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
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)
Students who meet the criteria above may submit an Application package to Olivia Pare (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 2021-22 Ambassadors
Click each box to find out why our students love #MacCivEng!
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination for building. It all started as a love for design, which turned into an interest in architecture, and finally progressed into a passion for civil engineering. I love my program because it feeds that interest and widens the bounds of building, teaching us about its environmental, geotechnical, and transportation aspects, all while giving us the baggage to explore it further for ourselves.
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.
I like civil engineering because it exposes me to various interesting fields of engineering! I enjoy the technical theory and experiential learning opportunities within the lab and in projects. I have a passion for sustainability and there are many courses in the program that explore the topic as it is extremely relevant to the various sectors of civil engineering.
Kelly de Chastelain Finnigan
Civil Engineering Co-Op, Level 3
Kelly de Chastelain Finnigan
I love the faculty and program of Civil Engineering at McMaster. From breaking down difficult theory in lectures, to getting your hands dirty in the lab, to late nights studying and collaborating with peers, I always feel supported by my community and challenged to do my best. Civil Engineering is engineering for civilization, and I love feeling as though my studies will make an impact in the everyday lives of Canadians.
I chose Civil Engineering because for as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in buildings and roads, including how they are built and the materials used to construct them. I also decided to enrol in the management program because I eventually want to be able to do project management for large-scale projects. email@example.com
The most fantastic thing about civil engineering is that it gives you a sense of reality – you can know why are you taking all those courses by just simply looking around: the building, bridge, dam, nearly everything around you needs civil engineers to participate in, and that’s why I love it.
Learning about how to make a direct impact on society and being able to develop knowledge of sustainable practices to implement in my future career is what I love learning about in the Civil Engineering program here at McMaster University. Being in a welcoming community with both students in different specializations and with professors who have insight into the field makes the experience more meaningful on both my social and academic life.
I chose Civil because I wanted to one day see something built with my own eyes and know that I had a part in its making! Civil engineering offers a wide range of specializations, making it a versatile field. You not only get to learn about the infrastructure built around us, but you also learn about how society can become more sustainable! Coming to McMaster for Civil Engineering was one of the best decisions I made because of the beautiful campus, and friendly and supportive community! I recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in the advancement of society, likes large-scale projects, and wants to reinforce their in-class knowledge through hands-on lab experiences!
Through studying Civil Engineering I have come to appreciate the function of systems in transportation, water resources, and structural dynamics. One of my favorite parts about the program is the collaboration between students to achieve common goals for sustainable development!
The effects of Civil Engineering are all around us, from simple clean drinking water to fascinating skyscrapers! I have come to appreciate the discipline and the Civil Engineering faculty at McMaster through engaging lectures and hands-on labs on a broad range of subjects. What I look forward to most during the year is collaborating with peers and applying technical knowledge from classes to clubs and competitions. McMaster is home to a vibrant Civil Engineering community, and I encourage all students to get involved.
Currently heading into my 5th and final year of the Civil Engineering Co-op program. I recently finished a 16 month co-op term with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), working in the Intelligent Transportation Systems. Civil Engineering at McMaster and my co-op experiences have allowed me to explore my interests in transportation engineering, such as traffic modelling, sustainable infrastructure design and connected-autonomous vehicle developments. My other interests include photography, baseball, and travelling
Civil Engineering at McMaster was my top choice because of the range of material covered throughout the program. It allowed me to explore the different sectors of civil engineering, including transportation, environmental, water resources management and construction. Through studying all the different disciplines, it helped me fuel my interest in construction management, and take on co-op roles that integrated all disciplines of civil engineering. It’s crazy to think that I went from building a cardboard barbie dream house, to studying to be a civil engineer at McMaster!
The Civil Engineering program has allowed me to explore many different branches of engineering, introducing me to fields of study I didn’t know existed prior to second year. There are many paths to take, so options are never limited! In my opinion, a unique aspect of Civil is how the program combines the concept of sustainable development with every class.
The Civil Engineering program at McMaster University allowed me to learn about the backstage processes within the cities and systems that I see daily. From pavements to sewage pipes and skyscrapers, every part of the program has been taught through hands-on experiences which helped me truly understand and enjoy the content. Outside of the classroom, I am always finding new opportunities to apply what I’ve learned. Last year, I did this by taking part in the McMaster Designathon and the Troitsky Bridge Building Competition. I encourage everyone to do the same and challenge the things you’ve learned from class! Beyond that, the Civil Engineering community will never fail to show a helping hand when you’re in need. These are the reasons why I love being a part of this program.
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.
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