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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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Alicia Pascall has successfully defended her M.A.Sc thesis on the Semicontinuous Biomass to Dimethyl ether production. Alicia was supervised by Dr. Tom Adams. Congratulations! [full story]

The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium had an astounding 2012. Through our nationally recognized industry-academia collaboration, we have been able to produce high-impact research and advances in chemical technologies. Let's take a look at some of this year's highlights.

New Members and Researchers

The MACC continued to grow in 2012, with Corning joining the consortium this year. In addition, Prof. Jie Yu joined the consortium to continue our long tradition of research in multivariate...

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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]

Seven new graduate students have joined the MACC in September 2012 to begin their Master's or PhD program. Starting with the top row:

Christopher Ewaschuk
M.A.Sc Candidate
B.Eng.Mgt Chemical Engineering, McMaster University (2012)
Supervised by: Dr. Christopher Swartz
Research Title: Supply Chain Management and Scheduling

Dominik Seepersad
M.A.Sc Candidate
B.E.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario (2005-2010)
Supervised by: Dr. Thomas A. Adams...

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The MACC hosted the 24th Annual MACC Meeting and Workshop from May 15-17 at the Hamilton Convention Centre in downtown Hamilton, with the theme "Optimization in Process Operations and Design." The workshop featured a keynote lecture by Prof. Larry Biegler from Carnegie Mellon University entitled "Nonlinear Model Predictive Control: An Evolution to Dynamic RTO", as well as topical lectures by Professors Swartz, Mhaskar, Adams, MacGregor, Yu, and Mahalec. Presentations by industrial members... [full story]

The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium was recently awarded a research grant worth over $1 million from the Ontario Research Fund -- Research Excellence program for research into the sustainable operation and design of complex and large-scale process systems. This will involve a collaborative effort between five MACC professors (Chris Swartz, Prashant Mhaskar, Thomas Marlin, Vladimir Mahalec, and Thomas Adams), eight industrial members of the MACC (ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Frito-Lay, IBM,... [full story]

The MACC model for Industry-Academia collaboration was recently recognized in a feature article in Manufacturing Automation. The article highlights the collaboration between MACC member company Dofasco, professor Chris Swartz's research group and how the relationship has been beneficial to the company, researchers, and students.

The article describes some of the benefits to companies, including access to process systems expertise, innovative ideas, and cutting-edge research. The...

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For 21 years they have worked side-by-side developing technologies that save companies millions of dollars in production costs. On October 19, this university/industry research-and-development collaboration was recognized with a Leo Derikx Synergy Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Christopher Swartz, director of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC), and professor of chemical engineering at McMaster, accepted the award on behalf of...

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