Reseach Centres

A key objective for MacAUTO is the rapid transfer of technology from the lab bench to the automotive production line. Several initiatives are helping to make this important goal a reality.

Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The core focus of the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (XCEEI) is to promote the commercial success of engineering innovation through the development of highly skilled entrepreneurs. XCEEI offers a unique Masters program that provides students with the opportunity to learn necessary skills and practice methodologies to translate scientific ideas into commercially viable goods and services. Graduates are able to create new products or service businesses within existing companies, or initiate stand-alone enterprises.

McMaster Industry Liaison Office

To further enhance MacAUTO’s capacity to move innovation from the lab to industry, the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) monitors progress of all automotive related projects to identify the potential for commercialization.

OCE Market Readiness Program

Additional support for commercialization is provided through the staff of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Market Readiness Program. This collaboration will be extended to OCE’s commercialization activities in the recently funded Centre for the Commercialization of Research.

University Partnerships: TecNet and C4

McMaster researchers works closely with other Canadian universities in two key commercialization and technology transfer programs:

  • TECNet – McMaster/Waterloo technology entrepreneurial and commercialization network for which the automotive industry is a primary focus.
  • C4 – MacAUTO also accesses the Technology and Knowledge Transfer Program (C4) that has been funded jointly at McMaster, Waterloo, Guelph and Western by the federal government’s Intellectual Property Mobilization Program.