Hamilton, Ontario, is the center of Canada’s steel industry and McMaster’s Steel Research Centre, founded in 2000, has evolved from a long established university-industry cooperation.

Introduction and History

Industry collaboration with the then Department of Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering was formalized as long ago as 1962 with the establishment of the Stelco Chair of Metallurgy, held in succession by Robert Ward, Jack Kirkaldy, and Wei-Kao Lu.

Kirkaldy Lu

More recently, Gordon Irons has developed a strong focus on steelmaking process metallurgy as Dofasco/NSERC Chair. The significant benefits from this work have motivated the expansion of the Research Chair model for industrial collaboration into the Steel Research Centre. The Centre combines the expertise of three dedicated research chairs in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with strong participation from the three departments.

Gordcoley

Past- Director of the Steel Research Centre

Professor Materials Science and Engineering
B.A.Sc (Toronto), Ph.D. (McGill), P.Eng. FCIM, FCAE
Dofasco Professor of Ferrous Metallurgy

Director of the Steel Research Centre

Professor Materials Science and Engineering
Associate Dean of Engineering (Academic)