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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

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Alexandra Pittiglio and Aaron Pettifer for their recent win at the MCAA Annual Meeting in Hawaii!

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.   

Please click here for futher details.


The Department of Civil Engineering would like to wish the McMaster EERI Undergraduate Seismic Design team 'Good luck' as they compete in Boston this week!

This is the "MacEng Tower" that our students designed and will be competing with.

Congratulations Jeff!


Congratulations go out to Jeff Tweedle, a third year Civil Engineering and Management student, for so honourably representing McMaster at the recent 1000m CIS race.

For any recreational runners who do their miles in an 8 minutes pace (5 minutes per km), Jeff ran his track kilometre at approximately twice your speed!

Please check out the article in The Sil to read an article about Jeff's win.

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






What is Mosaic?

Mosaic is the new ERP system that will be replacing all of McMaster's current administration systems. For students this means that SOLAR and MUGSI are being replaced which is very exciting! The Mosaic Student Center will provide access to academic, financial and personal information.

To learn more please click here. More information will be posted for students as it becomes available.

Confused about enrollment?

Go to the Registrar's Office website for information and guides.

Faculty Highlights

Faculty in the news

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to sincerely congratulate Dr. Saiedeh Razavi who recently won the Dean's Team Excellence Award for the creation of the Heavy Construction Internship Program. The Program is comprised of a dedicated and hard-working team who bring together students and the local Heavy Construction industry, bridging an industry-academia partnership in learning with the intent to create job-ready students. Through this program, students are eligible for summer, co-op and internship opportunities allowing them to gain knowledge and experience beyond the classroom.

Dr. Razavi and her team have chosen to use their award to establish the Heavy Construction Entrance Award to encourage high-performing students to join McMaster Engineering by offering $500 to four Canadian students or Permanent Residents completing their final year of high-school in Canada.


2014/2015 Dean's Teaching Honour Roll Recipients

The Department of Civil Engineering is very happy to announce that Brian Baetz, Michael Tait, and Lydell Wiebe have been named to the Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll for Term 1 of the 2014/15 academic year.  This distinction comes as a result of their exemplary teaching evaluations as rated by their students.



On January 20th, 2015 Dr. Tracy Becker and Dr. Lydell Wiebe, both assistant professors in the Department of Civil Engineering, were awarded $338,561 in funding for their research in next-generation structural systems for seismic protection of infrastructure.

"By testing and developing innovative structural systems, Becker and Weibe anticipate that their research can be adopted in future building codes, used to build new structures and retrofit existing buildings -- all at a competitive cost."

Congratulations to you both!
Click here to read the article.