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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. 

Engineering Explorers

Engineering Explorers

Gianluigi Botton 

Performers

Performers

McMaster Engineering Musical 

Diversity Champions

Diversity Champions

Vanessa Raponi

Community Connectors

Community Connectors

Robert Fleisig

Risk Takers

Risk Takers

The sKan team 

Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders

Ishwar K. Puri 

#BigIdeas Videos

60th Anniversary Celebration

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Youth Programs

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Barry Hill

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Nonso Amadi

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Lacey Wice

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Mac Eng Goes West

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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

Innovation Ecosystem Centrepiece of W Booth School Showcase

December 20, 2018 /  Department News

Innovation Ecosystem Centrepiece of W Booth School Showcase

Our school performs an important role in advancing an “innovation ecosystem” needed to transform promising ideas into successful businesses.

Industry Professionals Help B Tech Students Embrace the Future

December 1, 2018 /  Department News

Industry Professionals Help B Tech Students Embrace the Future

For most students, it’s hard to see tomorrow through the haze of a heavy academic workload. That’s why face-to-face interactions with industry professionals play an important role in career readiness.

Eco-Pen Startup Begins to Blossom at W Booth School

November 26, 2018 /  Department News

Eco-Pen Startup Begins to Blossom at W Booth School

These two W Booth School graduate students are writing a new chapter in the story of eco-entrepreneurship in Canada.

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