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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

Big Ideas: Two sides of the same coin

October 12, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Two sides of the same coin

How a strong bond has helped two brothers, cellists and McMaster Engineering students find success.

A celebration of big ideas to create a brighter world

October 5, 2018 /  Department News

A celebration of big ideas to create a brighter world

On Thursday night, the Faculty of Engineering hosted their first ever Big Ideas Pitch Night at McMaster’s University Club.

Engineering students and faculty pitch world-changing ideas

October 4, 2018 /  Department News

Engineering students and faculty pitch world-changing ideas

From using computers to predict genocide to vaccines that don’t need to be refrigerated to 3D-printed organs, engineering students and faculty have a lot of big ideas to make the world a better place.

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