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Big Ideas with IMPACT Gala (POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Dean Ishwar K. Puri invites you to a night of celebration ... and friendly competition.

You’re invited to the Faculty of Engineering’s 2020 Big Ideas with IMPACT gala: an Applause & Accolades event. Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni and cap off the night with professors pitching their research ideas for a chance to win seed funding from the Faculty totalling $600,000. 

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Pitch Competition

Watch 10 faculty finalists pitch their research for a chance to win six prizes of $100,000!

Presenters

Hear from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students who will present their big ideas to change the world. 

 

Gala

Join us for an exciting, fast-paced and unforgettable evening at LIUNA Station.

The Pivot: Applause & Accolades 2019

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60 years of Big Ideas: Applause & Accolades 2018

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Highlights from Past Pitch Competitions

Get a glimpse into what a McMaster Engineering pitch competition is all about. 

A celebration of big ideas to create a brighter world

October 5, 2018

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

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.

Dean's Message

Two years ago our Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University marked its 60th anniversary in a very meaningful way. 

We celebrated that anniversary with a year-long Big Ideas campaign that brought our community together and payed homage to our history of pedagogical innovation and pathbreaking research.

Our Applause & Accolades event pivoted to share stories of innovation driven by students and faculty members who appeared on stage in front of a capacity crowd. We also highlighted the key priority areas we had been working towards since the beginning of my tenure as dean in 2014.

It was a powerful evening that helped highlight many changes that were underway in the Faculty

Having celebrated our history and accomplishments, we’ve been focused since then on the five guiding principles that are defining our future:

  • Integrate + Solve: The value of integrating disciplines to solve grand challenge problems;
  • Business + Innovate: Creating a culture of innovation that is continuous and sustainable;
  • Discover + Create: Fostering research that has real world impact;
  • Global + Diverse: Creating an inclusive environment for our community; and
  • Citizen + Community: Deepening the social consciousness of our community.

60th Anniversary: BIG IDEAS Applause & Accolades 2018

60th Anniversary: BIG IDEAS Applause & Accolades 2018

60th Anniversary: BIG IDEAS Applause & Accolades 2018

In 2019, a year after our celebration, we launched The Pivot, the largest transformation of the student experience in our 62-year history. Through this initiative, we are closely coupling teaching and learning with research and extra-curricular 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.

This Fall, we look forward to welcoming more than 1,100 engineering students who will be taught in a dramatically different way than their peers across the world – through project-based learning, teamwork and real-world client-centred projects. The scale of our efforts is unparalleled at any other public institution worldwide. 

This Fall, we look forward to welcoming more than 1,100 engineering students who will be taught in a dramatically different way than their peers across the world – through project-based learning, teamwork and real-world client-centred projects. The scale of our efforts is unparalleled at any other public institution worldwide. 

Why transform education? It’s about more than being brilliant and professionally competent. McMaster Engineers are being empowered to become difference makers.

We are offering unique out of class learning experiences such as MacChangers that encourages students to effect real change in their communities by improving transit and other initiatives.

We are fostering entrepreneurship by supporting our clubs and teams, ramping up undergraduate research and creating a minor in innovation through students are gaining skills to create their own start-up, or gain the entrepreneurial expertise to drive innovation within a company.

MacChangers 2019

MacChangers 2019

MacChangers 2019

As a fraction of their cohort, more McMaster Engineering undergraduates have paid research experiences in professors’ labs than at most universities, typically over a four-month summer term. Last year, more than three hundred undergraduates had those experiences.

But we know that our efforts to change higher education should not stop with students.

Last Fall we introduced IMPACT, which encourages our researchers to tackle problems highlighted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our researchers – faculty and staff members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students – will work collaboratively with team members from other disciplines to solve the big problems our world faces. They will develop their own big ideas for robust solutions that make a difference in our world.

This leads us to 2020: Big Ideas with IMPACT. This Applause & Accolades gala event builds on our core strengths and highlights our shared mission to transform the student experience and reframe research.

During our event on May 7, we will honour innovative leaders, Saud Adi and Duncan Hannay, who emulate our core values and hear from students who are gaining valuable skills within and outside the classroom.

Six of our students, three graduate and three undergraduate, will take the stage to talk about their research or out of class experiences.

The marquee event will also be a competition. Ten of our faculty members will step on stage to share their plans to change the world in a meaningful way by working with a cross-disciplinary team of researchers. 

It’s going to be amazing. The event will highlight how far we’ve come as a community. 

All of this because we want to share the story of who we are. 

Ishwar K.Puri, Dean of Engineering   

Alumni Awards

Duncan Hannay, winner of The L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award

Duncan Hannay is the former President and Chief Executive Officer at Street Capital Bank of Canada and Street Capital Group Inc. Prior to joining Street Capital in September 2017, Duncan held the position of Chief Operating Officer at FINASTRA, the third largest fintech provider in the world. Duncan has more than 25 years of experience building and growing businesses in the financial services and technology sectors with roles including: President, Global Lending Solutions at D+H; Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing at Scotiabank; Managing Director and Head of Online Brokerage at Scotiabank; and President and CEO at E*TRADE Canada Securities. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and has also completed the Strategic Management in Banking, Business Administration and Management program at INSEAD. In 2010, he was inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Gallery, and in 2013, was named Strategy Magazine’s “Marketer of the Year.” Duncan currently is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest shelter for homeless youth and is a current Dean's Advisory Board member for McMaster Engineering. 

 

Saud Adi, winner of The Engineering Leadership Award

Saud Adi is the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Adi Development Group. He is actively involved in key operations across the company with a specialized focus in construction, engineering and construction operations. With a Construction Engineering Technology designation from George Brown, and Bachelors in Technology and Civil Engineering from McMaster University, Saud brings a wealth of knowledge to the construction process and with the Adi construction team oversees all construction functions including building science and design, value engineering, bid procurement, subcontractor trade relations, scheduling, construction logistics, site engineering, and general construction management. As an acknowledgement of his achievements, he was named as one of the 2019 Recipients of Canada's Top 40 Under 40. Saud sat on the HHHBA board of directors for two consecutive years and continues an active role with the association. The company is an active community supporter, donating both time and finances, to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Diabetes Canada, Ronald McDonald House and Halton Women’s Place. He is also a Dean's Advisory Board Member for McMaster Engineering. 

Pitch Competition

Watch 10 faculty finalists pitch their research for a chance to win six prizes of $100,000!

We’re turning the traditional pitch competition on its head by bringing a start-up culture to academic research.

We asked faculty members to send us their Big Ideas with IMPACT. The criteria? Collaborate with team members outside your discipline. Create a link to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Create action and change through research.

Faculty will present their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges and an audience of industry and academic professionals. 

Presenters

Hear from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students who will present their big ideas to change the world. 

  • 10 faculty members will pitch their ideas for finding solutions to some of the biggest issues facing the planet for a chance to win six prizes of $600K. 
  • 3 graduate student finalists of the 3MT Pitch Competition will share their innovative research. 
  • 3 undergraduate student finalists of the Big Ideas with Impact Competition will present how they're making a difference to society outside of the classroom and the lab. 
  • Recognize the accomplishments of top alumni who are making an impact.

Judges

To be announced soon!

Schedule

Coming soon!

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