Advanced Manufacturing & Materials
The City of Hamilton has long been known as one of Canada’s advanced manufacturing power houses. As the prominence in this field has grown for both the city and the province, McMaster University has responded to the needs of the manufacturing community by developing programming and research capabilities to ensure its continued success.
The University’s institutes include the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), a $19-million, 15,000 square foot facility dedicated to the advancement of the manufacturing industry. MMRI provides a focus for high-profile research and serves as a vehicle for university-industry-government interaction. In addition, the institute promotes, encourages, and performs fundamental and applied research in cooperation with its industrial partners and provides systematic mechanisms for technology transfer and infusion of knowledge and research results. Engineering teams made up of McMaster University faculty combine their expertise in machining, metal forming, polymer processing, thermal processing, micro-manufacturing, grinding, robotics and manufacturing automation to conduct industry relevant research and educate and train undergraduate students, graduate students and post-degree professionals.
McMaster also hosts the Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation (IAMI) – a partnership with the University of Waterloo. This center produces state-of-the-art research in metal forming, polymer processing, casting, joining, machining, advanced materials development, and crashworthiness. IAMI will also reach beyond the normal bounds of a world-class university research centre by introducing a new, formalized innovation and technology transfer thrust involving collaboration with entrepreneurship and innovation programs established at both universities.
Working together with private companies has been a key reason for the success for McMaster’s advanced manufacturing and has allowed McMaster to help grow the region’s economy by developing new materials and processes and preparing its future workforce.
Green Auto Technology
McMaster University is becoming a leader in Canada for hybrid and electric automotive technology. The focal point of research in vehicle transportation and electrification at McMaster University is the 80,000 square foot, state-of-the-art McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC). Located at here at the park, MARC is strategically placed at the hub of a transportation network that links automotive manufacturers and suppliers in Canada, the U.S.A. and internationally. MARC houses industry-scale labs, classrooms and equipment to prototype vehicles of the future. Both academic and industry organizations, from OEMs to parts suppliers to start-ups, will have access to MARC to pursue market-oriented research and development.
McMaster University is a global leader in the advancement of nanotechnology with over 30 years of research conducted in that area. McMaster’s strengths in this internationally competitive field are resident predominantly in the university’s Faculty of Engineering and several departments in the Faculty of Science. The main focus of McMaster’s nanotechnology initiatives are fabrication and characterization of thin-film nanostructures; nanophotonics; nanoelectronics and nanosystems; nano-biosensors; and most recently, nanotechnology-based solar photovoltaics.
McMaster has invested heavily in numerous nanotechnology-related research centers that are paving the way for future breakthroughs. Some of these centers include the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, the Centre for Emerging Device Technologies, the Laboratory for Advanced Photovoltaic Research, and the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute. McMaster has also established an array of programs to address the needs of society for highly qualified scientists, engineers and health care professionals knowledgeable in nanotechnology.
McMaster University is a global center of excellence in health science innovation. Discoveries made within the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences are changing perceptions about medicine, and providing new methods for treating a variety of afflictions. McMaster’s health sciences innovations are the base of one of the world’s foremost markets for biotechnology and clinical trials.
One of McMaster’s exciting institutes is the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization. The CPDC works with its industrial partners to develop novel agents for early disease detection, staging and assessment of new therapeutics. The CPDC helps industry and academia work towards the common goal of getting promising molecular imaging probes and associated products and services into hospitals and clinics in Canada and around the world. Another example is the Population Health Research Institute. The PHRI has conducted more than 50 global trials and epidemiological studies in more than 1,500 centers in 83 countries, involving more than 500,000 patients. PHRI research programs explore the causes and prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and societal influences on health, perioperative vascular complications, and stroke.
Collaborations are the key element to each McMaster innovation. Working closely with industry and governments of all levels has helped established McMaster University as one of the world’s foremost institutions for issues affecting global health.