Automotive and Manufacturing Director Appointments at
McMaster University

June 24, 2008

Stephen Veldhuis
Stephen Veldhuis

Joe McDermid
Joe McDermid

Ken Law
Kenneth Law

Three director appointments have been made by the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University to lead the operations of two of its manufacturing and automotive-related research initiatives.

Stephen Veldhuis has been appointed director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute. Joseph McDermid has been appointed co-academic director (McMaster) and Kenneth Law as managing director of the recently established Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation (IAMI). Kenneth Law is cross-appointed between McMaster University and the University of Waterloo. Profs. Veldhuis and McDermid succeed David Wilkinson who was earlier appointed dean of the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster.

“Professors Veldhuis and McDermid have proven track records in applying academic research to industrial applications and successfully advancing manufacturing processes while Kenneth Law brings extensive industrial leadership experience to the management of IAMI,” said David Wilkinson, dean, Faculty of Engineering. “Their leadership will ensure MMRI and IAMI are key contributors in the reshaping of Ontario’s automotive and manufacturing sectors, particularly as they relate to clean and sustainable technologies.”

Stephen Veldhuis, P.Eng., is associate professor of mechanical engineering at McMaster. He has been actively involved in the Machining Systems Laboratory of the MMRI for several years. His research focus is in high-performance manufacturing, specifically ultra precision machining, tool design, hard PVD coatings and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools, as well as inspection, metrology and Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) equipment. Prof. Veldhuis earned his B.Eng. and Mgmt. degree from McMaster, M.Eng. from Carnegie Mellon and PhD from McMaster.

Joseph McDermid, P.Eng., is associate professor of mechanical engineering at McMaster and holds the NSERC/Stelco Industrial Research Chair in Steel Product Application. His research focus is on galvanizing and galvannealing of advance high strength dual phase (DP) and transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) steels for application in advanced automotive designs. Prof. McDermid earned his B.A.Sc. from Queens University, and M.Eng. and PhD degrees from McGill University.

Kenneth Law, P.Eng., brings a proven operations and commercialization track record across technology-based industries to IAMI. He has held executive marketing and business development positions with CONVIRON, Standard Aero, Dunlop Aerospace, senior industry and investment analysis positions with Export Development Canada, and manufacturing, engineering, operations and marketing positions with Nortel Networks. Mr. Law earned a M.M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, MBA from York University, and B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto.

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute is one of the largest university manufacturing research institutes in Canada. MMRI’s 15,000 square foot facility is designed to meet the sophisticated research and development needs of leading manufacturers in the polymer, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the tool, die and mold industry. Industry experts consider it to be Canada’s most advanced and best-equipped manufacturing research laboratory. (

The Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation (IAMI) is a newly created research consortium that brings together researchers at McMaster University and the University of Waterloo, with support from the Province of Ontario and 35 industry partners. The $46.5 million initiative’s primary goal is the development of world-class technology for the production of lightweight, cost competitive automobiles. Key research objectives include developing new generations of materials and coatings, introducing advanced manufacturing processes, and improving product quality. (