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Alumni

Stay connected to the University and its alumni community through a wide variety of events that will both enlighten and entertain you. McMaster Engineeriung Alumni Relations hosts events that will help you connect with your past classmates, engage in mentorship opportunities, hire a co-op or Mac grad student, explore new career pathways, and develop your professional network.

Overview

Alumni Instagram Takeover

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Don't miss out on our upcoming events!

2021 Virtual Scotch Tasting Event

2021 Virtual Scotch Tasting Event

The taste you have been waiting for all year is back - right from the comfort of your own home!

Virtual Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

Virtual Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

Are you a student looking for mentorship and support? Alumni share their experiences to prepare you for your future years at McMaster and beyond.

Virtual Women in Engineering Industry Night

Virtual Women in Engineering Industry Night

Join us for our Women in Engineering Industry Night!

MacEngineer

MacEngineer

Check out the newest issue of the MacEngineer!

McMaster Engineering Distinguished Alumni Gallery

McMaster Engineering Distinguished Alumni Gallery

Meet our extraordinary alumni. 

Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlights

Check out our featured alumni!

McMaster Engineering Strategic Priorities

McMaster Engineering Strategic Priorities

Attracting Top Students
Improving Gender Diversity
Enhancing Student Retention
Community
Research and Innovation
Professional Development

Giving Back

Giving Back

The Engineering Advancement team works with alumni, friends and donors to support students, faculty, research and special initiatives at McMaster. We value your time, talent and financial support, and we are here to help you make a difference. 

Mac Eng Proud

Mac Eng Proud

We are proud of our alumni and the amazing work they do! 

GIVE BACK              HIRE OUR STUDENTS            UPDATE YOUR INFO            Engineering Fast Facts       

Events

Testimonials

Mac Eng Connect

"Thank you for your valuable advice and organizing helpful events like Mac Eng Connect!" - Nazanin Moshtagh

"Thank you so much for the fantastic initiative to connect with alumni for students! I found this very useful." -  Sai Gannavarapu

"Thanks, Carm! It was great seeing you again. I'm happy I was finally able to hangout with the Alumni team. Thank you for always being a part of this. You always keep things positive and moving forward. Good luck and hope to see you at another event soon!" - John Boktor

Fireball Chats with Alumni

“I loved hearing about the alumni's background and what helped them get to where they are today. Hearing about their career paths help me as I plan mine." - Scott Semotiuk

"I loved the positivity of the alumni. It was helpful to hear from two different alumni and the different paths they took to reach the position they are in now. Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of the event!”  – Pasquale Frappa

"The alumni cleared up a lot of misconceptions and doubts that I had concerning work and post-uni life. Thank you!" - Yusra Rao

An event for everyone

Check out the various events we host throughout the year.

 

Involvement and contribution of women at McMaster University is important to us. 

The Faculty and Engineering Alumni Office work with the Women in Engineering Society, Venture Engineering & Science Camp and LEAP Program to reach young women in elementary schools and high schools through various outreach initiatives.

The Women in Engineering Executive throughout the course of the year has numerous social events planned to remind our students to take a break and have some fun!

Events include:

  • Big Sister Little Sister BBQ
  • Industry night
  • Outreach for Girls Conference
  • Pathfinder and Girl Guide Day
  • Professional Development Seminars

Learn more.

Throughout the years many of our alumni have achieved various awards by the Faculty of Engineering and the Alumni Association. These awards are given to those who are committed to the pursuit of excellence and play a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada's most innovative universities.

Alumni are recognized with awards at the following events:

 

 

We encourage current students and alumni to stay connected with classmates, enhance their
professional skills and meet inspiring mentors at several events including:

 

We welcome new students with a BBQ celebration, and we encourage youth to get involved in STEM learning through programs such as our Indigenous STEM programs, Go CODE Girl and Yes SHE Can.

Learn more about our Youth Programs and how you can get involved. 

 

Iron Ring

Coporation of the Seven Wardens Camp XIII (Kipling Ceremony 2020) has been postponed until further notice

read notice here

About

Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp XIII

Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp XIII

The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Camp XIII directs new Canadian engineers toward a consciousness of their profession and its social significance.

Kipling Ceremony

Kipling Ceremony

Since 1922, Canadian students in the graduating year of their engineering program gather for a hushed ceremony to mark their entry into the profession. 

 

External Application Process

External Application Process

The next Iron Ring Ceremony will be held on Friday, March 26th, 2021. You can apply as an External Applicant. The deadline to apply is Friday January 22nd, 2021.

Related Resources

Class Composites

No prints/hard copies will be distributed, please use these files to order your own prints. Photos can be printed at locations that do large prints like Costco and Walmart.
The dimensions for the class composities are as follows:

Engineering 16 inches x20 inches

Comp Sci & Btech: 11 inches x 14 inches

Frequently Asked Questions

All potential graduates will automatically receive an iron ring.

Note: Students who are in the B. Tech program or the Computer Science program do not receive an Iron Ring.

B.Tech. students must complete their PEO challenge exams before they are eligible for the iron ring.  This also applies to B.Tech. students who have completed an M.Eng., M.A.Sc., or Ph.D. (they must still apply to the PEO and pass any exams they are assigned).  This is a newer, stricter rule effective as of 2017.

A comprehensive guide on the application process for B.Tech students can be found here

NOTE:  Only Engineers who are on the Potential Engineering Graduand list will be photographed.  If you did not receive an email from Carm Vespi (vespi@mcmaster.ca) your name was not provided by Engineering Student Services.   Please check in with your Academic Advisor to be added to the Potential Engineering Graduand list.  

 

2021 Engineering Graduation Photos 
Information you need to know

Lifetouch Photography Studio Location- McMaster University Student Center – Building 51, Studio located beside the pharmacy. 

To make your Graduation Photo session appointment: 

Go to: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/1dqvrp3v/ 

 

Click on the site:  McMaster University 

Click on your Faculty; You can either choose McMaster–All OR Engineering and find a day and time best for you. 

** The Engineering Faculty Tab will be for specific days, either link will work! 

Don’t Delay, Time slots book up fast! 

 

Sitting Fee Structure as follows for Potential Engineering Graduates ONLY: 

 

DEADLINE TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ENGINEERING CLASS COMPOSITE IS JANUARY 29, 2021!! NO EXECEPTIONS. 

Deluxe Sitting- $35.00 Photography Sit Session is 10 minutes in duration.  

Photographer will take unlimited poses within the 10 Minute session (Please be Prepared & come 5 Minutes before your scheduled time to fill out paperwork) Traditional and contemporary posing. (Graduation cap and Graduation Accessories Incl.). You can also choose a few poses with Props, IE: Musical Instruments, Sport Jersey, Scrubs, Boy/Girlfriend Etc. NOTE: Some props may not be used & No groups at this time, to keep with COVID health and safety measures.  

The sit fee includes your Class Composite that will be available digitally either via email or posted to a link on line with the Engineering Department.  (The Faculty Engineering Class composite will be rendered to a 16 x 20 inch & the B-Tech and Computer Science will be rendered as 11 x 14 inch) 

The sitting Session Fee Also Includes Yearbook Photo, composite photo and a Proof Package that will be mailed out to you, as well as an email sent within a 3-week period with a link to view your sitting poses online. 

At this time, if you so choose to, you can order any prints or enlargements by ordering online or by Phoning the Lifetouch Order Center. 

Your sitting fee can be paid in Cash, Visa, MasterCard or Cheque & Debit this fee is to be paid at the time of your scheduled appointment time. 

 Attire- A White shirt and black tie is required for the gentlemen and for the ladies a collared blouse or a scoop shirt (a higher placed necklace with the scoop neck looks the best). For those who wear Religious head coverings, it is kindly requested to wear dark color tones, such as Black or dark navy blue to maintain a visual continuity on the Engineering Class Composite as per request of the faculty of Engineering Department. 

 If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you may do so through our Web site 24hrs prior to your scheduled appointment.  APPOINTMENTS BOOKED OR CHANGED WITHIN A 24HR PERIOD MUST BE MADE THROUGH OUR STUDIO @ 905 525 9140 EX:26222. 

International Students:

If the student is out of the country, we are unable to mail out the hood, because of cost and damage to the hoods.   

The student can send a high resolution headshot, chest up. Students will need to be on a light, no textured background., slightly angled to their left, with their face back to the camera. The ambient light should be light and even. No grad hat, no props and a grad gown black..if the student ends up going to a non Lifetouch studio.
 
Send the photo to the following email: mcmasteruniversity@lifetouch.ca

More details to be announced 

More details to be announced 

a) The actual ringing of the candidate may be done by any obligated engineer of your choice who has taken the obligation a minimum of 10 years ago. The intent of this requirement is to have Engineers of some experience, welcoming and encouraging you as a new Engineer. Fill out and submit the Presenter form no later than Friday February 28, 2020.

b) Seven Camp Wardens will be in attendance at the ceremony to present the rings to graduating engineers who do not have presenters. In this case, the Presenter form does not need to be filled out.

IMPORTANT: If there is a possibility that a special circumstance exists concerning the individual you intend to ask to ring you, you must explain the circumstance in a written notice and submit it along with the Presenter form to the Engineering Alumni Office no later than Friday January 31, 2020 to be approved by the Camp Wardens.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If your proposed Presenter has not been Obligated (i.e. has not received their Iron Ring at a prior Ritual of the Calling of An Engineer), they cannot present an Iron Ring, or otherwise participate in, the Ceremony.  This requirement stands even if your proposed Presenter is a Professional Engineer, but has not been Obligated.   It is mandatory that a Presenter must be an Obligated Engineer.  No exceptions.

In-person Kipling ceremonies have been postponed until further notice.

Virtual Kipling ceremonies have been planned, more dates will be posted in January 2021

In-person Kipling ceremonies have been postponed until further notice.

Virtual Kipling ceremonies have been planned, more dates will be posted in January 2021

YES. You must be present for the entire event. If you leave the building for any reason and return after the ceremony has begun, you will not be allowed into the room and will not receive your ring. You will have to repeat the procedure the following year.

You MUST attend the iron ring ceremony in order to get your iron ring. If you cannot attend, then you will have to attend next year or at a later date.
Please note: Due to Covid-19 there is currently virtual ceremonies being planned. Details will be emailed to graduating students

No. Only 2020 graduates, external applicants and their presenters may attend.

You cannot replace your lost iron ring within the first six months after your ceremony. To make arrangements for a ring replacement after the six month waiting period, please visit the Iron Ring Replacement page for instructions. If you have any further questions please call or e-mail Carm Vespi, 905-525-9140 ext. 24906.

You can exchange your ring size in person or by sending us your current ring in the mail and indicating which size you would like instead. There is no charge for the exchange.

Please mail to: 

Engineering Alumni Office (JHE A201D)
1280 Main Street West 
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L7

No. If you need to exchange your ring, you must return the one that you have.

No. Only an obligated Engineer may replace his/her own ring.

You must personally pick up your ring and present your ID unless otherwise authorized by Carm Vespi.

Yes, however if your ring size has changed please feel free to come into the office or go to a jewellery store to get your finger resized and exchange your ring.

Contact Us

The Camp 13 Office is hosted on the McMaster University Campus:

Address:
1280 Main St West
JHE A201D
L8S 4L7
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm
Camp Secretary:
Carm Vespi
vespi@mcmaster.ca

MacEngineer

Since 1985, over 70 issues of MacEngineer magazine have been published to keep engineering graduates informed on alumni news, events and changes to the Faculty. The magazine also features stories on accomplished and inspiring graduates and researchers. Look out for the magazine in your mailbox in the spring and the fall. 

Want to be featured in the next issue? Send us stories about your achievements, awards or career changes. We also love hearing personal experiences about how your engineering degree has impacted your life. Send your stories to Carm Vespi, Manager, Alumni Relations & Youth Programs by emailing vespi@mcmaster.ca.

View our current Fall 2019 issue:

McMaster Engineering Alumni Relations is here to help you connect with the McMaster Engineering community within Canada and abroad. 

Learn about the many ways to share your knowledge and experience with others and help support your fellow alumni, current students and future professionals. 

Alumni and Partners Advisor Network

Get advice, coaching, and prep from the people who have been there. Connect with alumni and students!

Connect on LinkedIn

Connect with us so we can keep up to date on all of the exciting careers our alumni are pursuing!

Follow us on Twitter

Connect with us on twitter to stay up to date on all things engineering Alumni.

Plan Your Next Reunion!

 Get together with old classmates!

 

Alumni Spotlights

We feature two alumni each week as our alumni spotlights! Learn about how our alumni are changing the world.

Give Back

There are many ways to share your time and talent with the McMaster Engineering community. We owe a debt of gratitude to generations of alumni for building relationships and strenghtening communities. Please fill out the Alumni Volunteer Application.

Alumni Arch Award and the L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award are presented annually to recognize and celebrate alumni for distinguished leadership, unique contributions to society, local community, and to McMaster University.

Questions of the Week

#FireballFamily, each week the Engineering Alumni Office will be posting a question for you to share your expert advice, unique strengths while promoting continuous learning and celebration of accomplishments through this collaborative partnership.  This is an excellent opportunity for empowering our students and alumni in their learning and growth.  It only just takes a few minutes and we want to hear from you.

Currently the Questions of the Week will be on hiatus until the fall. We look forward to sharing insight from our alumni then!

Question of the Week - June 29
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/31oNQbn

Question of the Week - June 22
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/2BtrUB2

 

Question of the Week - June 15
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/3htRlD0 

Question of the Week - June 8
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/2XJ5LXT

Question of the Week - June 1
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/2XMw1ja

 

 

Question of the Week - May 25
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/2LVIThp

 

Question of the Week - May 11
Submit your picture or recipe here; https://bit.ly/2YRnNZf

Question of the Week - May 4
Submit your advice and picture here; https://bit.ly/2Srmvjw

Question of the Week - April 27 
Submit your advice here; https://bit.ly/3aFpMlC

Awards

We have so many amazing alumni changing the world every day! We take notice of their accomplishments in many different ways. 

Alumni Arch Award - Young Alumni Award

The Arch Award recognizes McMaster's most recent graduates for their unique and interesting contributions to society, their local community, and to McMaster University. Arch Award recipients are remarkable individuals who have convocated from McMaster less than 10 years ago with a graduate degree, or less than 15 years ago with an undergraduate degree.

2018: Janelle Hinds

2018: Janelle Hinds

BENG. Electrical & Biomedical Engineering '15

2017: Seth Dworkin

2017: Seth Dworkin

Mechanical Eng. '03

2015: Shane Turcott

2015: Shane Turcott

Materials Eng. '01, MAS '05

The L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award

The "L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award" was created in 2006 to honour engineering alumni whose accomplishments and contributions are of national and /or international significance and/or have had a transformative impact on their field of endeavour. So named after Dr. Les Shemilt, professor emeritus Chemical Engineering an second Dean, Faculty of Engineering.

2018: Faizel Lakhani

2018: Faizel Lakhani

B.Eng. Electrical Engineering '93

2017: James Politeski

2017: James Politeski

B.Eng. Mechanical & Management '92

2016: Howard Shearer

2016: Howard Shearer

B.Eng. Electrical '77

The Alumni Gallery

There are many thousands of living graduates of McMaster. In their ranks are representatives of almost every trade, business or profession. Many of them have made names for themselves because of their accomplishments in their vocations and avocations. Included in this alumni 'hall of fame' are graduates whose names are household words; others are not as well known but their lives are just as absorbing. The Alumni Gallery is a photographic and biographical display of some of these alumni who lead interesting lives and make outstanding contributions to society

2019: Hoda ElMaraghy

2019: Hoda ElMaraghy

MEng Mechanical Engineering '72, PHD Mechanical Engineering '76

2018: Paula Claudino

2018: Paula Claudino

Mechanical Eng '06

2016: Barry Hill

2016: Barry Hill

Mechanical Eng. '66, M.Eng. '68

Contact Us

Connect with our office.

Staff

Office information:

Telephone: (905) 525-9140

Extension:  24906

Fax: (905) 546-5492    

Office Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM

 

Mailing Address:

McMaster University
Faculty of Engineering
1280 Main St West
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE),
Room A201D
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
L8S 4L7