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Engineering Physics

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The Department of Engineering Physics offers programs of study leading to the M.A.Sc., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Physics. Areas of specialization include Photonics and Nuclear Engineering.

Enquiries: 905 525-9140 Ext. 24545
Fax: 905.528.5406

Faculty / Fall 2014


Adriaan Buijs, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Utrecht)
Daniel T. Cassidy, B.Eng. (McMaster), M.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D.(McMaster), P.Eng.
Harold K. Haugen, B.Sc. (Acadia), M.Eng. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Aarhus) / Joint appointment with Physics and Astronomy
Adrian H. Kitai, B.Eng. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Cornell), P.Eng. / Joint appointment with Materials Science and Engineering
Rafael N. Kleiman, SB (M.I.T.), Ph.D. (Cornell)
Andrew P. Knights, B.Sc., Ph.D. (East Anglia)
John C. Luxat, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Cape Town), Ph.D. (Windsor), P.Eng.
Peter Mascher, M.Eng., Ph.D. (Tech. Univ. of Graz), P.Eng.
John S. Preston, B.Eng. (McMaster), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), P.Eng. / Chair
Chang Q. Xu, B.Sc., M.Sc. (University of Science and Technologyof China), D.Eng. (Tokyo)
Shinya Nagasaki, B. Eng., M. Eng., Ph.D. (Tokyo)

Associate Professors

Qiyin Fang, B.S. (Nankai), M.S., Ph.D. (East Carolina)
Ray R. LaPierre, B.Sc. (Dalhousie), M.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster), P. Eng.
David R. Novog, B.Sc. Eng. (Manitoba), M.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster)

Assistant Professors

L. Soleymani, B.Eng. (McGill), M.Sc. (Southern California), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Ayse Turak, B.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Members

M.J. Deen (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
J.E. Hayward (Radiology)
M.F. Lightstone (Mechanical Engineering)
J. Moran-Mirabel (Chemistry & Chemical Biology)
I.K. Puri (Mechanical Engineering)
K. Saravanamuttu (Chemistry & Chemical Biology)

Adjunct Members

Pavel Cheben, M.Sc. (Slovak Technical University), Ph.D. (Complutense University of Madrid)
Simon E. Day,
B.Sc. (Saint Mary’s), M. Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Glenn D. Harvel,
B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster) / (U.O.I.T.)
David P. Jackson,
M.A., M.A.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)
W.Y. Kim,
B.S., M.E. (Pusan), Ph.D. (Purdue)
L. Leung,
B.A.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Ottawa)
A.D. Ortiz,
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Universidad Autónama de San Luis Potosí)
Jeremy Pencer,
B.Sc. (St. Francis Xavier University), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Guelph)
Nikola K. Popov,
B.Eng. (Skopje), M.Sc. (Belgrade), Ph.D. (Zagreb)/ (A.E.C.L.)
Benjamin Rouben,
B.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Victor G. Snell,
B.Sc. (Manitoba), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto) / (A.E.C.L.)
Zhiyi Zhang,
B.Sc.E., M.Sc. (National University of DefenceTechnology), Ph.D. (Zhongshan)

Professors Emeriti

Paul E. Jessop, B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard), P. Eng.
David A. Thompson, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Reading)

Research in Engineering Physics

Research in the Department of Engineering Physics emphasizes new engineering disciplines that have emerged in recent years. In these high technology areas the link between engineering applications and basic science is particularly important. The research activities stress the fundamental physics that relates to the new technologies, as well as its application to practical engineering problems.

The department conducts research in three designated fields:

Nano- and Micro-Device Engineering
Nuclear Engineering and Energy Systems

Photonics research activities comprise a broad range of efforts in optoelectronic devices, materials processing, and laser physics and applications. Specific topics include, for example, semiconductor lasers, photo detectors, biosensor development, ultrafast phenomena and processes, display devices, planar light wave structures, nonlinear photonic devices, and optical fiber technologies. Traditionally the department has been strongly focused on III-V semiconductors, but more recently have broadened the scope to research in silicon photonics. Overall the efforts in photonics interface closely with the work in nano- and micro- devices, and in addition link with new directions in energy systems.

Nano- and Micro-Device Engineering is based on a number of materials fabrication technologies, including molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), thin film deposition, plasma processing, and laser machining. The research is aimed at the development of devices for deployment in a number of industrial and medical sectors. The study of fundamental systems is often conducted in parallel with the engineering of targeted devices. Examples of research topics in this area include MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), high temperature superconductors, microfluidics, defect spectroscopy, low dimensional quantum structures, and biological systems.

Nuclear Engineering and Energy Systems cover a wide range of areas related to long term sustainable energy including nuclear power and alternative energy sources. The specific research areas include nuclear reactor physics, plant thermalhydraulics, critical heat flux, post-dryout heat transfer and rewetting mechanisms, reactor simulations and probabilistic methods, safety system performance, nuclear instrumentation, generation IV reactor designs, fusion technology, and photovoltaics. In addition to the facilities within Engineering Physics, there are opportunities for collaboration with other McMaster Engineering Departments in the areas of wind energy, fuel cells, and pollution control technologies. The NSERC/UNENE Chair and Associate Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis are also located at McMaster University.

Research Facilities

The department benefits strongly from various McMaster institutes, schools, and facilities including the Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT), the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR), McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering, the McMaster Institute for Applied Radiation Sciences, and the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies. The technical capabilities available to our graduate students include, for example, “clean rooms” with industry standard capabilities, molecular beam epitaxy, chemical vapour deposition, nuclear radiation detectors, positron lifetime and Doppler-broadening systems, compact and high power lasers, and a wide host of analytical capabilities and data acquisition equipment. The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (5 MW) is located on campus and is the largest academic research reactor in Canada. This provides access to neutron and gamma beam ports, neutron irradiation and neutron activation analysis facilities, neutron radiography, and neutron flux mapping. In addition, there are also facilities for Critical Heat Flux and post-CHF heat transfer experiments, computation fluid dynamics modeling facilities, as well as a variety of numerical computing clusters. For full description of research facilities, please see individual web sites.

University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE)

The University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE), created through the partnership of four leading Ontario universities, namely, McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Waterloo, and University of Western Ontario, presents a unique, innovative learning experience through a Master’s Degree Program in Nuclear Engineering with emphasis on nuclear power reactor technology. UNENE is an alliance of universities, nuclear power utilities, research and regulatory agencies for the support and development of nuclear education, research and development capability in Canadian universities.

The UNENE program is designed to provide practicing engineers the enhanced knowledge, tools, technology as well as business and management skills, necessary to keep them at the forefront of their profession. The UNENE Master’s Degree program has the enthusiastic endorsement of industrial partners OPG, AECL, Bruce Power, CNSC, CNS, NSS and COG.

McMaster University Faculty members within the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Business contribute to the extensive selection of UNENE course offerings.

UNENE requires an Honours or Four-Year degree in engineering, science or mathematics and a B- average or better. UNENE also considers any relevant work or research history. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Individuals who choose to apply for admission to McMaster University will, once their application is approved, be registered within the Department of Engineering Physics on a part-time basis. The Master’s Degree awarded by McMaster will be a M.Eng. with a Nuclear Engineering designation.

Enquiries: 905 525-9140 ext. 20168
Fax: 905 527-8409


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