McMaster’s automotive research featured on Canada AM

Saeid Habibi, the NSERC/Ford Canada Industrial Research Chair in Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Powertrain Diagnostics, and engineering student William Long spoke to reporters from CTV’s Canada AM for a feature that ran Wednesday morning on the breakfast news program.

The segment highlighted the work of the hundreds of researchers at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre on Longwood Road.

The pair also discussed electric vehicles and a hybrid race car.

You can watch the clip, which runs three and a half minutes, here.

Cultivating an entrepreneurial ecosystem at McMaster

Patents, trademarks, copyright and licensing technologies — all part of the standard mission of university liaison offices across Canada.

While the services and processes that link industry with a university’s expertise might seem cut-and-dried, Gay Yuyitung — recently appointed executive director of the McMaster Industrial Liaison Office (MILO) — sees a bigger picture where all the pieces of the technology transfer puzzle are connected and interrelated.

Yuyitung has been with MILO for twelve years, serving in progressive roles where she’s managed invention disclosures, evaluated new disclosures for licensing, and assisted with McMaster spin off companies.

In that time, she’s seen hundreds of enterprising campus innovators from faculty, research staff and students come through MILO’s doors for advice on how to interact with industry to move their technologies and discoveries — from their labs, centres, classrooms and hospitals — to the marketplace and the world of new products, materials, processes and jobs.

“While licensing and revenue generation are incredibly important, and our focus is very much on ensuring our researchers are outward facing with business and industry, MILO also educates, provides legal support and guidance, offers business advice, and assesses the commercialization potential of McMaster innovators’ technologies, inventions and services,” said Yuyitung.

“It’s about putting all of the critical pieces together so that we have an entrepreneurial ecosystem that thrives by making the best use of the research community’s innovations.”

Yuyitung points to the McMaster Innovation Showcase — MILO’s annual flagship event now in its seventh year — as a key initiative organized to help the research community create a culture of innovation and commercialization.

This year’s Showcase takes place Nov. 12 at the McMaster Innovation Park. The event will feature:

poster competition for inventions and discoveries with commercial potential; a round table highlighting trends in entrepreneurship, community engagement and innovation models that can enhance collaborations between the university, industry and community; innovator and patent awards; “open doors” at the McMaster Innovation Park and CANMET; a keynote from Mike Kirkup, Director of the VeloCity program at the University of Waterloo; as well as the all-important networking opportunities  for entrepreneurs, industry and government representatives, and academic researchers who are developing and commercializing new technologies.

“We’re taking this opportunity to connect the innovative ideas and research of McMaster faculty and students to people who are equally passionate about transforming ideas and services,” said  Yuyitung.

“MILO has become increasingly involved with our student entrepreneurs and at this year’s Lion’s Lair competition the top three places — which garnered the winners almost $140,000 in prize money — were start-ups that had received guidance and advice from MILO through different iterations of their product concepts.”

“Whether it’s students creating a unique app or novel product, or faculty who’ve developed a leading edge technology, McMaster is recognized as a high performing innovation hub,” said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president, Research and International Affairs.

“Gay Yuyitung has a clear vision of how she wants to lead MILO to ensure that McMaster’s enterprising research community is fully supported, from concept to commercialization. I’m so pleased she’s accepted the role of Executive Director and excited about McMaster’s future entrepreneurial initiatives.”

See the full article at Daily News McMaster.

Researcher’s night has a French twist

Solar cars, sustainable archeology and discussions from French researchers will be part of an upcoming Researchers’ Night at McMaster Innovation Park.

Everyone is welcome to the free event, dubbed “The Sustainable City,” on Oct. 25. Diverse research will be presented through open discussions, workshops and lectures. About 2,000 visitors and students are expected to attend.

“We want people to interact in a very open and friendly manner and break down some prejudice surrounding researchers,” said Florence Roullet, McMaster researcher.

The Sustainable City is being hosted in partnership with the French Consulate to encourage and develop collaborations between Canadian and French students and professors.

“We want to expose the beauty behind thinking about a topic and the process behind a researcher questioning their passions,” Roullet added.

The event has been running in Europe since 2006, and 11 towns in France are hosting it the same night.

“We’re trying to incorporate the same concept in Canada,” says Roullet.

“It’s a bit of an adventure.”

Read the full article at the Hamilton Spectator

McMaster brings wave of water experts to town

Hamilton, Burlington and Toronto have all been hit by major floods.

Toledo, Ohio, residents went without municipal water for days earlier this year, when their water turned toxic after a massive algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Droughts are devastating farmers in the southern United States.

“Climate change is happening now,” said Dustin Garrick, a professor at McMaster University, as the school was preparing to welcome some of the world’s top water experts for a week-long conference in Hamilton.

Hundreds of experts are tackling water-related issues, such as climate change, global public health and social and economic development, as part of McMaster’s first Water Week, which started Monday and wraps up Friday.

Garrick, who is the university’s Philomathia Foundation professor in water policy and research, said the lectures and workshops are open to the public.

Part of the goal of Water Week is to raise public awareness.

“We are dealing with unprecedented climate change,” he said. “It’s happening so fast, the past is no longer a guide to what may happen in the future.”

Garrick joined McMaster in January to launch the Water Network, after working at the University of Oxford in Britain on water policy and climate change adaptation in Australia and North America. Part of his goal at McMaster and across Ontario is to create a network of water researchers who may be doing related work, but have never exchanged ideas before.

The conference is held every September. Stockholm, Amsterdam and Singapore are among the previous host cities.

For the full article, visit the Hamilton Spectator