Industrial MembershipA key characteristic of the MACC partnership is a two-way exchange between the academic and industrial partners. This takes several forms, primarily through an annual MACC Meeting and Workshop, and collaborative research in which member companies are directly involved through problem formulation, providing data, mentoring students, and field testing concepts. The partnership results in significant benefits to both industry and the university.
Member CompaniesMACC addresses automation technology that has wide application within any manufacturing company and across industries. Consequently, MACC member companies span a wide spectrum of industrial sectors.
Benefits for Members
Annual Technical WorkshopsThe Annual Meeting is typically followed by a two-day technical workshop on a topic selected at the previous year’s business meeting, and includes speakers from both academia and industry. This provides an opportunity for concentrated discussions on a single technical topic, and enables the companies to send specialists on this topic. The highly successful Workshops listed below for the past 10 years included substantial participation from MACC members, and important contributions from visitors outside the MACC faculty and companies.
|Year||Topic||Visiting Academic Plenary Speaker|
|2016||Addressing Uncertainty in Process Operation and Design||Dr. Paul Stuart, École Polytechnique Montréal|
|2015||Operations and Design over Multiple Time Scales – from Planning and Scheduling to Advanced Control||Dr. Marianthi Ierapetritou, Rutgers University|
|2014||Best Practices in Control and Optimization - from R&D to Industrial Implementation||Dr. Ali Cinar, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago|
|2013||State of the Art and Future Directions in Process Systems Engineering||Dr. M. Morari, ETH Zurich; Dr. C. Maravelias, University of Wisconsin|
|2012||Optimization in Process Operations and Design||Dr. L.T. Biegler, Carnegie Mellon University|
|2011||Mathematical Models for Process Optimization, Design and Control||Dr. P. Barton, MIT|
|2010||Operational Excellence through the Integrated Decision-Making Hierarchy||Dr. B. Bakshi, Ohio State University|
|2009||Model Maintenance and Performance Monitoring||Dr. E. Ydstie, Carnegie Mellon University|
|2008||All Things Model Predictive Control||Dr. B. W. Bequette, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|2007||Plantwide Monitoring, Control, and Optimization||Dr. C. Laird, Texas A&M University|
|2006||Monitoring, Controlling and Optimizing Batch Processes||Dr. I.E. Grossmann, Carnegie Mellon; Dr. B. Srinivasan, Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal|
|2005||Multivariate Statistical Analysis: Best Practices from Industry|
|2004||Appropriate Modeling||Dr. R. Braatz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
Annual Research ReviewsEvery year since the fall of 1988, MACC has held annual research review and business meetings. Attendance is limited to member companies and companies invited to evaluate potential membership; several visiting companies attend each year.
Typically, the day comprises research overviews by MACC faculty, as well as one or two technical presentations by MACC member companies and/or an invited visiting speaker. This is followed by a student poster session which enables the company representatives to meet the graduate and undergraduate students performing research and to discuss the research topics in more depth. Each company receives a package with a summary of each research project along with a copy of the student posters.
The business meeting provides the member companies with the opportunity to provide input on interactions and meeting topics.
Research Collaborations and InternshipsOne of the most significant benefits of MACC membership is access to collaborative research. There are several mechanisms through which the research may be conducted. This includes graduate research projects, post-doctoral research, undergraduate research projects (independent study for credit, as well as summer employment projects), and contract research. While the researchers are typically based at McMaster University, visits to the companies are common, with more lengthy internships occurring where appropriate. The industrial partner is ideally involved throughout the project evolution, from the project definition and formulation to its conclusion. Several technical advances within member companies have been attributed to collaboration with MACC.
Software for Technology TransferAt the request of the member companies, several software tools developed within the MACC research group at McMaster have been packaged and distributed. The software is not expected to be commercial quality but can be used by trained company personnel to evaluate technical approaches being developed or recommended by the university. Visit our software page for details.
RecruitmentThe high technical skills that MACC graduate students develop through their course work at McMaster and their industrially relevant research make them sought-after and valuable assets to the process industries and their technology suppliers. Companies are in a position to evaluate and employ the graduates from MACC, and many ex-students are working at MACC-member companies. This lists shows where our graduate students have gone on to work when leaving MACC.
Industrial Short CoursesIn response to the company needs for specialized training to facilitate technology transfer, the MACC faculty members have developed a suite of specialized courses. They have offered over 100 industrial short courses since 1988.
Recognition and AwardsThe consortium and MACC faulty have received numerous awards, including:
- 2009 NSERC Leo Derikx Award, which recognizes an established innovative model of long-standing university-industry partnership in pre-competitive research and development that has improved the general well-being of an industry.
- 2006 NIST Report. MACC was included in a major benchmark study performed by Dr. Irene Petrick of Penn. State University for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2006. Although the other consortia included in the study received much greater funding, MACC was highlighted as extremely successful, especially in impact to the member companies via technology transfer. MACC also scored high on key indicators of consortium success, such as well-defined vision, genuine target, agreed agenda, knowledge sharing and a unique university alternative view. (See Report)
- 2003 NSERC Synergy Award, awarded jointly to McMaster University, ArcelorMittal Dofasco and Tembec for advances and industrial application of multivariate statistical analysis techniques.
- 2002 Kalev Pulgi Award from the Society of Chemical Industry to Drs. Marlin and MacGregor for “outstanding work in bringing together the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) as a research and development project with Canadian and international industry”.
Further informationFor further information about MACC membership and industrial interaction, please contact us.