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Umar Mohammed

Mechanical Engineering III


Why McMaster Engineering?

Looking back a few years, making my decision was not as tough as I thought it would be. Although now, with so much information available and questions to ask, I can see why prospective students have a lot to consider. For me, the location was definitely a bonus, along with the reputation and excellence that is associated with McMaster. I just had a feeling inside me that told me this is where I had to be. You can get an Engineering Degree from so many other institutions, but choosing the right place can give you so much more.

Involvement within the Community?: There are so many clubs and teams that you can join, you just have to find the right fit for you. I think a common misconception a lot of people face is that you have to be a part of something technical if you are an engineering student, but that is definitely not true. In my second year, I was a part of the Professional Development Committee with the McMaster Engineering Society, which was all about holding events related to making yourself more “employable”. This is something I am passionate about, and that’s why I found the time and the skills that I applied/learned there to be so valuable.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: I see myself completing my degree, and working towards getting the experience necessary to obtain my P.Eng license. I’m personally interested in Energy and Sustainability, however, I want to keep as many options and avenues open, so I will consider a variety of opportunities in terms of the industries I want to work in. Ultimately, my goal is to meet great people doing great things, and be a part of those initiatives in some capacity.

Advice to incoming students: My advice would be to take a deep breath, and empty your head of all your worries, doubts and fears before you begin. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and now you have the chance to transform yourself and open the doors to a world of possibilities. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but it is meant to challenge you so that you can grow, and learn to persevere even when the road ahead doesn’t seem clear. You just need to try your best, and don’t let your own doubts limit you from achieving your full potential. McMaster Engineering has a very supportive community, and in first year, you will notice that right away, even into your later years! I wish you all the best in whatever path you choose to take.