METRIC Posterv4

A Day of Research, Collaboration & Professional Development 

August 19th, 2016

Conference Centre, McMaster Innovation Park

The Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) is organizing METRIC 2016: 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). As part of the conference you have the opportunity to take a tour to Canmet, The Forge or MARC. The afternoon will consist of numerous breakout professional development events and workshops and we'll finish off the day with a wine & cheese party.


All attendees MUST register so that we can organize the event. Abstracts can be submitted for posters or for 10 minute oral talks. Tickets are $20, thanks to financial support from the Faculty and the departments.





If you have any questions, please contact the conference organizers at


Technical Sessions


Keynote: Research & Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering

Dr. John Preston

Associate Dean, Research & External Relations

Dr. Preston is the current Associate Dean for Research & External Relations. He represents the Faculty of Engineering on the boards of Directors of Industry-University Partnerships and has a pulse on all of the Research and Innovation going on within our Faculty. His own research in the Department of EngPhys focuses on the application of laser technology and the design of novel materials for future devices. This coupled with his quick wit and history of pieing former MES presidents in the face make him the perfect Keynote for our conference.


Student Technical Sessions

In the morning there will be 2 concurrently-run oral sessions before lunch. These are:  

  • SESSION 1A: OPTIMIZATION        Chair: Dr. Tim Davidson
  • SESSION 1B: NANOTECH                Chair: Dr. John Preston
  • SESSION 2A: HEALTH                      Chair: Dr. Michael Noseworthy
  • SESSION 2B: WASTEWATER          Chair: Dr. Charles deLannoy

In the afternoon there will be a poster session which includes these four topics & an additional MATERIALS & MANUFACTURING topic.


Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development Breakout Sessions
We are excited to announce that we will be having multiple stations for professional development throughout the day of the conference. Adam Pepler, Lynn Stewart and the Engineering Co-op & Career Services team will be in the Atrium for quick resume & cover letter critiques, to give you advice on job search strategies, interviews skills, networking skills, and how to negotiate. We will also have a professional photographer for a LinkedIn Photobooth. We encourage you to bring your resume and be camera ready! 

Professional Development Invited Speakers
We also have a fantastic line-up of invited speakers to talk about different career path options for engineering students with graduate degrees!


“The Path to Academia”

Invited Speaker: Dr. Tom Adams II

Dr. Tom Adams II is an Assistant Professor and the Acting Associate Graduate Chair in the department of chemical engineering. With an impressive list of academic achievements, Dr. Adams was hired by McMaster in 2010 and has quickly become one of McMaster Engineering’s superstars. He has been lauded by Chem. Eng. Chair, Carlos Filipe for his dedication to graduate studies, his reputation as an instructor, supervisor and mentor and his cutting edge research in energy systems. He has been recognized with a Joseph Ip Distinguished Engineering Fellow distinction for his contributions to research and student learning and was recognized last year at the graduate student recognition awards ceremony.

Dr. Adams will be talking about careers in academia, his experience, and offering some advice on how to maximise your success in landing that academic dream job.   


“Becoming A Professional Engineer”

Invited Speakers: Tracey Caruana P.Eng.& Pauline Lebel P.Eng.

PEO is the regulatory body in Ontario for professional engineering. They govern licence and certificate holders and protect the public. We have not one, but TWO invited speakers from PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) who will be speaking about what is involved in getting your professional engineering license, why it is important if you want to work in industry, how graduate studies ties into this process, and the additional steps required for international students.

Tracey is a professional engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering  from McMaster University.  She joined PEO in January 2014 in the role of EIT Coordinator.  Prior to joining PEO, Tracey  worked at Hatch Ltd. for 9 years gaining exposure to numerous projects within the mining industry.  She worked as a piping engineer for seven years and in management consulting for the remainder. In the role of EIT Coordinator, Tracey is responsible for providing guidance and support for the Licensure Assistance Program (LAP) and the EIT Program.


“IP, Patents & Starting a Business”

Invited Speaker: Craig Wilson

Craig has a B.Eng (Electrical), is a Canadian Patent Agent, a Canadian Trade-Mark Agent, and a U.S. Patent Agent. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from McMaster, has worked in several technical areas, has over 30 years of experience in patents and trademarks, and he established Craig Wilson and Company, Patent Agency – Trademark Agency in 1994.

Craig will be discussing Intellectual Property (IP) and Patent issues, the IP aspect of starting your own business and his experience in general.


“Working in Government”

Invited Speaker: Susan Goulet

Susan Goulet will be talking about what it’s like working in government labs, the types of projects that they are working on, and why they are looking for engineers, particularly those with experience in research.

Susan has worked in government since 2002 in a variety of different roles. She worked in StatsCan, immigration, revenue and now is working in CanmetMATERIALS, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) where she has ties to McMaster University. She has experience in human resources and will be giving advice on applying to work in government research.

Career Panel

Due to its popularity at our conference last year, we will be having another grad alumni career panel again this year! Check out the impressive line-up. The point of the career panel is to have a discussion with alumni who have graduate degrees about where their graduate degrees have taken them, and some of the opportunities and challenges that have arisen due to having a graduate degree on their resume. These alumni can offer guidance and tips on what current graduates can be doing to maximize their chances of success in achieving their career goals.


Adam Pepler

Engineering Graduate Career Development & Relationship Manager

Adam has a career history of almost a decade in specialized recruitment in engineering and science and has some great advice to give about what employers are looking for in an application. Hired by the Faculty last year, Adam has been providing one-on-one career support to engineering graduate students, has organized related workshops and information sessions, has done great work in obtaining work placement opportunities for grad students in companies that are looking specifically for researchers and he is working with the Faculty to make these opportunities more accessible to international students.


Scott Hastie P.Eng.

M.Eng (Mech) from McMaster 1999

Scott is the engineering manager at Liburdi Turbine services and has worked there since 2002. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster in 1999 for his thesis on novel manufacturing processes for turbine blades.


Samih Abdelgadir

M.Eng (MEEI) (W.Booth SEP) from McMaster 2013

Samih is one of the founders of CINNOS (Canadian Innovation Systems), the first ever all-in-one sustainable data storage unit during his degree with the help of Innovation Factory. They are now based in The Forge MIP.


Miles Montgomery

4th year Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto, B.Eng. McMaster 2012

Miles is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in UofT in Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences. He is a co-founder and chief technical officer of MagniWare Ltd., a Toronto based start-up that specializes in research and development of bio-adhesive sensory devices. Miles completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster in 2012 and worked as a research assistant in Dr. Pelton’s interfacial Research Group. 



CanmetMATERIALS is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated to the fabrication, processing and evaluation of metals and materials. CanmetMATERIALS strives to develop technologies to improve the reliability of energy production and energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts, generate innovative products for a green economy, and enhance health, security and safety.

The one-hour tour will include a presentation on the lab, followed by visits to the microscopes, mechanical testing, welding, casting, metal forming, corrosion, integrated computational materials engineering, advanced materials and physical simulation labs. 


Visitors who are not Canadian citizens must send a scan of their passport photo page to the Event Coordinator at NO LATER THAN AUGUST 5th. This information is kept confidential and will be processed by CSIS. Upon arrival at Canmet, foreign visitors must present their passports.

Visitors who are Canadian citizens must present Canadian government-issued photo identification. All visitors are also required to leave any electronic devices at the Security Desk (e.g. cell phone, laptop, recording devices, etc.).

McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

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. A tour to the McMaster Materials Research Institute at MARC is schedule for those interested.

The Forge

The Forge, located in McMaster Innovation Park (and now also in downtown Hamilton) is a partnership between McMaster University, Innovation Factory and Mohawk College and is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs. It is an incubator for Hamilton based start-ups. The Forge it provides a collaborative workspace shared by youth entrepreneurs representing various industries including digital media, health sciences, social innovation and advanced manufacturing. The Forge also provides startups with training to enhance their skills and decision-making abilities, while connecting them with mentors and successful business people who will coach them through the ups-and-downs of running a business.

The Forge is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.

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