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Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering....

Helping to Build the Foundations of a Sustainable Society.

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster!

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.

Many thanks...

Brian W. Baetz, PhD, P.Eng., FCSCE
Professor and Chair



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Faculty Highlights

Congratulations to Dr. Dimitrios Konstantinidis for his recent ORF-RI award.  Dimitrio's research program garnered  $100,000 in funding for a Multi-Axis Dynamic Simulator for Testing Operational and Functional Components and Advanced Seismic Isolation Devices.  Dimitrios' research program will generate critically needed knowledge on the earthquake behaviour of nonstructural components. This knowledge will facilitate the development of innovative technologies to protect nonstructural components from earthquake damage. 

Way to go Dimitri!


Dr. Lydell Wiebe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was the recent recipient of the McMaster Student Union Teaching Award for the Faculty of Engineering. Lydell joined the department this past Fall after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and has very quickly established himself as an excellent and engaged instructor. Lydell's success represents the third year in a row where Civil Engineering has taken away a major award at the campus-wide MSU event.

Way to go Lydell!

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Samir Chidiac, for being elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers by the Society's Board of Directors. Dr. Chidiac will be awarded this fellowship at the CSCE Annual Conference banquet on Friday May 30, 2014. Well deserved, and well done Samir!

Civil Student News

Ahmed doing field research in Africa

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Ahmed El Ganzouri, M.A.Sc. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Yiping Guo, and Dr. Sarah Dickson, of the Dept. of Civil Engineering and Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace, UNU – Water Without Borders Program, on being awarded  the United Nations Association of Canada Bursary Award (valued at $6340) and the Philomathia Scholarship in Water Policy and Research (valued at $4000) .  Both awards are to support Ahmed’s research in modeling effective rainwater harvesting tank volumes for cities in Canada and Uganda.

The United Nations Association of Canada Bursary Award is endowed to a student undertaking field training in remote areas of study among other cultures. The research must be intellectually sound and of practical value with an understanding of the impact on the social and natural environment of the region.

The Philomathia Travel Scholarship in Water Policy and Research, provided through the Philomathia Foundation Water Project, is an initiative that supports a professorship in water policy and research for students researching water-related issues. It is awarded to enable students to travel to broaden their knowledge and perspective.
Way to go Ahmed!


Brandon after climbing the first Flatiron just outside of Boulder, Colorado

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Brandon Karchewski, Ph.D. candidate, supervised by Dr. Dieter Stolle and Dr. Peijun Guo, on receiving the CUPE 3906 Teaching Assistant Award and for being selected for the “Image of an Engineer" Award by the McMaster Engineering Society.
Way to go Brandon!

Department of Civil Engineering Self Assessment Report

In December 2013, the Department of Civil Engineering produced a self-assessment report. Please click here to view


2014-2015 Level 4 Technical Electives

Click here for a list of the Technical Electives being offered in the 2014-2015 academic year


Addressing Sustainability at McMaster