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The Civil Engineering Undergraduate Ambassador Program

What is the Ambassador Program?

The Ambassador program within the Department of Civil Engineering is a leadership opportunity offered to select students to represent the department at various faculty and department-run events.

Our Ambassadors are active in the McMaster community and serve as a resource and contact for current and prospective students' questions. They are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the program through their own experiences and are happy to share their stories and advice for making your time at McMaster a memorable one!

You can find our Ambassadors at various Engineering events, including the Fall Fair Previews, Engineering 1 Information Fair, May @ Mac, and our Civil Engineering Info Nights!  

Feel free to ask any of our Ambassadors a question in the 'Ask an Ambassador' tab!

 

How to Apply

 Applications for the 2020-21 are now closed. Please check back in June 2021 for application details for the next academic year. 

Criteria:

To apply for the Civil Engineering Ambassador Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Level 3 or above of a Civil Engineering Program (includes Management & Society Students)
  • Cumulative GPA of 8.0 or above
  • Commit to a minimum of 2 recruitment events throughout the year
  • Cannot be on a co-op term during the Academic Year (September - April) 

Application Process:

Students who meet the criteria above may submit an Application package to Eduard Sviridenko (sviridee@mcmaster.ca) and include

  • A brief Cover Letter outlining what you could contribute to the initiative and why you think you are a great fit for the Ambassador Program
  • Your Resume
  • A list of the top 3 preferred recruitment events that you would like to participate in:
    • Fall Preview I
    • Fall Preview II
    • Engineering 1 Info Fair
    • Level 2 Info Night
    • May @ Mac

Meet our 2020-21 Ambassadors

Click each box to find out why our students love #MacCivEng!

Javaria Asif

Javaria Asif

Civil Engineering and Management Co-Op, Level 4

I found the different fields within the program that vary from urban infrastructure to sustainability and allow you to work with numerous people. My biggest takeaway so far in my undergrad is learning how to work and collaborate with people of different personalities from the various group projects offered in Civil.

Gavin Boyd

Gavin Boyd

Civil Engineering and Society Co-Op, Level 4

Throughout my time as a Civil Engineering student at McMaster, I have grown to love the community, my ambitious colleagues and the various extracurricular activities we have to offer. All of the faculty members and staff are very pleasant. They are all there for the students at large as they want to see you succeed and pursue your dream, whatever that may be.

Natalie Ciancone

Natalie Ciancone

Civil Engineering and Society Co-Op, Level 4

I love the Civil Engineering program because it helps you to develop the skills you need to be able to approach problems from different perspectives. Studying a broad range of specialization options allows you to figure out what it is that you are passionate about and opens many doors for career opportunities. 

Heather Daigle

Heather Daigle

Civil Engineering and Management, Level 5

Civil Engineering is more than just putting lego bricks together and calling it a day, it is the backbone of societies and communities. Everywhere in the world, bridges, buildings, water systems, roads, and so many more pieces of engineering define the infrastructure that shapes cities and homes. 

Yidan Dong

Yidan Dong

Civil Engineering Co-Op, Level 3

I am fascinated by the meaning of commitment and responsibility behind an iron ring. I love the abundance of the career-planning activities within our program and the family-like connection between classmates. Also, our professors are all nice and helpful! They have always been going out of their way to ensure everyone understands the course content.

Karim El Khatib

Karim El Khatib

Civil Engineering Co-Op, Level 4

What I appreciate the most about the program at McMaster is the variety and the structure of the courses. Most of the courses have a lab or field work component where students get the chance to apply what they learned in class. In addition, what makes our program special is the positive work environment and constant support offered by the department.

Endi Hajdari

Endi Hajdari

Civil Engineering and Society Co-Op, Level 4

I chose Civil Engineering as it is a diverse and hands-on profession that offers a wide range of postgraduate opportunities across various disciplines. I love the wide variety of courses offered by the department, the numerous research opportunities available for undergraduate students, as well as the supportive faculty and staff.

Nisha Menezes

Nisha Menezes

Civil Engineering Co-Op, Level 3

From infrastructure to transportation, water treatment and many more, Civil Engineering is often the foundation for facilitating the lives of families, communities and societies. I love the program as each class focuses on real-life issues, and promotes critical-thinking to form effective solutions. I also love how diverse the stream is and the various career opportunities.

Ruhul Mushfique

Ruhul Mushfique

Civil Engineering and Management Co-Op, Level 4

My favorite course in Civil Engineering so far is Structural Mechanics. The biggest takeaway from that course is knowing how to break down large problems into much easier small problems which is a versatile and important skill to have. The environment is overall great for learning. Everyone in the program is super friendly so even though it's a fairly large program everyone is close.

Emilia Nietresta

Emilia Nietresta

Civil Engineering and Society Co-Op, Level 4

Without a doubt, every class I have taken as a Civil student, I have been able to relate to real life. From noticing a very steep vertical curve in the road, to seeing a ton of water runoff into a storm drain on a very rainy day, it’s really cool to be able to apply theory to everyday experiences. This has not only made me a better student but has made learning fun again for me.

Yegor Ovcharov

Yegor Ovcharov

Civil Engineering and Management Co-Op, Level 5

McMaster Civil Engineering is like a family. No matter who you are, what questions you have, or what situation you are in - you will always be able to find help, guidance or have a simple chat with any member of the program or faculty. My experience as part of the Troitsky Bridge Team gave me both technical and theoretical experience, as well as opened up opportunities to meet people all over Canada. McMaster Engineering is not only about studies but is also about people. They promote a fun and educational space where students have the opportunity to grow through communication and hands-on experience. It is a world-renowned program allowing students to achieve their academic goals within an inviting environment, that is created by the students, for the students.

Aidan Ritchie-Dickinson

Aidan Ritchie-Dickinson

Civil Engineering Co-Op, Level 3

I love the idea of being able to help build and create things that make a difference in my greater community. I really enjoy learning about the importance of Civil Engineers, as well as the seen and unseen impacts we have on the world around us. One thing I love about the program specifically is the tight knit community we have.

Amna Rizvi

Amna Rizvi

Civil Engineering and Management Co-Op, Level 3

While there are many things to love about my program, my favorite thing about Civil Engineering at McMaster University is the community feeling. I have made so many good friends in my program and developed great relationships with the professors because everyone is approachable and supportive of one another!

Liam Sykes

Liam Sykes

Civil Engineering Co-Op, Level 4

From the water we drink, to the buildings and roads we use, civil engineers are responsible for designing the building blocks of civilization. And that's something that I wanted to be a part of. What I love about McMaster's Civil program is the variety of courses that we take, because it provides students with a good idea of how broad a field it is.

Mack Wallhouse

Mack Wallhouse

Civil Engineering and Management Co-Op, Level 3

The entire process of building from the literal, ground up, made so much sense to me so I wanted to learn more! I love Civil because it gives you the opportunity to study and implement technical learnings from class to the labs, where we are able to study the world we want to measure with our own eyes.

Jamie Yu

Jamie Yu

Civil Engineering and Society Co-Op, Level 5

Civil Engineering is such a broad stream and I’m still learning new aspects of the discipline everyday. One of my professors recently said geotechnical engineering is like an iceberg. Ninety percent of the work is rarely seen, yet without it, structures would not be able to stand.

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Have a question about the Civil Engineering Program or Student Life? Ask an Ambassador!

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