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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

Lacey Wice

Diversity Champions

Diversity Champions

Vanessa Raponi

Community Connectors

Community Connectors

Robert Fleisig

Risk Takers

Risk Takers

The sKan team 

Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders

Janet Loebach

#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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McMaster Engineering 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

Big Ideas: Building a Brighter World, One Classroom at a Time

July 20, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Building a Brighter World, One Classroom at a Time

A passion for sharing knowledge and shaping young minds is a widespread trait among McMaster faculty. But for two engineering professors, that passion has taken them far beyond the campus boundaries and touched the lives of elementary and high school students across the region and the country.

Big Ideas: Matters of the heart

July 10, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Matters of the heart

Eliminating heart disease is no easy feat. It’s one of the leading causes of death worldwide. But for Sarah Smith, who views the challenge through a more personal lens, anything is possible.

Big Ideas: Educating tomorrow’s engineers

June 29, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Educating tomorrow’s engineers

Innovation should benefit everyone, says Dr. Gilles Patry

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