About Us

CERC@MARC is one of the world’s leading academic research programs in transportation electrification and smart mobility focused on pioneering sustainable energy-efficient solutions from advanced electric motors, power electronics, energy management systems, and controls to electrified powertrains, electric vehicles, and autonomous systems. With active contributions to a wide range of industry projects and access to world-class, robust resources, technologies, and facilities, CERC@MARC is one of the world’s most prominent training environments for new talent in automotive and aerospace engineering.

The group is led by Dr. Ali Emadi, Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Laureate and professor of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering at McMaster University. Our diverse research group, located at McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), McMaster Innovation Park (MIP), in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is home to more than 250 graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral research fellows and engineers. 

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Notable Milestones

  • Dr. Ali Emadi named Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain receiving $10 million in federal funding in addition to significant support from McMaster University to develop a world-class research program in transportation electrification at McMaster University.

2010

  • Dr. Emadi joins McMaster University as the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain—the only CERC in Canada related to the automotive, transportation, and electric motor industries.
  • Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announces $11.5 million funding to McMaster University to create the $26 million 80,000 square-foot McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) at the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP).
  • Formula Hybrid team at McMaster University formed.

2011

  • As the founding General Chair, Dr. Emadi chairs the first IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC’12) in Dearborn, MI, USA. Dr. Emadi has served as the ITEC lead and steering committee chair from 2012-2021. ITEC has grown as the premier transportation electrification conference with a global brand including ITEC North America, ITEC Europe, ITEC India, and ITEC Asia & Pacific.
  • The first industry sponsored project on electrified powertrains with $1M funding from Chrysler Group LLC begins.

2012

  • McMaster University opens 80,000 square-foot McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC). Dr. Emadi’s research group moves to MARC and starts developing the CERC research laboratories and test facilities in 25,000 square feet of space.
  • McMaster University receives more than $19M in major partnerships with Chrysler Group LLC, Chrysler Canada Inc., and Canadian government through the Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) to develop advanced electric and hybrid powertrains under the five-year LEAP (Leadership in Automotive Powertrains) project.
  • Dr. Emadi becomes IEEE Fellow (citation: for contributions to electric power conversion and control for electric and hybrid vehicles). 

2013

  • Chrysler Innovation Award.
  • McMaster Engineering EcoCAR 3 team formed. McMaster University is selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors (GM) as one of only two Canadian universities participating in EcoCAR 3 (2014-2018)—North America’s premier collegiate-level automotive engineering competition.

2014

  • Enedym Inc. formed as a technology start-up spin-off company of McMaster University. Enedym signs a license agreement with McMaster University.
  • First issue of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (TTE) published. Dr. Emadi served as the founding editor-in-chief of TTE from its launch until 2020. TTE has become the premier journal in transportation electrification.

2015

  • Dr. Emadi named Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

2016

  • TargetGHG project begins in partnership with BorgWarner Inc., Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Program.

2017

  • McMaster University selected as one of 12 universities in North America to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge (2018-2022), which is the latest Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) and is headline sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors (GM), and MathWorks, and managed by Argonne National Laboratory.
  • Enedym Inc. begins operation.
  • Menlolab Inc. founded.
  • LEAP 2 (The Car of the Future) project begins in partnership with FCA US LLC, FCA Canada Inc., and NSERC CRD Program.
  • Dr. Emadi named NSERC/FCA Industrial Research Chair in Electrified Powertrains (2018-2023).
  • Dr. Emadi named Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility (2018-2025).

2018

  • Synergy Award for Innovation by NSERC (single award in the category of partnership with a large company), $200,000 research grant award for the partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for the project titled “Electrified Vehicles: The Car of the Future.”
  • McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Research Award.
  • Dr. Emadi completes the CERC in Hybrid Powertrain term and named Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate.
  • Collaboration with Eaton Corporation begins.

2019

  • MARCdrive established.
  • AeRO (Accelerating eVTOL Research Outcomes) project begins in partnership with Eaton Aerospace, Eaton Canada, and Mitacs-Accelerate Program.

2020

  • MARCed begins. MARCed is a series of training modules and short courses for the industry and microcredentials for the students.
  • MARCstartup established.
  • CERC@MARC expands. MARC expansion is underway.

2021