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Big Ideas

Celebrating 60 years of Engineering Excellence

It started with a Big Idea: Broaden McMaster University's research-intensive mandate to create a full-fledged Faculty of Engineering. In February 1958, under the leadership of the first Dean John Hodgins, it became a reality.

What followed were years of big aspirations to foster a dynamic community, research environment, innovative spirit and premier education. This year, we are honouring some of our faculty, students and alumni who have had #BigIdeas, and want you to share yours. Here's to the next 60 years of excellence in engineering education. 

#BigIdeas Spotlights

Meet the students, alumni and faculty who have helped shape McMaster Engineering, and continue to make a big impact on our world through research, education, innovation and community. New stories will be added weekly. 

Performers

Performers

Lacey Wice

Community Connectors

Community Connectors

Janelle Hinds 

Risk Takers

Risk Takers

Hussam Haroun

Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders

David Wilkinson and Michael Meier 

Funding Opportunities for your Big Ideas

In celebration of the McMaster Engineering's 60th Anniversary, the Faculty is offering significant support for exceptional big ideas for interdisciplinary research and strategic educational initiatives. 

#BigIdeas Videos

Youth Programs

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Barry Hill

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Nonso Amadi

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What's your Big Idea?

Do you have a big idea for improving engineering education, bringing more diversity into engineering, or developing an innovation that will change the world? Whatever your idea may be, we want to hear it. 

Tell us your Big Idea for a chance to win! 

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A Proud History

In 1956, McMaster named its first Director of Engineering Studies – Dr. John W. Hodgins, a young chemical engineering professor from the engineering faculty of the Royal Military College at Kingston.

Learn more about our founder, the expansion of our facilities and programs and enjoy a comprehensive timeline of our milestones. 

Explore McMaster Engineering's past. 

More #BigIdeas Stories

Big Idea: Blazing a trail for female engineers

May 25, 2018 /  Department News

Big Idea: Blazing a trail for female engineers

As a student, a researcher and an academic, Valerie Davidson has led a pioneering life.

Big Ideas: Engineering as a Foundation for Anything

May 16, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Engineering as a Foundation for Anything

Merging creativity and technical process to author success.

McMaster Engineering celebrates ‘Big Ideas’ at 60th Anniversary Celebration

May 9, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster Engineering celebrates ‘Big Ideas’ at 60th Anniversary Celebration

They could be seen from all corners of the room. Large, bright, colourful wooden letters that spelled, “BIG IDEAS.”

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