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  • A gold medal in the 2015 Pan-Am Games has been awarded to a recent alumnus of ECE for his efforts in the Team Sprint track cycling event. Congratulations Joseph Veloce!
  • McMaster's ECO Car team has had outstanding success in the recent ECO Car Competitions in the US. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Natalia Nikolova! She has received significant funding from NATO for her exciting research in the area of concealed weapons detection!
  • Dr. Nicola Nicolici has been awarded an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement. This prestigious award is in recognition of his outstanding research program in "post-silicon" validation methods for VLSI systems. Congratulations!
  • Dr. Ali Emadi and the MacAUTO team have been awarded $4.4M to develop a Virtual Electric and Hybrid Electric Powertrain Integration Laboratory. Congratulations to the team for this outstanding achievement!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Natalia Nikolova for being inducted as Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Natalia was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the global advancement of the theory and applications of microwave engineering. Her pioneering work on response sensitivity analysis has significantly enabled the design optimization of electromagnetic simulation software. Her innovations in microwave imaging and detection have enabled applications in medical diagnostics and security systems and are expected to facilitate similar important benefits. Professor Nikolova has a long record of outstanding service in promoting the Canadian engineering profession here and abroad, as well as promoting the engineering profession among women. 

  • Two graduands of our Electrical and Biomedical Engineering program have been selected to receive the President's Award of Excellence in Student Leadership! This is recognition of their outstanding contributions to McMaster and our broader community. Congratulations to Janelle Hinds and Ben Kinsella!
  • Congratulations to the McMaster Formula Hybrid Team on their success in the 2015 Formula Hybrid Competition held at the New Hampshire Speedway in April 2015. The team received the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System Award, and the IEEE Engineering the Future Award, and were second overall! An outstanding achievment by a truly interdisciplinary team.
  • Dr. Jamal Deen has achieved the highest level of excellence at McMaster - a Distinguished University Professorship. Congratulations Jamal!
  • 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!



  • Three of our 2011 graduates have evolved their capstone project into a consumer ready product! "Ollinfit" is a wearable personal trainer system that analyses form, and provides live audio & vibration feedback. They are now live with a Kickstarter campaign, and need our help to get this product "out there", so please check out this link! Congratulations Hani Abidi, Hendrik Poernama, and Ibadat Bambrah - and good luck!
  • Engineering & Science Olympics will be held on October 8. High school students from all across Ontario will be on campus to tackle problems by way of games. Undergrads are welcome to volunteer at this fun annual event!
  • TI Day @ Mac! Our 4th annual Texas Instruments workshop event is being held on Saturday September 19. Details here.
  • Congratulations graduands on your Convocation (June 12)!
  • McMaster is implementing a new computer system - Mosaic. This will enhance service for students, faculty, researchers and staff alike. As with any new great undertaking, there is some teething pain! Users are asked to please be patient, and check for notices of information when you sign in to Mosaic.
  • Future students & their families are welcomed to campus for the annual campus-wide Open House "May @ Mac" on Sat May 9, from 10:00 - 4:00 ! ECE heartily invites visitors to drop in to meet us in ITB-A113. You'll easily find us in the very corner of campus - at Main St West & Cootes Drive.
  • ECE Expo (previously known as Poster Day) was a very exciting day for our department and the community at large. Congratulations to all 46 design project teams for all the great work! The top 3 winning teams in each category (Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical) can be found along with media and photographic coverage here.
  • The ECE Department is seeking outstanding candidates for two tenure-track faculty positions. One position is in the area of micro and nano systems, and the other is at the interface of electrical and biomedical engineering.
  • 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

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