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Dr. Brian Baetz, P.Eng.

Director

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Professor Emeritus

Department of Civil Engineering

Expertise:
Decision support systems; Environmental systems analysis; Green infrastructure

Overview

Brian Baetz is an award-winning professor, an inspired community activist, and the father of two creative young adults. After 30 years of university teaching and administration, actively mentoring students and creating a global network of socially conscious professors, he is now turning his focus to helping young people reach their fullest potential to lead happy, fulfilled and productive lives.

Biography

Brian has spent over thirty years as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.   He has taught engineering and inquiry concepts to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students across the Faculty of Engineering and in the Arts and Science Program.  Brian encourages his students to develop into integrated individuals through  deep skills development and with individual mentoring.  His excellence in teaching has been recognized through seven university teaching awards, including the President’s Teaching Award for Excellence in Instruction and the McMaster Student Union Lifetime Teaching Achievement Award. Brian’s research interests include sustainable and resilient communities, and hydrological and environmental systems analysis. His scholarly work has been published in over one hundred peer-reviewed journal papers, and has led to an expanding network of sixty six engineering professors from his graduate students (and their graduate students) across universities in Canada, USA, UK, China, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.  During Brian’s university career he was Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and  Director of McMaster’s Engineering and Society Program.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

Achievements

McMaster Student Union Teaching Awards

Dr. Brian Baetz (1998), W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Dr. Brian Baetz (2007), W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Dr. Brian Baetz (2012) [Lifetime Achievement Award], W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology