macLAB

In response to an increasing need to renew and update McMaster Engineering’s undergraduate lab facilities, the McMaster Laboratory Advancement Benefaction Endowment Fund, or macLAB Endowment Fund, was initiated by Engineering students and faculty in 1997. The constant renewal and upgrading of undergraduate laboratory facilities ensures that McMaster undergraduate Engineering students are exposed to the most recent developments in their fields of study, and that graduates of McMaster Engineering possess the skills needed in the Engineering workforce.

To apply for funding, or to opt-out of contributing to macLAB, you can download the macLAB package on the applications page.

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Purpose and History

macLAB is a student-funded program. Each year, engineering students contribute $50 of their tuition to the fund, however the donation to the fund is entirely voluntary. If a student feels that it isn’t in his or her best interests (or budget) to contribute to this program, they can have the value of their donation credited to their student account (i.e. there is no money transaction).

Since it’s inception in 1997, the fund has grown to over $1.5 million (in principal), and disbursed over $425,000 in project funding. Any member or student of a department within the Faculty of Engineering can apply for financial aid to upgrade their undergraduate laboratory facilities, or to fund special projects benefiting their undergraduate student body.

macLAB represents the hard work and foresight of a student body committed to ensuring a high quality of education both for themselves, and all future McMaster engineering students.

Serving on the Board of Directors

Any full-time undergraduate engineering student can serve on the Board of Directors (BoD). All positions are for a one-year term including the Chair, Chair Elect, and all Departmental/Program positions. To apply, send an email to your Department Chair and your Department Club President outlining your interest in the position by October 1st. To apply for the Chair position, submit your intent to the MES President, MES VP Academic, and the Dean at least one week preceding the MES Semi Annual General Meeting in March. For full details, see page 2 of the macLAB By-Laws, or email the macLAB Chair at maclab@macengsociety.ca.

Current Board of Directors

POSITION NAME EMAIL
Chair Alex Miles maclab@macengsociety.ca
Chair Elect  TBD  TBD
MES President Andrew Cook president@macengsociety.ca
MES VP Finance Nick Alvarez vp.finance@macengsociety.ca
MES VP Academic Liam McDermott vp.academic@macengsociety.ca
Associate Dean of Engineering Joe McDermid adeaneng@mcmaster.ca
Faculty Director of Administration Nancy Balfoort coslovi@mcmaster.ca
Faculty Advancement Officer Terry Milson milsont@mcmaster.ca
Chemical Lisa Tran chemical@macengsociety.ca
Civil Cameron Ehrentraud civil@macengsociety.ca
Computing and Software David Hobson software@macengsociety.ca
Electrical and Computer Brandon Rufino ece@macengsociety.ca
Materials Marc Peters materials@macengsociety.ca
Mechanical John Sober mechanical@macengsociety.ca
Physics David Philpott physics@macengsociety.ca
Mechatronics Emily Vernon mechatronics@macengsociety.ca
First Year  TBD firstyear@macengsociety.ca
BEAMS Jessica Trac beams@macengsociety.ca
B-Tech Michael Barbosa btech@macengsociety.ca
Engineering and Management Christie Condron management@macengsociety.ca
Engineering and Society Quinn Shobbrook society@macengsociety.ca

Funding Summaries

2015 – The committee disbursed $100,965.20 for 8 projects in 2014 to 7 departments and 1 team:

Departments

• Electrical & Computer Engineering – 17 New Oscilloscopes $9,715.46
• Computer and Software – Real-time Interfacing Upgrade $6,743.40
• Chemical Engineering – Two New Experiments for the WET Specialization Stream $13,649.00
• Bachelor of Technology – Membrane Filtration $17,628.00
• Materials Science & Engineering – 2 Mounting Presses $14,750.00
• Civil Engineering – Geotechnology and Highway Materials Lab $5,460.72
• Mechanical Engineering – Project Laboratory Upgrade/HH Roberts Milling Machine $30,518

Special Projects

• McMaster Baja Racing – TIG Welder $2,500.00

2014 – The committee disbursed $59,075.59 for 6 projects in 2014 to 6 departments:

Departments

• B. Tech –  uPrintSE Plus 3D Printer $14,864.50
• Chem Eng – Bernoulli Apparatus Chemical Upgrade Enhancing $6,996.00
• ECE –  LabVolt Modules $6,751.73
• Civil – LabVolt Modules Portable Spectrophotometers $7,656.31
• Eng 1 –  Integrated Digital Design $4,407.05
• Materials – Rapid Digitization and Material Re-cycling Profilometer $18,400.00

2013 – The committee disbursed $59,567.09 for 9 projects in 2013 to seven departments:

Departments

• Civil – Three Spectrophotometers: $7,656.31
• ECE 1 – Two Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs): $4,592.3
• ECE 2 – Two Fibre Optics Communications Modules: $2,159.43
• Materials – Surface Profilometer: $18,400
• Chemical – Water Purifier, Variable Speed Pumps, Temperature Calibrator: $6,997
• B. Tech 1 – 3D Printer: $11,823
• B. Tech 2 – Bernoulli’s Principle Apparatus: $3,032
• Eng One 1 – Integrated Digital Design Equipment: $2,138.55
• Eng One 2 – 3D Makerbot Digitizer and Filament Extruder: $2768.50

2012 – Funded projects

Departments

• Civil Engineering: Hydraulics Bench for Undergraduate Fluids Mechanics lab received $11,897.00.
• Electrical & Computer Engineering: 20 new PCs and monitors received $9,958.10.
• Engineering Physics: Magnetic Plasma Confinement Lab received $4,700.00.
• Materials Science & Engineering: Center for Enhanced Learning in Materials Science received $5,800.00.
• Chemical Engineering: Enhancing Problem Based Learning & Trouble shooting for Polymer Experiment received $4,386.00.
• Bachelor of Technology: 3D Robots received $2,305.59.
• Engineering 1: Experiential Education Tools received $3,081.00.
• Mechanical: Laser Cutter received $10,000.00.
• Computing & Software: Quanser’s Ball and Beam Control System received $14,151.71.

2011 – This year’s macLAB Board of Directors approved eight projects for funding, totaling  $94,965.51.

Departments

• Civil- Undergraduate Laboratory for Enhancing Excellence in Design: $13647.00
• ECE- Labvolt Modules 1: $2,291.51
• Physics- > 3G03 Design Project: $5,000
• Materials- Tensile Testing Machine for MATLS 3M03: $29,750
• Chemical- Developing Troubleshooting/PBL Elements: $7,997
• BTech- In-Lab Top Loading Autoclave: $6,000
• Mechanical- Hybrid Power Train Lab: $25,000
• CAS- Embedded Systems & Software Development Lab: $5,280

2010 – This year’s macLAB Board of Directors approved nine projects for funding, totalling approximately $46,500:

Departments

• CAS – Autonomous Vehicle Competition Platform: $3,528
• Chemical – Membrane Gas Separation Experiment: $4,700
• Civil – Computer Cluster: $5,520
• Engineering Physics – 4L04 Lab Upgrade: $5,000
• Engineering Physics – 2H04 Lab Upgrade: $2,524
• ECE – Labvolt RF Transmission Lines Module: $5,176.53
• Mechanical – Rapid Prototyping Machine: $17,000
• Eng 1 – Classroom Management Software: $1,592.05
• Eng 1 – Thin Client Computers: $1,442.98

2009 – This year’s macLAB Board of Directors approved nine projects for funding, totaling $54,000:

Departments

• CAS- Mixed Signal Osillation Labs – $4372
• CAS- Pacemaker – $8580
• Civil – Advanced Total Station Systems for Surveying – $6,000
• ECE – Labvolt RF Transimission Lines Module – $3451
• ECE – Labvolt Fibre Optics Communications Module – $1148
• Mech Eng – Computer Lab – $14766
• MASE – Microprcessor Controlled Precision Cutting System – $13621
• Clubs – Tube Bender Die Set – $1155
• First Year – Prototyping Cabinets – $907

2008 – The committee disbursed $52,618 for 9 projects in 2008 to 8 departments and 1 special project:

Departments

• Mechatronics Student Lab (CAS – $5,000)
• Data Acquisition and Control Project (Chemical – $5,019)
• Gyratory Compactor for SuperPav Technology (Civil – $12,000)
• 3BA3/3BB3 Electronics Lab Upgrade (Engineering Physics – $3,285)
• Advanced Flowmeter Laboratory (Engineering Physics – $9,604)
• 4U04 OE Fast Fourier Transform Lab Upgrade (Engineering Physics – $1,375)
• Labvolt Electromagnetism Trainers (ECE – $5,376)
• Project Shop CNC Mill Controller Upgrade (Mechanical – $10,159)
• IEEE Electronic Laboratory Upgrade (Special Project – $800)
• ETB (Engineering Technology Building)

2007 – The committee disbursed $52,898 for 9 projects in 2007 to all departments:

Departments

• Coriolis Flow Meter (Engineering Physics- $8,023)
• Plasma Cutter for Project Shops (Mechanical – $2,515)
• TotalStation and Surveying Equipment (Civil – $8,261)
• 32 Computers for ITB/235 (CAS – $10,000)
• Materials 3T04 Lab Upgrades (Materials – $6,600)
• EE 4B04 Lab Upgrades (Bio-Engineering – $5,990)
• Labvolt Electromagnetism Trainer (ECE – $5,035)
• Process Control Lab Upgrades (Chemical – $4,548)
• Laptop, Carts for Eng 1D04 (First Year – Special Project – $1,924)

2006 – The committee disbursed $93,000 for projects in 2006 to eight departments.

Departments

• 2E04 Lab Expansion (Engineering Physics)
• 3B06 Electronics Lab (Engineering Physics) (*Partial Funding)
• 3-D Printer (Mechanical)
• Altera Development Boards (Electrical and Computer)
• Chemical Engineering Lab Upgrades (Chemical)
• Dynamometer for Formula SAE Team (Mechanical).
• Environmental Lab Equipment (Civil)
• Expansion of MATLS 3T04 Lab (Materials)
• Laptop (Engineering & Society) (*Partial Funding)
• Laptop and LCD Unit (Engineering I)
• Magnetism/Electromagnetism Training System (Electrical and Computer)
• Mobile Robots (Computer and Software)
• Radiation Detection Equipment (Engineering Physics)
• Space Ship Simulator (Computer and Software)

2005 – The committee disbursed $18,000 for projects in 2005 to five departments.

Departments

• DC Motor Control System (Mechanical & Software)
• Photonics Synthesis & Design Materials (Engineering Physics)
• Respirometry Equipment (Chemical / Bio-Engineering)
• Oscilloscopes & Function Generators (Electrical & Computer)
• Lab Computer, Laptop, and LCD Projector for Student Projects (Civil)

2004 – The committee disbursed $15,000 for projects in 2004 to three departments and a special project (*).

Departments

• Data Acquisition Lab Upgrade (Electrical & Computer)
• Strain Gauge Amplifiers (Mechanical)
• Platform Weight Scale (Civil)
• Wi-Fi Network in Engineering Lounge (*Special Project)

2003 – The committee disbursed $15,000 for projects in 2003 to four departments.

Departments

• Membrane Refrigeration Lab (Chemical)
• Surveying Equipment (Civil)
• AIBO Robot (Software)
• Ultrasonic Lab Upgrade (Engineering Physics)

2002 – The committee disbursed $16,500 for projects in 2002 to four departments.

Departments

• Function Generators x2 (Electrical & Computer)
• Digital Multimeters (Electrical & Computer)
• Membrane Separation Lab Upgrade (Chemical)
• Nuclear Spectroscopy Electronics (Engineering Physics)
• Digital Camera/Imaging System (Materials)

2001 – The committee disbursed $15,000 for projects in 2001 to five departments.

Departments

• Scope Modules (Electrical & Computer)
• Scope Modules – Part 2 (Electrical & Computer)
• Controls Lab (Software)
• Electronic Materials (Engineering Physics)
• Engineering Consolidation Apparatus (Civil)
• Video Projector (Engineering I)

2000 – The committee disbursed $20,000 for projects in 2000 to six departments.

Departments

• 3 Phase Rectifier with host PC & Microcontroller interface. (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
• Software Design program for Intelligent Highways, to build and test a scale model of a ‘smart’ highway system for autonomous cars. (Computing & Software Engineering)
• Electronic Balance for undergraduate laboratory experiments. (Materials)
• Digital oscilloscope with at least 200 MHZ bandwidth as part of a new laboratory experiment related to optical communications, with the capacity to explore the limitations of current fiber technology. (Engineering Physics)
• Upgrades to undergraduate laboratories in three geotechnical courses by adding an automated data acquisition system to automate their tri-axial machine (2 load cells). (Civil)
• Personal Computers for their student computer laboratory. (Chemical)

1999 -The committee disbursed $26,000 for projects in 1999 to five Engineering Departments.

Departments

• Oscilloscopes and Function Generators. (Electrical & Computer)
• Personal computers for their student computer laboratory. (Chemical)
• Upgrade computer and network system for their Technology Skills Enhancement Facility. (Civil)
• Received partial funding towards the construction of a facility for airfoil experimentation. (Mechanical)
• Electricity & Magnetism Laboratory upgraded with two new oscilloscopes. (Engineering Physics)

1998 – The committee disbursed $9,300 for projects in 1998 to four Engineering Departments.

Departments

• Materials Grinding and Polishing Facility (Materials)
• Technology Skills Facility Enhancement (Civil)
• Chemical Engineering Process Simulation Software (Chemical)
• Bulge Test Computer Purchase (Mechanical)

Students who do not wish to donate to the fund can apply to the MES to have the money credited to their student accounts. The macLAB opt-out period is advertised and offered by the MES from November 26 to December 21 of every year, as per the macLAB By-Laws.

Additional information about the fund can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the macLAB Board of Directors at maclab@macengsociety.ca.