METRIC 2018 was a huge success.

Thanks for EVERYONE who attended or helped out! 

Checkout the recap here: 

METRIC 2018 Recap!


Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

 8:30am to 4:30pm

Conference Centre, McMaster Innovation Park


The Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) is organizing METRIC 2018: the McMaster Engineering, Technology, Research & Innovation Conference. Our conference provides an opportunity for graduate students, postdocs, professors and industrial alumni in different engineering fields to engage, share ideas, develop collaboration strategies and share information about resources. Researchers can discuss the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, and practical challenges encountered and together we can work to find solutions while fostering collaboration between departments, research groups and industry.

This is a significant opportunity for you to show the cutting-edge research that you are doing, to know what other researchers are working on and to network with colleagues. You can participate as an attendee, as a presenter or showcase a poster (old or new). 


Register here


Invited Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Shane Turcott

Shane Turcott graduated with his B.Eng and M.A.Sc in Materials Engineering from McMaster University, Canada. He has performed failure analysis for various employers including: Dofasco, Bodycote and Liburdi Turbine Services. In 2009, he founded Steel Image which is an engineering company specializing in failure analysis and on-site material evaluations. Considered an expert in these fields, he has worked around the world supporting automotive, mining and oil industries. He is the past Ontario Chair of the American Society of Materials, had been decorated by McMaster University and once completed a 100 mile running race.


When asked what Shane’s Big Idea was, he answered:

“What I care about is good jobs in Canada.  My big idea, my big goal, is to grow a company which supports local manufacturing, oil and mining industries, doing our part to help keep industry jobs here.  Although it’s a small role to play, my group aims to provide the best, fastest support towards resolving failures of equipment designed, made or used by Canadian companies.  And to have a bit of fun while doing it.

To achieve this, the first step was to follow Elon Musk on Instagram and be constantly reminded how one seemingly crazy person can change the world (Tesla, Tesla Energy, SpaceX, Boring).  Step two has taken a bit longer. To provide better failure analysis than international competitors meant starting a company that never stops focusing on developing motivated people, growing lab capacities and improving our abilities over thousands of projects.  What started ten years ago as a basement lab, this strategy has helped us grow into Ontario’s prominent failure analysis company.”

Shane will be giving the keynote address, titled Thinking about Big Thinking. He will discuss the challenges associated with accomplishing big ideas and taking on tough projects, and how achieving these requires cultivating specific skills, character and thinking.


Guest Speaker - Dr. Bob Dony

Bob Dony holds BASc and MASc degrees in systems design engineering from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from McMaster University. He is an associate professor in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph in the biomedical engineering program where he has been since 1997. Licensed by PEO in 1989, Dr. Dony has served on numerous PEO committees before and since his election to Council as councillor at large in 2012. In 2016 he was elected as president elect and served as president of PEO for the 2017-2018 Council year. In addition to his service to PEO, Dr. Dony was co-editor-in-chief, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2008-2011), past member of Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (2001-2004), the PEO representative on Engineers Canada’s Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (2014-2018) and now serves as its Vice Chair. He has been awarded a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a Fellow of Engineers Canada for his contributions to the profession.

Bob will be delivering a guest talk, titled “The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Future of the Engineering Profession.” His Big Idea, or Big Question, is whether or not the PEO as a regulator is relevant to the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution. He plans to address this through engaging the new generation of engineers into the discussion.

To hear these talks and other great guest speakers, register for METRIC here.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Guest Speaker - Dr. Elizabeth Hassan


Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering 1 at McMaster University. Her current teaching work focuses on design and experiential education. She started her career at Queen’s University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and after a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Western University she joined MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists.  There she analyzed motor vehicle collisions and earned her P.Eng designation. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU and a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University. Her doctoral work developed new statistical analysis techniques for biomechanical and neuromuscular signals and her post-doctoral work was in Neuroscience at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute’s Sachs Lab. Although she has worked in a wide range of research environments and topic areas the common thread in all her work is translational research and collaboration.

Dr. Hassan will be giving a guest talk, titled How Art School Made Me a Better Engineer.  When asked for her Big Idea, and how she’ll achieve it, she replied, “A wide range of diverse technical experiences make us better engineers, so I’m working to increase student access to experiential activities here at Mac.  I’m conducting educational research to figure out how to best support engineering experiences for students from all disciplines.”

To hear Dr. Hassan’s talk and other great guest and student speakers, register for METRIC today here.  Registration will close on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.


Guest Speaker - Mark Pavlidis

Mark is the CTO, Managing Director, and Co-Founder of Flixel Photos Inc. where leads the development of tools for magical visual storytelling. Prior to Flixel, he developed over 30 apps for the App Store including one of the first e-book readers and personal safety systems. Before becoming a cliché and dropping out of a Ph.D. in Software Engineering, his research work was focused on symbolic timing analysis of safety-critical systems. Mark holds a B.Eng.Mgt. and M.A.Sc. in Software Engineering from McMaster University.

Mark will be delivering a talk titled, “Surviving Execution - Persevering a Startup and Self.”  When asked for his BigIdea, and how he’ll achieve it, he responded, “From prehistoric pictographs, humans have used images to tell a story. Today, visual storytelling is digital. It sits at the intersection of art and technology. If we hide the complexity of the technology, we can easily create visual stories that were difficult or impossible to create in analog form. Building easy to use tools that fills the space between a still image and a full motion video with new visual media. This includes Flixel’s flagship and award winning apps, Cinemagraph Pro. A cinemagraph looks like a photo but there is element of endlessly looping motion that is mesmerizing.”

To hear Mark’s talk and other great guest and student speakers, register for METRIC today here.  Registration will close on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.  

Additional Booths

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers


The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) will be present to support the work of engineering students as they transition throughout their professional development and promote OSPE’s services to aspiring engineers

Engineering Co-op and Career Services

Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) to provide career guidance for students and the opportunity to gain valuable engineering work experience before graduation.

The Forge

The Forge, the start-up incubator for McMaster University and Hamilton region.

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) which provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to Canadian researchers and industry working in a broad range of fields.