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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2023-2024 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2023-2024

Computational Science and Engineering

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The School of Computational Science and Engineering is an equal partnership between the Faculties of Science and Engineering, with outreach to the School of Business and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The School of Computational Science and Engineering produces highly qualified graduates who can develop and apply computational methodology to all areas of engineering and science. Graduates of the School will be employed by engineering design, information technology, financial, and biotechnical industries, as well as government agencies and academic institutions. Educational programs are offered at the Master’s, (M. Eng. and M.Sc. with project, as well as M.A.Sc. and M.Sc. with thesis), and Ph.D. level. These are of an interdisciplinary nature including core courses at the Master’s level and module-based topic courses at all levels.

Enquiries: 905 525-9140, Ext 24582

Faculty/Fall 2023

Distinguished University Professor

Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan, Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Technology) / Mathematics & Statistics

University Scholar

Paul McNicholas M.Sc., Ph.D (Trinity College Dublin) / Mathematics & Statistics/Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics


Paul W. Ayers, B.Sc. (Lipscomb), Ph.D. (North Carolina, Chapel Hill) / Chemistry/Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Nabil Bassim, B.Sc. (South Florida), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Florida) / Materials Science & Engineering

Suzanna Becker, B.A., M.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Toronto) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Patrick J. Bennett, B.Sc. (Tufts), Ph.D. (California, Berkeley) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour/Canada Research Chair in Vision Science
Hans U. Boden, B.S. (New Hampshire), Ph.D. (Brandeis) / Mathematics & Statistics

Gary Bone, B.Sc. App.Sc., (Queen’s),  M.Eng. (McMaster), Ph.D. (McMaster) / Mechanical Engineering
Benjamin Bolker, B.S. (Yale), Ph.D. (Cambridge) / Mathematics & Statistics and Biology
Samir E. Chidiac, B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster), P.Eng. / Civil Engineering
Antoine Deza, M.Eng. (École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris), Ph.D. (Tokyo Institute of Technology), P.Eng / Computing & Software/Canada Research Chair
Jonathan Dushoff, B.A. (Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (Princeton) / Biology
Ian Dworkin, B.Sc. (Trent), PhD (Toronto) / Biology 
David Earn, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cambridge) / Mathematics & Statistics/Faculty of Science Research Chair in Mathematical Epidemiology
Wael El-Dakhakhni, B.Sc. (Ain Shams), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Drexel), P.Eng./Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design
Franya Franek, M.Sc., RNDr (Charles, Prague), Ph.D. (Toronto)/Computing & Software
G. Brian Golding, B.Sc. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Alberta) / Biology/Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics
Matheus Grasselli, B.Sc. (Sao Paulo), Ph.D. (King’s College London) / Mathematics & Statistics                                                      
Elkafi Hassini, B.Sc. (Bilkent), M.A.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo) / DeGroote School of Business
Paul Higgs, B.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge) / Physics & Astronomy/Canada Research Chair in Biophysics
Nicholas Kevlahan, B.Sc. (British Columbia), Ph.D. (Cambridge) / Mathematics & Statistics
Thia Kirubarajan, B.A., M.A. (Cambridge, UK) M.S., Ph.D. (Connecticut, USA) / Electrical & Computer Engineering/Canada Research Chair in Information Fusion
John C. Luxat, B.Sc. (Eng.) (Cape Town), M.Sc. (Cape Town), Ph.D. (Windsor), P. Eng. / Engineering Physics/NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis
Vladimir Mahalec, Dipl. Ing. (Zagreb), Ph.D. (Houston), P. Eng. / Chemical Engineering
Kathryn M. Murphy, Ph.D. (McMaster) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Bruce Milliken, B.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Ned Nedialkov, B.Sc. (Sofia University, Bulgaria), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)/Computing & Software
Michael Noseworthy, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Guelph), P.Eng. / Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dmitry Pelinovsky, M.S. (Nizhny Novogorod State, Russia), Ph.D. (Monash University, Australia) / Mathematics & Statistics 
Bartosz Protas, M.Sc. (Warsaw Univ. Technology), Ph.D. (Warsaw Univ. Technology and Université de Paris VI [Pierre et Marie Curie]) / Mathematics & Statistics/SHARCNET Chair 
Allison B. Sekuler, B.A. (Pomona College), Ph.D. (Psychology, UC Berkeley) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour/Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience
An-Chang Shi, B.Sc. (Fudan), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Illinois) / Physics & Astronomy
Shahram Shirani, B.S. (Isfahan), M.Sc. (Amirkabir), Ph.D. (British Columbia, P.Eng / Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ranil Sonnadara, Ph.D. (Surgery and Research & High Performance Computing Services)
Eric Sorensen, B.Sc., M.Sc., (Arhus), Ph.D. (California, Santa Cruz) / Physics & Astronomy
Christopher Swartz, B.Sc. (Eng) (Cape Town), Ph.D. (Wisconsin) MAIChE, MCSChe, P.Eng. / Chemical Engineering
Shashank Vaid,  P.G. (IIM Cal), M.B.A. (Duke), Cert. (Penn State/ISBM), Ph.D. (Houston; Rice/Inter-institutional) / Marketing, DeGroote School of Business
James Wadsley, B.Sc. (Monash), Ph.D. (Toronto) / Physics and Astronomy/SHARCNET Research Chair
Gail S.K. Wolkowicz, , B.Sc., M.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (Alberta)
Xiaolin Wu, B.Sc. (Wuhan University, China) Ph.D. (University of Calgary, Canada) / Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Professors

Christopher Anand, B.Math (Waterloo), M.Sc., Ph.D. (McGill) / Computing & Software
Fei Chiang, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto) / Computing Software
Timothy R. Field, B.A  (Cambridge), D.Phil (Oxford) / Electrical and Computer Engineering
Peijun Guo, B.Sc., M.A.Sc. (SWJTU), Ph.D. (Calgary) / Civil Engineering
Kai Huang, B.Sc. (Huazhong University of Science & Technology), M.Sc. (Tsinghua), Ph.D. (Georgia Institute of Technology) / DeGroote School of Business, Operations Management
Aleksandar Jeremic, Dipl.Ing. (Belgrade), M.S., Ph.D. (Illinois at Chicago) / Electrical & Computer Engineering
George Karakostas, Dipl. Eng. (Patras), M.S.A., Ph.D. (Princeton) / Computing & Software
David Meyre, M.Sc. (USTL), D.E.A., Ph.D. (Paris-Grignon)/Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics / Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Obesity
Spencer Smith, B.Eng. C.S., M.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster), P.Eng. / Computing & Software
Jonathon Stone, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. / Biology/SHARCNET Chair/Origins Institute Director
Stephen Tullis, B.Sc., M.Sc., (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Cambridge), P.Eng. / Mechanical Engineering
Manish Verma, Ph.D. (McGill) / DeGroote School of Business                                                                                                      

Assistant Professors

Jonathan Cannon, B.Sc. (Brown University), M.A., Ph.D. (Boston University) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

Mohamed Ezzeldin, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.(Ain Shams), Ph.D. (McMaster) / Civil Engineering

Lauren Fink, B.M. (Cincinnati), M. Phil. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (UC Davis) / Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Zahra Motamed Keshavarz, Ph.D. (Concordia) / Mechanical Engineering
Pratheepa Jeganathan, B.Sc. (University of Peradeniya), M. Sc., Ph.D. (Texas Tech University) / Mathematics & Statistics

Anastasis Kratsios, B.A. (Concordia), M.Sc. (Montreal), Ph.D. (Concordia) / Mathematics & Statistics 
Hamidreza Mahyar,  B.Sc. (South Tehran), M.Sc. (SRU, Tehran), Ph.D. (Sharif University of Technology) / Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice & Technology

Rodrigo Vargas Hernandez, B.Sc. (UNAM), Ph.D. (UBC) / Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Seshasai Srinivasan, B.Eng. (Bombay), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Michigan), P.Eng. / Program Chair, Software Engineering Technology
Jennifer C. Stearns, Ph.D. (Waterloo) / Medicine
Li Xi, B.S. (Zhejiang University), Ph.D. (Wisconsin, Madison) / Chemical Engineering
Abdolmanaf Zargoush, B.Sc. (Shahid Chamran University), M.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology), M.B.A., Ph.D. (ESSEC Business School), Ph.D. (McGill) / Health Policy and Management
Yun Zhou, Ph.D. (Toronto) / DeGroote School of Business

Professor Emeritus

Hugh Couchman, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Cambridge) / Physics & Astronomy/Scientific Director SHARCNET

Sanzheng Qiao, B.S., M.S. (Shanghai Teacher’s College) M.S., Ph.D. (Cornell) / Computing & Software
William F. Smyth, B.A. (Toronto), M.Sc. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Curtin), C.Eng., FBCS, FICA

Facilities and Research

The members of the School have active research programs in a variety of aspects and applications of computational engineering and science. The list of available research topics includes industrially strategic areas such as process control, algorithm design, financial mathematics, materials properties and manufacturing, simulation of polymer processing, casting, semiconductor design, photonics, structural analysis and nanotechnology, bioinformatics and brain modeling and neurosciences. McMaster University also offers a unique environment in Canada, boasting some of the world’s leading computational resources, and an organizational culture that facilitates multidisciplinary endeavours. The departments of Computing and Software, and Material Science and Engineering, are affiliated with both the Faculties of Engineering and Science. Also, active cooperation channels exist via the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research and the McMaster Nuclear Reactor with high quality researchers involved from both faculties. McMaster University is also a major partner in the Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCnet), currently among the leading high-performance computing centers in the world. A significant fraction of funding for this research at McMaster University comes from industrial support. To the potential graduates, research in any of the Computational and Engineering Science research fields will provide not only in-depth training in topics that require advanced computational skills but will also expose students to cutting edge, industrially relevant multidisciplinary training.


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