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Timothy "Tim" Lennart Kopra is an engineer, a Colonel in the United States Army and a retired NASA astronaut. He served aboard the International Space Station as a flight engineer for Expedition 20, returning to Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission on September 11, 2009. 

 Associate Member, McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering 
Associate Member School of Interdisciplinary Science 

Dr. Fang is the Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics and is cross-appointed with the School of Biomedical Engineering.  
Dr. Fang is a Fellow and visiting lecturer of SPIE.  

Qiyin Fang is currently a Professor at McMaster University. Prior to joining McMaster, Dr. Fang was with the Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology Institute of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Fang did graduate studies in North Carolina and undergraduate studies in Tianjin, China. 
 Research Interests: Biophotonics is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that concentrates on applying Physical, chemical and engineering advances to biological and medical challenges.  
Dr. Fang works on the development of optical spectroscopy and imaging systems for biomedical and environmental applications. His recent research projects include: multimodality optical biopsy techniques for real-time clinical diagnosis and guided therapy, optical endoscope designs for gastrointestinal cancer screening, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) technologies for high content screening; ultrafast laser micromachining for medical implants; miniaturized optical sensing and imaging technologies for environmental, point-of-care diagnosis, and aging research. 

Dr. Fang is a member of: 

He is also an Associate Member of: 

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • School of Interdisciplinary Sciences 

Prof. John Preston is a faculty member in the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and currently serves as the Faculty’s Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and External Relations. As such he oversees the Faculty’s $45M research portfolio. His own research is in the area of nanostructured materials for electronic and optical applications. He has been an Associate of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research in the area of Quantum Materials, has served as a founding member of the Board for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and served on the Materials Research Advisory Committee for the TRIUMF National Laboratory. He has represented Canada on numerous technical delegations including those to Germany, UK, Scandinavia, India and China, and has represented Canada on the ISO technical committee on nanotechnology.    

Prof. Preston is a device physicist and a materials scientist who specializes in the application of laser-based manufacturing approaches for novel device applications. Current activities within the Preston group include a new approach for 3D printing of BiTe to produce high efficiency thermoelectric generators and the pulsed laser deposition of solar cells on oxide crystals that can be subsequently lifted off those crystals.  

Timothy "Tim" Lennart Kopra is an engineer, a Colonel in the United States Army and a retired NASA astronaut. He served aboard the International Space Station as a flight engineer for Expedition 20, returning to Earth aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission on September 11, 2009. 

 Associate Member, McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering 
Associate Member School of Interdisciplinary Science 

Dr. Fang is the Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics and is cross-appointed with the School of Biomedical Engineering.  
Dr. Fang is a Fellow and visiting lecturer of SPIE.  

Qiyin Fang is currently a Professor at McMaster University. Prior to joining McMaster, Dr. Fang was with the Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology Institute of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Fang did graduate studies in North Carolina and undergraduate studies in Tianjin, China. 
 Research Interests: Biophotonics is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field that concentrates on applying Physical, chemical and engineering advances to biological and medical challenges.  
Dr. Fang works on the development of optical spectroscopy and imaging systems for biomedical and environmental applications. His recent research projects include: multimodality optical biopsy techniques for real-time clinical diagnosis and guided therapy, optical endoscope designs for gastrointestinal cancer screening, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) technologies for high content screening; ultrafast laser micromachining for medical implants; miniaturized optical sensing and imaging technologies for environmental, point-of-care diagnosis, and aging research. 

Dr. Fang is a member of: 

He is also an Associate Member of: 

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • School of Interdisciplinary Sciences 

Prof. John Preston is a faculty member in the Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering and currently serves as the Faculty’s Associate Dean, Research, Innovation and External Relations. As such he oversees the Faculty’s $45M research portfolio. His own research is in the area of nanostructured materials for electronic and optical applications. He has been an Associate of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research in the area of Quantum Materials, has served as a founding member of the Board for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and served on the Materials Research Advisory Committee for the TRIUMF National Laboratory. He has represented Canada on numerous technical delegations including those to Germany, UK, Scandinavia, India and China, and has represented Canada on the ISO technical committee on nanotechnology.    

Prof. Preston is a device physicist and a materials scientist who specializes in the application of laser-based manufacturing approaches for novel device applications. Current activities within the Preston group include a new approach for 3D printing of BiTe to produce high efficiency thermoelectric generators and the pulsed laser deposition of solar cells on oxide crystals that can be subsequently lifted off those crystals.