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McGill Engineering Research Showcase - MERS

The McGill Engineering Research Showcase is a forum for industry to connect with our graduate students and faculty and in addition it is a showcase and celebration of our Engineering graduate student research. 

2014 Showcase
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Trottier lobby

2:30 P.M.

Poster Session Begins: Graduate Students Display their Research Results
3:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Welcome by the Dean of Engineering
4:05 - 4:15 P.M.

Poster Judging & Selection of 5 Best Posters
3:30 - 4:55 P.M.

Acknowledgement of Recent Awardees by the Associate Dean, Student Affairs
5:00 - 5:15 P.M.

Presentation of Best Poster Awards by the Associate Dean, Research & Innovation
5:15 - 5:30 P.M.

Poster Session ends and networking reception continues with faculty, students, alumni
and industry partners

5:30 - 6:00 P.M.

Registration is required for this event.


Invitation to Industry

Come learn more about the innovative research taking place at McGill Engineering in the areas of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Broadband Communications, Sustainability in Engineering and Design, via poster presentations from the Faculty’s top PhD and Master’s students. You can also learn about the Research Institutes and Centres within our Faculty, as well as generate contacts for future collaboration and/or employment or research internships during the networking reception.

Reasons for students to attend:

  • Get feedback on your research from industry, alumni, academic staff, and your peers.
  • Learn about research across all engineering disciplines.
  • Learn about graduate funding programs available from the Faculty of Engineering, NSERC, Mitacs, and select institutes.
  • Generate contacts for future collaboration and/or employment opportunities for students.

Reasons for Academic Staff to attend:

  • Generate contacts for future collaborations.
  • Learn more about research funding programs available via  NSERC, Mitacs, and select institutes.
  • Network with industry representatives.


For more information about this event, please contact us at research [dot] engineering [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Graduate Student Participation

Why participate?

This event will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • get feedback on your research from industry, alumni, faculty, and your peers
  • compete for best poster award by strategic research area category
  • be recognized amongst your peers for recent awards
  • generate contacts for future collaborations or employment
  • learn about research across all engineering departments
  • learn about research funding programs

How to participate?

All McGill Engineering Masters or PhD students are eligible to participate in the MERS poster session.

  • Interested students should discuss their intention to submit with their supervisor
  • If supervisor approval is given, student should register their poster by using this form. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will close at 5 PM on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 unless we reach 75 registered posters before that date.
  • Students are encouraged to create their own posters (at student/supervisor’s cost) or reuse a recent existing one. 

Poster Judging and Awards

All the graduate students presenting at the MERS poster session are eligible to have their poster presentations judged and considered for cash-value best poster awards.
A prize of a $100 gift card will be awarded to the best poster in each strategic research area category (Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology, Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Broadband Communications, and Sustainability in Engineering & Design).

Criteria for judging:
Student poster presentations will be evaluated on four main criteria related to the student’s ability to clearly communicate the significance of their work:
1) Oral presentation is well-prepared, concise, and gives a good summary of the significance of the research, results, and possible future applications.
2) Response to questions showing insightful knowledge and contributes to understanding of the research.
3) Poster is well organized (intro, methodology, data, results, conclusion, future work) and visually attractive.
4) Poster communicates significance and relevance of results.

Judging process:
A group of 3 judges (company, alumni, undergrad) per strategic research area will visit the posters assigned to them.  The student will have 3 minutes to give an oral presentation of their research and poster, and 4 minutes for Q&A with the judge(s).

Judges will complete forms for each poster visited and these forms will be tallied, by strategic research area category.

2013 Poster Abstracts


2013 Photo Gallery




2014 Photo Gallery


2014 Poster Winners

Professor Benoit Boulet, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, & Larissa Jorge

Category: Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology (prize sponsored by MIAM)
Larissa Jorge
Carbon Nanotube Nanofluids for CO2 Capture
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisors: Professors Sylvain Coulombe and Pierre-Luc Girard-Lauriault

Professor Benoit Boulet, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, & Hanqing Che

Category: Aerospace Engineering (prize sponsored by MIAE)
Hanqing Che
Cold Spray onto Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Lightning Strike Protection
Department of Mining and Materials Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Stephen Yue

Professor Benoit Boulet, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, & Melissa Dick

Category: Bioengineering (prize sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering)
Melissa Dick
Influence of Statin Therapy on Endothelial Cell Response to Wall Shear Stress
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Richard Leask

Professor Benoit Boulet, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, & Marco Kassis

Category: Information & Communications Technology (prize sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering)
Marco Kassis
Spice Netlist Generation from Loewner Matrix State Space Models
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Roni Khazaka

Professor Benoit Boulet, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, & Hanno Erythropel

Category: Sustainability in Engineering and Design (prize sponsored by TISED)
Hanno Erythropel
Designing Greener Plasticizers: Influence of Geometry of Central Group and Side Chains
Department of Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering
Supervisors: Professors Ricahrd Leask and Jim Nicell