence Research Chair

Ali Emadi, CERC in Hybrid Electric and Plug-In Powertrain Program

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. These awards are among the most prestigious and generous available globally.

Dr. Emadi's work is at the leading edge of new developments in transportation electrification, including advanced electrified powertrains; the vehicle‑to‑grid interface of plug‑in vehicles with Smart Grid technology; powertrain components; hybrid battery/super‑capacitor energy storage systems; and adaptive vehicle control and power management systems.

Emadi’s research provides solutions for industry and environmental policy‑makers alike: it meets the current demands of the automotive sector and will further the growth of Canada’s economy, while maintaining a strong position for the future of Canada’s green technology industry.

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. The CRCP invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work.

NSERC Industrial Chairs

NSERC Industrial Research Chairs (IRCs)

An IRC provides funding for the salary of the Chairholder, infrastructure, research tools and instruments, and general expenses related to the Chair’s program of research.IRCs are funded jointly by NSERC and industry. Provincial or federal government departments and agencies may also co-sponsor/support an IRC*

IRCs share McMaster Engineering's Expertise with Industry

NSERC Industrial Research Chairs are intended to:

  • assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in natural sciences and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
  • assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and
  • provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).  




Endowed chairs

Endowed chairs and professorships enable researchers of the highest calibre to pursue critically important areas of study and recruit and nurture the next generation of researchers. With the support of individual and corporate partners, the endowed chairs and professorships listed below serve to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers in a variety of disciplines, ensuring that McMaster's students learn from the very best in the world.