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Research & Innovation

McMaster Engineering has a well-established reputation as one of Canada's most research-intensive faculties in a range of disciplines from advanced manufacturing, materials, automotive, and nuclear research. We continue to push the boundaries of discovery in emerging areas, such as bio-innovation, micro-nano technology, smart systems, energy, and environmental sustainability.

COVID-19 Research

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

Visit the Faculty's COVID-19 website for 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.  

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Meet Our Experts

Our researchers are working rigorously across disciplines and around the clock and with area hospitals, businesses and community groups to address the unique challenges posed by COVID-19. They are applying their expertise in areas such as advanced manufacturing, bio-innovation and smart systems to design, develop and test PPE and healthcare equipement, develop antiviral drug therapies and coatings, and apply advanced modeling techniques to anticipate future needs and next steps. 

Andy Knights

Andy Knights

Director of CEDT

Department of Engineering Physics

Expertise: silicon optical circuits; silicon integrated optics

Covid -19 Research: Developing a Bio-Sensor for Covid-19

Ayse Turak

Ayse Turak

Associate Professor

Department of Engineering Physics

Expertise: degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; nanoparticle synthesis; photovoltaics; surface and interface physics

Covid-19 Research: Anti viral nanoparticles for surfaces

Benzhong Zhao

Benzhong Zhao

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Expertise: degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; nanoparticle synthesis; photovoltaics; surface and interface physics

Covid-19 Research: Efficacy of Masks in reducing the spread of COVID-19

Boyang Zhang

Boyang Zhang

Assistant Professot

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise: Tissue engineering, biomaterials engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip engineering, advanced biofabrication, regenerative medicine, high-throughput drug screening

Covid-19 Research: testing mask prototypes and refining the technology needed for new medical masks.

Carlos Filipe

Carlos Filipe

Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise: We create engineering solutions for a healthier society: thermal stabilization of vaccines, enzymes, antibodies, and phage; application of functional nucleic acids for biosensing including the development of materials able to detect pathogenic bacteria.

Covid-19 Research: Creating a test kit that people can use from the comfort of their homes

Charles de Lannoy

Charles de Lannoy

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Enigneering

Expertise: Functional surfaces and thin films, polymer nanocomposite materials, active membranes for desalination, water and wastewater treatment, fouling, membranes for gas separation, CO2 capture, nanosorbents

Covid-19 Research: Rigorously testing surgical and N95 mask designs to create better masks

Colin McDonald

Colin McDonald

Director of Engineering 1

 Engineering 1

Expertise: Engineering Education; Interdisciplinarity; Biomechanics; Musculoskeletal Imaging

Covid-19 Research: 3D Printing and Testing of Face Shield Designs for Healthcare Workers

David Latulippe

David Latulippe

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise: separation processes for water/wastewater treatment, biopartitioning and purification, microscale processing for high-throughput studies,unit operation modeling and optimization

Covid-19 Research: Rigorously testing surgical and N95 mask designs to create better masks

Gregory Wohl

Gregory Wohl

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Expertise:  Biomechanics

Covid-19 Research: Modifying sleep apnea machines into ventilators for hospitalized COVID-19 patients requiring invasive ventilation

Heather Sheardown

Heather Sheardown

Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise:  biomaterials, tissue engineering, mathematical modeling of physiologic processes, ophthalmic drug delivery

Covid-19 Research: anti-inflammatory and anti-viral drug therapies for lung-related COVID-19 illness.

Hubert DeBruin

Hubert DeBruin

Co Director

Department of Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences

Expertise: Development of new computer-based systems and techniques for recording and analysing physiological signals in the basic research and clinical medical laboratories; Theoretical and in-vivo experimental response of motor neurons to different modes of stimulation of human compound nerves

Covid-19 Research:Testing and deciding on the best face shield design to mass manufacture for healthcare workers

Ishwar Puri

Ishwar Puri

Dean of Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Expertise: Transport Phenomena; Heat Transfer, Energy Storage; Fluid Mechanics; Self Assembly & Nanostructure Synthesis; Combustion & Pollutant Airborne Emissions; Mathematical Biology; Bioinspired Computational Biology

Covid-19 Research: Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Covid-19

John Preston

John Preston

Associate Dean, Research and External Relations

Faculty of Engineering

Expertise: Pulsed Laser Deposition, Self-Assembly of Epitaxial Nanostructures, Photovoltaics

Covid-19 Research: Rigorously testing surgical and N95 mask designs to create better masks

Kathryn Grandfield

Kathryn Grandfield

Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Expertise: biomaterials; osseointegration; electron microscopy; mineralized tissues; electron tomography; atom probe tomography

Covid-19 Research: Modifying sleep apnea machines into ventilators for hospitalized COVID-19 patients requiring invasive ventilation

Leyla Soleymani

Leyla Soleymani

Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices

Department of Engineering Physics

Expertise: biosensing, point-of-care diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, DNA detection, health monitoring, nanofabrication, wrinkling, rapid prototyping

Covid-19 Research: Developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria to prevent transfer of bacteria

Michael Noseworthy

Michael Noseworthy

Co-Director

McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Expertise: Assessment of normal and diseased tissue microstructure and the resultant modulation of tissue metabolism using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ; Diseases of interest include cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Covid-19 Research: 3D Printing and Testing of Face Shield Designs for Healthcare Workers

Mo Elbestawi

Mo Elbestawi

Director

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Expertise: Advanced Manufacturing

Covid-19 Research: Modifying sleep apnea machines into ventilators for hospitalized COVID-19 patients requiring invasive ventilation

Mohammed Ezzeldin

Mohammed Ezzeldin

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Expertise: Earthquake Engineering; Reinforced Masonry Systems; Dynamic Testing; Resilient Infrastructure Systems; Risk Assessment; Data Analytics

Covid-19 Research: Optimizing 3D Printing for Face Shields

Nabil Bassim

Nabil Bassim

Acting Scientific Director, Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Expertise: Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions, Structural Materials (Concrete, Metallurgical Alloys), Nanofabrication

Covid-19 Research: Rigorously testing surgical and N95 mask designs to create better masks

Qiyin Fang

Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

Department of Engineering Physics, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Expertise: biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

Covid-19 Research: Modifying sleep apnea machines into ventilators for hospitalized COVID-19 patients requiring invasive ventilation

Ravi Selvaganapathy

Ravi Selvaganapathy

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Expertise: Micro/Nanofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomedical Microdevices; Microelectromechanical Systems; Microfluidics; Medical and Environmental Sensors; Smart Textiles; Artificial Organs

COVID-19 Research: Scientific Lead on development, design and testing of PPE including surgical and N95 masks

Stephen Veldhuis

Stephen Veldhuis

Director (MMRI) and Braley-Orlick Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Expertise: Manufacturing; Machine tools; Precision machining; Ultra precision machining; Manufacturing process modeling & simulation; Tribology; Nano indentation; Surface engineering; Hard wear protective coatings; Process optimization

Covid-19 Research: Working with St. Joe’s Healthcare to source “critical supplies” for COVID-19 test kits

Thomas Doyle

Thomas Doyle

Associate Professor

McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Expertise: Biomedical signal processing; Human-computer interfacing (HCI); Machine learning for the augmentation, rehabilitation, and enhancement of human attributes

Covid-19 Research: Designing and testing a ventilator that can be made locally to help in the fight against COVID-19

Todd Hoare

Todd Hoare

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise: nanotechnology, interfacial engineering, biomaterials engineering, polymer science, pharmaceutical science

Covid-19 Research: Testing mask prototypes and refining the technology needed for new medical masks.

Tohid Didar

Tohid Didar

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Expertise:  Biomedical devices; Bio-sensing; Microfluidics; Bio-functional Interfaces, Bio-hybrid micro/nano-robots

Covid-19 Research: Developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria to prevent transfer of bacteria

Wael El-Dakhakhni

Wael El-Dakhakhni

Martini, Mascarin, and George Chair in Masonry Design

Department of Civil Engineering

Expertise: Complex Interdependent Networks & Systems Simulation; Data-driven Models; Systemic Risk & Resilience Quantification; Performance Prediction under Multi-hazard Scenarios.

Covid-19 Research: Integrating machine learning to aid Canada’s crisis response

Zeinab Hosseini-Doust

Zeinab Hosseini-Doust

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

Expertise: Bacteriophage Biotechnology, Bacterial Biofilms, Phage Antimicrobials, Targeted Antimicrobial Delivery, Biohybrid Systems

Covid-19 Research: Rigorously testing surgical and N95 mask designs to create better masks

Zoe Li

Zoe Li

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Expertise: Uncertainty Analysis; Risk Management; Stochastic Modelling; Water Resources Management; Climate Change Impacts; Environmental Systems Analysis

Covid-19 Research: Integrating machine learning to aid Canada’s crisis response

Research Clusters

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

The future of manufacturing is in automation, digitization, and robotics.

 

Digital & Smart Systems

Digital & Smart Systems

Increasing connectivity and digitization continues to change our world.

 

Energy

Energy

Energy is essential to heat our homes, make our products and fuel our cars.

 

Environment

Environment

 
Respect for the environment must be at the core of all engineering decisions in the future.

 

Health & Bio-innovation

Health & Bio-innovation

Saving lives, improving health and wellness and overall quality of life are key goals for biomedical engineers.

 

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Improving transportation networks, buildings, water and waste water supplies and access to power..

 

Micro-Nano Systems

Micro-Nano Systems

Small scale. Big impact. Micro-nano systems are everywhere. 

 

Transportation

Transportation

The way we travel and transport our goods is changing dramatically.

 

In the News

McMaster engineers to help physicians predict outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease

May 19, 2020 /  Department News

McMaster engineers to help physicians predict outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease

Zahra Motamed and her team receives $780,000 in NSERC funding to develop an in-vitro, patient-specific predictive tool and a regulatory testing machine for transcatheter heart valve replacement.

McMaster Engineering embraces new world of remote undergraduate summer research

May 13, 2020 /  Department News

McMaster Engineering embraces new world of remote undergraduate summer research

The Faculty and student groups have come together to ensure undergraduate student researchers have an enriching research experiences this summer while working from home.

How McMaster engineers are paving the way for new standards for medical masks in Canada

May 1, 2020 /  Department News

How McMaster engineers are paving the way for new standards for medical masks in Canada

Researchers at McMaster Engineering are rigorously testing surgical and N95 mask designs in innovative ways. Their goals? To equip the public with more protective masks, and ultimately create better masks for the next generation.

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