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Annual Report 2019

Message from the Dean

In 2019, we launched The Pivot, which represents the largest transformation of the student experience at McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering by more closely coupling teaching and learning with research and extracurricular experiences.

We are enriching students’ learning and their experiences through the three interconnected pillars that define The Pivot – transforming our curriculum, reimagining the classroom and amplifying experiential learning.

The Pivot’s focus on project-based, teamwork-driven classes, undergraduate research, co-op, clubs and teams and co-curricular, community-minded activities will prepare our students to be global-ready, socially aware citizens in a fast-paced, dynamic world.

We recognize that this transformation must extend to our labs and the ways in which we do research. Mounting evidence indicates that collaborative, cross-discipline, impact-driven research leads to remarkable results, improved productivity and meaningful outcomes.

Many studies point out how academic teamwork produces a greater number of patents and more highly cited research papers, both being measures of impact.

That’s why we’ve committed to creating a culture of collaborative research that makes a difference to the world, particularly the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, through the McMaster Initiative for Multidisciplinary Projects and Creative Transformation (IMPACT). This bold and ambitious plan will bring together researchers with key partners to work on grand challenges facing our planet.

It’s time for McMaster Engineering to Pivot.

 

 

We are enriching students’ learning and their experiences through the three interconnected pillars that define The Pivot – transforming our curriculum, reimagining the classroom and amplifying experiential learning.

Ishwar K. Puri, Dean, Faculty of Engineering,

 

Innovation from Excellence

Woven throughout The Pivot is a focus on fostering a suite of key competencies we want to instill in our students, faculty members and staff: Discover/Create, Integrate/Solve, Business/Innovate, Global/Diverse, and Citizen/Community.

These competencies have been at the heart of our Faculty and have served as guiding principles for the last six years through our Innovation from Excellence plan.

Global + Diverse: Considering cultural issues is mandatory to creating meaningful engineering solutions. We are committed to improving diversity, in particular gender diversity, by enhancing equity and inclusion. We understand that diversity drives the innovation that enables the Faculty’s global leadership in discovery, education and engagement.

Integrate + Solve: We improve our students’ success by offering them even greater support through enhanced curricular and extracurricular activities that create opportunities to define problems and pose solutions.

Discover + Create: We encourage research and innovation by ensuring that opportunities for collaboration, discovery and entrepreneurship are embedded into the student experience and our research culture. Our Faculty includes eminent scholars and our world-class facilities advance research in key areas like bio-innovation, smart systems, and micro and nanotechnology.

Business + Innovate: We understand the importance of viable business models within engineering. We’re committed to professional development of our students by educating the whole engineer. We partner with alumni, industry and community representatives to offer mentorship, workshops, entrepreneurship and co-op experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.

 Citizen + Community: We must deepen social consciousness to address societal problems. We foster a sense of community by recognizing that we must meet, greet and engage with each other. Our community extends beyond campus borders to the communities that surround us, to our alumni and to our key industry and academi partners worldwide.

You will see evidence of these key goals and the successes we have had in these areas throughout this annual report.

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