Andrew Hrymak

Special Advisor to the President on Industry Partnerships, the Green Economy, and Sustainability


Professor Andrew Hrymak is Special Advisor to the President on Industry Partnerships, the Green Economy, and Sustainability.

Prior to his current role, Andy served as Western’s Provost & Vice-President, Academic (2018-20) and as Dean of Engineering (2009-18). Prior to joining Western in 2009, he was a professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University, where he also served as director of the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute.

At Western, Andy has played significant leadership roles in the construction of the Amit Chakma Engineering Building and world-first WindEEE Dome. He has also fostered a collaborative, interdisciplinary teaching and research culture through multiple partnerships with other Faculties and Schools across campus. He also played a leadership role in securing a long-term partnership between Western and the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology in the area of composites research, representing the first-ever comprehensive joint venture between a Canadian university and an institute of Fraunhofer-Gessellschaft—Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. 

Professor Hrymak holds a BEng degree from McMaster University and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include modeling, design and optimization of materials processing systems, in particular: composites processing, injection molding, compression molding, mixing liquid coating flows, and complex rheology. He is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Chemical Institute of Canada.