For those doing sensors research, interested in developing a
career in sensors, or curious about the sensing industry:
The NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Integrated Sensor Systems
(ISS) will be accepting its first students this September.
The ISS training program has brought together teams from four
Montreal-region universities: McGill University, Ecole
Polytechnique, INRS and Université de Sherbrooke. The program
has been carefully designed to develop the next generation of
Canadian experts in integrated sensor systems.
Sensing is inherently a multidisciplinary field, and those who
seek to advance and exploit knowledge in this area have a wide
range of backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, mechanical and
electrical engineering, biomedical engineering and medicine.
Although often well-trained in their own domain of expertise they
are not always ready to transfer their skills to industry.
Most students have little exposure to other related research
domains and do not appreciate that sensors are complex systems
where a multidisciplinary approach is essential. The creation of
functioning sensor systems requires biorecognition or chemical
recognition elements, sample delivery components (e.g.
microfluidics), transducing elements, signal amplification, signal
processing and packaging.
Our program is designed to provide exposure to a wide range of
key techniques and applications and to help students develop
essential business and industry skills for a smooth transition into
Students in the ISS program will receive a series of hands-on
workshops in laboratory skills, an annual Sensors Summer School and
a set of short-courses that will provide the trainees with
professional skills that are valued and requested by industry,
including communication skills, intellectual property protection
and management, project management and ethics.
Students are also expected to participate in an
interdisciplinary research program in integrated sensors, as well
as internships in partner companies and international exchanges
with leading laboratories worldwide (graduate students only),
The CREATE ISS program can provide qualified students with
financial awards for students undertaking the program. These can
cover travel and living expenses necessary to take full advantage
of this multi-disciplinary, multi-university program.
The NSERC CREATE Training Program in Integrated Sensor Systems
is open to students in any member university, in a
department or discipline which has a strong interest in Integrated
Sensor Systems, and has been accepted to work on a sensor related
research project. aculty members who are interested in
becoming a mentor for a student in the ISS Program, or in
nominating one of their students for the program, please contact
administrator-miam [dot] engineering [at] mcgill [dot] ca
For more information about the ISS Program, please visit