The 5th Annual Open House is an opportunity for industry to tour multiple research locations within McMaster, as well as the federal research facility CanmetMATERIALS. The labs are located on the McMaster University main campus and at McMaster Innovation Park. A shuttle service will transport visitors between the locations.


John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Building, McMaster University
1280 Main St. West, Hamilton | Map »


MMRIMcMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) »

The MMRI opened in May 2001 and is one of the largest university-based manufacturing research institutes in Canada. Since its inception, the MMRI has supported a wide range of educational, academic and industry focused research programs. Capability in advanced manufacturing ranges from advanced material science through primary processing of materials, the heat treatment of alloys, coatings, machining, metal forming, polymer processing, CAD/CAM, metrology and inspection as well as automation and robotics.

The MMRI consists of the following research labs:

Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing & Design (CAPPA-D) »

Dedicated to conduct academic and industrial relevant research, provide laboratory testing, research and development services for polymer processing and related industries such as the automotive & aerospace, consumer, construction, packaging and pharmaceutical sectors. Examples of project areas include powder granulation, recycling and upcycling, starch biopolymers, foams, sustainable cellulose based nanocomposites and high performance composite materials. CAPPA-D has in-house expertise in mixing, rheology and polymer processes.

Machining Systems Lab (MSL) »

McMaster Institute for Manufacturing ResearchThe majority of research in the MSL is focused on developing and testing advanced PVD and ultralubricious coatings for cutting tools. Industrial applications of this fundamental research includes Mould and Die (ball-end milling of hardened tool steels); Aerospace (milling and turning of Ti- and Ni-based alloys, drilling of CFRP); and Automotive (drilling of Compact Graphite Iron and High Si-content Aluminum).

As well, we regularly partner with local companies to conduct both short- and long-term research projects to shed light on shop floor production issues, drawing upon our various industrial scale CNC machines (3-axis and 5-axis mills, turning centers, a surface grinder, cutting tool grinder, and EDM machine) as well as our surface profile and cutting force measurement equipment to characterize the effectiveness of tooling and parameters involved in their modern machining processes.

Micro Manufacturing Lab (MML) »

The MML is involved in a wide range of scientific and applied research on many aspects of manufacturing small objects and ultra-precision components with optical grade surface finishes. Our major focus in this direction is in fabricating optics for a wide range of optical and sensor based applications. We research the physics of the machining process, machine dynamics, material behaviour and response, and tooling aspects which impact the generated surfaces. The objective is surfaces with sub-nanometer surface roughness with tight form tolerances. Another aspect is microfabrication of bio-medical Lab on a Chip devices for point of care diagnostic applications. Our microfabrication technique is also applied in microelectronics cooling applications. We collaborate with established companies and help start-ups to realize their prototypes.

Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Research (RMAL) »

  • Collaborative robots
  • 3D vision-guided robots
  • Automated visual inspection of machined surfaces
  • Hybrid pneumatic-electric servo motors and actuators


Canadian Centre for Electron MicroscopyThe Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) »

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy is a national facility providing expertise to scientists working on a broad range of materials research with the purpose of being the meeting point for academia, industry and government, centered at a research intensive university. The CCEM aims at promoting research using electron microscopy techniques with the desired effect of facilitating the process of enquiry and discovery by lowering barriers between disciplines, institutions, sectors by reaching across national boundaries. The CCEM consists of a suite of laboratories, electron-microscopy based instruments and highly trained specialists with the mandate to supports research on the nano-structure of biological and physical systems by providing ‘hands-on’ instrument training, advice and expertise so that research can be conducted efficiently and effectively.

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS)Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems

The Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS) is a newly established regional nuclear research centre unlike
any other at a Canadian or international university. Headquartered at McMaster University, CANS provides
unique, world‐class, research capabilities in three focus areas:

1) nuclear materials behaviour,
2) nuclear safety thermal hydraulic behavior, and
3) health physics dose response investigation.

CANS is comprised of the following five distinct facilities:

1. NUCLEAR MATERIALS POST IRRADIATION EXAMINATION FACILITY - this facility is the largest, most complex and expensive of the five facilities and consists of:

  • A suite of custom designed, fabricated and installed hot cells with 5 separate workstations for
    receiving, machining and waste handling, sample preparation, mechanical testing and optical
    microscopy examination of irradiated material samples. Each work station has a thick leaded glass
    shielded window and pair of remote manipulators.
  • An instrument room located at the end of the hot cell suite containing a shielded FEI Versa Dual
    Beam Scattering Electron Microscope/Focused Ion Beam (SEM/FIB) with EDAX Trident system. Two
    fume‐hoods are located in this room for handling and etching of small active samples.

This facility is located at McMaster University in the Accelerator Laboratory building, and is operated by
McMaster’s Nuclear Operations and Facilities group.

2. NUCLEAR MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION FACILITY for investigating the atomic level characteristics of
existing and newly developed materials. The facility includes a Cameca LEAP 4000 Three Dimensional Atom
Probe (3DAP) – the only such instrument in Canada ‐ and an Zeiss NVision 40 Scattering Electron
Microscope/Focused Ion Beam (SEM/FIB). This equipment is co‐located in the Brockhouse Institute for
Materials Research (BIMR) adjacent to the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy at McMaster

3. NUCLEAR THERMAL HYDRAULICS TESTING FACILITY for obtaining experimental data to develop and
validate nuclear safety models. The facility includes a heated flow loop, an upgraded 256 kW power supply,
cooling heat exchangers, a new heat transfer test section and 3‐D Tomography and High Speed Video
instrumentation for state‐of‐the‐art flow visualization. This facility is located in the Nuclear Research
Building (NRB) at McMaster University.

4. POSITRON ANNHILATION SPECTROSCOPY LABORATORY – a bench‐scale facility located in the Nuclear
Research Building that provides the means to conduct fundamental studies of material defects.

5. HEALTH PHYSICS DOSE RESPONSE FACILITY containing a Neutron Generator and Gamma Imaging devices
to conduct research in mixed radiation fields (neutron + gamma) typical of nuclear power plant
environments. This facility is located at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

McMaster EngineeringMcMaster Smart House for Aging-in-Place (McSHAIP)

The McSHAIP Facility is a single family residential house based “living lab” specifically designed for development of novel sensor technologies capable of continuous monitoring of physical activities and physiological parameters. The technology is targeted at older adults living at home with chronic diseases such as cancer.

The Forge »The Forge

"The Forge is McMaster's business incubator for tech startups.  The Forge is home to 23 companies (and counting!) spanning the health, software as a service, gaming and education sectors, with a focus on youth entrepreneurs.  The mission of The Forge is to connect startups with the information, workspace, access to capital and network they need to succeed.   We expect that within 6 months to 2 years, companies at The Forge will have gained the wherewithal to graduate from the accelerator environment and establish themselves as independent entities within the community.  Companies in residence at The Forge benefit from a variety of resources including a maker space, a device library to build and test their products, workshops and seminars, and mentorship via Executives-in-Residence at Hamilton's Regional Innovation Centre and McMaster's technology transfer office. With locations at McMaster Innovation Park and downtown Hamilton, the strategic vision for The Forge is to serve as a regional hub for youth entrepreneurs."

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and TechnologyW Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology»

Working with the private and public sectors to develop solutions to real-world challenges and opportunities is core to the master's degree programs offered by the W Booth School of Engineering Practice. Engineering and science students with an aptitude for innovation pursue interdisciplinary graduate study in public policy, design or entrepreneurship.

  • Master of Engineering and Public Policy - Students collaborate with industry and government on inquiry-driven research projects and internships. For example, students collaborated with the Hamilton Port Authority to examine and analyze the state of Hamilton Harbour, from the near pristine zone of Cootes Paradise to the toxic sediment deposit called Randle Reef.
  • Master of Engineering Design - Students address risks and opportunities with complex systems in design, operations and development. For example, a student worked with Hamilton's Verduyn Tarps to create an easy-to-ship automated tarp retraction system for flatbed trucks.
  • Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Engineering or Technology) - Students turn ideas - their own, industry's, professor's... into start-up companies. For example, a recent team of students developed a real-time web collaboration software called Groupnotes that won the top spot in Global Startup Competition in 2013.


McMaster Innovation Park (MIP)
200 Longwood Road South, Hamilton | Map »

The MARC occupies approximately 70,000 SF and is a university lab at MIP where hundreds of researchers, students and industry professionals are working to resolve serious issues facing the automotive industry and design the future of human transportation.The $26-million facility is one of a handful in the world located in an academic setting, and will allow both private and public sectors to work together to develop, design, and test hybrid technology. The redeveloped space now includes advanced material research labs, comprehensive powertrain test facilities, battery, electric motor and power electronics development and testing labs as well as ample garage space ready to receive cars for experiments and testing. Together, teams of engineers, scientists, social scientists and their students are developing sustainable solutions for the automotive industry.

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research »

Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program at McMaster University is one of the world's leading academic research programs in transportation electrification focused on pioneering sustainable energy-efficient solutions from advanced power electronic converters and electric motor drives to electric, hybrid electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

CERC team is focused on the following areas:

  • Electric and hybrid electric powertrain configurations
  • Plug-in vehicles and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) interface
  • Powertrain components and energy storage systems
  • Control and power management


Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies (CMHT) »

CMHT is a state-of-the-art centre to perform research on emerging green technologies. The Centre has a development and testing infrastructure with unique capabilities to assist in establishing benchmarks for these emerging technologies. The facilities are used for research, education and servicing industry.

CMHT performs leading research in the following areas:

  • Engine testing and standards
  • Fault diagnostics
  • Electric motors and energy storage
  • Design and manufacturing

Research facilities include; engine dynamometer, chassis dynamometer, battery testing and characterization at both the pack and cell level, electro-hydrostatic actuator simulation and fully equipped vehicle workshop.


Centre for Materials and Corrosion (CAMC)

The Centre's research focuses on materials engineering including:

  • strip casting of sheet metal
  • light-weight material systems
  • material degradation and protection
  • joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations
  • developing magnesium-based components for lightweight fuel-efficient vehicles

Research facilities include; corrosion testing, mechanical testing, forming, characterization and galvanizing simulator along with supporting chemical and heat treatment facilities.


McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert) »

McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert) was established in 2008. Its objective is to improve the practice of software engineering applied to critical systems involving software. To achieve this it

  • performs research on how to produce software that can be certified, and on how existing software may be certified)
  • works with industrial partners on the development and certification of software
  • works with regulatory authorities on the relevant standards and approaches to software certification
  • works with universities to improve their software engineering curricula
  • works with the bodies responsible for recognizing professional engineers to improve their requirements


McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) »

A fresh approach to university education in engineering, technology, & management. McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering & Mohawk College’s School of Engineering Technology have partnered to offer university level, skills-based engineering technology education. B.Tech. was developed in consultation with industry to produce graduates who are workplace-ready, able to move from the shop floor to the executive suite, or onwards to studies in Master’s or Ph.D. programs.

Program Streams:

  • Automotive & Vehicle Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Process Automation Technology


B.Tech. students are available for co-op work terms.
For further information, contact Engineering Co-op & Career Services

B.Tech. also offers Degree Completion programs to working technologists and foreign trained employees that are interested in specialized learning and obtaining a Bachelor of Technology degree from McMaster University. Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends year round.

Program Streams:

  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Software Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
  • Energy Engineering Technologies


McMaster Innovation Park (MIP)
183 Longwood Road South, Hamilton | Map »

NOTE: Important security protocols are outlined below.

CanmetMATERIALS is Canada's principal federal research and development laboratory for metals research, including materials for use in automotive applications; clean energy, including power generation; major infrastructure such as pipelines; defence applications, including armour and shipbuilding; and emerging materials. CanmetMATERIALS is well known for its pilot-scale liquid and solid metal processing and, for over 70 years, has been supporting innovation in the use of all commercially significant ferrous and non-ferrous alloys and composite materials.
For further info, visit

IMPORTANT info for CMAT visitors: CanmetMATERIALS is a secure federal research facility. You will be required to pass through security, where you will be asked to show the following:

If you are a Canadian Citizen:

  • One piece of Government-issued photographic identification (such as driver's license)

If you are a Foreign National

  • Valid passport
  • By March 23, we request that you email with (1) Your name, (2) Date of birth, (3) Passport number, (4) Name of country, (5) Name of Government Department/Company Name, as well as a scanned copy of the main page of your passport. A basic security screening must be done for all foreign nationals, a process that takes up to two weeks. No exceptions can be made.