Peter Mascher, PhD, FCAE, FECS, P.Eng., oversees McMaster University’s International Portfolio as Vice-Provost, International Affairs (since 2014). He obtained a PhD in Engineering Physics in 1984 from the Graz University of Technology (TUG) in Austria and joined McMaster University in 1989. He is a professional engineer and a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics, and chaired the department from 1994 to 2000. From 2003 to 2014 he served as the Associate Dean (Research and External Relations) of the Faculty of Engineering, with responsibilities for coordinating major research initiatives and collaborations of the Faculty. Peter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Electrochemical Society. In 2015, he was appointed as an Honorary Professor at Nanjing Tech University.

Peter holds the William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics and leads active research groups involved in the fabrication and characterization of thin films for optoelectronic applications, the development and application of silicon-based nanostructures, and the characterization of defects in solids by positron annihilation spectroscopy. He has supervised more than 70 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, has authored or coauthored close to 250 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has presented many invited lectures at international conferences and workshops.

Peter Mascher chairs the International Committee of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, is Vice-Chair of Nano Ontario and Chair of the Dielectric Science and Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society. Since 2017, he serves as a Technical Editor for the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology.