Tech sector veteran Stephen Elop assumes new advisory role at McMaster


Renowned tech sector leader Stephen Elop has assumed the esteemed role of Distinguished Engineering Executive in Residence within McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Elop, a former top Microsoft executive and McMaster Engineering alumnus, will hold the key Faculty advisory position and provide insights into priority areas such as new research and teaching opportunities in disruptive innovation, enhancing the student experience, and assisting in translating academic knowledge to a wider audience.

“Stephen Elop is a world-class leader in the technology sphere who brings a wealth of experience to McMaster University,” said Ishwar Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering. “The Faculty is thrilled that Stephen has accepted this exciting and challenging position that will elevate McMaster Engineering’s creative and innovative efforts on the international stage.”

An Ancaster native, Elop’s illustrious career includes serving as President and CEO of Nokia, President of the Microsoft Business Division, President of Worldwide Field Operations Adobe and most recently Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group.

“McMaster Engineering has a long tradition of great innovation in both learning and research”, said Stephen Elop. “I am honored to accept a position which will allow me to support McMaster’s continuing effort to educate and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

The newly established honorific is given to someone who has a primary appointment external to McMaster in a private or public organization. Elop, a McMaster Computer Engineering and Management alumnus, will act as a champion of the Faculty by helping to further its vision and offer mentorship to researchers and students. He will also play an integral role in establishing a centre of excellence in engineering innovation by engaging with students, scholars, and academic leaders through public lectures and participation in advisory groups.

“Stephen Elop determined the directions of some of the most influential technology companies in the world,” said John Preston, McMaster Engineering’s Associate Dean, Research and External Relations. “He is a skilled engineer, a savvy businessman and strong leader. We believe that the appointment of Stephen Elop as Distinguished Executive in Residence has the potential to inspire and empower our students and our faculty.”

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