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Community Engagement

Industry relevant education, experiential learning and career readiness are hallmarks of the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. A school-wide focus on community engagement helps make all this possible. 

 

Community engagement is a term we use to describe a set of activities that connect our school to the wider world in pursuit of value creation for students and myriad other contributors to building a brighter world. Our commitment to community engagement aligns with McMaster University’s global reputation for innovations in outward-facing educational design and delivery. 

 

Discover the many ways we engage with a variety of partners – industry, government and the not for profit sector – in the Greater Hamilton Area and beyond.

 

Contact us and get engaged today!

The W Booth School's community engagement program creates values for everyone.

It provides challenging learning opportunities for students eager to apply knowledge and skills in real world settings, and a talent pipeline for organizations needing to recruit the next generation of highly qualified personnel. In addition, it offers a gateway for industry, government and not for profit partners to access our school's diverse assets, from faculty members with specialized expertise, to industry tailored training, to state of the art facilities.

Our school supports regional development, growth and sustainability by helping community partners discover and adopt new and emerging practices and technologies needed to flourish in the global economy.

Director’s Message

Brian Baetz

Invitation to Community Engagement

Our school’s mission is to educate future generations of engineering and technology talent equipped with competencies to excel in life, at work and in society.

These competencies extend from leadership and problem-solving skills to the ability to apply myriad technologies in diverse settings.

To this end, we deliver a holistic approach to teaching and learning that includes a focus on authentic practice through experiential education.

Relationships are the cornerstone of experiential education.

This is why we actively reach out to the wider community - local, national and international - to engage a mix of partners from industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.

These partners provide our faculty, students and staff with complex challenges that call for interdisciplinary solutions which involve engineering and technology.

SEPT appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with partners in fields such as healthcare, smart cities, climate resiliency, low carbon transportation, and advanced manufacturing ~ including the adoption of new and emerging technologies in small and medium size enterprises.

These engagements advance work to create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world while offering our students a platform to grow personally and professionally.

Together, we are making a positive impact on people and our planet.

I encourage you to explore this section of our website to learn more about SEPT’s community engagement practice, sample projects, and opportunities to get involved.

Dr. Brian Baetz, Director
W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Community Engagement Team

Richard Allen Salman Bawa
Richard Allen Salman Bawa
Community Engagement Coordinators
+1 (905) 525-9140 x 20385
+1 (905) 572-0363 +1 (289) 700-1626
allrich@mcmaster.ca bawask@mcmaster.ca

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Share An Innovation Challenge

At any time, the W Booth School is engaged in dozens of projects that focus on helping organizations - private, public and not for profit - address their engineering-related innovation challenges. Projects capitalize on our school's strengths in engineering design, policy, manufacturing and entrepreneurship, and routinely involve interdisciplinary student teams working under the supervision of faculty and staff. Solutions are tailored to an organization's unique needs and range from prototypes and products to drawings, studies and reports. Most projects are delivered free of change as part of our school's educational mandate.

Does your organization have an innovation challenge to share? Contact a W Booth School Community Engagement Coordinator now to explore potential solutions.

Challenge us!

Contact Us

Richard Allen Salman Bawa
Richard Allen Salman Bawa
Community Engagement Coordinators
+1 (905) 525-9140 x 20385
+1 (905) 572- 0363 +1 (289) 700-1626
allrich@mcmaster.ca bawask@mcmaster.ca

Mentor Our Students

The W Booth School places a high value on providing mentorship experiences that support student learning, professional development and the transition to work. Volunteer mentors share specialized expertise and acquired wisdom in numerous areas, including technology, business, career planning and networking. And they provide encouragement and advice during an important chapter in our students' lives. Mentors are particularly helpful in assisting students with real world projects required for graduation. 

Mentorship commitments range from short, episodic engagements to more formalized longer term arrangements - we work to accommodate your schedule.

Contact us now to learn more.

Speak To Our Students

We welcome people from the wider community to speak with our students on topics specifically related to engineering practice and technology as well as more general themes such as job readiness, networking and career planning. Speaking platforms include Innovation Studio, Practitioner's Forum, Showcase Events and regular classes. 

Have a message to share? Contact us to discuss.

Use Our Facilities

The W Booth School offers free community access to a number of state-of-art facilities, including classrooms, seminar rooms and a large meeting hall. Bookings include use of AV equipment and whiteboards. Hospitality services available on a fee basis.

Contact us to book your next meeting.

Offer A Facility Tour

Our students, faculty and staff embrace opportunities to tour workplace facilities and interact with organizational leaders and practitioners. Tours help validate classroom learning, spotlight career pathways and enhance relationships. They also provide the perfect setting to explore potential projects aimed at addressing site-specific innovation challenges.

Open to hosting a facility tour? Contact us today!

Certifications

Projects

Featured Projects

Students in Automation Engineering Technology helping the Hamilton Fire Department develop a digital, smart systems roadmap

August 21, 2020 /  Department News

Students in Automation Engineering Technology helping the Hamilton Fire Department develop a digital, smart systems roadmap

Smart technology is changing the world in many ways and has the potential to improve how firefighters access information in the field. To take advantage of these technologies, cities require infrastructure to receive and process vast amounts of data.

Researchers investigate a growing case for distributed smart systems and AI to reduce flooding in cities

August 14, 2020 /  Department News

Researchers investigate a growing case for distributed smart systems and AI to reduce flooding in cities

As our global climate changes, extreme weather events are growing in frequency in many places, including Southern Ontario. Ontario municipalities experience heavier rainfalls and more extreme storms that frequently overwhelm their sewer infrastructure.

Students are making it easier and safer for patients to self-administer hemodialysis

July 22, 2020 /  Department News

Students are making it easier and safer for patients to self-administer hemodialysis

Can human-centred design improve how patients and their caregivers learn to administer hemodialysis at home? Three McMaster Engineering students are exploring how we might improve this experience.

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2019-20 Projects

Wessuc Inc. | Automated Dewatering System

Wessuc Inc. | Automated Dewatering System

Convenient, fast and sustainable automated process with realtime remote monitoring and control for dewatering municipal waste

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce | Industrial Waste Heat Recovery

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce | Industrial Waste Heat Recovery

Economically viable & technologically feasible innovative solutions to share waste heat and reduce GHG emissions to support action on climate change

ESP Clinch Inc. | Image Processing for the Safety of Clinching Machines

ESP Clinch Inc. | Image Processing for the Safety of Clinching Machines

Exploring the application of smart sensor and image processing technologies embedded into clinching machines that could predict safety risks and trigger immediate response protecting machine operators from hand injuries

Airo Life | Solar Shingles

Airo Life | Solar Shingles

High performance, photovoltaic shingles that are affordable, durable and aesthetically pleasing

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration from Flue gas using Algae

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration from Flue gas using Algae

The study intends to generate various alternatives and compare them on the grounds of process capability, economical feasibility and carbon footprint so that a recommendation can be made to the City to aid in their decision-making process.

A Machine Learning Algorithm to Determine Concentration of Ethanol in Fluids

A Machine Learning Algorithm to Determine Concentration of Ethanol in Fluids

The proposed machine learning approach can precisely detect the concentration of ethanol, efficiently and fast enough to be integrable in embedded processors.

AI for Anomaly Detection

AI for Anomaly Detection

This AI predictive maintenance helps avoid economic losses of $300K to $1M per defect, avoid repair time amounting to 3 to 5 days of no production, and avoid delivery and manufacturing delays.

AI for Solar Refrigeration Systems in Long Haul Trucks

AI for Solar Refrigeration Systems in Long Haul Trucks

Auto regulation of solar-powered refrigeration system in long haul trucks as they move from coast to coast in varying weather conditions.

Fatigue Test of Straps used in Public Transit

Fatigue Test of Straps used in Public Transit

Proper testing of straps used in public transit enables its manufacturers to assure public safety in transit.

Forecasting & Scheduling Optimization

Forecasting & Scheduling Optimization

The method enables manufacturers to control production inventory, saving cost and delivering on time.

High-Speed Emergency Landing Gear and Suspension Design

High-Speed Emergency Landing Gear and Suspension Design

This project can be the difference between a safe emergency landing and a disastrous accident. Every calculation counts!

Improving Throughput of Packaging Handling Machinery

Improving Throughput of Packaging Handling Machinery

Boosting the packaging rate ensures more product is ready to ship faster

Offcut Reduction Study

Offcut Reduction Study

Recommendations in areas such as mould making and maintenance, product cooling, and steps to eliminate wasteful offcuts will decrease cycle time and increase productivity.

Picking up Poorly Wrapped Steel Coils

Picking up Poorly Wrapped Steel Coils

The system promises the possible elimination of a 20 minute downtime due to errors experienced in managing the movement of steel coils.

Pill Crusher Re-Engineered

Pill Crusher Re-Engineered

The proposed solution not only minimizes the burden on healthcare professionals in medication administration, but also contributes to the quality of healthcare services.

Prototype Reliability Study

Prototype Reliability Study

Solutions promises enhanced reliability of recycled products without major changes to current production lines.

Robotic Cleanout Device

Robotic Cleanout Device

Proposed remote-controlled robotic system fights sludge to clean out large municipal digester tanks.

Robotic Greeter

Robotic Greeter

The robotic greeter would greet and register visitors.

Rough Terrain Wheelchair

Rough Terrain Wheelchair

Rough terrain wheelchair will provide the people with mobility issues to move over the rough terrain easily, providing the user with better control of the wheelchair over the slopes.

The case of the Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patient and a Decision Aid Tool

The case of the Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patient and a Decision Aid Tool

The outcome of this project would enable faster and precise decision-making times which would aid in shorter ALC wait times. It would also improve the overall patient care experience.

Wound Imaging for Healing Assessment and Prediction

Wound Imaging for Healing Assessment and Prediction

Provides a digital solution for wound examination and prediction with the least human intervention to improve time and efficiency in real-time.

We are hosting our annual W Booth School 'Spring Innovation Showcase' event in downtown Hamilton on April 12, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Telephone: (905) 525-9140

Extension:  27129

Office Location : JHE A318 

 Office Hours: 8:30AM to 4:30PM

 

 

McMaster University
Faculty of Engineering
John Hodgins Engineering Building,
Room A318
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
L8S 4L7

Resources

Coverage for Students

Process

1. Students complete the forms available at this link together with the Community Partner.
      a. Student Declaration Letter,
      b. Letter to Placement Employers, and
      c. Pre-Placement Safety Orientation Checklist.

2. A copy of the forms needs to be with:
      a. the Community Partner,
      b. the Faculty-lead, and
      c. Yourself

3. Once the above are done, coverage from Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) is active.

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