Helping to Build the Foundations of a Sustainable Society.
Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering
You may be exploring our website as you compare undergraduate
programs at various universities, or investigating possibilities
for graduate studies. In each of these cases, you will be interested
to know that we take pride in the quality of our teaching, the relevancy
of our innovative research to Canadian communities, and the dedication
of our faculty and staff. The department is an active and busy place,
but we will take the time to get to know you and help you realize
your professional goals. Here at McMaster we are "helping to build
the foundations of a sustainable society", with this emphasis on
sustainability being developed over the last fifteen years and now
extending into many facets of our curriculum and our research programs.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Brian W. Baetz, PhD, P.Eng., FCSCE
Professor and Chair
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Civil Student News
Wade Genders, a graduate from Civil Engineering, is participating in McMaster’s second Falling Walls Lab. Come out and cheer Wade on as he competes to win $1,000.00 and a trip to Berlin, Germany to present his idea at the Falling Walls Conference in November.
McMaster Falling Walls Competition
Date: Thursday August 6, 2015
Time: 3 – 5pm
Location: CIBC Hall (3rd Floor, McMaster University Student Centre)
On Thursday, July 9th 2015, a group Civil Engineering Graduate students joined Dr. Brian Baetz for the Annual Civil Bike Ride down to the waterfront.
The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Alexandra Pittiglio and Aaron Pettifer for their recent win at the MCAA Annual Meeting in Hawaii!
In Fall 2014, our civil students and the co-chairs of the Heavy Construction Student Chapter (Alexandra Pittglio and Aaron Petiffer) joined the Mechanical Contractors Association of Hamilton’s (MCAH) Student Chapter for a North American competition. The team was the first and the only Canadian team to ever appear in the final four and was able to rank 1st place in this ultra-competitive annual student chapter event.
The Dept. of Civil Engineering has recently established an Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter (EERI McMaster).
Only the second to be established in Canada, EERI McMaster is focused on organizing an undergraduate team to take part in EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competitions and conducting outreach to primary and secondary school students on earthquake engineering. EERI McMaster is open to everyone with an interest in earthquake engineering or seismology.
From left to right: Dr. Brian Baetz, Chair., Dr. Lydell Wiebe., Dr. Tracy Becker., Dr. Michael Tait., Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni.
Photo Credit: Ron Scheffler.
The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Tracy Becker and Dr. Lydell Wiebe who were recently awarded $338,561 from the Government of Ontario to study Next-Generation Structural Systems for Seismic Protection of Infrastructure.
The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Ghani Razaqpur received the Horst Leipholz Medal of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) at the CSCE 2015 Annual Conference in Regina, held May 28-31. The citation reads that this medal is for Outstanding Contributions to Engineering Mechanics Research and Practice in Canada.
Dr. Gordon (Guo) Huang, a Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at the University of Regina and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) holder, was inducted on Thursday June 4th as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Gordon is a PhD graduate of the McMaster University Department of Civil Engineering(1994), and was co-supervised by Dr. Brian Baetz and Dr. Gilles Patry. We are all very proud of Gordon, and congratulate him heartily on receiving Canada's highest profile engineering honour.
2014/2015 Dean's Teaching Honour Roll Recipients
The Department of Civil Engineering is very happy to announce that Lydell Wiebe and Cameron Churchill have been named to the Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll for Term 2 of the 2014/15 academic year. This distinction comes as a result of their exemplary teaching evaluations as rated by their students.
The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni, an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and holder of the Masonry Design Chair, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
ASCE Fellows are nominated and elected based on their contributions to civil engineering from a pool of long standing ASCE members who have developed creative solutions that have changed lives around the world. This is a very prestigious honor that is held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members. Dr. El-Dakhakhni has been an active member in several national and international code committees and professional organizations, as well as serving as an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering in the areas of seismic effects, concrete and masonry structures, and performance under blast.