Community Engagement – Faculty of Engineering

Community Engagement

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology 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.

Creating value for everyone

The W Booth School’s community engagement program 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.

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 team

  • Richard Allen

    Community Engagement Coordinator, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

    SEPT 511

  • Salman Bawa

    Community Engagement Coordinator, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

    ETB 509


    905-525-9140 ext. 20385

Relationships are the cornerstone of experiential education. 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.

Dr. Brian Baetz, Director

Visit us

McMaster University
JHE A318
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, Ont., L8S 4L7

Office hours:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


905-525-9140 ext. 27129

Areas of specialization

Our faculty act as mentors to students in innovative design and varying sectors.

5 ways to get engaged

Explore the areas below and contact one of our community engagement coordinators to get involved.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.