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 MacLab Funding 

In response to an increasing need to renew and update McMaster Engineering’s undergraduate lab facilities, the McMaster Laboratory Advancement Benefaction Endowment Fund, or MacLAB Endowment Fund, was initiated by Engineering students and faculty in 1997. The constant renewal and upgrading of undergraduate laboratory facilities ensures that McMaster undergraduate Engineering students are exposed to the most recent developments in their fields of study, and that graduates of McMaster Engineering possess the skills needed in the Engineering workforce.

MacLAB is a student-funded program. Each year, engineering students contribute $50 of their tuition to the fund; however, the donation to the fund is entirely voluntary. If a student feels that it isn’t in his or her best interests (or budget) to contribute to this program, they can have the value of their donation credited to their student account (i.e. there is no money transaction). Since it’s inception in 1997, the fund has grown to over $1.5 million (in principal), and disbursed over $425,000 in project funding. Any member or student of a department within the Faculty of Engineering can apply for financial aid to upgrade their undergraduate laboratory facilities, or to fund special projects benefiting their undergraduate student body. MacLAB represents the hard work and foresight of a student body committed to ensuring a high quality of education both for themselves, and all future McMaster Engineering students.

Board of Directors and MacLab Chair

Any full-time undergraduate Engineering student can serve on the Board of Directors (BoD). All positions are for a one-year term including the Chair, Chair Elect, and all Departmental/Program positions. To apply, send an email to your Department Chair and your Department Club President outlining your interest in the position by October 1st. To apply for the Chair position, submit your intent to the MES President, MES VP Academic, and the Dean at least one week preceding the MES Semi Annual General Meeting in March. More Information will be posted come time to select for the position

For any questions please contact the MacLab Chair at maclab@macengsociety.ca.

 Past Years Funding Breakdown 

 By Department 

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Department Name
Academic Year of Funding Request
Funding Amount
Description
Engineering Physics
2019-2020
$5,403.24
Remaining Funds from 19-20 year
Electrical & Computer
2019-2020
$8,062.92
Antenna Equipment
Engineering Physics
2019-2020
$7,500.00
Smart Systems Lab LIDAR and IPS
Mechanical
2019-2020
$28,140.00
Milling Machines
Chemical
2019-2020
$5,257.00
Densitometer
iBioMed
2019-2020
$33,580.00
Imaging Lab
Chemical
2019-2020
$3,269.00
Eight laptops
B.Tech
2019-2020
$23,488.00
Flexible Robot Assembly
Civil
2019-2020
$5,034.00
Consolidation Apparatus
Civil
2019-2020
$4,744.00
Laboratory Upgrade for Water Analysis
Materials
2019-2020
$21,000.00
Multi-material 3D printer
Chemical
2019-2020
$4,483.00
Melt flow indexer
Computing & Software
2018-2019
$24,750.00
QBOT Autonomous Ground Robot
Electrical & Computer
2018-2019
$8,163.12
Oscilloscopes with Bode Plots
Civil
2018-2019
$8,865.00
Laboratory Upgrade for Water Analysis
iBioMed
2018-2019
$4,182.00
Adquency on Patient Simulations
Mechanical
2018-2019
$7,650.00
Studio Design Lab Upgrades
Engineering Physics
2018-2019
$7,513.00
3D Printer
B.Tech
2018-2019
$23,278.00
Rapid Prototype Lab Equipment
Engineering I
2018-2019
$31,894.25
Laser Cutter
Engineering Physics
2018-2019
$5,204.00
Plasma Physics Experiment
Civil
2018-2019
$5,040.00
ADL Table Saw
Civil
2018-2019
$7,875.00
Soil Crusher
B.Tech
2018-2019
$10,000.00
BioSensor
Chemical
2018-2019
$7,980.00
Gas Phase Catalyst Experiment
Computing & Software
2017-2018
$15,353.00
Data Center GPU
Chemical
2017-2018
$5,123.00
DMA 500 Density Meter
Chemical
2017-2018
$2,401.00
3D Printer
Civil
2017-2018
$6,015.00
Laboratory Upgrade for Water Analysis
Materials
2017-2018
$8,500.00
Thermodynamic Lab Equipment
Electrical & Computer
2017-2018
$6,164.95
Oscilloscopes
B.Tech
2017-2018
$9,000.00
Composite 3D Printer
Mechanical
2017-2018
$35,000.00
Milling Machine and Lathe
Electrical & Computer
2017-2018
$3,848.78
Waveform Generators
Civil
2017-2018
$4,576.50
Resilent Odulus Testing Equipment
Engineering Physics
2017-2018
$5,000.00
Electronic Lab Upgrades
Computing & Software
2017-2018
$18,586.00
Ball and Beam Control System
Engineering I
2017-2018
$17,719.46
EPIC 3D Printer Renewal
Mechanical
2016-2017
$18,000.00
CNC Lathe
B.Tech
2016-2017
$13,000.00
Microscope 3D Stereo Imaging
Electrical & Computer
2016-2017
$4,460.48
ARM Development Systems
Chemical
2016-2017
$13,310.00
Hydrogen Fuel Cell
B.Tech
2016-2017
$12,295.00
Electronics Benchtop Equipment for Prototyping
Civil
2016-2017
$6,317.00
Laboratory Upgrade for Water Analysis
Engineering Physics
2016-2017
$10,954.93
3L04 New Experiments
Materials
2016-2017
$19,865.40
Electronic Properties of Materials
Engineering Physics
2016-2017
$5,350.00
Desktop CNC Milling Machine
B.Tech
2015-2016
$6,000.00
Sysmac Motion Controller
Chemical
2015-2016
$7,064.00
Spectrophotometer
Civil
2015-2016
$7,761.00
GPS Surveying Equipment
Chemical
2015-2016
$9,750.00
Biosafety Cabinets for Bioengineering Lab
Electrical & Computer
2015-2016
$12,000.00
PCB Mill
Engineering Physics
2015-2016
$17,500.00
Silicon-Based Biosensors for BioMedical Applications
Materials
2015-2016
$7,365.00
Extensometer
Engineering Physics
2015-2016
$8,903.00
Statistical Thermodynamics Lab
B.Tech
2015-2016
$2,000.00
Electroporator
Electrical & Computer
2015-2016
$3,524.71
1 Vital Signs Simulator
Electrical & Computer
2015-2016
$9,621.33
14 Oscilloscopes
B.Tech
2014-2015
$17,628.00
Membrane Filtration
Chemical
2014-2015
$5,460.72
Geotechnology and Highway Materials Lab
Chemical
2014-2015
$13,649.00
Two New Experiments for the WET Specialization Stream
Electrical & Computer
2014-2015
$9,715.46
17 New Oscilloscopes
Mechanical
2014-2015
$30,518.62
Project Laboratory Upgrade / HH Roberts Milling Machine
Computing & Software
2014-2015
$6,743.40
Real-time Interfacing Upgrade
Materials
2014-2015
$14,750.00
2 Mounting Presses
Special Funding
2014-2015
$2,500.00
Baja Racing
Chemical
2013-2014
$6,996.00
Upgrading Enhancing ChemicalEng
Materials
2013-2014
$18,400.00
Profilometer
B.Tech
2013-2014
$14,864.50
uPrint Plus 3D Printer - Bernoulli Apparatus
Engineering I
2013-2014
$2,138.55
Integrated Digital Design (Tablets, tablet components)
Chemical
2013-2014
$7,656.31
Portable Spectrophotometers
Electrical & Computer
2013-2014
$6,751.73
LabVolt Modules
Computing & Software
2012-2013
$14,151.71
Ball and Beam Control System
Electrical & Computer
2012-2013
$9,958.00
20 new PCs
Engineering Physics
2012-2013
$4,700.00
Magnetic Plasma Confinement Lab
Chemical
2012-2013
$4,386.00
Enhancing Problem-Based Learning & Troubleshooting Experiment
Mechanical
2012-2013
$10,000.00
Laser Cutter
Chemical
2012-2013
$11,897.00
Hydraulics Bench for Undergraduate Fluids Mechanical Lab
B.Tech
2012-2013
$2,305.59
3D Robots
Engineering I
2012-2013
$3,081.00
Experiential Education Tools
Materials
2012-2013
$5,800.00
Center for Enhanced Learning in Materials Science
Materials
2011-2012
$29,750.00
Tensile Testing Machine for Materials 3M03
Chemical
2011-2012
$7,997.00
Developing Troubleshooting/PBL Elements
Chemical
2011-2012
$13,647.00
Undergraduate Laboratory for Enhancing Excellence in Design
B.Tech
2011-2012
$6,000.00
In-Lab Top Loading Autoclave
Engineering Physics
2011-2012
$5,000.00
3G03 Design Project
Mechanical
2011-2012
$25,000.00
Hybrid Power Train Lab
Electrical & Computer
2011-2012
$2,291.51
Labvolt Modules 1
Computing & Software
2011-2012
$5,280.00
Embedded Systems & Software Development Lab