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  • Dr. Jamal Deen has been elected as member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He becomes only the 11th Canadian to have received this honour. Congratulations!
  • In recognition of his "demonstrated leadership, innovative pedagogical practices, and distinctive commitment to advancing the improvement of teaching and learning", Tom Doyle has been selected as a 2015 Impact Fellow by the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL). This award will support Tom's development of evidence-based high-impact educational innovations. Congratulations!
  • Striving for innovation through excellence, we have professors who are world-changers!
  • We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the Chancellor's Gold Medal this year is Dickson Wong (4th year Electrical & Biomedical Engineering). This award is granted to McMaster's undergraduate student in his or her final year who ranks highest in scholarship, leadership and influence. An outstanding achievement! Congratulations!!
  • Dr. Ali Emadi has been selected as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Transportation Electrification (TTE). This is the flagship journal of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative.
  • The Faculty of Engineering has chosen Dr. Nicola Nicolici as "Distinguished Engineering Educator". Congratulations Nicola on this wonderful recognition!
  • Three Engineering professors have been recognized by the Faculty as "Distinguished Engineering Professors" - and two of these three are in ECE! Congratulations to Dr. Xiaolin Wu and Dr. Thia Kirubarajan!
  • We have some exceptional educators in our department! Based on the undergraduate teaching evaluations, the following instructors are on the Dean's Teaching Honour Roll: Dr. Shiva Kumar (Eng 2MM3), Dr. Max Wong (Elec Eng 4TK4), for 2 courses Dr. Nicola Nicolici (Comp Eng 3DQ5 and Comp Eng 4DS4), and both Dr. Steve Hranilovic and Dr. Xun Li for Elec Eng 4OI6. Congratulations to you all!
  • Dr. Shahram Shirani has been inducted as a Faculty Leadership Fellow under the Faculty of Engineering's new Faculty Leadership Program. Congratulations Shahram!
  • Dr. Jamal Deen has been elected as the next president of The Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada! Congratulations Jamal on this very high honour.
  • ECE students Ephrem Chemali and Lucas McCurlie won 2nd place in the 2014 MATLAB and Simulink Design Challenge with their battery balancing project! Congratulations!
  • Dr. Shahin Sirouspour has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement in this year's NSERC Discovery competition. Congratulations!
  • Tom Luo, Adjunct Professor and former Chair of ECE, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Many of us have been inspired by Tom's research insights and his astute mentorship. Congratulations on this richly deserved honour!
  • The Dean of Engineering has established three types of honorific Chairs which recognize excellence within the faculty. Of the 7 positions awarded, 3 have been awarded to ECE faculty members! Thia Kirubarajan and Xiaolin Wu were selected as Distinguished Engineering Professors, and Nicola Nicolici was selected as the Distinguished Engineering Educator. Congratulations on receiving this prestigious recognition!
  • Dr. John Bandler has been awarded the 2014 Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering work on optimization-based approaches to computer-aided design, and the impact this work has had in applications such as microwave communication systems and vehicular safety. Congratulations!
  • It is our pleasure to announce that our Industry Professor, Dr. Hassan Kojori, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow effective Jan 1, 2014, for his "contributions to the design and application of predictive and diagnostic algorithms in power electronics converters". Congratulations!
  • A new building for Engineering! Construction is expected to take place Spring 2015 to July 2016 for the ExCEL Building - Engineering Centre of Experimental Learning. Thanks to many financial donors, including alumnus Gerald Hatch who gifted the final $3 million.



  • Our highly acclaimed "Poster Day" has been renamed! This annual end of year event which showcases undergrad design projects is now called ECE Expo! But don't worry, this exciting event it is not changing, other than being bigger than ever this year - we have 46 projects being presented! Everyone is welcome - come get a glimpse of the future on Tuesday April 7! Drop in to the CIBC Hall in MUSC between 9:00 - 4:00.
  • Level 1 Engineering students will be choosing their programs between March 23 - April 30. In addition to ECE reps being available for Q&A at the Level 1 Info Fair on Thurs Feb 12, we will be holding our department Info Session on Thurs Feb 26. We look forward to meeting all students interested in ECE!
  • In the spirit of the holidays, the ECE Department took up a collection for a worthy cause - Engineers Without Borders. We collected close to $150 to help a McMaster Engineering student attend the Global Engineering Conference in 2015.
  • It's scholarship season! See what is available on our Scholarships & Awards page!
  • Undergrads: have you ever thought of designing an app for Google Glass? Well here's your chance! In collaboration with TELUS, we are inviting you to participate in a challenge over the next 2 weeks! Get a team of 2-4 members, and register now! Get started today!
  • ECE's 3rd annual TI Day @ Mac is on Sat Sept 20, 2014. This popular Texas Instruments event has been expanded this year, and the number of workshop topics has increased. The event is open to everyone. Undergrad students entering 4th year will find these workshops particularly beneficial for their capstone projects! Space is limited. Registration deadline is Sept 10.
  • BioMed students: to register in Hlth Sci 2L03 or Hlth Sci 2LL3 you must register in Hlth Sci 1BS0 first.

  • 4th year Research Project Courses - students wishing to do individual research: if you want to take a research project course in one term you register for 4OJ4 in Term 1, or 4OK4 in Term 2; and if you want to do a project course in both terms you register for 4OJ4 & 4OH4. The prefix to this code is Elec Eng OR Comp Eng - depending on your program.
  • ECES (Electrical & Computer Engineering Society) and IEEE Student Branch (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers) plan great activities for the academic year! Check them out! (links at right)
  • Interested in Robot Racing? Contact
  • The Faculty of Engineering's Formula Hybrid Car Team invites ECE students to join the team designing, building & racing the hybrid car. It'll look great on your CV! Please contact Sean at
  • Congratulations to the 2014 Poster Day prize winners! In the Biomed Eng category: 1st place NOISE (Neural Oscillation Identification & Signal Extraction); 2nd place "Serenity" Navigation system for the visually impaired; 3rd place "Stimuskel" Stroke rehabilitation device. In the Elec Eng category: 1st place Remote 3D Vision system; 2nd place Electric Trike; 3rd place Robotic Goalkeeper. In the Comp Eng category: 1st place Digital Water Curtain; 2nd place Self-Playing Piano; 3rd place Laser sensing & targeting device.

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