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The Innovators

Michael Takla, Rotimi Fadiya, Prateek Mathur and Shivad Bhavsar received the prestigious James Dyson Award in 2017.

How four McMaster Engineering grads became stars overnight with a novel solution to a big problem.

Just as Michael Takla, Rotimi Fadiya, Prateek Mathur and Shivad Bhavsar were starting to explore the real world, settling into new homes in Toronto and Vancouver and getting accustomed to their lives as engineers, they received news that would change their lives. 

This past November the graduates of McMaster’s Electrical and Biomedical Engineering program received the prestigious international James Dyson Award and $50K to support the development of the sKan, the team’s skin cancer detection device.

What started as a final engineering class project is now an internationally recognized improved solution for the early detection of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The sKan assists physicians and the average person in detecting melanoma by creating a thermal map on the region of interest on the skin.

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