Reseach Centres

McMaster is home to several significant automotive, manufacturing and materials research centres:

General Motors of Canada Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion

Through a partnership with General Motors of Canada Limited and as a part of its Beacon Project, McMaster University has created the General Motors Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion (GMCAMC).

The Centre’s research focuses on materials science including themes like strip casting of sheet metal, lightweight material systems, material degradation and protection, and joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations. The Centre is also investigating opportunities for developing magnesium-based components for lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation

The Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation (IAMI) is a newly created research consortium that brings together researchers at McMaster with their colleagues at 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.

Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies

The establishment of the Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies (CMHT) will provide a world-class research and development facility pioneering the testing, monitoring, fault-prediction, and optimization systems related to hybrid technologies. This includes developing a full-scale vehicle testing platform and state-ofthe- art cell development for characterization of engine wear, fault detection, and in-service modification of engine control strategy to account for engine wear conditions.

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) 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.

McMaster Steel Research Centre

The McMaster Steel Research Centre (MSRC) is one of only three university based steel centres in North America. In partnership with industry, MSRC is working to ensure that Canada’s steelmakers continue to lead the world in innovation. Research areas include seeking better output and efficiency in steel mills, improving recycling of waste materials, looking at technologies to cut emissions and helping to maintain steel’s competitive edge in the changing marketplace.

Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research

The Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR) is an interdisciplinary research organization with the mandate to develop, support and co-ordinate all materials research related activities at McMaster. The facilities of the Institute and its pool of expertise are also available to industry and organizations that require assistance with research and development or material analysis. Its membership of 123 faculty members is drawn from 13 departments in the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences and several Canadian and international universities.

McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics

The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) supports relevant education programs and conducts applied research that addresses planning and policy issues related to efficient transport and logistics systems. Its research agenda ranges from public policy to software development, environmental emissions research to spatial analysis and spatial optimization methods. In the Centre for Spatial Analysis, investigators are looking at the application of spatial analysis methods to urban transportation problems and to understanding the relationship between environmental pollution and health.

Software and Simulation

From a sophisticated motion simulator to initiatives in robotics, mechatronics, software engineering, algorithms and optimization, and embedded systems and control, the Department of Computing and Software is engaging in numerous automotive-related research initiatives. Members of the department work collaboratively with other faculties and departments to address interdisciplinary initiatives.

Labour Studies and Globalization

Shifting trends in the automotive industry directly impact organizations and society. Research underway at McMaster provides insight into the decisions made by unions, political parties and interest groups, and the impact they have on industry and community. Another area of research explores the role of governments and the public interest, including topics such as the viability of oil as an energy source for cars, traffic congestion, safety regulations, and international competition.