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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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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 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.”

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to extend congratulations to Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and holder of the Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design, on his significant achievement of being named the Founding Director of McMaster's new Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies.  As we face numerous and increasingly severe challenges to our built infrastructure, Wael and his colleagues will be providing effective and impactful modalities for the improved planning, design, construction and maintenance of a wide range of infrastructure systems.  The new Institute will be a tremendous mechanism to catalyze and unify research efforts across many sub-disciplines within Civil Engineering, many departments across the Faculty, and numerous participating units across McMaster and beyond.

Dr. Saiedeh Razavi has been featured on the McMaster Engineering "Think" website for her exceptional research in Transportation Engineering. To learn more please click here.


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.