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Fresh Faces

Welcome to Fresh Faces. We’re highlighting more than 40 McMaster Engineering faculty members, all hired within the last five years, who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom. New profiles will be added bi-weekly. 

Latest profiles

Nabil Bassim is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In his Fresh Faces spotlight, he talks about the whirlwind year he'll never forget, chasing opportunities and the lessons he hopes his children learn from him.

On the places he's lived

I was born in Canada, but I moved to the United States when I was in high school. I lived in Florida for 10 years and then I was in Washington, D.C. for 14 years. I didn’t expect to come back to Canada, but I jumped at the opportunity to join McMaster because of the resources at the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) and the rich tradition that McMaster has in Materials Characterization.

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Wenbo He is an associate professor in the Department of Computing and Software. In her Fresh Faces spotlight, she talks about her decision to become an engineer, the career she'd have pursued otherwise and the many places she's called home.

On the places she's called home

I was born in Harbin, a city in northeast China. After I got my master’s degree, I went to the United States to get a master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Computer Science. I worked for three years as a faculty member in two American universities before coming to Canada. I lived in Illinois, then in New Mexico and Nebraska for one and a half years each. In Canada, I spent five years in Montréal and three years in Hamilton. The lifestyle in Hamilton is very flexible. Also, the natural living environment is very nice. 

 

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Drew Higgins is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. In his Fresh Faces spotlight, he talks about his love of the wilderness, his idea of perfect happiness and the connection between chemical engineering and hockey.

On his idea of perfect happiness

The second component on my idea of perfect happiness is doing something that you find to be rewarding. For me, it’s contributing to the mission of our research program — achieving sustainability of the energy and transportation sectors; while also enabling students to achieve their professional and personal goals in life, whatever those may be. 

 

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All Profiles

Fresh Faces: Wenbo He

July 31, 2019 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Wenbo He

Welcome to Fresh Faces. In this series, we highlight new faculty members who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom.

Fresh Faces: Drew Higgins

July 16, 2019 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Drew Higgins

Welcome to Fresh Faces. In this series, we highlight new faculty members who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom.

Fresh Faces: Zahra K. Motamed

July 5, 2019 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Zahra K. Motamed

Welcome to Fresh Faces. In this series, we’re highlighting over 40 engineering faculty members, all hired in the last five years, who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom.

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