MERS: McGill Engineering Research Showcase

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 Faculty of Engineering graduate student research. 

2017 Showcase
Monday, September 25, 2017
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Trottier Building, 2nd floor lobby
2:30 P.M.

Poster Session Begins: Graduate Students Display their Research Results
3:00 - 5:00 P.M.

Poster Judging & Selection of 5 Best Posters
3:30 - 5:00 P.M.

Presentation of Best Poster Awards by the Associate Dean, Research & Innovation
5:30 - 6:00 P.M.

Presented in tandem with CGEC. Meet with representatives from Canada’s top
engineering schools: University of Alberta, University of British Columbia,
McGill University, University of Toronto and University of Waterloo.

3:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Registration is preferred for the MERS 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, Information & Communications Technology, 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.

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.


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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
  • 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 Friday,September 15, 2017 unless we reach 50 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.

2017 Poster Abstracts

PDF icon 2017 MERS Poster Abstract Booklet

2017 Photo Gallery

2017 Poster Winners

Category: Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology
Sean Bolduc & Adam Smith
Composite Recycling Innovations
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisors: Professors Larry Lessard and Pascal Hubert

Category: Aerospace Engineering
Linus Lehnert
Advanced Design and Manufacturing Technologies for Complex Composite Structures
co- authors: Derek Harvey and Louis Grou
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Pascal Hubert

Category: Aerospace Engineering
Charles Cossette
Payload Recovery from High Altitude Using Autonomously Guided Parafoil
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Professor James Forbes

Category: Bioengineering
Zinan He
Extents, Locations and Geometrical Configurations of Calcification in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Rosaire Mongrain

Category: Information & Communications Technology
Hamed Rafezi
Tricone Drill Bit Condition Monitoring
Department of Mining and Materials Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Ferri Hassani

Category: Sustainability in Engineering and Design
Laura Hernandez
Are there Nanoplastics in your Personal Care Products?
Department of Chemical Engineering
Supervisor: Professor Nathalie Tufenkji