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Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering....

Helping to Build the Foundations of a Sustainable Society.

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster!

You may be exploring our website as you compare undergraduate programs at various universities, or investigating possibilities for graduate studies. In each of these cases, you will be interested to know that we take pride in the quality of our teaching, the relevancy of our innovative research to Canadian communities, and the dedication of our faculty and staff. The department is an active and busy place, but we will take the time to get to know you and help you realize your professional goals. Here at McMaster we are "helping to build the foundations of a sustainable society", with this emphasis on sustainability being developed over the last fifteen years and now extending into many facets of our curriculum and our research programs. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Many thanks...

Brian W. Baetz, PhD, P.Eng., FCSCE

Professor and Chair


P.S... Don't forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Civil Student News

Cindy Nelles, a 4th year Civil Engineering student, was recently named CIS Women's Rugby Player of the Year! The McMaster Marauder's Women's Rugby Team also recently won their first National Championship on November 8th. Congratulations Cindy and the rest of the Marauader's Women's Rugby Team!

On Thursday, July 9th 2015, a group Civil Engineering Graduate students joined Dr. Brian Baetz for the Annual Civil Bike Ride down to the waterfront.

The Dept. of Civil Engineering has recently established an Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter (EERI McMaster). Only the second to be established in Canada, EERI McMaster is focused on organizing an undergraduate team to take part in EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competitions and conducting outreach to primary and secondary school students on earthquake engineering. EERI McMaster is open to everyone with an interest in earthquake engineering or seismology.

For more information, please contact EERI McMaster at eerimcmasterstudentchaper@gmail.com, or visit https://sites.google.com/site/eerimcmaster.

Please find below the link to the EERI McMaster University Student Chapter Guest Lecture Series: Seismic Isolation and Structural Control Technology for Building



















Faculty Highlights

Faculty in the news


The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Younggy Kim, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Water and Health, on his recent success on a US patent. Please click here for further details.


From left to right: Dr. Brian Baetz, Chair., Dr. Lydell Wiebe., Dr. Tracy Becker., Dr. Michael Tait., Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni.

Photo Credit: Ron Scheffler.

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Tracy Becker and Dr. Lydell Wiebe who were recently awarded $338,561 from the Government of Ontario to study Next-Generation Structural Systems for Seismic Protection of Infrastructure.

The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Ghani Razaqpur received the Horst Leipholz Medal of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) at the CSCE 2015 Annual Conference in Regina, held May 28-31. The citation reads that this medal is for Outstanding Contributions to Engineering Mechanics Research and Practice in Canada.


The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni, an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and holder of the Masonry Design Chair, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

ASCE Fellows are nominated and elected based on their contributions to civil engineering from a pool of long standing ASCE members who have developed creative solutions that have changed lives around the world. This is a very prestigious honor that is held by fewer than 4% of ASCE members. Dr. El-Dakhakhni has been an active member in several national and international code committees and professional organizations, as well as serving as an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering in the areas of seismic effects, concrete and masonry structures, and performance under blast.