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Department of Civil Engineering

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Civil Student News

Adrian Crowder, a MASc student supervised by Dr. Tracy Becker, recently placed 2nd in the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering student paper competition. Way to go Adrian!!

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!

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. Wael El-Dakhakhni for being awarded the John B. Scalzi Research Award. This prestigious award is presented annually by The Masonry Society to honor an individual who has made an outstanding, lifetime contribution to masonry research. 

Congratulations to Drs. Paulin Coulibaly, Yiping Guo, and Sarah Dickson. They are among the awardees of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for “Global Waters Future”.  The total CFREF program fund is $143.7M over 7 years with the NSERC portion of the fund being $77.8M. The award is lead by the University of Saskatchewan along with the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. The funds will boost collaborative research among researchers in the department and beyond.

The water research network will involve more than 380 Canadian university researchers at 18 universities in a wide range of disciplines, 19 federal and provincial agencies, seven Indigenous communities and governments, 39 industrial collaborators, 15 non-governmental agencies, and 45 international research institutes. Researchers will also work with international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Climate Research Program and Future Earth, to develop the tools and models to mitigate water disasters, protect the environment and take advantage of economic opportunities.



The Department of Civil Engineering is extremely proud to share that Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.  This is an honor that is bestowed upon researchers who have demonstrated a high level of achievement early on in their academic careers.

McMaster has released a statement on the Daily News regarding this and it can be found here: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/three-researchers-named-to-royal-societys-college-of-new-scholars-artists-and-scientists/

We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty member Dr. Zoe Li to the Department of Civil Engineering. Zoe's research mainly focuses on modelling of water resources systems, environmental risk analysis and management, climate-change impact assessment, and environmental systems optimization under multiple uncertainties. We look forward to celebrating Dr. Li's many future successes at McMaster.

The Department of Civil Engineering is happy to announce that Dr. Michael Tait will be assuming the role of Department Chair on July 1st, 2016. Tait joined the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster in 2004. He holds the Joe Ng/JNE Consulting Chair in Design, Construction & Management in Infrastructure Renewal and serves as a Co-Director of the Centre for Effective Design of Structures. His research interests include effects of man-made and natural hazards on infrastructure and the development of structural control systems.

Dr. Brian Baetz has been the Chair of Civil Engineering since July 1st, 2010 and has brought the department to new heights. Dr. Baetz stated the following when announcing his successor: "Mike Tait is an excellent teacher, a superb researcher and an engaged departmental citizen.  He is the ideal leader to take our department up to the next level.”