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We are pleased to have Dr. Mo Elbestawi (Vice-President of Research and International Affairs at McMaster University) and Dr. Robert L. Baker (Dean of Science and Chair of the MCCCs Advisory Board) as speakers at our 2015 OCC Symposium.
As the Vice-President, Research and International Affairs at McMaster University, Dr. Mo Elbestawi is responsible for research activities within the University and for the aggressive pursuit of new partnerships – including technology transfer and economic development opportunities – locally, nationally and internationally. His experience spans a number of research and administrative roles over 25 years, including Dean of Engineering, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, and founding Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute. His experience in industry included research engineer, unit head-structural dynamics, Ontario Hydro Research Division. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Dr. Elbestawi is known worldwide for his research in Manufacturing Engineering, specifically machining systems, and computer aided manufacturing. His record of scholarship includes more than 260 archival papers, contribution to 4 books, and 3 patents. He has supervised 82 graduate students – including 32 doctoral students – to the completion of their degrees. Dr. Elbestawi received his B.Sc. from the University of Alexandria and his MEng and PhD degrees from McMaster University.
Dr. Robert L. Baker received his PhD in 1981 from the University of Alberta. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Toronto in 1982 and promoted to Full Professor in 1996. In 2013 he joined McMaster, becoming Dean of Science and a member of the Department of Biology. His research explores the evolution and ecological significance of antipredator and anti-parasite behaviour of aquatic insects and amphibians. He also considers the effects of pollutants such as road salt and herbicides on the development, behaviour, population dynamics and community structure of freshwater insects and amphibians. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the McMaster Centre for Climate Change’s (MCCC) Advisory Board.
Before coming to McMaster, Dean Baker held several progressive senior administrative positions at the University of Toronto. He served as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Biology and Associate Dean of Sciences, Chair of the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and Chair of the new Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). Dr. Baker continued as Vice-Dean, Graduate Education and Research, Faculty of Arts & Sciences from 2009-2012. He also oversaw a major graduate expansion and an increase in the Faculty’s competitiveness in securing external research support. His position evolved into Vice-Dean, Research and Infrastructure in 2012, wherein he initiated a comprehensive assessment of the Faculty of Arts & Science’s infrastructure needs for research and teaching.