People in the Dean's Office

The Office of the Dean of Engineering supports the activities of faculty and accommodates their needs with the following staff members:

  • Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of the Faculty
  • Nancy Balfoort, Director of Administration and Finance
  • Amber Bukata, Manager, Staffing Administration
  • Terry Milson, Faculty Advancement Officer
  • Andrea Colbert-DeGeit, Executive Officer and Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Diana Maltese, Administrative Assistant to the Dean

The Dean’s Office oversees all aspects of the administration of the Faculty of Engineering, including strategic planning, setting budgets, allocating resources, fundraising, providing liaison with faculty and staff, advancing faculty communications and public relations.

Nancy Balfoort, Director of Administration and Finance

Nancy is responsible for the business affairs of the Faculty. She develops financial information for the preparation of the yearly budget, monitors the business accounts of the Faculty, and ensures that sufficient resources are allocated to each department. She provides administrative continuity, enabling the Faculty to maintain it’s day-to-day operations. Nancy is a graduate of McMaster with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. Prior to joining the Faculty, she held the role of Director of Administration for the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine.

E-mail: balfoort@mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24289
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE), Room 261

Amber Bukata

Amber Bukata, Manager, Staffing Administration

Amber is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the human resource functions of the Faculty of Engineering.  Amber manages the recruitment, retention, compensation and labour relations activities for the faculty, and is responsible for working independently with faculty members and managers in implementing staffing plans to support the education and research mandate of the faculty. She also supports the Dean and Director, Finance & Administration in special projects and strategic initiatives. Amber is a graduate of McMaster University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology & Psychology, and a diploma in Human Resources Management.

E-mail: bukata@mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 26134
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE), Room 261

Terry Milson

Terry Milson, Faculty Advancement Officer

Terry provides a link between the Faculty of Engineering and the University Advancement Office. She coordinated activities to secure support from our alumni and stakeholders for our Engineering programmes. She is involved with broadening the base of alumni activity, expanding industrial partnership, working with fundraising programs, supporting students initiatives and advancing public relations for the Faculty. She is a graduate of McMaster with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History.

E-mail: milsont@mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 27391
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE), Room 261

Andrea Colbert-DeGeit, Executive Officer & Executive Assistant to the Dean

Andrea is an integral part of the Faculty's strategic planning and management team, providing administrative and analytical support to the Dean in a variety of areas.  She operationalizes academic policies and procedures that govern faculty appointments; recruitment, tenure and promotion, research leaves, and CP/M evaluation activities, and establishes standard operating procedures for meeting such policies. Andrea also establishes search committees for Chairs of Departments and Directors of Programs, along with managing the Faculty Development Academy.

E-mail: colbert@mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24900
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE), Room 261

Diana Maltese, Administrative Assistant to the Dean

E-mail: engfac@mcmaster.ca
Phone: (905) 525-9140 Ext. 24288
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE), Room 261