Bachelor of Technology programs (B.Tech) celebrate 20th and 10th anniversaries At a November dinner, the Faculty of Engineering celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Bachelor of Technology degree completion programs and the 10th anniversary of the four-year B.Tech program. The vision for a program to offer degree-level education and employment opportunities for students with an aptitude for applied and hands-on work was born out of a partnership between Mo Elbestawi, then McMasterâ€™s Mechanical Engineering chair, and Cheryl Jensen, former dean of Technology at Mohawk College. Elbestawi, former dean of Engineering and the current director of the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, says the fundamental idea of B. Tech. was to have a flexible program that could easily adjust to new technologies and interests â€“ an idea that stays true to this day. Following the launch of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree completion program in 1997, Elbestawi reached out to Art Heidebrecht, former dean of Engineering (198189), to spearhead the expansion of B. Tech. From 2005 to 2009, Heidebrecht, who is also a civil engineering professor emeritus, helped to develop the degree completion programs and the fouryear programs as the founding executive director of the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership. Today, there are over 1400 students enrolled in seven combined degree/diploma programs and degree completion programs, which include Biotechnology, and Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology and Software Engineering Technology.
New faculty appointments McMaster Engineering announces the following appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Drew Higgins Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering After earning his PhD in 2015 from the University of Waterloo, Drew Higgins undertook a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. He is developing novel nanomaterials and energy technologies for automotive applications.
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