“At McMaster Engineering, we have a thriving culture of engaged students who translate ideas into innovations that change the world. Due to robust partnerships with industry, the research intensity of the Faculty is among the highest in Canada. METRIC plays an integral part in continuing to foster strong research collaborations among students, faculty and industry.” – Dean Puri
Over 130 graduate students from all engineering departments came together for the fourth annual McMaster Engineering Technology, Research & Innovation Conference (METRIC) at McMaster Innovation Park. This event, hosted by the Engineering Graduate Society (EGS), on Thursday, August 23, 2018 was successful in its goal encourage graduate students to engage, share ideas, and collaborate with their peers.
METRIC showcased McMaster graduate student research with student oral and poster presentations, in addition to talks from McMaster alumni guest speakers.
This year’s conference theme, Big Ideas, has been inspired by the 60th anniversary of engineering excellence at McMaster University.
Opening remarks from Dean of Engineering, Ishwar Puri, were followed by a keynote speech from Shane Turcott, former Ontario Chair of the American Society of Materials and founder of Steel Image.
Distinguished speakers Dr. Bob Dony, former President of Professional Engineers Ontario; Tom Gaasenbeek, President and CEO of Nexas Networks; Dr. Elizabeth Hassan, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster; and Mark Pavlidis, co-founder and CTO of Flixel Photos Inc. shared their “Big Idea”, journeys with the attendees about their graduate career, and how they arrived to their current positions.
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) were in attendance to support the work of engineering students as they transition throughout their professional development and promote OSPE’s services to aspiring engineers.
Additionally there were representatives from Engineering Co-op and Career Services to provide career guidance for students and the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work experience before graduation; the Forge, the start-up incubator for McMaster University and Hamilton region; and the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy which provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to Canadian researchers and industry working in a broad range of fields.
The conference was catered by The Village Green, located in Westdale, featuring a variety of gourmet and home cooked food. Coffee was proudly donated by Starbucks.
A big thank-you to the Faculty of Engineering for their continued support of METRIC and the EGS.