The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is one of Canada’s leading research facilities in electric and hybrid vehicles where researchers, students and industry professionals are working to resolve the issues facing the automotive industry. Together, these teams of engineers, scientists, social scientists and their students are developing sustainable solutions for the industry including the development of hybrid and electric powertrains, building highly efficient and cost-effective powertrain components and identifying light materials to make cars more fuel efficient.
The MARC building was developed in 2013 within an existing building at 200 Longwood Rd. South. The $26-million facility occupies approximately 90,000 square feet on two floors and is one of very few in the world located in an academic setting allowing both private and public sectors to work together to develop, design, and test hybrid technology. The redeveloped space includes state-of-the-art commercial garage space with multiple bays ready to receive cars for experiments and testing.
To date, the following initiatives have co-located at MARC:
Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies
The CMHT is led by Dr. Saeid Habibi, a professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. CHMT focuses on engine testing and standards, fault diagnostics, electric motors, energy storage and design and manufacturing. The lab features an engine dynamometer, chassis dynamometer, battery testing equipment, electro hydraulic actuator systems, vehicle research space and a metrology lab.
Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion
The CAMC is led by Dr. Joe McDermid, a professor and associate chair in the department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. CAMC focuses on strip casting sheet metal, light-weight material systems, material degradation and protection, magnesium-based components and joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations. The CAMC features characterization, forming and corrosion labs and is equipped with a galvanizer simulator.
Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Advance Powertrain and Electric Vehicles
The CERC is led by Dr. Ali Emadi, a professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and the director of the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology. CERC focuses on electric and hybrid powertrain configurations, plug-in vehicles and vehicle-to-grid interface, powertrain components and energy storage systems as well as control and power management. The CERC features low and high power electronic labs, a vehicle research bay and a powertrain dynamometer.
Network on Engineering Complex Software Intensive Systems
The NECSIS is led by Dr. Tom Maibaum, a professor in the department of Computing and Software at McMaster University. NECSIS focuses on high reliability computing, model driven engineering and cognitive vehicles. The NECSIS features a software development lab with a Massive Memory server.
Bachelor of Technology – Automotive and Vehicle Technology
The Bachelor of Technology program is an undergraduate program operated jointly by McMaster University and Mohawk College. It provides students with a unique learning methodology combining theory, practice and experience. It helps students develop the skills and theoretical knowledge needed to design and manufacture automotive and vehicle components, systems and cars of the future. It includes the design, operation and manufacturing of advanced combustion engines, hybrid cars and alternative fuel vehicles. BTech features a computer lab, a prototyping lab and an automotive lab as well as a number of different classrooms.
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