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Dr. Mo Elbestawi

Director, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Mo Elbestawi was appointed the new director of the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Elbestawi has taken on the role of director of the newly-established school, which brings together McMaster University's School of Engineering Technology and its undergraduate Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) programs and the former W Booth School, which offers graduate degrees in engineering practice in areas such as design, public policy and entrepreneurship.

Elbestawi has had a storied career at McMaster University, including Dean of Engineering, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, Vice-President Research & International Relations and, most recently, director of MacAUTO.

"A key focus for me will be to build on the top priorities of the Faculty and the work of my predecessors to ensure the highest possible standard of quality teaching and learning experience for students and a strong emphasis on strategic partnerships with industry. I look forward to working with the SEPT team and students to help it evolve to the next level of excellence."

Dr. Lotfi Belkhir

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Class of 1962 Mechanical Engineering Endowed Chair in Eco-entrepreneurship

Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, tenure track Associate Professor, Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, and Class of 1962 Mechanical Engineering Endowed Chair in Eco-Entrepreneurship. Dr. Belkhir is a visionary and results-driven academic and business practitioner. He is a researcher, teacher, inventor and entrepreneurial leader with 17 years of distinguished industrial experience in sustainable and innovation-powered business creation and economic growth. Dr. Belkhir is an expert and thought-leader in the field of Total Sustainable Management, Eco entrepreneurship, digital convergence and its socio-environmental impact. Possesses proven leadership skills in research and development, IP protection, business development, finance, strategic planning, and general management. He possesses strong and successful international experience and alliances, public speaking, and relationship building. Multicultural, and fluent in English, French and Arabic, Dr. Belkhir earned his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from SUNY and MBA in Management of Technology, Walden University.

Dr. Robert Fleisig

Assistant Professor, Engineering Design

I am a Permanent Teaching Professor in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice (W Booth School) and Engineering 1 with a passion for inspiring empathy, creativity and interdisciplinary thinking in my undergraduate and graduate students as well as in our academic and local communities. I believe that for the university and our graduates to make impactful contributions to society it is no longer sufficient to only have disciplinary expertise. The 'T-shaped' graduate is one who is equally at home in the knowledge-centred work of his or her discipline (i.e., the stem of the 'T') and in work with individuals of diverse education, language, culture, beliefs, and values both within their organization and outside (i.e., the arms of the 'T'). Key to my teaching are empathy, experience and reflection. In my first-year engineering course, undergraduate and graduate students from three faculties work together to create a device to help a members of the local community with a complex and unique problem. In my graduate teaching at the W Booth School, my students work with university researchers, hospitals, and local business to identify important problems in health and sustainability to design, prototype, and implement innovative solutions that are meaningful to the community and have an economic impact. I have taught more than 10,000 undergraduate students and have impacted students across three faculties, local organizations, researchers, and a broad range of companies.

Dr. Gail Krantzberg

Professor, Engineering and Public Policy

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Krantzberg - one of North America's foremost experts on the Great Lakes ecosystem and environmental sustainability - joined the University in 2005 from the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission (IJC) where she had been director since 2001.

Prior to joining the IJC, Dr. Krantzberg held positions with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment as an environmental scientist and senior policy advisor on Great Lakes matters.. She also previously served on the IJC's Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Sediment Priority Action Committee, Annex 2 Task Force, Indicator Implementation Task Force and Council of Great Lakes Research Managers. Dr. Krantzberg is on the Board of Directors of several leading binational institutions.

"The Master of Engineering and Public Policy program opens a new future for engineers and applied scientists with the potential to stimulate innovative public policy and new technology leading to more sustainable solutions locally and globally."

Dr. Krantzberg received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the field of ecotoxicology and a B.Sc. from McGill University . She has authored 6 books and more than 150 scientific and policy articles on issues pertaining to ecosystem resilience, governance and sustainability.

Dr. Vladimir Mahalec

Associate Director, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Professor, Engineering Design and Department of Chemical Engineering

Dipl. Ing . (U. of Zagreb, Croatia), Ph.D. (University of Houston)

Vladimir Mahalec's expertise includes control and operation of petroleum industry processes (Esso Canada and Saudi Aramco), process modeling and optimization technology and software architecture, as well as management of software development. Prior to joining McMaster University, Dr. Mahalec was a Senior VP of Technology at AspenTech, Cambridge, MA.

Dr.Greig Mordue

Associate Professor, Master of Engineering and Public Policy, AMD Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy

Dr. Mordue is pleased to be joining the W Booth School as an Associate Professor and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco (AMD) Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy.

Before joining McMaster, Dr. Mordue was General Manager of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) responsible for Corporate Planning and External Affairs. During his time at Toyota he held a range of responsibilities related to Government Relations, Human Resources and Strategic Planning. Prior to joining Toyota, he worked as a Special Assistant to the Treasurer of Ontario and Ontario Minister of Finance, the Ontario Minister of Financial Institutions and the Ontario Leader of the Official Opposition. He is also a former municipal councillor.

Dr. Mordue holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University, a B Comm. from the University of Windsor, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and a PhD in Management from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. David K. Potter

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

David Potter teaches leadership and technology entrepreneurship in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice at McMaster University. He helped design and start the Masters level entrepreneurship program in which students create real businesses as part of their degree. Potter also introduced entrepreneurship to McMaster's undergraduate Engineering and Management program.

Prior to McMaster, he spent 16 years in industry in roles that included research and development, product development, and new business development. He has also co-founded two start-up companies. He is very engaged in the innovation community, particularly through his activities with the Conference Board of Canada where he has served as Chair of the Innovation Council and as the Inaugural Chair of the Council for Innovation and Commercialization.

Dr. Eu-gene Ng

Director, Manufacturing Engineering

Program Chair, Manufacturing Engineering Technology



























Dulcie Amaral

Graduate Administrative Assistant

Office: ETB 509
905-525-9140 ext 26401

With more than 17 years of experience at McMaster University, Dulcie joined the W Booth School of Engineering Practice in September 2005. As the key contact person for the W Booth School, Dulcie enjoys assisting students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Contact Dulcie with inquiries regarding program admission, innovation studio, arranging a tour, booking space or for general W Booth School information.

Richard Allen

Community Engagement Coordinator

Office: ETB 121
(905) 525-9140, ext. 20385

Richard is responsible for the advancement of community partnerships in support of student learning. Partnerships with business, industry and not for profit organizations in Hamilton and beyond provide a real world platform for students to engage in projects, gain valuable workplace experience and develop professional networks. He also assists in the design and delivery of the Innovation Studio course (SEP 760). Richard has been a school-community facilitator in Hamilton for more than 20 years, and has an extensive background in promotional marketing, project management and fund development. He holds a Masters in Education and is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of community service.

Salman Bawa

Community Engagement Coordinator

Office: ETB 121
(905) 525-9140, ext. 20385

Yvonne Maidment

Business Manager
(905) 525-9140, ext. 26403

Yvonne Maidment has been working at McMaster University since 2006; she joined the W Booth School in early 2015 as Administrator. In this capacity, Yvonne works with faculty staff and students in the areas of academic, financial and human resources operations of the School. Prior to joining the W Booth School, Yvonne has held positions where she coordinated ESL programs and international student recruitment through the Office of International Affairs as well serving the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as Human Resources Manager. Yvonne holds a Masters of Arts in Globalization Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Deborah McIvor

Marketing & Communications Strategist

Office: ETB 121
(905) 525-9140, ext. 26566

Deborah McIvor joined the Faculty of Engineering in 2007, coordinating special events and projects for the Engineering Recruitment and Outreach team for seven years. In 2014, she moved into her role of Marketing & Communications Strategist with the W Booth School, and is focused on graduate recruitment as well as reputation building and brand awareness. Deborah coordinates marketing materials, special events, social media, digital marketing campaigns and supports all community engagement activities on behalf of the School. Previously, Deborah has worked for McMaster's Office of Public Relations, the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships and the Faculty of Humanities.