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Mascher appointed Acting AVP International Affairs

By Danelle D'Alvise, Research Communications
June 27, 2012


The Office of International Affairs is a hub for McMaster’s international innovation efforts, tasked with strengthening and building strategic alliances with both the academic and research global communities.


Luke Chan – the current associate vice-president of international affairs – will be on a one year research leave and commencing July 1, Peter Mascher, the faculty of engineering’s associate dean of research and external relations will take the helm for the office of international affairs as its acting associate vice-president.


“Dr. Mascher has been both a spokesperson and dedicated promoter of Engineering locally, nationally and internationally, and his success in connecting our University with government, industry and global academic institutions will greatly benefit the international affairs portfolio,” says Mo Elbestawi, vice-president, research and international affairs. “As a member of the President’s Forward with Integrity – Internationalization Task Force, Dr. Mascher’s insights on how best to implement the strategies proposed by the task force will be valuable as International Affairs moves forward.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mascher first came to McMaster University in 1989 after obtaining a PhD in Engineering Physics from Austria’s Graz University of Technology in 1984, and completing four years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at the University of Winnipeg. He is a professional engineer and professor in the Department of Engineering Physics, and was Chair of that department from 1995-2001. This June, Mascher was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering


Highly respected as one of Canada’s leading researchers in photonics, Mascher holds the William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics and leads an active research program, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), several federal and provincial Centres of Excellence, and industry partners. He has supervised more than 40 PhD and master’s degree students, and authored or coauthored more than 200 publications. Mascher will continue to serve as associate dean of research and external relations, while serving as the acting AVP of international affairs.


“I’m honoured to serve in a role that allows me the opportunity to further represent McMaster on the global stage. Our University has a reputation as a research powerhouse with a solid academic foundation, and it’s my privilege to continue to build on this capacity with international institutions, industrial and government partners,” says Mascher.