The newly formed Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology has a leader

June 30, 2016

On July 1, 2016, Mo Elbestawi will become director of the newly-established school, which brings together McMaster University’s School of Engineering Technology and its undergraduate Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) programs and the former W Booth School, which offers graduate degrees in engineering practice in areas such as design, public policy and entrepreneurship. Formed as of July 1, the school is part of the university’s Faculty of Engineering.

Elbestawi has had a storied career at McMaster University, including Dean of Engineering, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, Vice-President Research & International Relations and, most recently, director of MacAUTO.

"I am both honoured and excited about being selected as the Director of the School for Engineering Practice and Technology (SEPT),” Elbestawi said. “A key focus for me will be to build on the top priorities of the Faculty and the work of my predecessors to ensure the highest possible standard of quality teaching and learning experience for students and a strong emphasis on strategic partnerships with industry. I look forward to working with the SEPT team and students to help it evolve to the next level of excellence."

Outgoing W Booth School Director Art Heidebrecht said he’s confident the newly- formed school will find success under Elbestawi’s leadership. Elbestawi served as Dean during the inception of the original Booth School, which was established in 2005, and also is the founder of the B.Tech program in 1998.

"I've appreciated having had the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice for the past two years,” Heidebrecht said.   “It has given me a lot of satisfaction to contribute to the education of our students and work with faculty and staff and colleagues to achieve the merger for the new School.  Mo’s experience and his long term commitment to practice-focused engineering education will be important in enabling the new School to be

Dan Centea, Acting Director of the School of Engineering Technology, said he was honoured to have worked with dedicated faculty members and staff who tirelessly support more than 1,200 students in seven programs. 

“I have known Mo since 1997 and I am convinced that his exceptional qualities will help him lead the school to achieving even greater success and recognition,” Centea said.  “I truly look forward working with him in the coming years to enhance the Bachelor of Technology programs within the new School of Engineering Practice and Technology, contributing to the ongoing successes of McMaster University."

Mike Mo Elbestawi
Mo Elbestawi, new director of Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster’s Dean of Engineering, said he thanks both Heidebrecht and Centea for their exceptional and visionary leadership.

“The contributions of both Art and Dan were crucial in the creation of the new Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology,” Puri said. “With Mo’s appointment, I’m confident that we’ve found the right leader who will build upon their work and position the school for resounding future success.”

The school is named for the late Walter G. Booth, a McMaster Engineering alumnus who donated funds in 2003 to support a new post graduate innovation and entrepreneurship program and the building to house it: the Engineering Technology Building.

"I wish to congratulate McMaster Engineering on its newly merged Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology," said Catherine Booth, daughter of the school's namesake, the late Walter G. Booth. "My father was a proud supporter of innovation, entrepreneurship and improving the student experience. I'm glad to see this tradition continue under the leadership of the school's new director, Mo Elbestawi. I wish Mo well in his new role."

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