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Endowed chairs and professorships enable researchers of the highest calibre to pursue critically important areas of study and recruit and nurture the next generation of researchers. With the support of individual and corporate partners, endowed chairs and professorships serve to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers in a variety of disciplines, ensuring that McMaster's students learn from the very best in the world. Industrial Research Chairs bring together our industry partners and stellar faculty to tackle significant research challenges.

Endowed Chairs and Professorships


There are more than a dozen Endowed Chairs in the Faculty of Engineering and more than sixty Endowed Chairs and Professorships in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

For a list and description of the Endowed Chairs and Professorships in the Faculty of Health Sciences, please click here

For a list and description of the Endowed Chairs in the Faculty of Engineering, please click here


 Industrial Research Chairs

Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) are intended to:

  • assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in science and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
  • assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and

  • provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).

McMaster's IRCs are:

NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis and Thermal Hydraulics
John Luxat, Professor, Engineering Physics

NSERC/RIM/CITO/ McMaster Industrial Research Chair in Pico-Cellular Wireless Internet Access Networks
Terry Todd, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSERC/Dalsa McMaster Industrial Research Chair in Digital Cinema
Xiaolin Wu, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

NSERC/Stelco Associate Industrial Research Chair in Steel Product Application
Joseph McDermid, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

NSERC-Mitel Professor of Signal Processing
K. Max Wong, Professor, Electrical Engineering

NSERC Fuel Cell Technologies Chair in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System
Tony Petric, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Endowed Chairs in other Faculties


Brockhouse Chair in the Physics of Materials
Bruce Gaulin, Professor, Physics

Global Television Network Chair in Communications
Henry Giroux
, Professor, English and Cultural Studies

Britton Professor of Mathematics
Ian Hambleton, Professor, Mathematics

For a list of Donor Funded Research Chairs in the DeGroote School of Business, click here


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