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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

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.


Congratulations to Dr. Dimitrios Konstantinidis for his recent ORF-RI award. Dimitrio's research program garnered $100,000 in funding for a Multi-Axis Dynamic Simulator for Testing Operational and Functional Components and Advanced Seismic Isolation Devices. Dimitrios' research program will generate critically needed knowledge on the earthquake behaviour of nonstructural components. This knowledge will facilitate the development of innovative technologies to protect nonstructural components from earthquake damage. 

Way to go Dimitri!


Civil Student News

Congratulations to Brandon Karchewski

Congratulations to Brandon Karchewski for his third place finish in the Student Poster Awards at the recent Engineering Mechanics Institute conference held here at McMaster University.  Brandon’s poster was entitled “Prediction of subsurface load distribution due to soils self-weight using Monte Carlo and VCFEM-DEM analyses”.  The poster was also a runner up in the Computational Mechanics Committee Poster Competition.  Brandon is pictured above under the Hidden Arch in Kentucky with his wife, Ana Pekinasova who helped with the design of the poster.





Our 2014 class convocated on the morning of Wednesday, June 11, with many of our Civil folks graduating with distinction (CA of 9.5 or greater).  Our best wishes to our amazing graduands and their families!

Please click here for the list of our Graduands.




Daniel Stevens being awarded the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Ontario Scholarship

Daniel Stevens has been awarded the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Ontario Scholarship. This award, valued at $20 000, is sponsored by the Ontario Erectors Association and given to one Ontario graduate student whose research focuses on steel structures. After graduating from the Engineering and Management program at McMaster in 2014, Daniel is joining the research group of Dr. Lydell Wiebe and working to develop an improved connection for the seismic design of steel concentrically braced frames. Congratulations to Daniel!

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