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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

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.

In Fall 2014, our civil students and the co-chairs of the Heavy Construction Student Chapter (Alexandra Pittglio and Aaron Petiffer) joined the Mechanical Contractors Association of Hamilton’s (MCAH) Student Chapter for a North American competition. The team was the first and the only Canadian team to ever appear in the final four and was able to rank 1st place in this ultra-competitive annual student chapter event.   

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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


Michael Justason is a regular lecturer in Civil Engineering and is also the Program Chair for Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology. He recently spoke at the 2015 TEDxHamilton event. The event was held at 7pm on Friday, September 25th in the Hamilton Spectator Auditorium at 44 Frid Street, Hamilton. Please visit http://tedxhamilton.com/ for more 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.

2014/2015 Dean's Teaching Honour Roll Recipients

The Department of Civil Engineering is very happy to announce that Lydell Wiebe and Cameron Churchill have been named to the Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll for Term 2 of the 2014/15 academic year. This distinction comes as a result of their exemplary teaching evaluations as rated by their students.


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.