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The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) promotes and advances process automation and related process systems engineering technologies through academe-industry interactions. [more]
Sustainability Research
The MACC is spearheading a multi-million dollar research project devoted to the design, operation, and automation of sustainable chemical process systems. [Find out more]
For more info, contact

Dr. C.L.E. Swartz
Professor & Director, McMaster Advanced Control Consortium.
Dept of Chemical Engineering
McMaster University
1280 Main St W,
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8

(905) 525-9140x24945
MACC and Sustainability
MACC launches new website to showcase sustainability research
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MACC Launches Sustainability Website

The MACC has launched orfre.mcmaster.ca, a new website dedicated to showcasing our ongoing research in sustainability. Funded by an Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellent grant, the MACC has been researching how to design new sustainable chemical and energy processes, how to control them, and how to automate them in a sustainable way. Our research projects include the development of better solid oxide fuel cell systems, better biofuel systems, more sustainable air separation units,... [full story]

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John MacGregor Festshcrift

We are delighted to announce that in recognition of the distinguished MACC alumn's 70th Birthday, John MacGregor has been honoured with a special Festschrift issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

In addition, the work of Dr. MacGregor will celebrated in two special sessions on November 3 at the upcoming national meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in San Francisco. The sessions will feature presentations and contributions from his many students and...

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Invensys Joins MACC

We are proud to announce that Invensys has joined the McMaster Advanced Controls Consortium. Invensys serves the electricity, chemicals, petroleum, gas, and nuclear industries through a range of products and services including software, industrial automation, controls, and appliances. They are the producers of the SimSci-Essor suite of process design and simulation simulation software packages such as DynSim, ROMeo, and Pro/II. [full story]

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MACC Hosts 25th Annual Meeting and Workshop

The MACC Celebrated 25 years with the largest Annual Meeting and Workshop to date, boasting record attendance and evidence of its continued growth, impact, and success.

This year's keynote speaker was Manfred Morari from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, who delivered a riveting talk about how control and optimization could be used in the chemical, automotive, electrical, and computer industries. The workshop featured industry talks from Michael Dudzic (ArcelorMittal Dofasco), Prof. Christos...

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Welcome New Students

We are pleased to announce four new students joining the MACC in May 2013.

Pedro Castillo joins us from Citrofruit in Mexico and is studying for an Ph.D. under Prof. Vlad Mahalec. He received his B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico.

Patrick Carter recently finished his B.Eng in Chemical Engineering and Management at McMaster and has stayed on for a M.A.Sc. with Prof. Chris Swartz in the area of optimal planning and...

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MACC Students Awarded Major Scholarships

The MACC has a history of attracting top students - both domestic and international, and this year is no exception. We are proud to announce that many of our students have been recognized for their efforts and abilities in their undergraduate and graduate work.

Vida Meidanshahi - Vida is the recipient of the Ontario Trillium Scholarship, a highly competitive award which covers the full cost of graduate school. The award is given only to a select few of the most promising...

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MACC Prof Writes New Book

MACC Professor Prashant Mhaskar, along with colleagues Prof. Jinfeng Liu (U. Alberta), and Prof. Panagiotis D. Christofides (UCLA), have announced the publication of their new book “Fault-Tolerant Process Control: Methods and Applications”. Drawing on their many years of experience and active research at the forefront of the field, the book discusses issues concerning nonlinear systems and control concerning stability, stabilization, zero dynamics, model predictive control, integrated... [full story]

Recent Activity
New Paper
Chinedu Okoli, Thomas A. Adams. Design and economic analysis of a thermochemical lignocellulosic biomass to butanol process [more]

New Theses
Rahul Gandhi. A safe-parking framework to handle faults in nonlinear process systems [more]

John MacGregor Festshcrift
We are delighted to announce that in... [more]

New Paper
Chris L. E. Swartz, Thomas E.  Marlin. Industrial application of a continuous-time scheduling framework for process analysis and improvement [more]

New Theses

Invensys Joins MACC
We are proud to announce that... [more]

New Paper
Richard Mastragostino, Chris L. E. Swartz. Dynamic operability analysis of process supply chains for forest industry transformation [more]

New Theses
Shefali Kulkarni. Optimal Multi-Time Period Gasoline Blending [more]

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Research MACC research is characterized by collaborative projects with industry [more]

People The MACC team consists of top faculty and students from around the world [more]

Featured Researcher
Dr. Chris L. E. Swartz

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During the course of his supervision of Master's and PhD students, Dr. Swartz has conducted collaborative re-search with several companies in areas that include integrated design and control, dynamic optimization, and optimal scheduling.