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National Engineering Month 2020

Throughout March, McMaster Engineering is recognizing some of the students, alumni and faculty who are redefining engineering education and research. 

Women In Engineering

Did you know 35% of our 2019 first-year class identified as female? That’s up from 19% just five years ago. Here are some of the women who are inspiring this trend. 

Leyla Soleymani

Leyla Soleymani

Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices

“Balancing work and family is not easy, regardless of your career path. But when you love your work, it makes any difficult decisions and situations totally worth it. Engineering is for everyone.”

Tahereh Majdi

Tahereh Majdi

Engineering Physics alumna

"You learn very quickly that nothing big can be done on your own...because of that, you have to collaborate."

Janelle Hinds

Janelle Hinds

Electrical and Biomedical alumna 

"I wanted to establish the club to help other students learn about technology, so we could go to hackathons, and to create an environment of self-directed learning.” 

Hira Nadeem

Hira Nadeem

Electrical Engineering student 

"I really believe that as a woman, it’s not that we can’t do things or that the opportunities don’t exist – sometimes it’s the encouragement that we need."

Environment and Sustainability Researchers

Meet four faculty pursuing impact-driven research that is helping to make our planet a more sustainable and healthier place. 

Zoe Li

Zoe Li

Assistant Civil Engineering Professor

On studying simulation models to offer predictions on water quantity and quality: "Once you can quantify the uncertainties, you are able to assess the associated risk and then you can come up with a plan to manage those risks.”

Ali Emadi

Ali Emadi

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate

“It’s always great to work with students to create knowledge to help the auto industry move towards a more sustainable solution and train them to do wonderful things after they graduate from McMaster Engineering.”

Jim Cotton

Jim Cotton

Professor, Mechanical Engineering 

On building sustainable energy systems in communities: “Climate change is a global problem but I think it takes a community approach to fix it. The cities will drive it.”

Sarah Dickson

Sarah Dickson

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

On looking at the sustainable management of water systems: “Social hydrology incorporates a feedback loop between physical water systems and the humans who impact and are impacted by it.”

Co-Op Stars

Our Co-op Program prepares our students to be global-ready and socially aware with a competitive edge for the workforce. Here are some of our stars. 

Michelle Woo

Michelle Woo

Intern at PCL Construction 

“I love how I never have to be at the same place for too long since when one project is over, there's always another one that starts and no two projects are exactly the same.”

Omofolarin Ologunagba

Omofolarin Ologunagba

Intern at Klenzoid Canada

"My industry experience has taught me to continually evaluate my solution(s) when performing a project because of the potential risks involved by not doing so." 

Jenna Bullard

Jenna Bullard

Intern at Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee 

“Networking is important! Try to keep relationships with the people you meet at conferences, industry nights, and workplaces." 

 

George Padeigis

George Padeigis

Intern at Tesla 

"Tesla is at the forefront of accelerating the transition to sustainable energy, and at 20 years old, there is nothing more energizing than pursuing a mission I so completely believe in." 

Degree + Experience

By gaining experiences outside the classroom, our students are becoming globally engaged citizens ready to change the world. Meet some of our experiential learning pros. 

Varun Jain

Varun Jain

iBioMed student 

"Being part of the design-a-thons and hack-a-thons has definitely allowed me to expand my network and meet new people." 

Julee Minniti

Julee Minniti

Biotechnology student

"Getting involved in clubs and teams teaches us the soft skills that other people might not have." 

Maanav Dalal

Maanav Dalal

Software Engineering student

"On co-op at Microsoft, after my first year, I got to work on a project that I felt was very visible and very applicable to the real world." 

Biya Kazmi

Biya Kazmi

Computer Science student 

"As the PR head for DeltaHacks, I focused on ways to advertise the event to communities who wouldn't otherwise hear about it. I wanted a more diverse applicant and attendee pool to ensure the event was inclusive."