Carbon Free Innovation Network - CaFIN

In July 2016, a collaborative research for carbon free innovation network was established.

Deans and hand-picked experts in carbon free research met at McMaster University for the first CaFIN Conference, which hopes to set the foundation for this new collaborative research network. This initiative will begin piloting in seven institutions around the world: McMaster University, University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois-Chicago, Seoul National University, Hong Kong University, National University of Singapore and University of Adelaide.

McMaster Declaration, July 6, 2016

Whereas human-influxed climate change impacts every country on every continent,

Whereas, it is diminishing human and societal health and prosperity, effects that will worsen without intervention,

Whereas, as members of the global engineering community, we accept our responsibility to develop carbon neutral solutions for the betterment of humanity,

Whereas, we have come together to establish the Carbon Free Innovation Network (CaFIN),

Whereas, we invite the global community to join us equitably in this endeavor,

Now, therefore we are committed to the development of carbon neutral solutions to drive disruptive innovations, invigorate our regional and national economies and improve the overall well-being of our nations and our world.


Natacha DePaola, Ph.D.
Carol and Ed Kaplan Dean of Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Hans J. Hoyer, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary
Global Engineering Deans Council

Peter Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering
University of Notre Dame, USA

Kunwoo Lee, Ph.D.
Dean of Engineering
Seoul National University, Korea

Ishwar K. Puri, Ph.D.
Dean of Engineering
McMaster University, Canada

Norman Tien, Ph.D.
Dean of Engineering
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong