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Introducing the McMaster Civil Engineering Graduate Society!

The Civil Engineering Graduate Society (CEGS) is a dynamic and inclusive community of graduate students with a shared vision of academic and personal growth. Our mission is to provide a supportive and empowering environment for our members, where they can connect, learn, and thrive. We have the following objectives and goals:

Foster Academic and Research Insights

Build a Sense of Community & Belonging

Promote Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Support the Overall Well-Being of Graduate Students

Dr. Taylor Steele Appointed to Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick

The Department of Civil Engineering is proud to announce that Dr. Taylor Steele has been appointed to Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Steele completed his Ph.D. in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Lydell Wiebe with his thesis, Ultimate Limit States in Controlled Rocking Steel Braced Frames. As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Steele received the Teaching Assistant Merit Award from McMaster University, as well as a G. J. Jackson Fellowship, an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-D award, and an Ira McDonald (Construction) Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Steele completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Brunswick prior to joining us at McMaster, and we congratulate him on returning to his alma mater as a faculty member!  They are certainly lucky to have him.

McMaster Civil Engineering Faculty provide insight into February 6th earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

Following the February 6th earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, Dr. Lydell Wiebe and Dr. Cancan Yang have been interviewed on several TV networks to provide additional information and insight into the situation.

Dr. Wiebe has given interviews on CBC News Network and CTV News, and Dr. Yang appeared on CBC News. Both Dr. Wiebe and Dr. Yang also appeared on CHCH.

Ahmed Moussa awarded 2022 Vanier CGS Scholarship

Ahmed Moussa - Headshot

The Department of Civil Engineering is proud to announce that Ahmed Moussa, PhD student, has been awarded the 2022 Vanier CGS Scholarship.  Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) is awarded to top ranking doctoral students who demonstrate academic excellence, research potential, and leadership.

Student Bio:

Ahmed Moussa is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at McMaster University who has always been passionate about civil engineering.  He graduated with an honours Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the German University in Cairo, where he then worked as a teaching assistant in their Civil Engineering department.  Ahmed, determined on leaving a footprint in the Civil Engineering field, decided to apply to graduate studies and started his Masters at McMaster University in September 2020.  Based on his academic excellence and to further his research impact, Ahmed transferred to the PhD program in Civil Engineering at McMaster University in January 2021.

Title of Research Proposal:

Hyper Resilience for Hyper Risks: A Solution for Canada’s Critical Infrastructure Networks Joint Restoration Problem under Climate Change

Overview of Proposed Research:

Under the supervision of Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni and Dr. Mohamed Ezzeldin, Ahmed’s Ph.D. research focuses on the interconnectivity of Canada’s infrastructure network (telecommunications, water, electricity, transport, healthcare, and more) and the possibility of cascading failures. His research aims to optimize our spending to know which critical assets and which infrastructure systems we should prepare to mitigate.

Welcome Dr. Awolayo and Dr. Hisseine!

Dr. Ousmane Ahmat Hisseine - Headshot     Dr. Adedapo Noah Awolayo - Headshot

On behalf of all Students, Staff and Faculty, I would like to welcome Dr. Ousmane Ahmat Hisseine and Dr. Adedapo Noah Awolayo who will be joining the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University as Assistant Professors on July 01st, 2022.

They are exceptional colleagues who bring outstanding talent to strengthen our department in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and service, and in achieving our vision of “building healthier communities to create a brighter world”.

Dr. Hisseine, who is an expert in sustainable and novel construction materials with focus on civil infrastructure sustainability and resilience, joins us from Laval University where he has been a FQRNT Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr. Awolayo specializes in reservoir engineering and simulation, enhanced oil recovery, and geochemical modeling transport in porous media. He comes to McMaster from the University of Calgary where he has been a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Geosciences.

Drs. Hisseine and Awolayo will make our department more diverse, enrich experiential learning, and enhance the overall student experience in our department. They will also instill excitement into our already vigorous research programs.

I look forward to their bright scholarly contributions and academic growth at McMaster Engineering. Ousmane and Dapo: Welcome to the Fireball Family!

Moncef L. Nehdi, PhD, P. Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FACI, FCSCE
Professor and Chair