Constructed in 1965 and located in the west campus, the Applied Dynamics Lab is the centre for large scale structural engineering at McMaster. Experimental research is conducted in the Applied Dynamics Laboratory which is designed with a cellular box foundation strong floor measuring 300 square meters. The special design features make the Applied Dynamics Laboratory a particularly suitable facility for large scale structural experimental research. Clear head room of over 12 m beneath a 10 tonne overhead crane permit full scale testing as well as scaled models of structures or structural components. The main loading system is an 1460 kN static/1000 kN dynamic MTS servo-controlled hydraulic system equipped with a range of actuator capacities and load cells. This system is also used to power horizontal and vertical shake tables for seismic engineering studies. In addition to a selection of hydraulic jacks and computer controlled data acquisition equipment, 2 fixed in-plane test machines with 250 kN and 550 kN capacities are available.
The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy was established to provide Canadian and international researchers world-class facilities to study materials at unprecedented spatial and energy resolution. The concept of the Centre was developed in late 2002 and a proposal to the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Government was submitted in 2003 based on the interests of over 100 researchers from 24 Canadian Universities from coast to coast. Following a positive review of the proposal in the national round competition in 2004, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, McMaster and the Company FEI established a partnership to create the Centre. The mandate of the centre is to provide unique electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to researchers working on a broad range of materials research. The CCEM’s vision is to be one of the leading electron microscopy facilities in the world for the quality of the scientific research and for promoting interactions amongst researchers in various fields nationally and internationally while being one of the premier facilities for training researchers. The Centre is operated by the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research-BIMR of McMaster University.
The award-winning, LEED platinum building is home to CanmetMATERIALS (CMAT), Canada’s largest research centre specializing in metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation. CMAT’s mandate is to develop and deploy technologies to improve all aspects of producing and using value-added products derived from metals and minerals. CanmentMATERIALS relocated to MIP in 2011 because of the many business opportunities in Hamilton and the surrounding area.
The Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS) is a regional research centre unlike any other at a university worldwide. The Centre provides a unique world-class capability to advance research in three focus areas: 1) nuclear materials, 2) nuclear safety thermalhydaulic behavior, and 3) health physics. Funding to establish the facility was obtained as grants awarded in 2009 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) – New Infrastructure Fund (NIF) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI). The total budgeted cost is $24M. Prof. J. Luxat is the project leader
The Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is an organization that facilitates study of the optical, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties of semiconductors and related materials and promotes the development of technology based on these materials.
Supporting the Faculty of Engineering’s expansion into emerging areas of research and study is the new five-storey, 125,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Engineering Technology Building. The building is home to the first-year engineering program and the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership. Teaching studios, tutorial rooms, study space, and classrooms support an enhanced first-year undergraduate experience. The Engineering Technology Building is designed to LEED environmental standards and as a teaching tool. It is located at the campus’ Main Street entrance.
This state-of-the-art biosafety level 2 facility is home to a Bioreactor which cultivates cells to produce antibiotics, vaccines, and organic acids. In addition, this lab houses a Biochemical Analyser and Biosafety Cabinet, as well as Fluorescent Microscope to view cells and cell components, DNA, and protein molecules that have been stained with fluorescents. The lab also houses an advanced Gel Documentation System for image capturing, thermal cycler for using real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) to replicate DNA, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) system for the analysis of protein molecules, and a solid state bioreactor to cultivate microorganisms on a packed bed.
The Lyons New Media Centre is a natural expansion of what was the Lyons Instructional Media Centre, which served the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Centre is a media space for the innovative creation and use of new and traditional media in teaching, learning and research at McMaster. Work spaces include: video and audio editing workstations (all equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud), 2 edit suites, consultation room, video-gaming room, a classroom and a green screen. The Centre features a large video wall to showcase the media creation process, to highlight faculty and student research and to display faculty and student media projects. The video wall may also be used for special media rich presentations.
The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) is a 92,000 square foot set of university labs where researchers, students and industry professionals work to resolve serious issues facing the automotive industry and design the future of human transportation with a particular focus on battery and hybrid drive-train technologies. MARC also houses the McMaster and Mohawk College Bachelor of Technology Program where students from McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology will study automotive and vehicle technology.
The McMaster University Bat Lab is a dynamic, innovative and well-equipped environment for a variety of studies on mammalian auditory electrophysiology, animal bioacoustics, neuroethology, and animal behaviour. People in my lab conduct both laboratory-based and field-based experiments.
One of only four elliptical labs in North America. The elliptical design encourages greater engagement between teachers and students. The lab will be used for teaching engineering design and graphics, and engineering computation. The outer ring of student seats is raised to allow the teacher to see and be seen by all. The lab contains 55 computer work stations and 28 instruction monitors displaying a video signal from the instructor. The video signal can display slides, images from a document camera, or images drawn with a special pen. Instructors are able to project directly on the students’ displays for demonstration purposes. The use of a client-server model and thin-client technology makes the system more resource efficient and environmentally friendly.
The Biology Greenhouse is a teaching and research facility in the Biology Department. While many plants are grown in the short term for research studies, the permanent collection is used in plant biology classes offered by the Biology Department and for outreach to local schools and the public. The Biology Greenhouse, with its 780 square meters under glass, houses a richly diverse collection of live plants encompassing in excess of 217 species in 150 genera from over 77 plant families. The plant collection contains bamboo, insect-eating cobra plants, a chocolate tree, a coffee tree, a palm tree, sugarcane, cycads, bananas and more! Our collection and plants on display are always changing and increasing, so drop in for a visit often to see what’s new on display.
McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) is an award winning, premier research and innovation park located approximately 2 kilometers from the internationally recognized McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. McMaster Innovation Park is an important part of the innovative ecosystem in Hamilton by supporting startups, business, research and offering collaborative space for each sector to co-locate, connect and commercialize; a place to transform ideas from vision to commercial reality. Entrepreneurs, firms, researchers, industry partners, business mentors and support facilities can connect and facilitate commercialization. MIP is committed to using sustainable design principles, transforming former brownfields into a premier research park at a LEED silver or higher level.
The LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab is a unique 106-seat Research Performance Hall designed to investigate the experience of music, dance, multimedia presentations, and human interaction. The space includes Active Acoustic Control; Sound Recording Equipment; and measurement of Behavioural Responses (96 tablets), Movement (motion capture), Brain Responses (EEG), Muscle Tension (EMG), Heart Rate, Breathing Rate, and Sweating Responses (GSR).
The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) opened for business in May 2001. The MMRI is one of the largest university based manufacturing research institutes in Canada, supporting academic research and education programs spanning many manufacturing processes. The institute’s core focus is on enhancing productivity, quality and product/process innovation while helping companies reduce cost. Founded by Dr. Mo Elbestawi and currently directed by Dr. Stephen Veldhuis, the 15,000-sq.-ft. facility has a core group of technical experts and houses a wide range of industrial scale production equipment instrumented to meet the sophisticated research and development needs of leading manufacturers in the polymer, light metals, tool, die/mold, automotive, aerospace, energy and medical device industries.
The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) first became operational in 1959 and was the first university-based research reactor in the British Commonwealth. Originally designed to operate at a maximum power of 1 MW, MNR was upgraded during the 1970s to its current rating of 5 MW. MNR is classified as a medium flux reactor and it is by far the most powerful research reactor at a Canadian university – the handful of so-called “Slowpoke” reactors at other institutions typically operate at a power of 0.02 MW. McMaster Nuclear Reactor is also involved in public outreach activities such as Doors Open Hamilton, providing opportunities for McMaster students and members of the public to participate in guided tours of the reactor facility. More than 1,500 visitors each year visit MNR to lean about nuclear sciences and observe “the blue glow” of the reactor core first-hand.
The McMaster Accelerator Lab has been active in research and experimentation for over 34 years. Located on central McMaster University campus in Hamilton, Ontario, the lab has been operational since 1969 and over the past 5 years has had a revitalization in both facilities and equiptment. There are a total of 8 beamlines running to 3 experimental target rooms. Experimental work is done in many fields including accelerator mass spectroscopy, nuclear science, material science, nuclear medicine and most recently, In Vivo Neutron Activation Analysis:(IVNAA).
As a premier academic and research healthcare organization, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is committed to making a difference in people’s lives and creating a lasting future for our community through integrated health services and internationally recognized programs. Our threefold mission is to provide dynamic research, revolutionary methods in health sciences education, and the highest standard of clinical care in a spirit of compassion, innovation and commitment.
The Forge is Hamilton’s startup incubator and McMaster University’s on-campus entrepreneurship initiative (The Forge@Mac). The Forge supports new tech companies and students interested in entrepreneurship by providing co-working space across two locations (at McMaster Innovation Park and in downtown Hamilton), training, resources and a network of alumni and mentors.