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Faculty & Staff Directory

Meet the Team

Faculty:

Mohamed A. Elbestawi
Professor and Director, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
Email: elbestaw@mcmaster.ca
Office: ETB 506
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 26558

 

Research Focus
Dr. Elbestawi’s current research work is focussing on additive manufacturing with applications to the aerospace, automotive and biomedical device industries.

Credentials

  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).
  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).
  • Contributed to over 250 archival papers, four books, three patents, and 24 industrial reports.
  • Supervised 83 graduate students, including 32 PhD students.

André Phillion
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email: philliab@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE 213C

 

Research Focus
Dr. Phillion's research focus is the application of solidication fundamentals to industrial solidification processes (casting/welding/additive manufacturing), along with the mathematical modelling of materials and processes.

Credentials

  • Received his PhD from The University of British Columbia in 2007 where he combined high temperature experimental methods with multi-scale modelling to investigate solidification processes and casting defects.
  • After completing his doctoral degree, he spent two years (2008-2009) as a post-doctoral fellow at EPFL, Switzerland in the LSMX Computational Materials, followed by six years (2010-2015) as a faculty member in the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus.

 

John Preston
Professor, Department of Engineering Physics
Associate Dean of Research and External Relations
Email: prestonj@mcmaster.ca

Stephen Veldhuis
Professor and Director, McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI)
Email: veldhu@mcmaster.ca
Office: JHE 326B
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 27044

 

Research Focus
Dr. Veldhuis' current research is focussing on high peformance tooling development and process optimization.

Credentials

  • Completed his undergrad degree in Mechanical Engineering & Management at McMaster University, went to Carnegie Mellon where he completed his Master's, then came back to McMaster University to complete his PhD.
  • After completing his Doctoral degree part-time, he worked in the MMRI in various capacities until he became the Director.
  • Member of the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
  • Contributed to over 80 journal papers on advanced manufacturing, 7 books, 1 patent, and numerous industrial reports.
  • Currently supervising 9 staff, 5 post-docs, 12 PhD (2 co-supervised), 7 M.A.Sc. students (1 co-supervised) and 3 interns.

Hatem Zurob
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email: zurobh@mcmaster.ca

 

Research Focus
Dr. Zurob's current research is focussing on phase transformations, recrystallization and grain growth, mechanical behaviour of functionally graded materials, and mechanical properties of advanced structural materials.

Credentials

  • Dr. Zurob is an expert in the areas of phase transformations and microstructure evolution with a proven track record of collaborations with industry and academia. He has worked prolifically on measurement and modelling of phase transformation kinetics. This effort culminated in the development of a generalized model for ferrite growth that describes the kinetics of planar ferrite growth in eighty ternary alloy systems of the type Fe-C-X where X is Ni, Mn, Cr, Mo, Co, Si, Cu, Pt as well as the quaternary Fe-C-Mn-Si.
  • Dr. Zurob's areas of expertise also include physically based modelling of thermomechanical processing where de veloped a physically-based model of microstructure evolution during the hot-rolling of microalloyed steels. The model quantified, for the first time, the interactions between the three processes that take place during hot rolling, namely: reocvery, recrystallization, and precipitation. This work was recognized by the Sawamura Award and Guimaraise Prize of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (March 2006). More recently, Dr. Zurob proposed a novel recrystallization nucleation model which predicts the recrystallization nucleation rate and the number of recrystallization nucleation sites. This work was recognized by the Best Young Researcher Award at the 5th International Recrystallization and Grain-Growth Conference. Other active areas of research in Dr. Zurob's group include the development of structure-property relationships for second and third generation Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) as well as the development of functionally graded materials.

 

Industrial Professors:

Ali Emamian
Industrial Professor, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
Research Council Officer, National Research Council Canada
Email: emamiana@mcmaster.ca

 

Research Focus
Additive Manufacturing process optimization,  microstructure development control,  real time microstructure control, powder metallurgy and Materials characterization, welding metallurgy, physical metallurgy.

Credentials

  • PhD  (NSERC PGS3) in Additive Manufacturing and laser materials processing from University of Waterloo.
  • Postdoctoral at University of Waterloo and Boeing industry.
  • NSERC IRDF  Wescast industry in powder technology and Materials development.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Hamid Azizi
Research Associate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Email: azizih@mcmaster.ca

 

Research Focus
Dr. Azizi's research is focusing on thermomechanical processing of steels and additive manufacturing of steels and titanium alloys.

Credentials

  • Received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2011.
  • After graduation, he worked as a Research Associate focusing on physical metallurgy of steels and light alloys.
  • He joined McMaster's Steel Research Centre in 2015. He initiated research on additive manufacturing of steels and titanium alloys.

Maryam Emami
Postdoctoral Fellow, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
Email: emamis2@mcmaster.ca

 

Research Focus
Dr. Emami's research is focusing on additive manufacturing of composite materials.

Credentials

  • An expert in Polymer Engineering, specializing in Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing.
  • Her primary research work is directed toward development of high performance polymeric materials for advanced manufacturing technologies and development of novel processes for producing advanced materials.
  • The main focus of her research is on Additive Manufacturing applications.

 

Doctoral Candidates:

Mostafa Yakout Mohamed
PhD Candidate and Team Leader, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: mohamemy@mcmaster.ca

Started: January 2015

 

Research Topic
Mostafa's research topic deals with the influence of process parameters on material properties and part quality for Selective Laser Melting (SLM) process. His work is focused on aerospace alloys such as titanium alloys, steels, and nickel-based alloys (i.e. Invar36 FeNi36).

Credentials

  • Received his B.Sc. (2010) and his M.Sc. (2013) from Alexandria University.
  • Voting Member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing.
  • Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibrations (IIAV).
  • Contributed to various papers and one book and awarded an ASTM Grant.

Ahmed Maamoun
PhD Student and Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: maamouna@mcmaster.ca

Started: January 2016

 

Research Topic
Ahmed's research topic deals with hybrid manufacturing of aluminum metal mirrors using ultra precision machining of additive manufactured parts.

Credentials

  • Worked as a Research Engineer in mechanical design and manufacturing since 2006. He graduated in 2004 and awarded B.Sc. from MTC in Egypt, then awarded M.Sc. in 2011 from the same institute.
  • His main fields of interest are: additive manufacturing, ultra-precision machining, material characterization, mechanical design, CAD/CAE/CAM, and laser systems engineering.

Ramy Hussein
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: husser2@mcmaster.ca

Started: September 2016

Research Topic
Ramy's research topic deals with composite material manufacturing and advanced machining technology.

Credentials

  • Worked as a Research Engineer in mechanical design and manufacturing since 2007. He graduated in 2007 and awarded B.Sc. from MTC in Egypt, then awarded M.Sc. in 2014 from the same institute.
  • His main fields of interest are powder material manufacturing technology, heat and mechanical treatment, composite material manufacturing, advanced machining technology, material characterization, and mechanical design.

Dalia Mahmoud
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: mahmoudd@mcmaster.ca

Started: September 2016

Research Topic
Dalia's research topic deals with biomedical implant design and manufacturing.

Credentials

  • Completed her M.Sc. (2014) at Alexandria University and her undergraduate (2009) studies also at the same university where she finished the top of her class.
  • Her present research focus is analyzing and studying the different applications for Additive Manufacturing, specifically biomedical implant applications.
  • She has collaborated actively with fellow researchers in several other disciplines of Industrial Engineering, praticularly 3D shapes reconstruction using structured light techniques.
  • In addition, she published papers from her research work in International Conferences and refereed Journals.

Morteza Narvan
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: narvanm@mcmaster.ca

Started: September 2016

Research Topic
Morteza's research topic deals with additive manufacturing of tooling steel in automotive applications.

Credentials

  • Received his Bachelor's (with honours) and Master's degrees from Azad University of Tabriz and the University of Tehran respectively.
  • His research interests span the fields of metal matrix composites, friction stir welding/processing, manufacturing processes including machining, metal forming, and materials science.

Mohamed Balbaa
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: balbaam@mcmaster.ca

Started: January 2017

Research Topic
Mohamed's research topic deals with metal additive manufacturing.

Credentials

  • Earned his B.Sc. in 2012 with top honors and M.Sc. in 2016 in Mechanical Engineering from Alexandria University.
  • His research interests include metal additive manufacturing, Finite Element Modeling, material characterization and Laser-assisted machining.

Eskandar Fereiduni
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: fereidue@mcmaster.ca

Started: May 2017

Research Topic
Eskandar’s research topic deals with microstructural evolution in additive manufacturing processes.

Credentials

  • Received his B.Sc. (with honors) from Yazd University and his M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology.
  • His research interests involve metal additive manufacturing, physical and mechanical metallurgy of materials especially advanced steels, phase transformation and welding.
  • Contributed to various papers on structure-property relationships of dual phase (DP) steels as well as dissimilar friction stir spot welding (FSSW) of Al to steel.

 

Master's Candidates:

Mohamed Aly
M.A.Sc. Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Email: alym3@mcmaster.ca

Started: September 2016

Research Topic
Mohamed's research topic deals with the fourth industrial revolution and the learning factory.

Credentials

  • An IBM Certified Systems Expert and an EMC Proven Professional.
  • He is participating in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, i.e., Industry 4.0/Smart Factory. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo.
  • His expertise goes over 10 years of diverse field experience as a solutions architect, implementation engineer, software support, software engineer, and much more.
  • Among his numerous contributions is building numerous data centres in many countries from bottom up starting with hardware and ending up with cloud software and services.

Alexander Shortt
M.A.Sc. Student, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
Email: shorttag@mcmaster.ca

Started: January 2017

Research Topic
Alex's research topic deals with the development of closed loop controls for additive manufacturing.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Technology in Automotive & Vehicle Technology, McMaster University.
  • Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mohawk College.
  • Business Management Certificate, Mohawk College.

Jake Xue
M.A.Sc. Student, W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
Email: xueyf4@mcmaster.ca

Started: January 2017

Research Topic
Jake’s research topic deals with the development of closed loop controls for additive manufacturing.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Technology in Automotive & Vehicle Technology, McMaster University.
  • Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mohawk College.
  • Business Management Certificate, Mohawk College.

 

Alumni:

Francesco Maja
M.Sc. Degree
Email: maja.francesco@gmail.com

Alumnus of March 2016

Research Topic
Francesco's research topic dealt with the application of metal additive manufacturing technologies to the production of tooling for high pressure die casting.

Credentials

  • In 2016, Francesco earned his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) after carrying out his thesis work on metal additive manufacturing at McMaster University.
  • Since 2016, Francesco has been employed at an Italian company very active on the development of this set of production technologies.

Andrea Cadamuro
M.Sc. Degree
Email: andrea.cadamuro.sc@gmail.com

Alumnus of August 2016

Research Topic
Andrea's research topic dealt with additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

Credentials

  • Earned his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2016.
  • Developed his Master's thesis in additive manufacturing technologies by the use of the Invar alloy in the aerospace industry as a visiting student at McMaster University.

Kendra Willcott-Benoit
Co-op Student
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Email: kwb308@mun.ca

Alumna of April 2017

Research Topic
Kendra's research topic dealt with experimental analysis of additively manufactured aluminum parts.

Credentials

  • Process Engineering undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.