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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

Mo Elbestawi

Community is at the heart of our school's mission to imbue students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute to society. That's why we invest in building supportive relationships with community partners that provide real world opportunities for students to learn by doing. Through experiences such as project-based learning, mentorship and job shadowing, our students accelerate their education and job readiness. Equally important, our partners gain early access to next generation talent needed to innovate, grow and prosper.

Get engaged today!

Dr. Mo Elbestawi, 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

Brighter World: A Shared Vision


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McMaster engineering professors receive the highest level of research funding per faculty member in Canada. They are involved in research Centres of Excellence, consult with industry and government, and contribute to internationally renowned institutes in all disciplines. McMaster's engineers are in an enviable leadership role in research and graduate education. This results in state of the art knowledge being passed on to undergraduates.

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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

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!



Examples of Projects

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.

Can Smart Technology Improve How Patients Recover from Wounds?

June 8, 2020 /  Department News

Can Smart Technology Improve How Patients Recover from Wounds?

In partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), professors with the W Booth School are exploring if smart technology can help the healing and treatment of patient’s wounds.

McMaster Engineering professor and his son creating face shields for healthcare workers

April 9, 2020 /  Department News

McMaster Engineering professor and his son creating face shields for healthcare workers

Alec Fernback, Engineering 1 student and his dad, Mike Noseworthy, are working on 3D printed face shields in the iBioMed Design Studio

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Project 1 CN

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


Coverage for Students

1. Students complete the forms in the above link together with the Community Partner.
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 MAESD is active.