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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


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Faculty Highlights

Faculty in the news



In the November 7, 2014 issue of the Globe and Mail, Special Reports section titled OPEA Engineering Innovations, Dr. Sarah Dickson, Associate Professor and Associate Chair is featured in a number of articles/videos.
Click here for the link.


2013/2014 Dean's Teaching Honour Roll Recipients

The Department of Civil Engineering is very happy to announce that Brian Baetz, Cameron Churchill, Lydell Wiebe and Dimitrios Konstantinidis have been named to the Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll for the 2013/14 academic year.  This distinction comes as a result of their exemplary teaching evaluations as rated by their students.

The Department of Civil Engineering would to announce that Dr. Lydell Wiebe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, was recently awarded a $15K grant from the Steel Structures Education Foundation, a group that represents the Canadian steel construction industry. This grant will support research into Controlled Rocking Steel Braced Frames, an emerging lateral force resisting system that shows promise for reducing both the initial cost of construction and also the cost of post-earthquakes repairs. Taylor Steele is studying this system as his graduate research project.

Way to go, Lydell!!


The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Samir Chidiac on receiving the MCR prize given by the Institution of Civil Engineers for the best paper published in the Magazine of Concrete Research last year.




Civil Student News


Congratulations Savitri, Mark and Jason!

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate
Savitri Jetoo, PhD Candidate, Mark Green, M.A.Sc. Candidate and Jason Beattie, 4th year undergraduate student on their success at the McMaster Water Week Student Research Poster Showcase and Philomathia Water Prize Competition.

Graduate Competition

Second Prize: Savitri Jetoo, Ph.D. Candidate, supervised by Dr. Gail Krantzberg

The Good, the Bad, and the Murky: Toledo’s “Do Not Drink” Water Advisory

Third Prize: Mark Green, M.A.Sc. Candidate, supervised by Dr. Paulin Coulibaly

Modeling the effect of retrofitting an existing residential development using Low Impact Development (LID) techniques to reduce storm water impacts.

Undergraduate Competition

Third Prize:  Jason Beattie, 4th Year Civil Student, supervised by Dr. Sarah Dickson

Effects of gravity and aperture statistics on DNAPL entrapment in fractures


Please find below the link to the EERI McMaster University Student Chapter Guest Lecture Series:

Seismic Isolation and Structural Control Technology for Building


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 the 2015 EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition and conducting outreach to primary and secondary school students on earthquake engineering. EERI McMaster is open to everyone with 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.


Congratulations Cindy Nelles for being selected as the OUA Female Athlete of the week:



Department of Civil Engineering Self Assessment Report

In December 2013, the Department of Civil Engineering produced a self-assessment report. Please click here to view


2014-2015 Level 4 Technical Electives

Click here for a list of the Technical Electives being offered in the 2014-2015 academic year




Addressing Sustainability at McMaster